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Local 'Most children do just fine in the transition to kindergarten, but 20 to 25 percent of them experience difficulties' 'Most children do just fine in the transition to kindergarten, but 20 to 25 percent of them experience difficulties'
An intervention that uses music and games to help preschoolers learn self-regulation skills is helping prepare at-risk children for kindergarten, a new study from Oregon State University shows.

Self-regulation skills – the skills that help children pay attention, follow directions, stay on task and persist through difficulty – are critical to a child’s success in kindergarten and beyond, said OSU’s Megan McClelland, a nationally recognized expert in child development and a co-author of the new study.
National & World Ferguson on edge as nation awaits grand jury ruling Ferguson on edge as nation awaits grand jury ruling (Photo Gallery) (Video)
Protesters gathered outside the Ferguson Police Department on Thursday just like they have most every night since Michael Brown was killed.

Three people were arrested as tensions, anticipation and crowds continue to grow ahead of what many believe will be a decision this weekend from the grand jury considering charges against police officer Darren Wilson.

From plant to pill: 'We're not getting children high'

From plant to pill: 'We're not getting children high' »Play Video
Used to treat seizures, the oil derived from the CBD straing of marijuana is low is THC - the compound that causes marijuana's "high" - and high in CBD, a compound believed to have therapeutic benefit.

The marijuana plant grown for seizure patients like 8-year-old Forrest Smelser is special, Jim Murphy with TJ's Organic Gardens said.

He said that unlike marijuana plants grown with a high THC level in mind - the psychoactive ingredient responsible for marijuana's "high" - Forrest's plant has less than 1 percent of THC.

"We're not getting children high. We're just giving them medicine, and that's what makes this plant special," he said. "It has a very low THC, and very high CBD."

Murphy said the plant has been given the name CBD, an acronym for another active cannabinoid in marijuana known as cannabidiol. CBD is the chemical believed to be treating seizure patients like Forrest.

Zoe the burro gets prosthetic legs

Zoe the burro gets prosthetic legs »Play Video
Eight-month-old Zoe only has two good legs. Her adopted family hopes the double-amputee donkey can some day become a therapy animal. But first, Erin Breen reports they have to worry about paying off Zoe's medical bills.

Prep Athlete of the Week: Ellie Pascoe-Long

Prep Athlete of the Week: Ellie Pascoe-Long »Play Video
Ellie Pascoe-Long

Ellie Pascoe-Long is a senior at Churchill High School and a level 10 gymnast for the National Academy of Artistic Gymnastics.

She also signed her letter of intent with San Jose State last week and will be competing for the Spartans next year.

Watch KMTR NewsSource 16 Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. for Prep Athlete of the Week

Soccer team plants trees to commemorate goals

Soccer team plants trees to commemorate goals »Play Video
Brothers Jon and Dave Galas with Lane United Football Club are bringing a little more forest to Willamalane in Springfield.

Frost has already chilled the Willamette Valley this week.

But that doesn't mean the harsh winter is here to stay.

Right now is still a fine time to plant any trees or shrubs.

Watch Joel in the Garden on KMTR NewsSource16 at 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Thursdays

Full-day K in 4J to start in 2015: 'This is an exciting moment'

Full-day K in 4J to start in 2015: 'This is an exciting moment' »Play Video

Parents may have a little more time to do the things they need to do before they pick up their kindergartener from school next year.

On Wednesday night, the Eugene 4J School Board approved the implementation of full-day kindergarten at all of its elementary schools.

"This is an exciting moment," Superintendent Dr. Sheldon Berman said Thursday. "This is a significant advantage for a student's growth and development."

A Day's Drive to 'dessert'-ed locales for Thanksgiving

A Day's Drive to 'dessert'-ed locales for Thanksgiving »Play Video
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Right now, families are finalizing plans for their Thanksgiving feasts.

But cooking for an extended family can take all day, which is why you can save time by picking up your dessert ahead of time.

And there are three nearby bakeries where you can order up a warm pie in time for Thanksgiving.

Watch All in a Day's Drive Wednesdays on KMTR NewsSource 16 at 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Police issue citations to people illegally camped in Eugene

Police issue citations to people illegally camped in Eugene »Play Video
Police cited 9 people for illegal camping

Police issued citations Wednesday to people illegally camped at Sixth Avenue and Mill Street.

Shortly after the tents popped up at the Sixth and Mill location, police posted a sign that said "no camping."

It's been over a week, and not only have those campers not left - more have set up camp.