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Local Misunderstood Medicine: 'I feel like a normal boy' Misunderstood Medicine: 'I feel like a normal boy' (Photo Gallery) (Video)
A week after Forrest's 8th birthday, his mother Tanesha Smelser said doctors diagnosed him with epilepsy and prescribed him an anti-seizure drug.

She said the drug made him angry, violent and suicidal.

The Smelser family had reached a breaking point when Tanesha said they decided to ditch the pharmaceuticals in favor of medical marijuana.

Watch #LiveOnKMTR Thursday, November 20, at 5:30, 6:30 or 11 p.m. for more on this story
Local $2.6M challenge grant seeks to raise money to help nurses earn BAs, MAs (New) $2.6M challenge grant seeks to raise money to help nurses earn BAs, MAs
About 1,200 nurses work at PeaceHealth's Sacred Heart hospitals in the Eugene/Springfield area.

The chief nursing officer says only about 30 percent of RNs right now have their bachelor's or master's in nursing.

"We're on a journey with an ultimate goal to have 80 percent of our nurses have their bachelor's or master's degree over the next number of years," said Louella Freeman, chief nursing officer.

Don Tykeson and John Murphy, two Eugene businessmen, are joining the effort.

They have pledged to the PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center's Nursing Education Foundation a combined $2.6 million dollar challenge grant - a donation they want to see matched by donors.

'It can be a death sentence for my child'

'It can be a death sentence for my child' »Play Video
Kayla Goodrich

Some mothers in Coos Bay say they're concerned about their students in the South Coast Education Service District after a mother of an adaptive life skills student at Blossom Gulch Elementary said her daughter was lost at school on October 1st, allegedly wandering off campus and up a hill before school officials noticed.

Kids OK after bus collides with loaded log truck

Kids OK after bus collides with loaded log truck »Play Video

A school bus with children on board collided with a loaded log truck Wednesday morning.

State police: Marcus Mariota cited for doing 80 in a 55 mph zone

State police: Marcus Mariota cited for doing 80 in a 55 mph zone
Oregon quarterback and Heisman hopeful Marcus Mariota (#8) sprints to the goal line for a score. Oregon led Stanford 24-13 at the half. Cameron Shultz, Oregon News Lab

Oregon State Police ticketed Oregon quarterback and Heisman trophy contender Marcus Mariota for going 80 in a 55 mph zone November 12.

Juvenile detention supervisor convicted of drug charge, official misconduct

Juvenile detention supervisor convicted of drug charge, official misconduct
An excerpt of a Facebook conversation between Lucymae Watson and David Van Lier, as submitted in a detective's sworn affidavit to Lane County Circuit Court.

A supervisor at the county juvenile detention center was found guilty of possession of heroin and official misconduct Wednesday.

Springfield Police car involved in 4-car crash

Springfield Police car involved in 4-car crash »Play Video

No one was seriously injured when a car hit a police cruiser, sending it crashing into two other vehicles Tuesday.

October best increase in Oregon employment in 20 years

October best increase in Oregon employment in 20 years »Play Video

Oregon employers added 9,900 employees in October, the largest monthly increase in almost 20 years.

"The last time Oregon's economy added at least this many jobs was in August 1995 when 10,400 were added," the Oregon Employment Department said in a release.

WiFi in homeless camp? 'We are no longer looking at internet as a luxury'

WiFi in homeless camp? 'We are no longer looking at internet as a luxury' »Play Video

The city of Seattle wants to spend part of a $100,000 budget item to provide internet access in the city's homeless encampments.

"We are no longer looking at internet as a luxury. We have to make sure we provide humane services for everybody," said Councilmember Kshama Sawant, who is supporting the proposal.

It is still unclear as to whether the money would go to establish Wi-Fi in the city's homeless camps or more traditional, computer-based internet service there, Sawant said.