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Man Loses Arm in Accident Involving Semi-Truck

A crash ripped off the arm of one man and led to the arrest of another man.

 

It happened Monday evening on I-5 northbound near Sutherlin.

 

Oregon State Police say a car’s tire blew out while driving in the left lane.

 

The driver swerved into a semi-truck, which caused the car to ricocheted hitting the guardrail.

 

The passenger in the car had his arm out during the incident and it was chopped completely off.

 

OSP says the car’s driver was arrested because he was impaired by an unknown drug.

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ACLU Challenges City Sign Code

The EmX controversy continues, and now the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is getting involved.

 

The ACLU is calling Eugene’s sign code that banned some “no build” signs unconstitutional.

 

The ACLU of Oregon sent a letter to the city of Eugene saying the code that forbids the “No EmX” signs is legally indefensible and is a violation of both the state and federal constitution.

 

In the letter, the ACLU says the city’s selective enforcement of the sign code ordinance allows some signs, but criminalizes others based solely on content.

 

The ACLU also says the city’s permit requirement is an “unconstitutional restraint of speech.”

 

The letter points out the sign ordinance imposes too great a burden on protected political speech calling the permit requirement burdensome.

 

The ACLU says if it doesn’t receive a response from the city within two weeks, it will sue.

 

“I was hoping they’d get involved because this is a First Amendment case and it’s what I’ve been claiming since the first time the city asked me to take the sign down,” said Bob Macherione, Our Money Our Transit.

 

KEZI contacted the city Tuesday to get its response to the ACLU’s letter, but City Spokesperson Jan Bohman says the city’s attorney is looking over it and will respond in a few days.

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Eugene schools cut chocolate milk from lunch menu

A childhood favorite is off the menu at Eugene 4J School District elementary schools: chocolate milk. That’s not all. The district is also making some other big changes to school lunches.

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Your Wednesday will be quite warm with a slight chance of thunderstorms, but as we approach the weekend it will warm up again. Still looking good for the Eugene Celebration.

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Advisories: NONE AT THIS TIME.

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high pressure ridge (“Arch” shape on  the orange line) is over the Pacific Northwest continuing the sunshine and warm temperatures. Temperatures are on the rise again. A weak cold front slid through just bringing some clouds that cleared out quickly. Look for a chance of thunderstorms for your Wednesday. Temperatures will dip a bit Thursday, then they will start to warm back up again for the weekend. The weather will pretty much perfect for the Eugene Celebration Friday through Sunday.

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Here are your detailed forecasts.**

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Forecast for the Southern and lower Mid Willamette Valley including Eugene-Springfield and Albany-Corvallis: Mostly clear tonight, a mix of clouds and sun Wednesday with a slight (20%) chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon, partly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of thunderstorms Wednesday evening, mostly cloudy Wednesday night and Thursday  AM, partly cloudy Thursday afternoon and evening, mostly clear late Thursday night, mostly sunny Friday, then mostly clear Friday night lows 59-50 highs 90-86. Mostly sunny Saturday, mostly clear in the evening, partly cloudy Saturday night and Sunday AM, mostly sunny  Sunday afternoon and Monday, mostly clear Sunday night and Monday evening, then partly cloudy late Monday night and Tuesday highs 86-90 cooling to 83 Monday and 78 Tuesday lows 50-53. (seasonal averages high 82 low 51)

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Forecast for the Umpqua Basin including Roseburg: Mostly clear tonight, partly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of thunderstorms Wednesday afternoon and evening with gusty winds and possible small hail, partly cloudy Wednesday night through Thursday evening, mostly clear Thursday night, mostly sunny Friday, then mostly clear Friday night lows 60-56 highs 92-85. Mostly sunny Saturday through Tuesday with mostly clear nights highs 86-90 cooling to 83 Tuesday lows near 56. (seasonal averages high 84 low 55)

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Forecast for the South Oregon Coast including Coos Bay and North Bend: Mostly clear this evening, mostly cloudy  with patchy coastal fog late tonight and Wednesday AM, partly cloudy Wednesday afternoon and evening with a slight (20%) chance of inland afternoon and evening thunderstorms with gusty winds and possible hail, mostly cloudy with patchy coastal fog late Wednesday night and Thursday AM, mostly cloudy in the afternoon, mostly cloudy with patchy coastal fog Thursday night and Friday AM, partly cloudy in the afternoon, then mostly cloudy Friday night lows near 55 cooling to near 50 Friday night highs 70-63. Mostly cloudy Saturday night through Tuesday highs near 66 lows near 53. (seasonal averages high 66 low 53).

