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Eugene-Springfield NAACP Holds Drive-by Rally Honoring MLK Day

To show their ongoing commitment for racial justice, the Eugene-Springfield NAACP celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a drive by rally on Monday. The event saw more than 200 vehicles pass through.

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Oregon Capitol quiet so far, despite arrival of armed demonstrators

Despite the presence of armed demonstrators Sunday, the day was playing out much like Saturday did: with relative quiet at the Oregon State Capitol. In Salem, much like in state capitals across the United States , law enforcement and the National Guard were prepared to step in should violent demonstrations break out. The FBI had urged statehouses to be on high alert, following the deadly insurrection Jan. 6 at the U.S. Capitol and several violent or unruly outbursts at state capitols,...

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Erosion Risks High In Areas Scorched By Oregon Wildfires

The damage left by Oregon’s 2020 wildfires will pose risks and challenges for years, according to the Oregon Office of Emergency Management.

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On January 21 through the 23, Jackson County Expo Center will function as a drive-through COVID vaccination site. Until late last week, the vaccine was going to be available to educators and seniors over 65. But because the federal government failed to come through with a promised release of additional vaccine doses, access will now be limited to people in the highest priority group.

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To show their ongoing commitment for racial justice, the Eugene-Springfield NAACP celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a drive by rally on Monday. The event saw more than 200 vehicles pass through.

Tom Cole, senior editor on NPR's Arts Desk, is retiring after 33 years of shepherding thousands of arts pieces to broadcast. NPR bids him farewell.

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville is firing its head football coach, two assistant coaches and seven other team staffers after an outside investigation found "serious violations of NCAA rules."

Chancellor Donde Plowman did not address the specific rule violations in a press release issued Monday. She emphasized that while the investigation implicated many in the football office, it did not find anyone outside of it involved in the alleged activity.

The state of Washington, hamstrung as many states have been by a slow distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, will deploy the National Guard, set up mass vaccination sites and create a new public-private partnership to lead a renewed effort to get the vaccine into the arms of people.

The move comes as the state prepares to immediately advance to the next phase of people eligible for a vaccination beyond health care workers, first responders and those living and working in nursing homes.

Every January, in the middle of the night, thousands of volunteers and outreach workers spread out across the country to count the nation's homeless population. They search highway underpasses, wooded areas, abandoned buildings and sidewalks to locate those who are living outside.

But this year, because of the pandemic, the annual street count has been canceled or modified in hundreds of communities, even as the nation's unsheltered population appears to be growing.

With much of Japan in a state of emergency due to the pandemic, public opinion is turning against holding the Tokyo Olympics. But organizers insist that there is no question of canceling the games.

Angela Merkel has been one of Germany's most popular leaders. She's stepping down at the end of this year. Over the weekend, her party chose a new leader and possible successor to her.

What do Walt Disney, Whitney Houston, Dolley Madison and Frederick Douglass have in common? They're part of an extensive list of 244 people that President Trump says he wants to honor as statues in the proposed "National Garden of American Heroes."

With just two days left before he leaves office, though, the venture is highly unlikely to ever be realized by him or President-elect Joe Biden's administration.

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