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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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College Football
5:00 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Have A Game Plan For Game Day

Big games in Corvallis and Eugene this weekend mean potential traffic headaches for travelers in Oregon.
highdesertbruin (Top) and Ray Terrell Flickr

Saturday the Oregon State Beavers take on the Washington State Cougars at home in Corvallis. Then a couple hours later, the Oregon Ducks play the University of Washington Huskies in Eugene. The two games will bring a lot of traffic. Officials are urging fans to have a game plan.

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Oregon Coal Bill
5:37 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

House Quashes DeFazio's Amendment To Study Coal Dust Impacts

Congressman Peter DeFazio's amendment to study the impact of transporting coal by train was blocked.
Michael Werner Earthfix.

Oregon Democratic Congressman Peter DeFazio tried to add an amendment requiring a study of the impacts of transporting coal by rail to the coal bill which passed the U.S. House of Representatives Friday. The Republican majority blocked the amendment.

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Minimum Wage In Oregon
4:14 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Oregon's Minimum Wage Will Go Up In January

Oregon's minimum wage will go up 15 cents in January to $8.95 an hour. State Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian made the announcement Monday in Springfield.

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Past U of O Dean Murdered
4:22 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Former Dean Of The U of O School Of Music Is Murdered

Anne Dhu McLucas was the former dean of the University of Oregon School of Music.
UO School of Music

The former dean of the University of Oregon School of Music was killed Friday along with her boyfriend. Lane County Sheriff's deputies responded to a 911 call at their home south of Eugene and found Anne Dhu McLucas and James Gillette.

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Oregon Man Released
4:45 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Springfield Man Released From Sudanese Prison

Rudwan Dawod has been released from a Sudanese prison.
Sudan Sunrise

A Springfield, Ore., man who was imprisoned in Sudan has been released, and is trying to get home to his pregnant wife.

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