April 14 – Evening Update

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Headlines for a stormy Thursday evening:

Oregon looks to ‘right-size’ state government
Oregon lawmakers are considering a bill that seeks to trim the ranks of management in state government.

EmX funding vote passes 8 to 1
Today’s EmX vote at the MPC meeting results in a passing vote with conditions. Leiken’s motion, seconded by Piercy, was to move forward granting LTD authorization to apply for the funds, and go forward w/ the Environmental Impact Study (EIS) conditional on future approval after the EIS is done, of Eugene City Council, LTD Board & MPC.

County settles lawsuit with former employee
Kathy Slater worked at the clerk’s office until about two years ago, when she was terminated because she refused to register domestic partnerships because of her religious beliefs. On Wednesday, the Douglas County Commissioners, through their Eugene attorney Jens Schmidt, announced a settlement of $145,000 to Slater.

Missing Eugene man turns up safe in Bend
21-year-old west Eugene man, Jeffrey M. Vergara, reported missing in February has turned up safe in Central Oregon, his cousin said today. Apparently he moved without notifying his family he was leaving.

State looks to trim management ranks

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