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Local Trailer towing 70 ton turbine rolls, blocking Hwy 126 exit in Springfield Trailer towing 70 ton turbine rolls, blocking Hwy 126 exit in Springfield (Photo Gallery)
A semi-trailer loaded with a nearly 70-ton turbine rolled while taking the Highway 126 exit to 42nd Street in Springfield Wednesday morning, blocking the exit to westbound drivers for most of the day.

Crews will need a specialized crane to move the 50 foot long turbine before righting the trailer - a process which could take most of the day, the Oregon Department of Transportation said.

ODOT also closed 42nd Street near the Highway 126 overpass as a precaution, should the turbine break loose and roll downhill.
Local Lawsuit alleges church allowed convicted child molester to work with kids in Lane Co. Lawsuit alleges church allowed convicted child molester to work with kids in Lane Co.
A lawsuit filed against the 7th Day Adventist Church alleges church officials knowingly let a convicted child molester work with Lane County children in the 1970's.

The lawsuit alleges the church let Les Bovee lead in both the Junction City and Veneta branches’ youth program “Pathfinder Club”, even though the man was convicted and sentenced for sexually abusing young boys a few years earlier.

The 7th Day Adventist church has not yet responded to phone calls for comment on the lawsuit.
Local Simpsons mural unveiled: 'Springfield is home of the Simpsons' Simpsons mural unveiled: 'Springfield is home of the Simpsons' (Photo Gallery)
The unveiling of the Simpsons mural in at 5th and Main in downtown Springfield came with cheers and a much-needed confirmation for residents.

“You win, yes. Springfield is home of the Simpsons,” said Yeardly Smith, the voice behind Lisa Simpson.

Just like the introduction to one of America’s favorite cartoons, the unveiling was paired with a performance by the Springfield band, school buses, and even some of the beloved characters from the show.

Eugene Police: Man shot at high school reunion party

Brandon Nielson, 22

Officers arrested a man for shooting someone early Saturday morning during a fight at a party, Eugene Police said.

The male victim is at the hospital with one gunshot wound and is expected to survive, Eugene Police Sergeant Ron Tinseth said.

Officers were called out to a high school reunion party at a house near Roosevelt and Fergus Ave. at 4:45 a.m. Saturday on reports that a man had been shot, police officials said.

Witnesses identified the suspected shooter as Brandon Nielson, 22, of Eugene. He was arrested at his home around 8 a.m. Saturday and charged with assault 1.

Festival of Eugene: 'It's been a fantastic rollercoaster'

Festival of Eugene: 'It's been a fantastic rollercoaster' »Play Video

In spite of numerous challenges, the Festival of Eugene is officially on for a weekend of entertainment at Skinner Butte Park.

“It's been a fantastic rollercoaster, with highs and lows and we hope to bring all those highs to all those people that come here,” said Anand Holtham-Keathley, a community liaison for the festival.

The event was scheduled for 4 to 10 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. Event producer Krista Albert said the free show is an embodiment of the city’s spirit. 

Oregon gunman planned to kill 'bunch' of people

Oregon gunman planned to kill 'bunch' of people
Investigators leave the scene of a drive-by shooting Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 at Bastendorf Beach, Ore. - File photo

We're learning new details on the double murder - suicide at a coos county beach earlier this week.

Officials said the shooter, Zachary Brimhall, left two suicide notes in his car.

In the notes, Brimhall describes being mentally ill his entire life. He wrote the events allowed him to feel completely free for the first time in his life, officials said.

More than a predator: Studys finds invasive lionfish are 'terminators'

More than a predator: Studys finds invasive lionfish are 'terminators'

New research on the predatory nature of red lionfish, the invasive Pacific Ocean species that is decimating native fish populations in parts of the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean, seems to indicate that lionfish are not just a predator, but more like the “terminator” of movie fame.

Photos: Pets set the stage for Eugene Celebration Parade

Photos: Pets set the stage for Eugene Celebration Parade

Greenhill Humane Society held a pet parade for the furry friends of Eugene Saturday morning, warming up the crowds for the Eugene Celebration Parade.

'It is a remarkable success story'

'It is a remarkable success story'
OSU research is helping to restore Chinese crested terns, one of the world's most endangered seabirds. Researchers from OSU and Asia established a new breeding colony for the birds and attracted more than 40 to the island.

A collaborative project between researchers in Oregon and Asia last year helped establish a new breeding colony for one of the world’s most endangered seabirds – the Chinese crested tern – which then had a global population estimated at fewer than 50 birds.

Flat fee for student's school supplies: 'Anyone can use them that needs them'

Flat fee for student's school supplies: 'Anyone can use them that needs them'

The new school year is right around the corner, and families are making the mad dash to the school supply section of retail stores across the nation.

Families at Danebo Elementary will not be among those fighting for the last pack of pink pearl erasers, as the school adopted a universal school supplies fee five years ago.

They charge $20 bucks per student, which covers all the school supplies that student will need for the year.

Several families were reluctant to accept the fee the first year it was implemented - but now almost all the families love it. 

Mudslides close roads, trap drivers in central Washington

Mudslides close roads, trap drivers in central Washington »Play Video
A Washington state trooper says floods and mud slides triggered by heavy rain on wildfire-burned terrain in north-central Washington have blocked portions of two highways, stranding some motorists. No injuries have been reported.