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Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio is blasting Republicans in the US House for forcing a government shutdown. 

But in a speech on the House floor Tuesday, the Democrat said he's even more concerned Republicans, with the support of wealthy contributors, are threatening to block an increase in debt ceiling.  

Project Homeless Connect

More than 200 people are expected to show up at the Project Homeless Connect in Newport this Friday.

It can be difficult for homeless people to get around the community to access services. Project Homeless Connect brings providers under one roof. Haircuts, dental care, clothing and help signing up for health care or benefits are a few of the offerings.

The government shutdown may not have immediate impacts on most Oregonians. But, officials say, if it continues for several weeks, veterans and others who depend on federal programs could be affected. Jason Davis is with Lane County Health and Human Services.

Cover Oregon

Oregon's new health insurance marketplace-- part of the Affordable Care Act-- has run into some glitches on its launch day. Cover Oregon's online system is not functioning properly.

Cover Oregon is not correctly determining eligibility for tax credits, the Oregon Health Plan and Healthy Kids. The problem is expected to be fixed in a couple of weeks. Jason Davis with Lane County Health and Human Services says it's possible to get health coverage, just not through the website.

Oregonians for Immigration Reform.

Next to immigration reform, Latino advocates in Oregon say the second most important issue in their community is undocumented immigrants being allowed to drive legally. Currently they can't, but a new state law—set to take effect in January—would allow it. A group that aims to stop the law from taking hold and refer the question to voters, faces a deadline this Friday.

University of Oregon

On Tuesday October 1 at noon, KLCC will join Oregon Public Broadcasting for a special simulcast broadcast of Think Out Loud.  University of Oregon President Michael Gottfredson will be in the KLCC studios live to talk about challenges facing the University and higher education today. 

We’ll have the latest news on the special session in Salem.  Plus UO professor Yong Zhao, who thinks K to 12 schools need to change, will be on the show. 

OPB’s Think Out Loud, live on KLCC, this Tuesday at noon.
   

10th Annual Oregon Coast Jazz Party

Sep 30, 2013

Over the course of the past decade, the Oregon Coast Jazz Party has grown to gather a wide array of national and regional talent in a context of performance, education and celebration. The 10th annual Oregon Coast Jazz Party will be held October 4th-6th in Newport. Eric Alan speaks with Catherine Rickbone, Executive Director of the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, the Jazz Party's presenting sponsor.

Meeting:  Friday, September 27, 2013
Aired on KLCC:  Monday, September 30, 2013

Guest Speakers: Representatives of Fred Meyer, the YMCA, and School District 4J to be announced

Eugene School District 4J categorized the 10-acre site as surplus property in 2002. About three years ago, 4J had three responses to its request for proposals to purchase, lease, or trade the property. All were declined.

Once again this fall, those who seek to preserve the historic stadium will vie with those who propose commercial and organizational developments.

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The weekend brought two heavy rainstorms through western Oregon. The rain made this the wettest September on record in many parts of the state.

Eugene's rainfall was measured at more than 6 inches. The previous record for the month of September was about 5.5 inches in the late 1800s. Astoria got more than 10, also breaking its record for the month.

Andy Bryant is a hydrologist with the national Weather Service in Portland. He says two storms came through this weekend.

Lane Community College

Classes start Monday (September 30th) at Oregon's public Universities and community colleges.  Enrollment is down at Lane Community College. Lane has come to depend more on tuition and the school is facing a budget shortfall.

Ducks and Beavers Roll on a Rainy Saturday

Sep 29, 2013
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In the pouring rain last night at Autzen Stadium, The University of Oregon walloped California 55 to 16.  The game was essentially decided in the first quarter, when several Cal mistakes allowed the Ducks to open up a 27-0 lead.  The rain caused miscues and turnovers on both sides.  Oregon fumbled once – it was the first turnover by the ducks the entire season.

Oregon State was also victorious yesterday at home, defeating Colorado 44 to 17.  It was a day for the record books for Beaver quarterback Sean Mannion, who threw six touchdown passes and set a school record. 

Early rain arriving in Oregon will allow fall pile burning to begin in the Siuslaw National Forest.
The piles consist of woodland debris near roadways, and scenic areas in Oregon's forests. The practice is done every year in the fall to help prevent wildfires. Interagency Fire Staff Spokeswoman Nancy Ashlock says the reason they need to start now is because early rain makes the piles very receptive to moisture.

Friday, the Oregon Education Investment Board unanimously selected Dr. Nancy Golden as Oregon's Chief Education Officer.

Dr. Golden has been Interim Director since August. The former Springfield Superintendent will be  overseeing Oregon's entire public education system, from pre-K through college, to ensure students reach the state's 40-40-20 goals. That is, by 2025, all students will earn a high school degree.

In celebration of the National Geographic's 125th anniversary, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art on the UO Campus hosts the exhibit National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West, through December 31st. One of the photographers represented in the exhibit, Sam Abell, stopped by KLCC to talk with Eric Alan about photographing the west, and Sam Abell's personal photographic journey. 

