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'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'
Researcher Sara Schmitt working with a child

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.

'There's so many that's hurt, and this is very helpful for that'

'There's so many that's hurt, and this is very helpful for that' »Play Video
Tamarack Pool

For some veterans, Tamarack Pool is more than just taking a dip: it's a therapeutic way to heal.

The pool offers free swimming for veterans every Monday through December at 10 a.m.


    

Corvallis woman killed in 4-car crash near Junction City

Corvallis woman killed in 4-car crash near Junction City
The driver of a Nissan Juke died when an oncoming pickup truck crossed the centerline and hit her car Friday morning.

A Corvallis woman died Friday when an oncoming pickup truck crossed the center median on Highway 99 and hit her car, Oregon State Police said.

GTFs at UO: 'Do you have any questions about the possible strike?'

GTFs at UO: 'Do you have any questions about the possible strike?' »Play Video
Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation picketers outside McKenzie Hall Tuesday afternoon. Claire Larson, Oregon News Lab.

The Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation (GTFF) has been holding informational pickets during the lunch hour at various spots on campus all week.

$2.6M challenge grant seeks to raise money to help nurses earn BAs, MAs

$2.6M challenge grant seeks to raise money to help nurses earn BAs, MAs »Play Video
Louella Freeman

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.

Plane hit by green laser near Eugene Airport

Plane hit by green laser near Eugene Airport »Play Video
Reports of laser strikes by aircraft have been on the rise (FAA)

A plane reported being hit by a green laser near the Eugene Airport on Friday, the Lane County Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies responded to an area west of the Eugene Airport after the control tower reported the laser strike around 10 a.m., Sgt. Carrie Carver said.

Carver said deputies were unable to locate the source.

New gear, free leis at Duck Stores for Mahalodays

New gear, free leis at Duck Stores for Mahalodays
New gear and free leis available now at the Duck Store

The Duck Stores in Eugene are giving away green and yellow leis to wear to Saturday’s game against Colorado.

The game starts at 1:30 p.m. and will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.

Semi hauling manufactured home crashes on Hwy 101

Semi hauling manufactured home crashes on Hwy 101
The view from the Port Orford camera on TripCheck around 12:40 p.m. Friday, November 21.

There is one lane open at this time. ODOT is routing traffic through with a pilot car.

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.

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."