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Local Dangerous beauty: Thunderstorms spark new fires on Umpqua forest, Crater Lake park Dangerous beauty: Thunderstorms spark new fires on Umpqua forest, Crater Lake park (Photo Gallery)
Smokejumpers are en route to lightning fires near the Mount Thielsen Wilderness, some of the six confirmed fire starts reported on the Umpqua National Forest.

Elsewhere, hand crews are heading into a fire on the Boulder Creek Wilderness.

And a new batch of fires are under attack by fire crews in Crater Lake National Park.
Entertainment Where to see the Budweiser Clydesdales in person Thursday or Friday Where to see the Budweiser Clydesdales in person Thursday or Friday (Photo Gallery)
Beer distributor Western Beverage Company earned the visit by the Clydesdale. But ahead of that special show Saturday, the horses are touring Lane County to the delight of fans.

"I knew that they were big," said Christian Kluth. "I didn't think that they were that big. Their hoof is almost the size of my head."

Former Duck's company picked to paint Simpsons in Springfield

Former Duck's company picked to paint Simpsons in Springfield
The City of Springfield said this week that Old City Artists, owned by Erik Nicolaisen, was chosen to install the official Simpsons mural slated for the west side of the Emerald Arts Building in downtown Springfield.

A company owned by a former Duck football player turned actor recognizable for his role in a VW Super Bowl ad will paint a custom mural of "The Simpsons" on the wall of a Springfield, Ore., arts center.

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.