Tiffany Eckert

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Tiffany Eckert has been a reporter at KLCC since 2008.

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Social Justice
4:20 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Protesters Demand Living Wage for Fast Food Workers

Lauren Regan (far left) and Leonard Stoehr (center) join other activists protesting low wages for fast food workers.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

The Global Strike for Fast Food Workers is happening across the country and around the world today (Thursday). The protest is a call for higher pay and worker rights for the estimated four million employees in the fast food industry. One of the events is in Eugene.

It’s lunchtime business as usual at the McDonald’s on Broadway in Eugene….

But outside on the sidewalk, a handful of activists are protesting  the corporate fast food giant. They want to see a “living wage” for its employees.

Lauren Regan is director of the Civil Liberties Defense Center.

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Health
2:48 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Mother's Milk Donation Drop Site Opens

Donated breast milk from Lane County is processed by Northwest Mothers Milk Bank of Portland.
Credit Northwest Mothers Milk Bank

PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend will now accept donations of breast milk. It's the first hospital-based project of its kind in Lane County. KLCC's Tiffany Eckert reports how the new milk drop site works.

Midwives and health care practitioners have long known mother's milk is the best food an infant can get. But, sometimes a woman can't produce milk for her new born. That's when other mothers can help.

Registered nurse and lactation consultant Jana Langeliers coordinates the donor milk drop site (at PeaceHealth Medical.)

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Politics & Government
2:33 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

KLCC Hosted Live Candidate Forum for East Lane County Commissioner Race

Candidates for the East Lane County Commissioner Race attend a live, on-air forum at KLCC.
Credit Karen Richards

    

Ten year incumbent Faye Stewart is being challenged for his seat on the Lane County Board of Commissioners. Joann Ernst, Kevin Matthews and Jose Ortal are running against Stewart for the East Lane County District 5 position. A fifth candidate, Jack Schoolcraft, is "refraining from any further public comment" during the race.

Friday at noon, the four active candidates participated in a live forum. KLCC News Director Tripp Sommer moderated the event. Questions were submitted in advance by listeners and candidates gave timed responses to a variety of issues.

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May 9 at Noon
2:19 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

East Lane County Candidates Forum at KLCC

On Friday, May 9 from Noon to 1 p.m., KLCC will host a Candidates Forum for the East Lane County Commissioner’s race, live in the KLCC studio.  KLCC News Director Tripp Sommer will ask questions of the four candidates:

Faye Stewart  (Incumbent)

Joann Ernst

Kevin Matthews

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Teen Crime
7:53 am
Sat April 26, 2014

19-Year-Old Accused Of Soliciting Minors For Sexual Photos And Videos

Last week, Eugene Police arrested a 19-year-old Sheldon High School student accused of soliciting minors for sexual photos and videos. Eugene Police Lieutenant Doug Mozan says Elliot Thomas Cumer is charged with two counts of "Use of a Child in A Display of Sexually Explicit Conduct."

Mozan: "And to put that in lay terms, what that means is: 'Compelling a person or facilitating a person who is under that age of 18 to take sexually explicit photographs.'"

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Social Justice
2:27 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Officials Launch System Improvements to Help At-risk Youth

Credit Lane County

Lane County is one of thirteen jurisdictions across the nation chosen to implement a new juvenile justice program model. It’s designed to reduce the number of youth who “crossover” between child welfare and the juvenile justice system.

“At any time we have between 400 and 500 youth somewhere in our system.”

That’s John Aarons. He’s been working with Lane County Youth Services for nearly 30 years. In his view, the newly launched Crossover Youth Practice Model will help formalize an important partnership.

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Environment
4:00 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Lane County Group Re-files Initiative To Limit GMO Crops

GMO Sugar Beet crops are being grown in the Willamette Valley.
Credit Earthfix

A Lane County group chose Earth Day for their latest legal move. Today (Tuesday) “Support Local Food Rights” filed its third attempt at an ordinance to protect area farms and limit certain agricultural practices. 

Last month, a judge ruled that the previous version of the Lane County Local Food System Ordinance did not comply with pre-election requirements. Attorney Ann Kneeland says the county now has five days to decide if this newest incarnation is acceptable.

Kneeland: “If they determine it complies, the county will have a period of time to draft a ballot title.”

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Politics & Government
6:49 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Youngster Challenges City Officials To Sleep Outside With Him For Two Nights

Ten year old Keegan Keppner and his step dad Steve Magray in the KLCC studios.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

An unexpected voice has come forward advocating for the homeless in Eugene. 10 year old cancer survivor Keegan Keppner has spent the last 4 months trying to change the way people treat those with no place to sleep. He's met with legislators and Governor John Kitzhaber. Now, Keegan is challenging members of the Eugene City Council to join him for a "sleepover" of sorts. KLCC's Tiffany Eckert spoke with the youngster about his unique proposal.

Keegan: "I'm gonna got to Mr. Ruiz…uh…where is he at dad?"

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Politics & Government
1:53 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

HUD Announces Millions In Funding For Homeless Projects

Catholic Community Services' McKenzie Transitions Program received $575,836 from HUD for homeless projects.
Credit Catholic Community Services

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded more than $21 million to support homeless projects in Oregon. The money will be spread across 118 programs this year. KLCC's Tiffany Eckert spoke to one of the agencies providing critical housing and services to families in Lane County.

Catholic Community Services in Eugene is a basic needs provider. They sponsor McKenzie Transitions, which helps people take long term steps to move out of poverty. Tom Mulhern is Executive Director. He describes what the nearly $600,000 in HUD funding will do.  

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Politics & Government
4:08 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Oregon Senator Speaks Out On Hobby Lobby Case

Senator Jeff Merkley flanked by BRING employees and Eugene/Springfield area women's health advocates.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

Last week, the US Supreme Court heard “Hobby Lobby vs Sebelius.” The case could allow for-profit companies to deny health insurance coverage to women for birth control and other services if-- the CEO has a moral objection. Today, Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley, business owners and women’s health advocates called on the land’s highest court to protect women’s health care.

Nearly fifty years ago, a landmark Supreme Court case ended state bans on access to birth control, ruling it was protected in the Constitution as a “right to privacy.”

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