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Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton‘s Daily Forecast Discussion:  

Sunny today and nice to see the low 80s on the board, the clouds will be back again tomorrow for the start of school for many kids across Western Oregon with a cool start in the low 50s. Enjoy the cooler air for the last day tomorrow because we’ll be looking to set a new all-time record if we can hit 90 degrees by this weekend. 9-2 wxpix

A weak trough will move across the state over the next 24 hours keeping Wednesday mild with a cloudy start but sunny finish and highs in the low 80s. Then high pressure starts to take control and crank up the summertime heat once again. Highs Thursday will be back in the upper 80s, low 90s by Friday and Saturday for the big Duck game against Michigan State. If we hit 90 or higher both days (which we likely will), it’ll set an all-time record for the most 90+ degree days in Eugene. The record is 31 and has stood since 1958!

Early next week, another system swings inland finally cooling things back down and may provide a slight chance for a shower or two. Otherwise, fire crews will be on the ready for any new flames being fanned by the Deception Complex near Oakridge and some of that smoke may work its way into the Willamette Valley both Thursday and Friday.

Have a great Wednesday!

- Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton

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BENTON COUNTY, Ore. — It can take one bite for a human or animal to contract the rabies virus – and in Benton County, there have been two cases of rabid bats within the last week.

Within the last week, pet owners had their cat euthanized after it killed a rabid bat.

“The option there was to quarantine the animal for six months,” said Bill Emminger, Division Director of Environmental Health in Benton County. “And the owners felt that they couldn’t do that and had the animal euthanized.”

Emminger says a cat and dog came in contact with a rabid bat last week. The dog was up-to-date on its rabies vaccines. The cat did not have a recent rabies vaccination.

As  long as an animal bites, scratches, or is bit or scratched by another animal with rabies, Emminger says it will almost certainly contract the virus if is not vaccinated. Because health officials can only test for rabies after the animal is dead, the cat’s owner decided to put the cat down.

“If an animal’s properly vaccinated, it’s going to help protect the animal as well as the public and the animal owner from being exposed to rabies,” Emminger said.

Another vaccinated dog came in contact with a different rabid bat in the county last week as well. Both dogs are being quarantined in their homes for 45 days, but Emminger says the situation is a good reminder for other pet owners to keep their animals up-to-date on their vaccines.

“Rabies is virtually 100 percent fatal if it’s transmitted to humans,” he said. “And that’s one of the reasons we take it so seriously. There’s very little room for error with rabies.”

Even though two bats were discovered to have rabies in the county last week, Emminger says about nine percent of bats in Oregon have rabies.

“I don’t think people should be fearful. But I think people should be aware. If you see an animal that’s acting strangely, avoid it.”

Emminger says at the end of the summer, bats are more active as they look for a place to hibernate and build their nests for the winter. 

If your pets have been in contact with a bat, or if you find one in your home, Emminger says to try to capture it to bring it in for testing – only if it is safe to do so.

For more tips and information about rabies, click here.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Hard to believe, but some people still think that stay-at-home moms don’t have full-time jobs. Spending a few hours with one mom can give new meaning to the term “over time.”

It’s only 8:30 a.m., but already Donia Kruse has had a busy morning. Her oldest daughter had to be fetched from a slumber party with an ear ache, her middle daughter was dropped off at day camp, and now her 3-year-old Brayden is hungry.

While Brayden eats, Donia works on her daughter’s girl scouts uniforms. Besides being a volunteer at school, she’s also a leader in the troop.

“I’ve poked my fingers many times,” Kruse said.

And has a stack of other girls’ vests to work on too.

“I do have a job. I work 24 hours a day. There’s nights I don’t go to bed till four o’clock in the morning and I have to be up at seven,” Kruse said.

Pretty soon, while dad sleeps in the bedroom getting ready for his graveyard shift at the mill, other girls come over to play.

“I’m the mom that all my friends call. I’m on all their kids call list if they can’t get ahold of their parents because they all work. So not only do I have my three kids, sometimes I feel like I have fifteen other kids. And sometimes my house does have fifteen other kids.” Kruse said.

Donia says she’s lucky to be at home all day.

“I feel I’d miss out on a lot of stuff,” Kruse said.

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Walk Bike To SchoolSPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Before you send your kids off to school this week, if they’re walking or biking, it’s important they’re prepared.

Safety officials say it’s important to go over safety tips with your child before they head out.

If they’re walking, they should walk opposing traffic so they can make eye contact with drivers to see if they’re turning. If they’re biking, bike with the flow of traffic.

As for age, experts say it’s up to the parent to decide when their child is ready to walk alone.

“It’s up to the parents to assess whether their student is ready or not and take the baby steps of navigating to and from school with them, practicing looking both ways for cars listening, being aware of their surroundings,” said Emma Newman, Springfield Safe Routes to School.

If possible, have kids walk in groups. And drivers, remember school zones kick in this week, so keep your speed to 20 miles per hour in those areas.

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COBURG, Ore. — A Eugene treatment center hopes to help even more people recover from alcohol and drug abuse. Work is underway on a $30 million expansion at Serenity Lane.

The sale of a piece of property off Industrial Road in Coburg went through in 2008, but the heavy equipment just rolled in, last week.

