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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.

Firefighters use oxygen on hamsters rescued from blaze

Firefighters use oxygen on hamsters rescued from blaze
Photos courtesy of the Lacey Fire Department.
Firefighters were forced to dig through their "pet emergency pocket guides" on Friday when they rescued a family of hamsters from a burning mobile home in Lacey.

Police increase patrols on U of O students' first week back: 'It’s about being safe'

Police increase patrols on U of O students' first week back: 'It’s about being safe'

As students start heading back to the University of Oregon campus, law enforcement officers are increasing their alcohol patrols both on the roads and in the neighborhoods around campus.

The patrols are aimed at making sure students stay responsible while having fun this school year, the University of Oregon and Eugene Police Departments said.

UOPD spokesperson Kelly McIver said the buddy system is the best way to stay safe in party situations.

“Don't try to guess and make that judgment on their own or leave someone alone if they're not capable of enough to speak well or walk well,” said Mciver.

LCC drug take back event: 'So it's disposed of properly'

Having unused medications in the home can lead to a number of problems, like having them accidentally ingested, stolen, misused and abused.

According to the National Survey on Drug and Health, 6.5 million Americans abused prescription drugs in 2013. The Drug Enforcement Agency said 20,000 people died in 2011 from prescription medication overdoses.

Lane Community College partnered with the DEA to help lower these statistics by participating in the national drug take back event.

Exclusive poll shows race to legalize marijuana in Oregon too close to call

Exclusive poll shows race to legalize marijuana in Oregon too close to call

A SurveyUSA poll conducted for KATU showed that Oregonians back legalizing recreational marijuana, with 44 percent of likely voters supporting it and 40 percent opposed. But the razor-thin margin and wide disparity of support among demographics means turnout could end up deciding whether it passes.

Roseburg 'Need in Weed' event helps California fire victims

Roseburg 'Need in Weed' event helps California fire victims »Play Video
Roseburg resident donates food and cash at Need in Weed event.

Area radio stations, with the help of Roseburg Forest Products and United Community Action Network (UCAN), held a food drive called 'Need in Weed' Friday at the Sherm's Thunderbird grocery store in Roseburg. Dozens of Douglas County residents stopped by to donate essentials like canned food and basic toiletries.

Motorcycle crash slows traffic on I-5 north of Coburg

A crash is blocking northbound traffic on Interstate 5 late Friday morning about six miles north of Coburg.

The crash involves a motorcycle; no word from officials on if anyone was hurt in the crash.

Gumby the iPhone

Gumby the iPhone »Play Video
Here's a high tech question: is your butt bending the new extra big iPhone? Or maybe putting it in your front pocket is giving the phone the bends? CNN's Jeanne Moos is bending more than our ear with this report on the latest brouhaha over the iPhone.