April 18 – Morning Headlines

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Monday morning local headlines:
Tim Chuey: Morning fog, then some drying for today and tomorrow.

Oregon bill would let illegal immigrants get driver’s licenses
Oregon lawmakers will hear from the public Monday about giving driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants, a proposal from Senator Chip Shields that’s certain to spark powerful emotions but unlikely to become law.

Outcry continues over new 4J Superintendent pay
Last Friday during a 4J public meeting new District Superintendent Sheldon Berman spoke about his new contract stating that he recognizes financial difficulties in 4J, but says the job will be a huge challenge. Meanwhile, 4J’s board of directors has said for some time that the position has been underpaid and that Berman was taking a substantial pay cut over his previous position ($276k) in Louisville, KY.  In addition to the reported $180k salary, the district will also pay $15,000 for his moving expenses, and an auto allowance of $550 a month. Some opponents of Bermans selection suggest it is a substantial increase as Berman was let go from his position in Louisville.

Theater company expanding
The Lord Leebrick Theatre Company has submitted renovation drawings to Eugene’s planning office for creating two stages in a building that the nonprofit troupe owns on Broadway downtown. But the show won’t go on until the performance group is able to meet its fundraising goals.

Debates planned over tax proposal
With the campaign over Eugene’s income tax for schools intensifying, supporters and opponents will square off in two debates before the end of the month. The first will take place Tuesday at the Eugene Rotary Club, followed by an April 29 debate at the City Club of Eugene.

Eugene man promotes “food security” & Northwest backyard friendly crops
With rising gas prices comes an impact on nearly every product we buy at the store, including food, and in an effort to help people save money.

Run for Autism raises thousands for Bridgeway House in Eugene
The charitable run held at Alton Baker Park raised thousands of dollars for the cause; a 13 year old girl who won a hundred dollars donated it all back.

Attempted kidnapping in Lowell, suspect search continues
A suspect search continues in Lowell after an attempted abduction of a 9-year-old boy on Saturday, April 16th, 2011.

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