The city of Coburg says the non-profit has been the perfect example of how an organization should work its way into a community. Mayor Jae Pudewell says Serenity Lane did extensive research and community outreach and then used the information to redesign their site plan several times over.

The 15-acre property will double the available number of beds to 130, but project organizers say it’s about much more than that.

“It’s not about bricks and mortar. It’s about saving people’s lives and putting families back together. That’s what we’ve always been about. This facility is just a physical asset that will allow us to do that. It’s really the lives that this will impact that I want people to know about,” said Mike Dyer, Serenity Lane CEO.

The facility is set to open in the spring of 2016. It will replace the current space at 16th Avenue and Patterson Street, and the administration building off Centennial Plaza.

Crews have already started working on the facility, but the official groundbreaking ceremony will take place next Wednesday. The public is welcome to attend.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — We’re learning more today about a dog attack on a 2-year-old girl in Springfield Sunday, leaving her in critical condition.

Springfield Police say two dogs were seized from the home after the attack, a pit bull and a lab-collie mix. Both were put down Tuesday, a request from the owner.

Despite social media responses saying it wasn’t the pit bull who attacked the child, investigators say evidence and an eyewitness account proves otherwise.

SPD responded to a home on the 1,100 block of Olympic Street to calls of a dog attack.

“The father of a 2-year-old hears some screaming, goes to another part of the house and sees that one of the family dogs has his daughter by the head,” said Sgt. Rich Charboneau, Springfield Police Department.

Investigators say when they arrived at the home, the father and girl were already rushing to the McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center. The girl was later transported to Legacy Emmanuel Medical Center in Portland by Life Flight.

According to police, there were two dogs at the home, but it was a white, male pit bull that attacked the girl and then bit the father’s face when he fought to save the child. They say the lab-collie mix was acting aggressively, but did not actually harm the child or father.

“The dog that was the main aggressor was the pit bull,” Sgt. Charboneau said.

But a family member who contacted KEZI 9 News, along with many who responded on social media, says it wasn’t the pit bull that attacked the child, it was the other dog.

Police say based on evidence they found on the dog and an eyewitness account, they believe it was in fact the pit bull.

“For one thing, we have the eyewitness of the girl’s father who said he pried the dog off of the girl. The pit bull was covered, its face was covered in blood and so we have an eyewitness, we have the blood and so in our minds, it’s no question,” Sgt. Charboneau said.

The owner then turned the dogs over to authorities.

“After the little girl was bit, she wanted us to take the dogs and asked that they be euthanized,” Sgt. Charboneau said.

Police say the child is in stable condition after surgery in Portland. Her father received some stitches on his face due to the bite and is also doing well.

9-2 bike pic for miss certifiedEUGENE, Ore. — It may be Tracktown USA, but people in Eugene love to bike, and it shows.

The city comes in at number 15 on a list of America’s Best Bike Cities by Bicycling Magazine. Staff considered things like the number of miles of protected bike lanes clearly marked, roadways, and feedback from everyday riders.

“It’s not surprising to me, it’s something that I would expect,” said bicycle commuter Paul Harvey.

“I think it’s really important that youth are recognizing that you don’t need a car to be able to have fun and to get around and to move things, like everything can be done by bike,” said bike enthusiast Matthew Hawks.

Helping Eugene climb to the top was the effort to remove car lanes with bike lanes on South Willamette Street, making a cycling route to downtown safer.

For the full list, click here.

40302P00-WQFMPEUGENE, Ore. — After the success of the Frozen movie and soundtrack, ABC will take a closer look inside the making of the movie.

ABC’s The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic airs on KEZI 9 News at 8 p.m. Tuesday. You’ll go behind the scenes and learn about the more than 600 people who worked on the movie for more than 2 and a half years.

“It’s surprising to people, I think the story, it gives them kind of what they expected but at the same time we turn things on its head with the movie,” said producer Peter Del Vecho.

The show is promising that even the most avid Frozen fanatic will learn something new, like Elsa originally had spiky hair.

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CORVALLIS, Ore. — Parking permits are now for sale at Oregon State University, but the setup this year is different: the campus is turning to a zonal parking system.

On Tuesday, a group of staff and faculty could purchase their new permits – only if they have had an OSU parking permit for the past three years. Each zone has a limited number of parking permits for sale, making it easier for drivers to find a spot.

“In the old system, you would have your parking permit and a lot of people would have to find a way to get to campus early enough to kind of beat everyone else to the space that they wanted and didn’t dare take a lunch break for fear that they’d lose their space,” said Meredith Williams, OSU Transportation Services Associate Director. “This will be beneficial for drivers because they’ll have a much greater assurance that they can find a space in the zone in which they bought their permit.”

Throughout the next few weeks the rest of faculty and staff will be able to buy permits. Starting Sept. 16, certain students will be able to purchase their passes.

CORVALLIS, Ore.–Mark Banker, Michael Doctor, Sean Harlow and Gavin Andrews all reflect on their performances against Portland State, specifically the defense’s turn around in the second half and the offensive line’s struggle with penalties. Plus, they look ahead to their first road game of the season–in Hawaii– this weekend.

Oregon State Defensive Coordinator Mark Banker:

Oregon State Linebacker Michael Doctor:

Oregon State Offensive Lineman Sean Harlow:

Oregon State Offensive Lineman Gavin Andrews:

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