Cover Oregon

On Tuesday, October 1st, Oregon launches its health insurance exchange program-- a key piece of President Obama's health care overhaul. It's called Cover Oregon.

Michael Cox describes the program in a nutshell:

Cox: "Cover Oregon is an online marketplace where customers can come, shop for health insurance, compare plans side by side, access financial help, and get enrolled in coverage, starting in October."

Cox is a communications specialist with Cover Oregon.
He says their goal is to make the process easy.

Lane County has released a report on the investigation into fired County Administrator Liane Richardson.

U.S. Department of Energy

Fifty years ago Thursday, President John F. Kennedy stepped off a Marine helicopter into the dry heat of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington. He was there to see the massive new N Reactor. The reactor was the first to produce both plutonium and power in the U.S. As Correspondent Anna King reports, the visit also was part of Kennedy’s efforts to de-escalate the Cold War.

Hanford worker Bill McCullough remembers Sept. 26, 1963 clearly when President Kennedy came to visit.
Bill McCullough: “It was a very hot day, and we hit bumper to bumper traffic.”

Oregon Capitol Building Turns 75 Years Old

Sep 27, 2013
Chris Lehman / KLCC

You've seen those safety posters marking so many days since a workplace injury. Oregon's state capitol building could have one that says "75 years without burning to the ground!" The original two went up in flames. Now, a series of events scheduled next week will mark the 75th anniversary of Oregon's third and longest standing state capitol. The celebration comes as lawmakers consider a $300 million overhaul.

Frankie Bell is perhaps the ultimate state capitol tour guide. She's worked in the building for more than half its existence.

Obamacare Calculator

Sep 26, 2013

Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act begins Oct 1. See how the changes affect you with this Obamacare calculator.

Matt the Electrician plays KLCC

Sep 26, 2013
Matt the Electrician

Austin singer/songwriter Matt the Electrician has just released a new CD called It's a Beacon It's a Bell. He is touring to support the disc, and he stopped by the KLCC studio to play and talk with KLCC's Eric Alan.

Eugene Symphony opening night

Sep 26, 2013

The Eugene Symphony opens its 48th season on September 26th with the sights and sounds of Spain, including music from DeFalla, Debussy, Ravel and Bizet. Eric Alan talks with pianist Orion Weiss, who is featured on DeFalla's Nights in the Gardens of Spain, and with the Eugene Symphony's music director and conductor, Danail Rachev.

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The Oregon University System and its classified workers have reached a tentative agreement on a 2-year contract, averting a threatened strike on the first day of classes. The agreement was reached at 2:30 Thursday morning .

BLM

The Bureau of Land Management is in the scoping stages of a proposed logging project east of Eugene near the town of Vida.
 

Home Canning Hobby Leads To Near Fatal Medical Mystery

Sep 26, 2013
Austin Jenkins

Home canning is regaining popularity as part of the local food movement. If done right, families can enjoy home grown fruits, vegetables and even meat all through the winter. But if done wrong it can be devastating, if not deadly. A lawyer for the state of Washington recently learned that lesson the hard way.

Lane Community College

Classes begin next week at Lane Community College. LCC President Mary Spilde talks with KLCC's Rachael McDonald about expectations for the coming year. The college is experiencing a drop in enrollment which means a possible $2 million budget deficit. But Spilde is hopeful the legislature will restore some state funding to community colleges when it meets for a special session in Salem Monday.

The New KLCC.org

Sep 25, 2013

If you are reading this, you have discovered our new website!  We hope our new site enhances your online experience, bringing you more content, details, and images of the stories and music you enjoy on KLCC.

Jacob Lewin

Classes begin next week at state universities around Oregon. This year Oregon becomes one of 15 states with a tuition equity program. That means some young undocumented immigrants will be paying in-state tuition rates rather than out-of-state rates that are three to
four times higher.
 

City of Eugene

Filing opened earlier in September for candidates hoping to run for local office.  There was a smattering of activity, but the only incumbent to declare candidacy early on was Lane County Commissioner Faye Stewart.

Now two more incumbents have made it official.

Eugene City Councilor George Poling says he will run for a fourth term.  Poling represents Ward 4 – northeast Eugene – and currently serves on the LTD–EMX Steering committee and the Travel Lane County Committee. 

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Matisyahu, "Spark Seeker"

Sep 24, 2013

Matisyahu rose to stardom with his unique combination of reggae, hip-hop, rock, and spirituality. He then shocked the Chasidic Jewish community by shaving off his beard, letting go of the traditional clothes, and opening up his spirituality to other influences. His latest release, Spark Seeker, is a multi-layered album produced in Israel and Los Angeles with producer Kool Kojak. Before his performance at the Cuthbert Amphitheatre in Eugene, Matisyahu spoke to Eric Alan about his personal and musical evolutions. Passages from Spark Seeker are merged with the interview.

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