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Justin Hartley

Effective this Friday, 23 Oregon counties will move or remain in the High Risk level for COVID-19 restrictions. Some of them qualify for Extreme risk but weren’t moved there.

Eugene Emeralds

The Eugene Emeralds are gearing up for a new baseball season and fans can expect changes when going to PK Park.

  

  

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Oregon lawmakers held a hearing Wednesday on a proposal that would combine two of the leading gun regulation bills still in play at the capitol this session.

  

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In their capacity as the board of health, the Lane County Commissioners passed the resolution which includes a commitment to meaningful discussion with communities of color on issues of race, ethnicity and health.

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The University of Oregon sent an email to graduating students Tuesday announcing the addition of two in-person events to this spring’s commencement ceremonies.

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  This is Sandy Brown Jensen, and you’re listening to Viz City, KLCC’s arts review program.

I just got back from several glorious days at the beach. One of those days, high winds kept us off the beaches, so we did what everyone likes to do at the beach--we went gallery hopping.

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People in Eugene and Corvallis were among those reacting to Tuesday's verdicts in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who was found guilty of murdering George Floyd. 

  

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Eugene Police Chief Chris Skinner reacted to the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial Tuesday.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

All Oregonians 16 and older are now eligible to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine. Lane County Public Health is geared up to reach the late teen population with mass vax clinics this weekend. School districts are also scheduling to vaccinate students. 

Oregon Coast Aquarium

The Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport has received its largest grant ever, in the amount of $5 million.


John Stapleton IV

Due to a steady increase of new COVID-19 cases, Lane County is moving back up to the High risk category for coronavirus restrictions. The governor’s office announced the change will go into effect this Friday.

Rachael McDonald

A 17 year-old South Eugene High School student died in a car crash in Eugene Monday, according to police. He was driving and hit a tree near East 23rd and Patterson Street. He's been identifed as Connor Truax by SEHS Principal Carey Killen. 

City of Albany

UPDATE: On April 22, Albany Police announced a third arrest in the case. The third person arrested and charged was a 16-year-old boy. 

 

Police in Albany have arrested two teenagers in an alleged hate crime that took place in a city park last week.

  

Karen Richards

The Eugene Ballet moved to its new location at 16th and Pearl about two months ago. As KLCC’s Karen Richards reports, it’s artfully stretching into a place designed for its needs.

 


Brian Bull / KLCC

A historical theater in Coos Bay with distinctive Egyptian motifs is riding out the pandemic as best it can. 

PeaceHealth Rides

A new nonprofit will oversee PeaceHealth’s bike share program, PeaceHealth Rides in Eugene. Cascadia Mobility, a company within Forth Mobility, was selected by the city and will begin operations in May.

Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training

The Oregon Senate voted Monday to ban private security firms from using vehicles or uniforms that could be confused with law enforcement agencies.

  

Brian Bull / KLCC

With torches, grinders, and a gift for bringing new dimensions to old metal, sculptor Jud Turner is crafting a monument to  survivors of the Holiday Farm Fire.  It burned 173,000 acres in the McKenzie River Corridor last September, leveling towns like Blue River. KLCC’s Brian Bull produced this audio self-narrative, where Turner describes his project. 


Mark Kuhlman / NCAA Photos

University of Oregon Volleyball was knocked out of the NCAA Tournament with a loss to Purdue Sunday in Omaha. The No. 10 Ducks dropped their Sweet 16 matchup to the No. 7 Boilermakers in four sets.

Program Date: April 16, 2021

Air Date: April 19, 2021

From The City Club of Eugene:

Mayor Lucy Vinis will update the community on a few of the critical issues facing Eugene. KLCC’s News Director Rachael McDonald will lead the discussion, with a focus on four questions:

  • What is the City doing about the issue of homelessness?

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Oregon is one of the least prepared among states to serve residents who need and request treatment for substance abuse and addiction. Recently, the federal government approved a “waiver” system to cover treatment for members of the Oregon Health Plan.

                                                                                                     

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The Portland FBI Division is warning Oregonians against buying and using fake COVID-19 vaccination cards. 

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   While doing research on green tags, or carbon offsets last month, I was surprised to see how variable miles flown per person is.  Some people fly often, and have large travel footprints while others take a trip every year or two. 

  

Covid-19 case counts are climbing statewide even as vaccination eligibility opens up to all Oregonians 16 and older on Monday, April 19. We discuss the latest numbers and delve into your questions about vaccines, COVID-19, variants and more. 

OSPIRG Students

As Earth Day approaches, the organization OSPIRG Students is hosting online events for Youth Earth Week to encourage sustainable living.

Brian Bull / KLCC

The unseasonably warm weather this weekend, combined with a lack of rain and a prediction of gusty winds, has led to increased concerns over fire danger.

  

Mark Smith / Bloodworks NW

Blood donations are down to critical levels, says a regional organization serving Oregon and Washington. 

Tiffany Eckert

Starting Monday, all Oregonians 16 years and older will be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. Lane County Public Health is gearing up to provide more vaccination availability as new COVID-19 cases continue to surge.

Mark Kuhlman / NCAA Photos

University of Oregon Volleyball is moving on to the Sweet 16 of the 2021 NCAA Volleyball tournament after a 3-0 sweep of Notre Dame on Wednesday in Omaha. The Ducks won in straight sets, 25-17, 25-22 and 25-13.

Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs / Oregon National Guard from Salem, Oregon, United States, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Oregon Governor Kate Brown held a press availability April 16  to discuss Oregon's ongoing response to COVID-19. She was joined by representatives from the Oregon Health Authority (OHA).

  

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