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Forecast for the Cascades of Lane County: Partly cloudy this evening, mostly clear late tonight, mostly sunny in the AM, partly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of thunderstorms Wednesday afternoon and evening, mostly cloudy Wednesday night, partly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of thunderstorms Thursday and Thursday evening, mostly clear Thursday night, mostly sunny Friday AM, partly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening, then just partly cloudy Friday night free air freezing level 15,000 ft. tonight, 14,000 ft. Wednesday and Wednesday night, 13,000 ft. Thursday, 14,000 ft. Thursday night and Friday, then 15,000 ft. Friday night lows near 52 highs 80-78. Partly cloudy Saturday AM, mostly sunny in the afternoon, mostly clear Friday night and Saturday evening, partly cloudy late Saturday night through Sunday evening, partly cloudy late Sunday night, mostly sunny Monday AM, partly cloudy Monday afternoon through Tuesday AM, then mostly sunny Tuesday afternoon free air freezing level 15,000 ft. Saturday through Sunday night, then 14,000 ft. Monday through Tuesday highs 74-83 cooling to near 74 Monday and 66 Tuesday lows near 49.

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**Because weather forecasting is a combination of science, intuition, and timing there can be no absolute guarantees that individual forecasts will be 100% accurate. Nature is in a constant state of flux and sudden unexpected weather events can happen.

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New law clarifies when drivers must stop for pedestrians

On Wednesday, Governor John Kitzhaber will sign Senate Bill 424 into law. The law makes it so that when a pedestrian intends to cross the street, the pedestrian has the right-of-way.

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4J, LTD Offer Help as Free Bus Pass Program Ends

EUGENE, Ore. — School begins next month in Eugene, and some parents may have to find a different way to get their child to school.

 

The 4J School District says Lane Transit District will stop providing free bus passes to students starting in September.

 

That’s because LTD lost state funding for the Student Transit Pass Program.

 

To help ease the transition, LTD says it will provide free bus passes for students grades 6 through 12 for the month of September.

 

After that, those students will have to pay to ride.

 

The Eugene School District is also stepping in to help.

 

It will provide LTD bus passes to 4J high school students who meet the following criteria:

 

·      Qualify for free or reduced-price school meals (parents must give written permission to share this information)
·      Live within the attendance area of the high school they are attending
·      Live more than 1.5 miles from the school and
·      Do not receive school bus transportation.

 

For those who don’t qualify, families can contact point2pont solutions to find out more about its free services.  Point2point solutions connects people who want to carpool, walk or ride their bike to the same location together.  Call 541-682-6213 or click here for more information.

 

The school district says it will continue to provide school bus service to the following people:

 

·      Elementary school students who are attending their neighborhood school and live more than 1 mile from school
·      Middle school students who are attending their neighborhood school and live more than 1.5 miles from school
·      High school students who are attending their neighborhood school and live more than 1.5 miles from the nearest LTD bus stop
·      Students who are assigned school bus services as part of their special education program

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A little mix added for Ore. liquor shop tastings

Beginning next month, Oregon distilleries can offer a little ice, water or a mixer to their offerings at liquor store tastings.

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Orthopedic Surgeons Offering Free Physicals at Kidsports

EUGENE, Ore. — If you are uninsured and need a physical exam to play sports, you’re in luck.

 

Tuesday a couple of orthopedic surgeons with the Neuro-Spine Institute are donating their time to give physicals to those in need.

 

It’s all part of an event held by Kidsports.  Last year the physicians examined over 100 individuals during this event. 

 

Due to the economy, the Neuro-Spine Institute says they expect even more people to show up for physicals this year.

 

The Kidsports office is located at 2190 Polk Street in Eugene.

 

 

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2 dead after car fleeing police hits pickup head-on

As police pursued a small car matching the description of a vehicle connected to a crime, the car plowed head-on into a pickup truck.

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Camper stabbed in chest by stranger

A camper at Bastendorf Beach reported being stabbed in the chest by an unidentitifed man after a confrontation with another group of campers in the area.

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Chief Pete Kerns explains Eugene Police realignment

Eugene’s police chief says his department has been realigned in hopes of fighting crime more effectively.

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