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Local One person taken to the hospital after chemical explosion in West Eugene One person taken to the hospital after chemical explosion in West Eugene (Photo Gallery)
Emergency crews were called out to the Life Technologies building in West Eugene Wednesday morning on reports of a chemical explosion at the Thermo Fisher Scientific Corp. Complex.

Emergency crews were called out to the Life Technologies building in West Eugene at around 10:15 a.m. Wednesday on reports of a chemical explosion at the Thermo Fisher Scientific Corp. complex.

Fire officials at the scene said one person was taken to the hospital.
Local October 1st brings the start of pumpkin patch season for many farms October 1st brings the start of pumpkin patch season for many farms (Photo Gallery) (Video)
Now that Halloween is officially a month away, farms across the nation are firing up the tractors to take people to their pumpkin patches.

Lone Pine Farms set up all its fall attractions on Wednesday to gear up for the pumpkin picking season.

Farm owner Dan Murray said this year he’s adding more Halloween fun to the haunted corn maze by including more scary characters.
Local Court documents shed new light on George Wasson murder case Court documents shed new light on George Wasson murder case (Photo Gallery) (Video)
Police documents released Tuesday are shedding light on the crime spree that started in Eugene, leaving three people dead as the suspect continued to Northern California.

The Eugene Police Department released a 93-page police report Tuesday of compiled documents from the George Wasson murder case.

In those reports, detectives say Ricardo Chaney met with his best friend on March 18, 2014, just hours before George Wasson was found shot to death in his burning home on Elk Avenue.

UO researchers: Wildfire employment helps build local economy

Wildfires can leave behind a charred landscape, however University of Oregon researchers find it also provides a building opportunity for local communities.


Cassandra Moseley, a spokesperson for the U of O’s Ecosystem Workforce Program, said research shows wildfires provide positive impacts to the local labor market.


“That can be people that run big pieces of equipment or fire crews who are supporting them providing food and lodging and other technical support for large fires,” said Moseley.

Police: 81-year-old shoots boat when men use his private dock

Police: 81-year-old shoots boat when men use his private dock

An 81-year-old man fired his shotgun at an aluminum boat Monday afternoon when two boaters used the man's private dock along the Siuslaw River to load their disabled boat onto a trailer, Oregon State Police said.

NFL player's video sparks conversation about domestic abuse: 'They can share their stories'

NFL player's video sparks conversation about domestic abuse: 'They can share their stories'
Many abuse victims have taken to social media this week in conversations using #whyIstayed and #whyIleft.

The criticism following a video of NFL star Ray Rice knocking his then-fiancee unconscious opened up a conversation on why people stayed in abusive relationships and their decision to leave the abuser.

Peggy Whalen said many of the shared stories are familiar. Abusers often say they will change, and victims will often want to believe that from the person they love. In some cases, she said, victims stay because the abuser threatens them or their children's lives. 

Some are calling the trending conversations behind #WhyIStayed and #WhyILeft powerful, courageous, and a "hashtag of hope".

Police: Suspect in custody after shots fired at Springfield yard sale

Police: Suspect in custody after shots fired at Springfield yard sale
The yard sale near the corner of 41st and A Streets where Springfield Police say a man was shot.

Officers have a suspect in custody shortly after he allegedly shot a man Sunday afternoon at a yard sale in a Springfield neighborhood, police officials said.

The victim was taken to the hospital where he is in stable condition, police said.

Police at the scene told our reporters the incident started when a man walking to the yard sale heard a couple fighting and decided to intervene.

This is a developing story, updates will be posted as information comes in.

Heisman House Tour stops in Eugene: 'Next time we come back we'll be talking to Marcus Mariota'

Heisman House Tour stops in Eugene: 'Next time we come back we'll be talking to Marcus Mariota' »Play Video

College football fans across the nation set their eyes on Eugene Saturday as the Oregon Ducks hosted the Michigan State Spartans.

The legendary Heisman Trophy made an appearance at Autzen Stadium for the matchup, giving fans a chance to see the historic award first-hand at the Heisman House Tour.

ESPN's Neil Everett conducted a live interview with former Duck Defensive Back Kenny Wheaton and former Oregon Quarterback Dennis Dixon. Both University of Oregon greats stuck around to meet fans and sign autographs.

Deep sea exploitation: 'The impacts are global'

Deep sea exploitation: 'The impacts are global'

The world’s oceans are vast and deep, yet rapidly advancing technology and the quest for extracting resources from previously unreachable depths is beginning to put the deep seas on the cusp of peril, an international team of scientists warned this week.

750 acre fire west of Cottage Grove has the 'recipe of a tough fire'

750 acre fire west of Cottage Grove has the 'recipe of a tough fire'
"I remember Oxbow, 8.20.66 I hope we can stop this one quickly," said Paul Dailey, who sent in this photo.

Fire crews are working through the tough terrain west of Cottage Grove to fight the nearly 750 acre Yellow Point Fire. "Low humidity, high temperatures, very tough terrain and a lot of timber - so all the ingredients and recipe of a tough fire," said Tom Fields of the Oregon Department of Forestry.

7-year-old ticketed for driving a golf cart

7-year-old ticketed for driving a golf cart »Play Video
A seven-year-old Texas boy learned the hard way: The long arm of the law doesn't care how old you are. An officer issued him a ticket for driving a golf cart on the beach. Now he's facing a fine, and his mother is furious. Sonia Azad has the story.

$10,000 grant aims to help unemployed mill workers find jobs after fire

$10,000 grant aims to help unemployed mill workers find jobs after fire
Mill workers wait for a chance to talk to prospective employers at a job fair nearly two weeks after their jobs went up in smoke in the Swanson Mill fire July 17.

Workers displaced by the Swanson Lumber mill fire may soon get a shot at a new job after the Lane Workforce Partnership received a $10,000 grant to help them through job training programs.

'We're calling the chili the Timberhill 150, based on the fire from Friday night'

'We're calling the chili the Timberhill 150, based on the fire from Friday night'

Competition at the 7th annual Benton County Chili Cook-Off was heating up the Benton County Fairgrounds Sunday as teams of the county’s public safety officials brought their best culinary prowess to chili connoisseurs.