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UO launches $2 billion fundraising effort

UO launches $2 billion fundraising effort »Play Video
Graduation 2014 (File photo)

The University of Oregon officially entered the public phase of its fundraising campaign on Friday night with the announcement of a $2 billion effort.

The most ambitious campaign in the UO’s history is also the largest fundraising effort ever undertaken by an organization in the state.

Expansion project begins at Eugene Airport

Expansion project begins at Eugene Airport »Play Video
The work includes relocating an elevator.

Work begins this week to expand the Eugene Airport terminal.

The project will take two years, with completion targeted for early 2017.

Police to focus on cars and bikes near OSU this week

Police to focus on cars and bikes near OSU this week
An Oregon State Police trooper speaks to a bicyclist on the Oregon State University campus. There will be a saturation operation Nov. 7-8 on campus to educate drivers, cyclists and pedestrians about traffic laws. Date: Nov. 2, 2012 (photo: Theresa Hogue)

Do you drive or bike near campus?

State and local police plan stepped up enforcement Wednesday and Friday near the Oregon State campus.

The effort is driven by complaints about bicycles and cars endangering pedestrians, Oregon State Police said.

Rain in forecast through the weekend

Rain in forecast through the weekend

The storm dousing western Oregon on Monday is expected to taper off overnight into Tuesday.

A second "quite wet" storm system will move in Tuesday night, the National Weather Service in Portland said, with rain likely lingering into Thursday. That front may also produce strong coastal winds.

And while all forecasts are subject to change, forecasters see a third system setting up for a wet weekend.

Veterans swim free on Mondays at Tamarack Pool: 'It gives us all a social network'

Veterans swim free on Mondays at Tamarack Pool: 'It gives us all a social network' »Play Video

Local veterans will be making a splash at a South Eugene pool for free each Monday thanks to a new grant.

The Oregon Country Fair grant does give vets a free aerobic activity at Tamarack Pool, but one former military man said he hopes the program will bring waves of change to the often troubled veteran community.

Studies from the Oregon Health Authority show that many veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. It also shows that the state's returning service men and women have higher suicide rates.

“It gives us all a social network. And that's important for everyone,” said Ted Vasquez, a disabled Vietnam War vet.

Salem teacher put on paid leave after being caught on camera pulling a student's shirt off

Salem teacher put on paid leave after being caught on camera pulling a student's shirt off »Play Video
Student Sara Rue says she was just trying to leave a classroom in Salem, Ore. during a confrontation between a teacher and another student when her shirt was ripped off as the teacher tried to pull Rue back inside the door. (Bob Heye, KATU News)

Student Sara Rue says she was just trying to leave the classroom during a confrontation between a teacher and another student.

You can see Sara Rue heading for the classroom door. The teacher tries to stop Rue and yanked so hard on the top Rue was wearing, that it came off, exposing Rue’s bra.

“Every time I watch it, I want to cry because of how scared I could tell I was, just by the sound of my voice.  Just by me crying,” says Rue.

Zombies roam Eugene streets, prepping for 'Thrill The World'

Zombies roam Eugene streets, prepping for 'Thrill The World'

Back (from the dead) for their third year, Thrill The World Eugene is raising cash for ShelterCare while joining an annual attempt to break the world record for "most people simultaneously dancing to Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' around the globe."

UO announces $2 billion fundraising campaign

UO announces $2 billion fundraising campaign

The University of Oregon is offering two new scholarships to students who have worked hard through high school. If you qualify, the money is automatically awarded to in-state students.

Community rallies against racism after "anti-diversity" fliers handed out at Springfield HS

Community rallies against racism after "anti-diversity" fliers handed out at Springfield HS »Play Video

The community rallied against racism on Saturday after a man claims he handed out racially intolerant flyers to students at Springfield High School earlier this week.

Our reporters learned the flyers at Springfield High were filled with prejudiced material, including the quote "diversity is white genocide."

The Community Alliance of Lane County held a rally Saturday to send a message that hate speech will not be tolerated.

FBI seeks robber who hit three Western Oregon banks in two days

FBI seeks robber who hit three Western Oregon banks in two days
The FBI is looking for a man suspected of robbing three banks in Western Oregon on Thursday, October 16 and Friday, October 17.

The FBI is searching for a man who robbed three Western Oregon banks in two days. In all three robberies the man demanded money from a bank teller and walked out with cash.

SUV lands in creek channel after slipping into gear

SUV lands in creek channel after slipping into gear
A driver knocked her Nissan Armada SUV into gear Friday as she climbed out of the car, sending the rig through a fence into the channelized Amazon Creek at 17th and Willamette. No one was injured.

A driver knocked her Nissan Armada SUV into gear Friday as she climbed out of the car, sending the rig through a fence into the channelized Amazon Creek at 17th and Willamette. No one was injured.

New facility opens November 1, replaces Johnson Unit

New facility opens November 1, replaces Johnson Unit »Play Video

PeaceHealth is preparing to open a new in-patient behavioral service unit on 11th and Alder with 35 private rooms and expanded health programs.

The new unit is set to open November 1.