Tiffany Eckert

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Tiffany Eckert has been a reporter at KLCC since 2008.

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Lane Transit District

The Oregon Transportation Commission has set aside a pot of money for projects that fall outside of traditional roads and bridges. Lane Transit District has been awarded $2.8 million to build three new bike/pedestrian bridges in West Eugene.

Anyone who's ever tried to walk or bike across West 11th Avenue knows it can be sketchy.

Vobora: "You see people run across the street in the middle of the street and it's really unsafe."

Andy Vobora is with LTD. He says many people don't realize how many residents live just south of the traffic laden street.

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At the behest of a burgeoning labor movement, Oregon became the first state to adopt Labor Day. That was in 1887. Today, workers of all ilk celebrate the first Monday of September by taking the day off. At a park in Springfield, hundreds of union supporters gathered for the annual Labor Day Picnic.

(Hear: sizzling on a grill and singer playing "America")

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After three student athletes were suspended for sexual misconduct violations, the University of Oregon began taking steps to prevent sexual violence on campus. Today (Wednesday) the President’s Review Panel for Prevention and Response to Sexual Misconduct held a public input session.

Residence Hall advisor training, and a sex ed smart phone app and self defense. These are just some of the ideas people offered for preventing sexual assault on campus.

Before U of O Interim President Scott Coltrane welcomed comments from the audience, he made this point:

Lane County Health and Human Services

A new primary healthcare facility is opening this week in West Eugene. The Brookside Clinic is the fifth Community Health Center to serve new patients in Lane County.

A Community Health Center is much like any other doctor’s office except *these clinics focus not only on individual health but the well being of the entire community. Jason Davis is with Lane County Health and Human Services.

Davis: “As you, a patient, are going in and seeing your doctor you’re also being challenged toward prevention.”

In June, the University of Oregon suspended three student athletes for violating sexual misconduct policies. Soon after, a panel of specialists convened to review those policies. Now, the panel is seeking input from the community.

If people have anything to say about sexual assault on the UO campus, this is their opportunity.

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The rate of Eugene Police misconduct is up-- according to the newly released annual report by the Police Auditor.  The Auditor attributes the increase, in part, to a new prevalence of video evidence.

Last Fall, an inmate in the Lane County Jail was beaten by a Eugene Police officer and it was caught on camera. The officer was subsequently fired. Eugene Police Auditor Mark Gissiner says that case is an example of how technology has improved his ability to do his job.

Human remains have been found in what's left of a rural Creswell home destroyed by fire last Wednesday. Sergeant Carrie Carver is with the Lane County Sheriff's office.

Carver: "Since the fire we have been out there sifting through debris and it's taken a little bit of time but we were able to recover two bodies. The bodies have yet to be identified though. The missing persons report that we put out on the 16th (July) for Mr. Dennis Michael Kelley and Mr. Carl Rob McFarland still stands. We are still looking for those two individuals."

Swanson Group

Thursday's catastrophic fire at the Springfield Plywood and Veneer Mill has left 250 employees jobless and owners of the parent company accessing their options. Swanson Group acquired the mill on F Street in Springfield in 2007. It is a total loss. The fire is under investigation. KLCC's Tiffany Eckert spoke to Swanson Group's Chief Operating Officer Chuck Wert as he arrived from company headquarters in Glendale to access the still-smoldering site.  

Jes Burns

The effort to save historic civic stadium in Eugene continues. Yesterday (Wednesday) supporters were given an extension to raise money to renovate the dilapidated ball park.

The Eugene City Council voted 5 to 4 to extend the fundraising deadline from September 5th to December 1st. Earlier in the year, the city of Eugene won a bid to purchase the site for 4.5 million dollars. That selection was contingent upon the success of groups like “friends of civic stadium” to raise      $3 million dollars *and find an entity to operate the facility. So far they’ve raised about $200,000.

Tiffany Eckert

KLCC reporters walked the paths of the Oregon Country Fair this weekend to find stories that capture  experiences at the nation's oldest event of its kind. Emery Blackwell was born with cerebral palsy and is unable to walk or do many of the things many of us take for granted. But he's able to ride a tricycle that he custom designed for his body. It's known as Em's Cosmic Limo, and with the help of a dedicated crew, he spends nights at the Country Fair pedaling people around. KLCC's Tiffany Eckert has the story.

    

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