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A Roseburg family restaurant is facing a roughly $14,000 fine for re-opening its dine-in service, against Governor Kate Brown’s stay-home directive.

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29 of Oregon's 36 counties have received approval by Gov. Kate Brown to begin a Phase One reopening. 

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An October 4th Prefontaine Classic will conditionally be the first event at a newly-renovated Hayward Field, since the COVID-19 pandemic caused cancellations and postponements at the U of O venue.


Karen Richards, via Zoom

 

State Legislators from Lane County hosted about 130 people in a virtual town hall Tuesday evening, to address questions about restarting public life as cases of COVID-19 decrease in parts of Oregon. 

 

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To limit the spread of COVID-19, Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s March 23rd executive order closed all state parks, as well as playgrounds and sports courts. Lane County Parks have remained open.

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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said in a Saturday morninng tweet that Oregon will be sending 140 ventilators to help New York deal with the massive outbreak of COVID-19.

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Eugene eateries are feeling the pinch from Governor Brown’s directive to close all restaurants and bars to curb the potential spread of coronavirus.

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From the City Club of Eugene:

Governor Kate Brown addresses a special meeting of the City Club of Eugene prior to the start of the Short Session of the Legislature.  We'll hear the governor’s priorities for the legislature and for Oregon. What topics will gain the governor’s priority list?  How does she plan to address issues like climate change, wildfire management and prevention?  Will there be infrastructure proposals or transportation initiatives?

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Governor Brown praised Lane County’s excellence in “brews, brains and lumber” in her address to the City Club Friday afternoon. She presented goals for this year’s 35-day legislative session, which begins February 3rd.

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A signed agreement has let the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation launch its first veteran service office. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, it extends an initiative between the Governor’s Office and Oregon’s tribal governments.

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Recorded on January 22, 2019

Governor Kate Brown addressed a special meeting of the City Club of Eugene on the same day as the 2019 legislative session began. Many topics will be on the agenda for the legislature: Heath care, safety, environmental sustainability, PERS, education, budget and taxes, and gun safety legislation, just to name a few. The University of Oregon made the Ford Alumni Center, which is next to the Matt Knight Arena, available to City Club for this important special meeting.

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown shared her legislative agenda today  at the University of Oregon.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, tackling housing concerns was among the top items.

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In the final hours leading up to midterms, voting advocates are pushing hard to get people to drop off their ballots.

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The major party candidates for Oregon governor faced off on a debate stage for the first time last night.

 

Democrat Kate Brown, Republican Knute Buehler and Independent Party candidate Patrick Starnes have agreed to debate three this month.  This first forum was unusual in that the questions came from kids.

 

OPB political reporter Lauren Dake was at Roosevelt High School in North Portland for the debate. She talks to KLCC's Brian Bull about the issues raised by the audience.

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In Lane County, opioid overdose kills more people than car accidents. It’s a crisis public health officials have seen coming. Now, a countywide effort to reduce narcotic prescribing is having dramatic results—cutting opioid use by 40%. It comes down to tapering dosage and offering patients alternative treatments for chronic pain.

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Anti-tobacco advocates gathered in Cottage Grove today to mark 20 years of legislation aimed at smoking prevention.

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Oregon and Washington’s governors have sent a joint letter to President Trump, calling for more funds to be approved for cleaning up the Hanford site. 

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Governor Kate Brown is calling on the Oregon Legislature to tackle homelessness among veterans.

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown rode a rapid transit bus from Springfield to Eugene Monday. She wants to build support for transportation funding in the state.

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Oregon's Army Corps of Engineers will have adequate funding for dredging projects on the coast.

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KLCC's Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman talks with Rachael McDonald about a busy week in Salem including Thursday's release of emails from the last days of former governor John Kitzhaber's time in office.

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Oregon’s new gun background check law took effect yesterday [Sunday]. The legislation requires all gun sales, including private exchanges, to be vetted through a federally licensed dealer.

With the new law, Oregon becomes the 12th state to require universal background checks. Legislators hope criminal and mental health checks for private and online sales will reduce gun violence in the state. Amy Ruiz is with the Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund:

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The Oregon legislature has approved a nearly 30 million dollar taxpayer bond for a new wood products lab and other additions at Oregon state university. 

According to Thomas Maness, Dean at the School of Forestry, the project will add new classrooms and research facilities, including a twenty thousand square foot laboratory focused on utilizing Oregon's wood products for a growing global demand:

Thomas Maness: "Architects and engineers are really looking for a solution to build larger buildings than we currently build out of sustainable materials."

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Governor Kate Brown Friday confirmed drought emergencies in Coos, Douglas, Gilliam and Jefferson counties. That makes 19 Oregon counties, officially in a state of drought.

Drought emergencies have now been declared in more than half of Oregon's 36 counties. Lane and Deschutes were recently added to the list.

Governor Brown cites low snowpack and low water levels in her declaration.

Brown: "Oregon is only just beginning to face what is likely to be an unprecedented wildfire season and drought. We must now rise to the challenge that a changing climate brings."

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced drought emergencies in 8 additional counties Friday, including Lane.  Many reservoirs in Lane County are only half full.

Over the next few years, more trucks in Oregon may be running on the waste from yesterday’s burgers. Oregon-based SeQuential Biofuels has upgraded its equipment and added jobs, to prepare for a growing market.

In mid-March, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed the Clean Fuels Program bill. It requires sellers and manufacturers of transportation fuel to implement the reduced emissions rules legislators developed over the past five years. SeQuential’s Rachel Shaver says they’re expecting increased demand because the new law looks at lifecycle emissions:

Brown Urges Action On Transportation Funding

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown wants to drive the issue of how to unclog traffic and fix decaying bridges back into the fast lane. The Democrat highlighted that topic Friday during her State of the State address in Portland.

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Oregon's new governor promised continuity for the most part as she faced the press for the first time since taking the oath of office on Wednesday. Correspondent Chris Lehman reports from Salem.

Governor Kate Brown didn't have solid answers for many of the questions lobbed at her by the room full of reporters, saying she's still getting oriented. The Democrat ascended from Secretary of State to Governor when John Kitzhaber resigned this week amid a pair of criminal ethics investigations.