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Local Simpsons mural unveiled: 'Springfield is home of the Simpsons' Simpsons mural unveiled: 'Springfield is home of the Simpsons' (Photo Gallery)
The unveiling of the Simpsons mural in at 5th and Main in downtown Springfield came with cheers and a much-needed confirmation for residents.

“You win, yes. Springfield is home of the Simpsons,” said Yeardly Smith, the voice behind Lisa Simpson.

Just like the introduction to one of America’s favorite cartoons, the unveiling was paired with a performance by the Springfield band, school buses, and even some of the beloved characters from the show.
Local Royal Caribbean to hire 200 employees for entry level jobs Royal Caribbean to hire 200 employees for entry level jobs
The Royal Caribbean hub in Springfield is hiring a wave of new employees for their busiest time of year.

Oregon's unemployment rate is one of the highest in the country, and the mass hire could alleviate some of the job hunting stress for Lane County residents.

The cruise company looking to hire just over 200 employees for entry level jobs in their customer service and sales departments.
Local Eugene alternative school burglarized a week before classes start up Eugene alternative school burglarized a week before classes start up
The Eugene Sudbury School, a K-12 alternative school, reported that someone had stolen nearly $5,000 worth of art supplies, computer equipment, and other educational equipment from their location in west Eugene.

School director Demian Schwartz noticed the school had been burglarized Sunday morning when she arrived to set up an open house before school starts up next week.

Are you hydrated enough for the heat?

Are you hydrated enough for the heat? »Play Video

It's not just those exercising in this heat that are at risk for heat related illnesses.

Dr. Geoffrey Simmons said during a heat advisory, those over 65 and those under 4 are people we really need to watch out for the heat.

Simmons says just as we lose some of our hearing and vision as we get older, we also lose a sense of thirst.

"Old people won't drink anything because they think they feel fine and actually they're thirsty," he said. "Light urine will tell you you're hydrated enough."

$50K upgrade to BMX track: 'I believe this is the start of that new era'

$50K upgrade to BMX track: 'I  believe this is the start of that new era' »Play Video
The track is scheduled to reopen August 22

The Emerald Valley Bike Track was built in 1981 and has remained largely the same since then.

This month, crews are making large-scale imrpovements, including paving the track's dirt corners and installing a new electronic starting gate.

The project will cost $50,000, paid through race fees, donations and revenue from offering parking to Duck football fans.

5th Street area Festival still on for August weekend left open by Celebration hiatus

5th Street area Festival still on for August weekend left open by Celebration hiatus

The Festival of Eugene is still scheduled for August 22 and 23.

Last week, organizers announced a $10,000 donation to support the Festival.

The pledge fell through, jeopardizing the grassroots effort by businesses in the area of the Fifth Street Public Market.

Teen accused in 6-year-old girl's death to be tried as adult

Teen accused in 6-year-old girl's death to be tried as adult »Play Video
Jenise Wright
A 17-year-old boy arrested in the death and sexual assault of a 6-year-old Bremerton girl will be charged and tried as an adult, Kitsap County Prosecutor Russ Hauge said Monday.

New Lane County wildfires: 'We don't see any communities being threatened at this time'

New Lane County wildfires: 'We don't see any communities being threatened at this time' »Play Video
August 10, 2014, lightning over Lane County

Firefighters took to the air and the woods to track down new wildfires ignited by Sunday night's lightning even as they prepared for a second round of thunderstorms due Monday evening.

"Most of these are well up into the forestland. We don't see any communities being threatened at this time," said Link Smith with the Oregon Department of Forestry.

If that situation changes, the Lane County Sheriff's Office would get involved to help alert residents, Smith said.

Oregon on alert: 'Any lightning strikes will have the potential to start new wildfires'

Oregon on alert: 'Any lightning strikes will have the potential to start new wildfires' »Play Video
Weather.gov shows all of Oregon under a Red Flag Warning on Monday, August 11, 2014

The entire state of Oregon faces critical fire weather this week, the National Weather Service said.

A Red Flag warning was in effect Monday for Oregon, from border to border.

"A Red Flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will shortly," according to the National Weather Service. "A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures will create explosive fire growth potential."

State Police: Inmate walks away from Salem-area facility

State Police: Inmate walks away from Salem-area facility
Mill Creek Correctional Facility inmate Jerry Teixeira (top left) went missing Saturday and State Police believe Lacy Evans (bottom left) helped him drive away. (Photos from Oregon State Police)

State Police are asking for your help finding this inmate who walked away from the Mill Creek Correctional Facility in Salem on Saturday.

4 people killed in fiery car crash; small dog escapes alive

4 people killed in fiery car crash; small dog escapes alive
Deputies said the car hit a tree and caught fire. (KATU photo)

A small dog was the only survivor of a fiery car crash that killed 4 people in Clackamas County early Monday morning.

Photos: Lightning bolts streak across Oregon's night skies

Photos: Lightning bolts streak across Oregon's night skies

Stargazers hoping to see the supermoon Sunday night were treated to another light show in parts of Western Oregon as lightning storms brought on by the heat moved through the area.