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Eugene City Council holds public hearings on excise tax, panhandling

EUGENE, Ore. -- Harris Hall was packed on Tuesday evening, full of people that were anxious to talk about the construction excise tax and panhandling ordinances that the city of Eugene are considering.


Eugene School Board set to advance tax levy Wednesday

The Eugene School Board is set to gather with district staff Wednesday night for a series of private and public meetings. Board members and district staff in the three executive (nonpublic) sessions will cover real property transactions, consider records that law exempt from public inspection and ta


Oregon Ducks recognize USC will pose bigger challenge in L.A.

EUGENE — Oregon’s most lopsided win this season will be extremely difficult to replicate. The 81-60 thrashing of USC last month featured not only a 55.8 percent shooting effort, including a season0high 13 3-pointers by the Ducks, but came with the Trojans missing Kevin Porter Jr. and having big man


Oregon man accused of luring teen arrested after SUV gets stuck in snow, officials say

An Oregon man accused of luring a 13-year-old girl from her home was arrested Tuesday after a rental vehicle he was in with the teen got stuck in deep snow and he had to call for help, authorities said.


Juvenile pedestrian struck by vehicle in Springfield Tuesday

A juvenile pedestrian was struck by a vehicle near 28th and R Streets around 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, according to a news release from Springfield police. The juvenile was taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, the release said. Police said the juvenile entered the roadway i


Confused about recycling? Lane County waste managers offer new guide

A new 36-page recycling guide will help residents and businesses in Lane County determine if and how their waste is recyclable and the proper way to get rid of it. The guide gives instructions for recycling in curbside carts and at transfer stations around the county, according to the Lane County Wa


Massive ‘ARkStorm’ flood could devastate Oregon and California: Morning Briefing for Wednesday, Feb. 20

Subscribe to get the Morning Briefing newsletter delivered to your email inbox weekdays at 7 a.m. WEATHER WORRIES: California now worries about the massive “ARkStorm” flood, which could also devastate Oregon. Read more.


Driver cited after train hits semi truck in Eugene

EUGENE, Ore. -- A semi truck was hit by a train along Highway 99 in Eugene Monday morning, tearing the trailer in half. The driver of the semi was trying to turn onto McDougal Lane off the highway, colliding with the train at about 11:30 a.m.


Oregon Snowpack Data Paints Picture Of Two States: East And West

PORTLAND, OR – Right now, there are two Oregons – east and west – and, when it comes to the snowpack, they are not equal. While levels on the eastern part of the state are significantly above normal, the same is not true in the western part of the state.


14-year-old boy hit by car in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - A 14-year-old male was hit by a car in Springfield on Tuesday afternoon, just before 4 p.m. The accident occurred in the area of 28th and R Street. A preliminary investigation revealed that the juvenile entered the roadway not in a marked crosswalk before being struck by the vehi


Oregon Senate passes rent control bill

SALEM, Oregon — A bill to control rent prices and no-cause evictions in Oregon is drawing a lot of support. However, while some landlords support it, others don’t think it will work.


'I don't want to ban people from asking for donations, it's just hindrance from traffic'

EUGENE, Ore. - You see them when you are behind the wheel: panhandlers asking for spare change or anything to help. But the City of Eugene is considering whether to fine drivers for reaching out to panhandlers from cars.


Interstate 84 closed outside Pendleton, Oregon, due to winter driving conditions

Winter driving conditions have forced the closure of an Interstate 84 stretch in eastern Oregon, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation. I-84 is closed both directions due to dense fog and extreme winter conditions between Exit 216, 7 miles east of Pendleton, and Exit 265 in La Grande.


Son of chef killed at Oregon Culinary Institute sues victim’s wife charged with murder

PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - The son of a chef who was killed at the Oregon Culinary Institute has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the victim’s wife, a romance novelist charged with murder.


Oregon Reports Boom in Camping, Longer Camping Season

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon set a new record for the number of campers at state parks last year, and the number of day-use visitors was the second-highest ever, according to a report by the state's Parks and Recreation Department.


Police ID woman found dead in cove along Oregon Coast

LINCOLN CITY, Ore. - The woman found dead Sunday in a cove north of God's Thumb on the Oregon Coast has been identified, Oregon State Police said. Tips to a hotline helped investigators identified the deceased as 63-year-old Satin Fever Star of Lincoln City. She was also known as Kahrin Jean McDonal


Oregon belaboring defense after allowing Oregon State to shoot 49 percent in Civil War loss

EUGENE — Even with Oregon having one of its better defensive seasons during his nine-year tenure, Dana Altman will always harp on defense. It stands to reason when Oregon is offensively sluggish since the season-ending injury to Bol Bol and can ill afford to become lackadaisical anywhere on the floo


FBI recognizes Bags of Love, a non-profit in Lane County, for service to Oregon children

EUGENE, Ore. - A Lane County non-profit received an award from the FBI for service to Oregon's most vulnerable children. The bureau presented Bags of Love, Inc. with the Director’s Community Leadership Award this month.


Oregon driver sentenced to 12 years for ‘most extreme reckless’ killing of cyclist

BEND — An Oregon woman was sentenced to more than 12 years in prison Tuesday for hitting and killing a cyclist while driving under the influence. KTVZ-TV reports Deschutes County Circuit Judge Michael Adler sentenced 42-year-old Shantel Witt, telling the court that it was the “most extreme reckless


Lane County rounds up household hazardous waste in Lowell on March 9

Lane County plans to hold a household hazardous waste roundup on March 9 in Lowell. The free roundup will go from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 9 at the Lowell Fire Station at 389 N. Pioneer St. in Lowell, according to the county. Households may dispose of up to 35 gallons of hazardous waste at the roundup