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Man drowns in same river where teen’s body found

A 26-year-old Yoncalla man was swimming near Elkton when he was swept under and drowned. This comes the day after a fisherman found the body of a Roseburg teen who drowned exactly a week before.

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Tim Chuey Weather

June 27, 2011 – Increasing clouds and chances of precipitation for a few days, but that could spell nice weather for the Independence Day weekend.

Forecast for the Southern and lower Mid Willamette Valley including Eugene-Springfield and Albany-Corvallis: Mostly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of rain this afternoon, a good (50%) chance of rain this evening, rain likely tonight (0.25 in. of rain possible), rain likely (60%) Tuesday AM, showers likely (60%) in the afternoon (0.25 in. of rain possible), a (40%) chance of showers in the evening, a slight (20%) chance of showers late Tuesday night (0.10 in. of rain possible), mostly cloudy with a (30%) chance of showers Wednesday and Wednesday evening, then a slight (20%) chance of showers late Wednesday night highs 80-70 lows 56-50. A slight (20%) chance of AM showers Thursday, then a mix of clouds and sun in the afternoon, partly cloudy Thursday night, AM clouds, mostly sunny Friday, then partly cloudy Friday night through Sunday highs 73-79 lows near 50. (seasonal averages high 76 low 49)

The Pollen forecast for the Eugene/Springfield Area is for weeds and trees to be low, and Grass to stay to very high. (Provided by Allergy and Asthma Research Group)

UO adopts a high school

UO adopts a high school
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The announcement made a big splash in Portland: Qualifying graduates of the city's Jefferson High School would get fully paid tuition and fees at the University of Oregon. Everywhere else, the announcement raised eyebrows: Why offer a free ride to

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Whitaker Station likely to keep 2 crews

Alarm bells over a personnel change at Eugene’s Whiteaker area fire station have been quieted. The City Council tonight is expected to approve a $317,000 proposal by Councilor Mike Clark to keep two fire engine crews at the station, at West Second Avenue and Chambers Street. In a cost-cutting move …


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Friends remember Springfield bicyclist car crash victim Jennifer Sells

Remembering the Springfield bicyclist who died in a crash with a truck on Saturday, friends are sharing words with the public about 38 year-old Jennifer Sells.

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Springfield homes lose power, businesses lose cash from DUII power pole crash

A driver is now facing DUII and reckless driving charges after crashing into a power pole, and cutting electricity for hundreds of Springfield residents and cash for some Springfield businesses.

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140 Bethel-area volunteers help clean Malabon Elementary neighborhood

Volunteering out of the goodness of their hearts, more than 100 community members from the Bethel area spent Saturday chipping in and sprucing up the neighborhood around an area elementary…

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3 Eugene teens recovering after kayaking over waterfall

Three Eugene teens are recovering after emergency crews say they kayaked over a waterfall in the Gorge.

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Moped rider killed in collision

Moped rider killed in collision
The Register-Guard
A 72-year-old Eugene man died Sunday evening after the moped he was riding collided with a car shortly before 6 pm at the intersection of 28th and Chambers, Eugene police said. The police are still investigating the accident but said initial

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Birds Dive-Bomb Springfield Shoppers


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ONLY ON KEZI: Birds Dive-Bomb Springfield Shoppers
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SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Shoppers at a Safeway grocery store in Springfield are ducking for cover and trying to prevent themselves from being attacked by a group of birds. The Brewer's Blackbirds work as a team, perched on different spots

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Fire Engulfs Creswell Shop


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Fire Engulfs Creswell Shop
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CRESWELL, Ore. — South Lane County officers are still investigating why a structure went up in flames early Sunday morning in Creswell. The blaze lasted for hours and neighbors say it was seen for miles. The first 9-1-1 call came in

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Oregon lawmakers slash higher education funding

Oregon’s universities will face more budget cuts in the coming years after lawmakers passed a spending plan that significantly slashes state support for higher education.

Legislators last week voted 43-15 to approve a $709 million budget for the next two years that cuts funding to the state’s seven public universities by 17 percent — a 5 percent decrease from the governor’s recommend budget. Included is a 22 percent decrease in money allocated for student instruction.

This marks the second biennium in a row of declining state support for the Oregon University System. In 2005, state appropriations comprised 36 percent of the University of Oregon’s budget. Today, state support makes up just 7 percent of the University’s budget.

“These are difficult times for the state,” said State Board of Higher Education President Paul Kelly, offering his sympathy for those passing legislation amid troubled times. “I’m sure that lawmakers have done the best they thought they could do for higher ed.”

Yet, in the capital, some weren’t so understanding. On the House floor, representatives spoke out against the proposed budget, chastising the legislature for its failure to bolster the state’s universities.

“We don’t take higher ed seriously in this state,” Rep. Mitch Greenlick (D-Portland) said to House members. “I think we obviously need to pass the bill, but we need to take seriously our objectives for higher education.”

This drop in state support parallels an unprecedented growth in enrollment throughout Oregon’s public universities, which has increased by 31 percent in the past 10 years.

Now, it is up to students to cover the cost. Earlier this month the State Board of Higher Education approved tuition increases for all Oregon University System institutions. At the University of Oregon, tuition will increase next year by 7.5 percent for nonresident undergraduates and 9 percent for resident undergraduates.

Kelly said it’s the only mechanism currently in place to make up for the budgetary shortfall.

“Students do wind up bearing more of the burden themselves,” Kelly said. “It’s unfortunate, but it is one of the most significant tools that we currently have available to us.”

The legislature is holding on to $25.4 million in appropriations to mitigate any unexpected revenue changes. Depending on the universities’ revenue, OUS could get some or all of the “holdback” money in the 2012 Legislative Session.

Like many higher education officials, Kelly is hopeful that Senate Bill 242, which would grant OUS more authority and less reliance on the state, will offer some steps to reforming Oregon’s higher education system and alleviate some of the burden on students’ pocketbooks.

“If we change nothing, then this pattern is likely to continue,” Kelly said. “We as a state have to come up with a more stable funding mechanism for higher ed because the model we’ve been working under just isn’t sustainable.”