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Local Vision tests required for all school children 7 and younger (New) Vision tests required for all school children 7 and younger
Last year, the state legislature passed a law requiring children 7 and younger to undergo a vision screening before entering public school.

According to Joannah Vaughan, director of the preschool vision screening program at Elks Children’s Eye Clinic, this is critical. Approximately 15 percent of children have vision problems that can be corrected through early detection.
Local Gonorrhea rate spikes in Lane County (New) Gonorrhea rate spikes in Lane County (Photo Gallery) (Video)
Gonorrhea rates have skyrocketed in Lane County.

"What we recognize is our population between 2010 and 2013 has only increased 1 percent," said Cindy Morgan with Lane County Public Health, "and yet the number of cases - the rate - has increased about 800 percent."

Police close missing persons case after locating 4th athlete

Police close missing persons case after locating 4th athlete
Thee whereabouts of Amanuel Abebe Atibeha, 17; Dureti Edao, 18; Meaza Kebede, 18; and Zeyituna Mohammed, 18, have not been confirmed since they were reported missing Saturday.

Police located the fourth Ethiopian track athlete reported missing over the weekend from the IAAF World Junior Championships in Eugene Tuesday evening in Federal Way, Wash.

Fox tests positive for rabies

Fox tests positive for rabies »Play Video
Pets are more likely than humans to come into direct contact with rabid species. Vaccination is recommended, but pet owners also need to be proactive.

A fox tested positive for rabies for the first time in decades in Lane County.

"The 1960s would be the last confirmed, documented case that is well known," said Jason Davis with Lane County Health.

In Oregon, bats are often associated with the rabies virus.

An infected fox is unusual, and the community should be aware of the possible danger, Davis said.

"Foxes have more access to humans," he said. "Whereas a bat is airborne and while they do rest and interact with humans in some way, a fox could potentially pose more of a risk being in the bushes."

Y'all want to get rid of my accent?

Y'all want to get rid of my accent? »Play Video
If you have a southern accent -- would you consider saying "goodbye" to "howdy, y'all"? The Oak Ridge National Laboratory was going to offer a speech class for it's workers to do just that. But enough people complained at the lab -- to get it canceled for good. Cameron Taylor has more.

Robot hitching cross country all by itself

Robot hitching cross country all by itself »Play Video
Your parents told you never to pick up hitchhikers, but this is an exception. A robot is trying to hitchhike across Canada by himself (herself or itself?) It's called "Hitchbot" and its creators started its journey by leaving him on the side of the road. CNN's Jeanne Moos has more on his journey.

Photos: African safari with Oregon mission group

Photos: African safari with Oregon mission group
KBOI 2News photographer Mary Kienzle, along with a team from Oregon, recently went on a mission trip to Kenya, Africa building a home for a less fortunate family. Toward the end of the trip, she spent three days on a safari in the Maasai Mara area. Photo by Mary Kienzle
KBOI 2News photographer Mary Kienzle, along with a team from Oregon, recently went on a mission trip to Kenya, Africa building a home for a less fortunate family. Toward the end of the trip, she spent three days on a safari in the Maasai Mara area. Photo by Mary Kienzle

Roadwork ahead: 'This is the breaking the few eggs part'

Roadwork ahead: 'This is the breaking the few eggs part' »Play Video
Construction time in the Whiteaker

Construction has begun on First Avenue, and Monroe and Madison streets in the Whiteaker neighborhood.

Although there will be some delays, the project manager says the end result will be worth it.

FAQs about Eugene's paid sick leave ordinance

FAQs about Eugene's paid sick leave ordinance

On July 28, 2014, the Eugene City Council passed a law that allows everyone working within the Eugene city limits to accrue paid sick time at work. Here's what's next.

Call to action on skin cancer: 'If people could see the hole in my back'

Call to action on skin cancer: 'If people could see the hole in my back' »Play Video
Don't forget to use sunscreen

At 34 years old, Stacey Escalante was, in her words, at the top of her game.

A successful television news reporter in Las Vegas, the busy mother of two was even training for a marathon.

"I looked fine, and I had no indication i was sick," she said. "I just had that spot on my back. It was a little itchy, but other than that, it wasn't a problem."

It was a problem: Stage III melanoma that spread to her lymph nodes.