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Once a week, 12-year-old Becca Mann visits Mercy Me Ranch in Veneta to ride horses like Juliette.

"Riding the horses, it helps me because like it like distracts my mind from losing my dad," she said.

Becca's dad Erik died last December from an aggressive form of cancer.

A tragic loss is something Becca and Lori Thomas have in common.

"Losing my dad at 13, I didn't really have anyone come alongside me that could identify with my loss and it was a very lonely journey for me," Lori said.

Now Lori and her husband Stan are working through the grief of losing their youngest daughter Aimee in a car crash last year.

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UO Senate Task Force on sexual violence suggests halting Fraternity/Sorority expansion

UO Senate Task Force on sexual violence suggests halting Fraternity/Sorority expansion »Play Video

Last week, the U of O’s Senate Task Force addressing sexual violence and victim support programs on campus issued a list of recommendations to university officials.

On the list of over 20 suggestions was a call to immediately suspend the university’s plans to expand fraternity and sorority life.

Lubash said they also want to have a member of each Greek Life house to sit on a task force so they can educate each fraternity and sorority on the reporting process.

Pilot program to help food carts: 'Downtown just needs more businesses'

Pilot program to help food carts: 'Downtown just needs more businesses' »Play Video

Some new cuisine options are rolling into Springfield as a program to bring food carts into the city enters its pilot phase.

City officials are working with NEDCO (or the Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation) on a new food cart program.

The partnership started earlier this summer as another effort to revitalize downtown, said Neil Laudati, a spokesman for the City of Springfield. 

Police: Woman reported missing found OK

An Oregon Coast woman reported missing Tuesday night was found safe and is no longer considered missing, state police said.

Oregon State Police asked for the public's help locating Elizabeth "Betsy" Anne Garner, 33, of Gleneden Beach.

She was last seen around 8 p.m. when a coworker dropped Garner off at Fishing Rock State Park in Lincoln Beach, a small coastal community north of Depoe Bay, police said.

Police said she was located safe and is no longer considered missing.

Teen hit, killed by train

A train struck and killed a Brownsville teen Monday night moments after he was told it was unsafe to walk along the railroad tracks, the sheriff's office said.

Luke James Warner, 19, was hit and killed by a southbound Amtrak train just before 11 p.m., Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley said.

'She's dealing with death and all she's thinking about is everyone else'

'She's dealing with death and all she's thinking about is everyone else' »Play Video
Doctors advised the family to get their things in order: Lauren wouldn't live past December. To Lauren, that meant she still had time to make her dream come true. Which brings us to October 1, 2014: Lauren's 19th birthday. There was a surprise party after practice with her teammates from The Mount.

When Mount Saint Joseph University opens its women's basketball season in November, the opening game will be unforgettable.

It won't have anything to do with the score.

For one incoming freshman, taking the floor will be fulfilling the dream of a lifetime.

If she lives that long.

Union starts 3-day picket at hospital

Union starts 3-day picket at hospital

Dozens of employees from McKenzie Willamette Medical Center gathered starting at 6 a.m. to take a stand on what they describe as unfair labor practices surrounding the cost of their health care.

Want to pay your taxes by the gallon or by the mile?

Want to pay your taxes by the gallon or by the mile? »Play Video
This device could be one way the state could track the number of miles you drive. ODOT says it is GPS capable but does not transmit your location.

That electric car could save you a lot of money at the pump. But when you buy less gas, you also pay less in gas taxes, which help pay for road repair.

"As we have more fuel-efficient vehicles on the road, less and less funding to maintain roads, and it just spells disaster, ultimately, for our transportation system," said Michelle Godfrey with the Oregon Department of Transportation, "So, we have to find an alternative."

The alternative, Godfrey said, is a pilot program starting next year, where 5,000 volunteers can pay their road repair taxes per mile, rather than per gallon of gas.