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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 Court documents shed new light on George Court documents shed new light on George (Photo Gallery)
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.

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

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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

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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.

Council makes 6-2 vote for fresh start with Eugene City Hall

The Eugene City Council voted six to two on Wednesday in favor of building a new city hall, rather than renovating the current structure at 8th and Pearl Street.

The decision came after a work session on Tuesday to hear the pros and cons of each proposal.

Estimates show that phase one of the project will cost the city around $8 million less to build new than it would to renovate the half-century old city hall structure.

First fall downpour causes crashes across Lane County

First fall downpour causes crashes across Lane County

There have been nearly a dozen car crashes in Lane County since the rain began Tuesday night, Springfield Police said.

Wednesday was the wettest day in Oregon since February. The rain drops mixed with months of oil and dirt that had built up on the roadways, and police said that contributed to the high crash volume.

Springfield Police Sergeant Rich Charboneau said drivers not watching their their speed and surroundings also make for dangerous rainy day driving.