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Heads Up Football program: 'Anything we can do... to reduce head and neck injuries'

Heads Up Football program: 'Anything we can do... to reduce head and neck injuries'

With football season right around the corner, players across the nation are gearing up for practice. Experts are warning coaches about on-field dangers.

USA Football held a Heads Up Football coach clinic in Eugene on Sunday, focusing on player safety. The clinic is part of an initiative to lower the neck and head injuries that youth players can get playing football.

Coaches learned about concussion awareness, equipment fitting and tackling training.

2014 holds hottest summer on record for parts of Oregon

2014 holds hottest summer on record for parts of Oregon
This map shows how July 2014's average temperature ranked across the lower 48 when compared to data recorded over the last century.

Officials from the National Weather Service found that the unusually warm overnight temperatures have boosted the average daily temperatures, making the summer of 2014 one of the warmest on record.

Photos: Thousands light up for Hempfest Day 2

Photos: Thousands light up for Hempfest Day 2
Seattle Hempfest is the world’s largest event advocating cannabis law reform, attracting hundreds of thousands of people each year. This annual event is held every August in Myrtle Edwards Park on the Seattle waterfront. August 16th 2014. (Joshua Lewis / KOMO News)

Hundreds honor, celebrate life of 6-year-old Jenise Wright

Hundreds honor, celebrate life of 6-year-old Jenise Wright »Play Video
Jenise Paulette Wright

Several hundred people turned out Saturday for the memorial of 6-year-old Jenise Wright.

Jenise Wright was found murdered on August 6, several days after she disappeared from her Bremerton-area home.

The loss of Jenise's life and innocence rocked the community. Many at the memorial did not know Jenise, but say their hearts and resources go out to the Wright family.

8 homes evacuated by two-acre fire near Oakridge

8 homes evacuated by two-acre fire near Oakridge
Photo courtesy Willamette National Forest Service

A fast-moving grass fire burning near Oakridge Saturday jumped across High Prairie Road, officials from the Oregon Department of Forestry said.

Mural on new ShelterCare facility: 'From being this very chaotic place, to a very ordered place'

Mural on new ShelterCare facility: 'From being this very chaotic place, to a very ordered place' »Play Video

A local artist spent Saturday leading 5 others in creating a mural on the wall of the new ShelterCare facility on 4th Avenue.

Valentina Gonzalez led a class of five painters in bringing her colorful geometric concept to life.

The wall will have a chaotic semblance of shapes that fall into place when a person rounds a corner. Gonzalez said the piece reflects the transition many of the homeless families go through when they seek help from ShelterCare.

Mo. governor implements curfew for Ferguson following violent response to teen's death

Mo. governor implements curfew for Ferguson following violent response to teen's death »Play Video

The governor of Missouri declared a state of emergency Saturday in response to the civil unrest caused when a black teenager was shot to death by a white police officer in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.


Gov. Jay Nixon imposed a curfew for the town, which has had spurts of violence now a week after 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot to death.


Local residents took part in a solidarity protest at Kesey Square Saturday afternoon, joining communities across the nation in backing the troubled Missouri town.

Plant celebrates 30 years of processing Eugene/Springfield's waste

Plant celebrates 30 years of processing Eugene/Springfield's waste »Play Video

Nearly 12 billion gallons of wastewater flows from homes and businesses of Eugene and Springfield to the wastewater treatment plant off of River Avenue.

The plant celebrated its 30th anniversary on Saturday by allowing locals into the plant to see the treatment process, which separates the bio-solids, disinfects the water and recycles it back into the Willamette River.

Oregon prison official: 'Death row not a hardship' for convicted killer

Oregon prison official: 'Death row not a hardship' for convicted killer »Play Video

A death row inmate convicted of killing a war hero said he wants to be transferred to the general prison population, but recent court documents explain why his requests were denied.

34-year-old Jesse Fanus was sentenced to death after being convicted of killing World War II flying ace Marion Carl in 1998. Fanus killed Marine Corps war hero while attempting to rob Carl’s home in Glide.

The Oregon Supreme Court overturned Fanus’ death sentence in October of 2012, but he's still housed on death row.

Court documents filed by State Penitentiary Superintendent Jeff Premo say an Oregon Department of Corrections policy states that inmates pending retrial in a capital case would continue to be housed on death row.

Winchester Bay, south coastline have highest salmon catch rates in Oregon

Winchester Bay, south coastline have highest salmon catch rates in Oregon »Play Video

Those hoping to reel in some salmon off the Oregon Coast this weekend have a better chance of doing so off the shores of Winchester Bay.

'You've got 18,000 people converging on an area that are all looking to have a good time'

'You've got 18,000 people converging on an area that are all looking to have a good time' »Play Video
Banning booze from campgrounds has helped cut crime at the festival, the sheriff said.

housands of people are putting on their boots and cowboy hats for the Bi-Mart Willamette Country Music Festival.

The event brings about 18,000 people a day to the small town of Brownsville.

Habitat for Humanity doesn't just build houses

Habitat for Humanity doesn't just build houses »Play Video

Qualifying homeowners can receive free help maintaining their homes.

"A Brush With Kindness" started about two years ago through Habitat for Humanity.

Since then, they've been able to help about 8 houses a year in the Springfield-Eugene area.

Don Griffin, executive director of Habitat for Humanity, said the program helps make sure people not only have a decent place to live but can maintain it for as long as they need.

Passing train likely started pair of brush fires near Roseburg

Passing train likely started pair of brush fires near Roseburg
The fire burned near the railroad tracks, likely ignited by a passing train

Sparks from a passing train likely started two fast-moving brush fires along Roberts Mountain Road on Friday, one of which briefly threatened a home.