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Timber Lawsuit
4:13 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Conservation Groups And Oregon Settle Timber Lawsuit

Conservation groups sued to prevent logging in forests that are home to the threatened marbled murrelet.
Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife

The Oregon Department of Forestry has reached a settlement with conservation groups that had sued to prevent logging in forests that are home to a threatened seabird. The agreement was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Eugene and still must be approved by a judge.

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Global Warming Suit
4:11 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Oregon Court of Appeals Hears Climate Suit

Kelsey Juliana.
Credit Rachael McDonald / KLCC

Two young Eugene women had their day in court Thursday in a lawsuit asking the state of Oregon to do more to prevent climate change. A three judge panel of the Oregon Court of Appeals heard arguments at the University of Oregon Law School in Eugene.

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Dalai Lama
7:33 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Dalai Lama Delivers Message of Compassion

The Dalai Lama Spoke at the UO Matthew Knight Arena.
Credit Jack Liu

An estimated 11 thousand people heard Tibetan Spiritual leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, speak at the University of Oregon's Matthew Knight Arena Friday. His message: peace and compassion. KLCC's Rachael McDonald reports.

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Coos Bay Cross
4:10 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Coos Bay Engages Law Firm To Deal With Cross Challenge

Coos Bay is facing a challenge on the constitutionality of a cross in a city park.  It's getting help from a Texas-based organization that fights for public religious displays.

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Lane County Jail
4:35 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Public Safety Levy Will Be On May Ballot In Lane County

Lane County Jail
Credit KLCC

Lane County residents will vote this May on a property tax measure to fund jail beds. The Board of Commissioners Tuesday decided to put a five year public safety levy on the ballot. It was a 4 to 1 vote.

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Gun Control
4:58 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Oregon Sheriffs Object To Gun Control Measures

  Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin has joined several other Oregon sheriffs in sending a letter to Vice President Joe Biden. He and sheriffs from Grant, Linn and Crook Counties oppose potential federal laws that could affect law-abiding gun owners.

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Oregon Budget Cuts
4:41 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Oregon's Lane County Faces Continued Dismantling Of Public Safety

Inmates were released early from the Lane County Jail in July when 100 beds were cut.
Credit Rachael McDonald / KLCC

The Lane County Sheriff expects to have to cut more jail beds next year and the year after that. In two years, the county may have only 26 beds for local offenders and no sheriff's patrols. With the current 135 local beds, offenders are being released from the jail after serving only hours.

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Timber Sales Halted
4:49 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Judge Halts Logging In Oregon State Forests

A preliminary injunction has halted timber sales in three state forests that are home to the threatened marbled murrelet.
Credit Gus Van Vliet / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

A federal judge has granted a preliminary injunction halting 11 timber sales in Oregon’s state forests. The state is being sued by three conservation groups who say the logging projects imperil a federally protected seabird.

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Ore. Coal Export Terminal
4:37 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Commissioners Postpone Coal Vote

Many people object to the environmental impacts of having coal trains traveling through Oregon towns and the possibility of derailments.
Callum Black Wikimedia Commons

The Lane County Board of Commissioners decided not to vote yet on a resolution supporting a proposed coal export terminal in Coos Bay. Still, the board took public comment on the resolution from about two dozen people at their meeting Wednesday.

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Climate Lawsuit
5:05 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Teen Climate Lawsuit Goes To Oregon Court Of Appeals

The Oregon Court of Appeals has agreed to hear a climate change lawsuit brought by two teens from Eugene.

One of the two plaintiffs, 16-year old Kelsey Juliana, is featured in a recent short film--

Kelsey Juliana: "Climate change is affecting Oregon because we're seeing droughts, we're seeing warmer temperatures and also we're seeing more fires."

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