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Once a week, 12-year-old Becca Mann visits Mercy Me Ranch in Veneta to ride horses like Juliette.

"Riding the horses, it helps me because like it like distracts my mind from losing my dad," she said.

Becca's dad Erik died last December from an aggressive form of cancer.

A tragic loss is something Becca and Lori Thomas have in common.

"Losing my dad at 13, I didn't really have anyone come alongside me that could identify with my loss and it was a very lonely journey for me," Lori said.

Now Lori and her husband Stan are working through the grief of losing their youngest daughter Aimee in a car crash last year.
Kitzhaber, Merkley, marijuana winning in latest exclusive poll Kitzhaber, Merkley, marijuana winning in latest exclusive poll
Despite Cylvia Hayes’ recent admission to a “green-card marriage” in 1997 and questions surrounding whether her private consulting business benefited because of her relationship with the governor, Kitzhaber still has a healthy lead over his Republican challenger state Rep. Dennis Richardson of Central Point in the latest poll conducted for KATU by SurveyUSA.

"Next Glass" app hopes to analyze 40,000 beers

"Next Glass" app hopes to analyze 40,000 beers »Play Video
The makers of a new app are trying to map the beer genome, so to speak. In the world of craft beers, the app developers want to find out -- empirically -- what makes a beer different from other beers. Matt Markovich reports the goal is to give people a better idea of what they should pour into their "Next Glass."

Halloween in Eugene: 'Have an ice cream sundae; carve a pumpkin'

Halloween in Eugene: 'Have an ice cream sundae; carve a pumpkin'

A great big gourd that tips the scales at more than a thousand pounds is one of a few pumpkins at Fifth Street Public Market that'll go under the knife starting this weekend.

“One of our pumpkins is going to be Frankenstein this year,” Marketing Director Marissa Ooyevaar said. “Another one, as soon as one of our carvers saw it, he said, 'this looks like a pig.’”

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UO video on preventing sexual violence: 'What's most important is that the messages get out'

UO video on preventing sexual violence: 'What's most important is that the messages get out' »Play Video
"It's On Us"

The University of Oregon has accepted the White House’s “It’s On Us” challenge, releasing a video at halftime of Saturday's football game against Washington.

The video features leaders in the University of Oregon community, including many athletes.

But the video doesn't include anyone from the Ducks Men's Basketball team, which has been at the forefront of the sexual assault discussion following allegations against 3 players last March.

'These airbags are defective': Is your car on the list?

'These airbags are defective': Is your car on the list? »Play Video

A safety device meant to save lives could be endangering them in certain cars.

"These airbags are defective," said David Friendman with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "and anyone who has any of these vehicles is at risk in a crash."

Wells Fargo offers $5K reward for suspect in Salem, Cottage Grove heists

Wells Fargo offers $5K reward for suspect in Salem, Cottage Grove heists
The FBI is looking for a man suspected of robbing three banks in Western Oregon on Thursday, October 16 and Friday, October 17.

The FBI is searching for a man who robbed three Western Oregon banks in two days. In all three robberies the man demanded money from a bank teller and walked out with cash.

How low will gas prices go?

How low will gas prices go?
Photo taken October 21, 2014, in Eugene, Ore.

Prices at the pump are falling, driven by drops in crude oil prices, AAA Oregon said.

“Washington and Oregon have the fourth and fifth largest weekly drops in gas prices in the last week as both averages lose 14 cents, and both states are registering the largest drops in the last month with both averages down 40 cents in that timeframe,” said Marie Dodds with AAA Oregon/Idaho.

The national average for regular unleaded fell 9 cents this week to $3.09 a gallon.

Oregon’s average is down 14 cents to $3.36 per gallon, the lowest since February of this year.

2 youth football teams banned from playoffs after parents brawl

2 youth football teams banned from playoffs after parents brawl »Play Video
This image taken from smartphone video shows people trying to break up the brawl.

Two local youth football teams have been banned from the championship playoffs - and it has nothing to do with the actions of players. Police say it is all because of a melee that broke out between parents during a game