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Local 'What happens when Earth’s climate reaches a tipping point' (New) 'What happens when Earth’s climate reaches a tipping point' (Photo Gallery)
Scientists have long been concerned that global warming may push Earth’s climate system across a “tipping point,” where rapid melting of ice and further warming may become irreversible – a hotly debated scenario with an unclear picture of what this point of no return may look like.

Two die when motorcycle collides with pickup on Hwy 138

Two people riding a Harley Davidson died Sunday afternoon when their motorcycle collided with a pickup truck on Highway 138E near Steamboat Creek. State Police closed the highway at milepost 39, about 22 miles east of Glide for over 6 hours while crews cleared the highway and investigated the crash.

Suspect booked for murder after man shot, killed in dispute off River Rd.

Suspect booked for murder after man shot, killed in dispute off River Rd.
A man died Friday after he was shot multiple times at a home off River Road in Eugene. Lane County deputies took Brian Irving Sears (at left) to the sheriff's office for an interview. Sears was booked at the Lane County Jail early Saturday morning on a felony murder charge.

A man died Friday afternoon when he was shot during a dispute in a neighborhood off River Road, authorities said

Photos: Oregon wins season opener against South Dakota, 62-13

Photos: Oregon wins season opener against South Dakota, 62-13
The Oregon Duck lead the Ducks out onto the field prior to their game against University of South Dakota. The Ducks won the game 62-13. Mary Jane Schulte, Oregon News Lab

Vandals caught on camera before ramming stolen cart into Cottage Grove High

Vandals caught on camera before ramming stolen cart into Cottage Grove High »Play Video

Security cameras caught two teenage vandals ramming a stolen golf cart into the doors of the Cottage Grove High School athletic complex early Friday morning, just days before students return to class.

The surveillance footage shows the two teens stealing a golf cart from the nearby Hidden Valley Golf Course early in the morning.

“The golf cart had been rammed through these doors behind me here and was actually stuck in the door,” said Krista Parent, superintendent of the district.

Ducks, Beavers host season openers Saturday

Ducks, Beavers host season openers Saturday »Play Video

No matter who you root for, college football fans in Oregon have something to cheer about this weekend.


The Oregon State Beavers take on the Portland State Vikings at 1 p.m. Saturday in Reser Stadium, bringing the football fever back to Corvallis.


Eugene hometown favorites the University of Oregon Ducks have a 7 p.m. kick off at Autzen Stadium in their season opener against South Dakota.

Man hurt in explosion, Eugene Police find illegal fireworks in his apartment

Man hurt in explosion, Eugene Police find illegal fireworks in his apartment »Play Video

Officers found illegal fireworks and the tools to make improvised explosives in an apartment near 8th and Washington after the person living there hurt himself in an explosion early Thursday morning, Eugene Police said.

Police shoot Springfield woman driving stolen car at gas station off I-5 near Albany

Police shoot Springfield woman driving stolen car at gas station off I-5 near Albany »Play Video

A police officer shot and injured the driver of a stolen car early Thursday morning after chasing the car up Interstate 5 from Springfield to a gas station near Albany, the Linn County Sheriff's Office said.

The suspect, Amanda Gatewood, 44, of Springfield, was taken to a Corvallis hospital and is listed in critical condition.

According to the sheriff, Springfield Police were pursuing Gatewood in a stolen 2000 Suzuki Vitara north on Interstate 5. Officials said Gatewood took the Highway 34 exit and stopped at the entrance to the Chevron Gas Station on the west side of I-5.

She got out of the vehicle and started running toward the convenience store. Officers shot Gatewood when she pointed what appeared to be a handgun at officers, the Linn County Sheriff's Office said.

Leasing helmets helps high school teams cut costs without sacrificing safety

Leasing helmets helps high school teams cut costs without sacrificing safety »Play Video

As football helmets improve in preventing players from getting concussions, high schools must search for the latest models to keep their students safe.

This can prove to be an expensive task, as technology advancements are made each year.

Harrisburg graduate Mark Elmblade spent 13 years selling football helmets as a rep for Ridell. He is using that experience to build his new company Armor Zone, which leases football helmets to high schools and youth programs.

Deception Complex jumps lines, prompts evacuations near Oakridge

Deception Complex jumps lines, prompts evacuations near Oakridge »Play Video

The highly-active Deception Creek fire escaped some containment lines Wednesday, spreading nearly a mile away from some homes along Highway 58. Willamette National Forest officials issued a level 2 evacuation for some residents near Westfir, which asks people to get ready to leave their homes.

Our reporters on the scene said some people living in the mobile home park were asked to leave their homes. Forest officials have since downgraded the park back to a level 2 evacuation, which asks people to get ready to leave their homes.

Residents along La Duke and Harbour Roads are aslo under a level 2 evacuation, Willamette National Forest said.

Cooler evening temperatures and moderate fire behavior on the main fires helped crews successfully attack spot fires near the Deception Creek Mobile Home Park, said Willamette National Forest spokeswoman Jude McHugh.