March 30 – Morning Headlines

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Good morning, here are the local headlines.  Be sure to weigh in if you have an opinion.

Tim Chuey Weather
Mostly cloudy with rain likely (60%) this AM, a good (50%) chance of rain this afternoon (0.10 in. of rain possible), a slight (20%) chance of rain tonight, mostly cloudy Thursday.
Man pleads guilty to bilking investors of $18M – many are Florence residents
Louis J. Borstelmann has pleaded guilty to mail fraud and money laundering in a swindle that cost investors more than $18 million.
Bills to create state finance board come into limelight
Lawmakers propose a new state-run body to better coordinate and unlock more state financing for Oregon businesses.
Oregon State Budget Proposal
The proposed budget for 2011-2013 was released yesterday and includes serious cuts across the board as part of the “share the pain” strategy employed in its drafting. This link is to the full text of the release.
The Dogcatcher is coming
LCAS (Lane County Animal Services) has hired a dogcatcher who will be coming by your house to make sure your pets are licensed. If “Rusty” isn’t currently licensed, the officer can sell or renew the license on the spot. Spayed or neutered animals are $15 a year, fertile dogs are $35 a year. Electing not to license will buy you 10 days to change your mind or face fines as high as $477. The new position is expected to pay for itself; it is estimated there are approximately 92,000 dogs in Lane County.
Zelenka pushes to save stadium
Eugene city Councilor Alan Zelenka thinks he may have found another way to save Civic Stadium, but he will have to persuade skeptical colleagues that it’s a good idea. Zelenka on Tuesday suggested that the city lease the historic south Eugene ballpark from the property’s owner, the Eugene School District.

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