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The State of Oregon has been approved to expand the Pandemic Food Assistance program. Nearly $591 million will be used to feed about 430-thousand children through October.

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Oregon children who missed out on free or reduced-price meals at school - because of the pandemic -will soon be receiving food benefits in the mail. 

Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program

The Governor’s office sent out an urgent message to Oregon renters in the rears due to the pandemic: If you need rental assistance—apply for it now.

HIV Alliance

HIV Alliance has launched a Medication Assisted Treatment (MET) program for people who inject illicit drugs in Lane County.

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After elevated COVID-19 risk levels across Lane County postponed it this month, the Oregon Asian Celebration will now be held jointly with another decades-old event in July.  

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced a first-time purchase of several West Coast seafood products for its food assistance programs.  The news is being well received by the regional seafood industry. 

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

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So you’ve gotten your first – maybe even second – vaccine shot against COVID-19, and want to show the world on social media. But authorities say not to post pics of your vaccination card.  

Our Community Birth Center

There are currently no free-standing birthing facilities operating in Lane County. But that is about to change. A non-profit midwifery birth center recently found a new space to call home.

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While the U.S. overall is finding its stride with COVID-19 vaccine distribution, some Native American tribes – including in Oregon – are on a mean streak.  Indigenous communities have largely overcome mistrust and logistical challenges that have hampered other efforts. 

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The rate of young people with urgent mental health needs has increased, including in Eugene-Springfield. A new program aims to help.

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A Native American tribe based in Coos Bay says it’s been going strong on vaccinating its members – and others - against COVID-19.

Lane Community College nursing programs

A recent gift to the Lane Community College Nursing Scholarship Endowment will help more students stay in school, graduate and become nurses in their communities.

Eugene Public Library

In November, Eugene voters will decide whether or not to renew a five year levy for the Eugene Public Library. The current levy, approved by voters in 2015, provides the library with 2.7 million dollars every year. This funding is set to expire in June 2021. 


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A University of Oregon-led research project has been tracking the neurological effects of the coronavirus pandemic on families with children under 5 years old since April.

Being cooped up because of the pandemic has been tough on everyone, especially kids. With summer approaching, many parents wonder how they can get their kids out of the house, safely.

In May, the Oregon Health officials gave Day Camps the green light to operate-- but only under strict health and safety guidelines. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert checked in with a few providers as they prepare for a modified 2020 summer camp season.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many things, including how police do their jobs. KLCC’s Brian Bull recently talked about that with Eugene Police Chief Chris Skinner.  Bull began by asking if the EPD had seen an uptick of racist acts against Asian-Americans, given that some people blame the pandemic on the “Chinese” or “Wuhan” virus.

Eat Smart Waste Less

When it comes to recovering recyclables out of the trash, Lane County is again ranked best in Oregon. While that’s good news, waste managers say we’ve still got a ways to go. Stay at Home orders have added new challenges in the effort to reduce waste.

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With pregnancy comes a multitude of changes—both physical and emotional. As a delivery date draws near, women often experience a sense of calm. But what happens when baby is due during a global pandemic? KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert speaks with a very expectant Springfield mom -- who is preparing to give birth in the age of coronavirus.

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Grocery stores and markets are deemed “essential” in this pandemic, meaning they’ll stay open. KLCC’s Brian Bull checked in with stores in Eugene and Springfield on how they safeguard both customers and staff.