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Oregon Man Imprisoned In Sudan
5:01 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Springfield, Ore. Man Released From Sudan Prison, Re-arrested

Rudwan Dawod was released from a Sudanese prison, but re-arrested on unknown charges.
Sudan Sunrise

A Springfield man who was arrested in Sudan last month has been re-arrested on unknown charges. His pregnant wife is concerned for his safety.

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Oregon Student Imprisoned
4:50 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Springfield, Ore., Student Imprisoned In Sudan

Rudwan Dawod was arrested and imprisoned last month in Sudan.
Sudan Sunrise

A Lane Community College student was arrested last month in Sudan during a peaceful student protest. The President of LCC is urging public support to help get him out of prison and back home to Oregon.

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Lane County Public Safety
5:26 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Public Safety In Lane County Will Get Worse

Lane County District Attorney Alex Gardner talks with reporters Friday.
Rachael McDonald KLCC

This week, the Lane County Sheriff released nearly 100 prisoners from jail, including three homicide suspects. Friday nearly 30 sheriff's employees were laid off. The District Attorney has to lay off at least 14 from his office. The county has a bare bones budget due to loss of timber funding and low property tax revenue.

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Oregon Jail Inmates Released
5:24 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Lane County Sheriff Watches Inmates Walk Out Jail Door

Inmates walk out of Lane County Jail Tuesday morning.
Rachael McDonald KLCC

Nearly 100 inmates of the Lane County Jail will be released this week. Not because they've served their time, but because the county can't afford to keep them. This after commissioners cut nearly $100 million from the general fund.

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Entrepreneurial Athletes
5:32 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Olympic Hopeful Is Also An Entrepreneur

Lauren Fleshman speaks with reporters in Eugene.
Rachael McDonald KLCC

Two Eugene-based athletes competing in the Olympic Track and Field Trials, which start this week, are also entrepreneurs. Lauren Fleshman and fellow runner Stephanie Rothstein have a two-year-old business making dairy and gluten free energy bars.

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U of O President
5:04 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

State Board Officially Hires New UO President

The Oregon State Board of Higher Education formally hired Michael Gottfredson as president of the University of Oregon.
Jes Burns KLCC

The State Board of Higher Education has formally hired Michael Gottfredson to lead the University of Oregon. He was appointed president Friday.

Dr. Gottfredson has been a senior administrator at the University of California, Irvine for 12 Years. He says his first order of business is to get to know the University of Oregon better.

“There’s one overwhelming impression, great enthusiasm for the University of Oregon from every quarter: faculty, students, community," Gottfredson says. "I had very high expectations and they have been exceeded in every way.”

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University Of Oregon President
4:44 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Michael Gottfredson Picked As Finalist For UO President

Dr. Michael Gottfredson has served as Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost at the University of California Irvine since 2000.
University of California Irvine

Dr. Michael Gottfredson has been selected as the finalist for the new president of the University of Oregon.

Gottfredson has served as Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost at the University of California Irvine since 2000. He is an expert in criminology. Oregon University System Chancellor George Pernsteiner calls Gottfredson an academic leader of distinction.

"That's a great combination for Oregon," Pernsteiner says. "Somebody who is committed to higher education and has a track record of real success and is able to work collaboratively with the other elements of education in this state for the betterment of the state and its citizens."

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Harry & David in Eugene
4:00 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Harry & David Will Bring Seasonal Call Center Back to Eugene

Harry & David's flagship store in Medford.
Photo credit: Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Harry & David will be bringing its seasonal call center back to Eugene this year. They'll employ 700 to 800 people from November through mid-December.

Harry & David shut down their Eugene call center in 2010 and 2011, when it was going through financial hardship.

Darren Prescott is Vice President for Customer Care. He says the company tried outsourcing.

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Higher Highschool
4:17 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

New Waldport (Oregon) High School Will Be On Higher Ground

A tsunami evacuation route sign in Oregon
Photo by: M.O. Stevens Wikimedia Commons

Crews will break ground this week on a new high school in Waldport on the Oregon coast. The existing school is in a tsunami zone. The new location will be on higher ground.

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Oregon Studded Tire Extension
3:28 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Oregon Extends Deadline For Studded Tires

Studded tires are responsible for $40 million dollars in Oregon road damage each year.
Photo credit: Wikimedia user Kantor.JH Wikimedia Commons

Oregon drivers have an extra week before they must remove studded tires from their vehicles. The Oregon Department of Transportation extended the season through April 9th. The traditional deadline is April 1.
Weather forecasts are calling for difficult driving conditions in snow zones during the first week of April.

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