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Local 'Most children do just fine in the transition to kindergarten, but 20 to 25 percent of them experience difficulties' 'Most children do just fine in the transition to kindergarten, but 20 to 25 percent of them experience difficulties'
An intervention that uses music and games to help preschoolers learn self-regulation skills is helping prepare at-risk children for kindergarten, a new study from Oregon State University shows.

Self-regulation skills – the skills that help children pay attention, follow directions, stay on task and persist through difficulty – are critical to a child’s success in kindergarten and beyond, said OSU’s Megan McClelland, a nationally recognized expert in child development and a co-author of the new study.
National & World Ferguson on edge as nation awaits grand jury ruling Ferguson on edge as nation awaits grand jury ruling (Photo Gallery) (Video)
Protesters gathered outside the Ferguson Police Department on Thursday just like they have most every night since Michael Brown was killed.

Three people were arrested as tensions, anticipation and crowds continue to grow ahead of what many believe will be a decision this weekend from the grand jury considering charges against police officer Darren Wilson.

Photos: Inside a Space Age house

Photos: Inside a Space Age house
Who knew that over the hill and through the woods, there was a 'concept house' in Seward Park built for the future? This Jet City Original by Ken Koehler AIA resembles a stationed rocket ship, and was designed for display at the 1963 Home Show in the Seattle Coliseum. The 4,000 square foot property is being sold by Windermere and Edward Krigsman for $948,000. (Image: Joshua Lewis / Seattle Refined)

Who knew that over the hill and through the woods, there was a 'concept house' in Seward Park built for the future? This Jet City Original by Ken Koehler AIA resembles a stationed rocket ship, and was designed for display at the 1963 Home Show in the Seattle Coliseum. 

'We're good on offense, but we're better on defense, and that's our plan'

'We're good on offense, but we're better on defense, and that's our plan'
Joseph Young (#3) makes a move for the basket avoiding Jonathan Williams (#1) in the process. Young lead the team in points with a total of 24 to contribute for the Ducks’ win with a final score of 78-68 Friday evening at Matthew Knight Arena. Andy Abeyta, Oregon News Lab

The Ducks opened several eyes on Friday night with a convincing 78-68 win over the Toledo Rockets in their second game of the Progressive Legends Classic.

'Most children do just fine in the transition to kindergarten, but 20 to 25 percent of them experience difficulties'

'Most children do just fine in the transition to kindergarten, but 20 to 25 percent of them experience difficulties'
Researcher Sara Schmitt working with a child

An intervention that uses music and games to help preschoolers learn self-regulation skills is helping prepare at-risk children for kindergarten, a new study from Oregon State University shows.

Self-regulation skills – the skills that help children pay attention, follow directions, stay on task and persist through difficulty – are critical to a child’s success in kindergarten and beyond, said OSU’s Megan McClelland, a nationally recognized expert in child development and a co-author of the new study.

Ferguson on edge as nation awaits grand jury ruling

Ferguson on edge as nation awaits grand jury ruling »Play Video
Artwork showing "hands up" on a wall in Ferguson, Mo.

Protesters gathered outside the Ferguson Police Department on Thursday just like they have most every night since Michael Brown was killed.

Three people were arrested as tensions, anticipation and crowds continue to grow ahead of what many believe will be a decision this weekend from the grand jury considering charges against police officer Darren Wilson.

'There's so many that's hurt, and this is very helpful for that'

'There's so many that's hurt, and this is very helpful for that' »Play Video
Tamarack Pool

For some veterans, Tamarack Pool is more than just taking a dip: it's a therapeutic way to heal.

The pool offers free swimming for veterans every Monday through December at 10 a.m.


    

Corvallis woman killed in 4-car crash near Junction City

Corvallis woman killed in 4-car crash near Junction City
The driver of a Nissan Juke died when an oncoming pickup truck crossed the centerline and hit her car Friday morning.

A Corvallis woman died Friday when an oncoming pickup truck crossed the center median on Highway 99 and hit her car, Oregon State Police said.

Misunderstood Medicine: 'I feel like a normal boy'

Misunderstood Medicine: 'I feel like a normal boy' »Play Video
Forrest Smelser is now 9 weeks seizure free after getting on medical cannabis oil.

A week after Forrest's 8th birthday, his mother Tanesha Smelser said doctors diagnosed him with epilepsy and prescribed him an anti-seizure drug.

She said the drug made him angry, violent and suicidal.

The Smelser family had reached a breaking point when Tanesha said they decided to ditch the pharmaceuticals in favor of medical marijuana.

Obama touts immigration order; GOP vows to take action to stop him

Obama touts immigration order; GOP vows to take action to stop him »Play Video
President Obama announced his plan in an address to the nation Thursday

At a rally in Las Vegas, President Obama made the moral argument for him ordering that 3 million to 5 million immigrants can stay in America without documents.

"They're forced to either live in the shadows or risk having their families torn apart," Obama said. "We've known about this for years and we've known we can do better, and for years we haven't done much about it. Well today we're doing something about it."

$2.6M challenge grant seeks to raise money to help nurses earn BAs, MAs

$2.6M challenge grant seeks to raise money to help nurses earn BAs, MAs »Play Video
Louella Freeman

About 1,200 nurses work at PeaceHealth's Sacred Heart hospitals in the Eugene/Springfield area.

The chief nursing officer says only about 30 percent of RNs right now have their bachelor's or master's in nursing.

"We're on a journey with an ultimate goal to have 80 percent of our nurses have their bachelor's or master's degree over the next number of years," said Louella Freeman, chief nursing officer.

Don Tykeson and John Murphy, two Eugene businessmen, are joining the effort.

They have pledged to the PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center's Nursing Education Foundation a combined $2.6 million dollar challenge grant - a donation they want to see matched by donors.

Plane hit by green laser near Eugene Airport

Plane hit by green laser near Eugene Airport »Play Video
Reports of laser strikes by aircraft have been on the rise (FAA)

A plane reported being hit by a green laser near the Eugene Airport on Friday, the Lane County Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies responded to an area west of the Eugene Airport after the control tower reported the laser strike around 10 a.m., Sgt. Carrie Carver said.

Carver said deputies were unable to locate the source.