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EUGENE, Ore. — Marchers are on a cross-country journey called The Great March for Climate Action.

Several of the marchers are from Eugene.

We first told you about them back in February. They started walking on March 1, trekking 3,000 miles Los Angeles to Washington, D.C.

On Monday, the group of about 30 marchers will be arriving in Omaha, Nebraska.

John Abbe, a walker and organizer of this event, joined us on KEZI 9 News Midday via Skype. Click on the video to watch the interview to learn more about the march.

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EUGENE, Ore. — Wildlife Safari is a popular summer destination.

This summer it’s offering camps for kids and families, and a big attraction so big that elephants can enjoy.

Leila Goulet and Tena Lammers joined us on KEZI 9 News Midday to talk about the grand opening event for the new elephant water hole.

They also brought along an owl from the park.

doctorMEDFORD, Ore. — An emerging trend in STDs in Southern Oregon has state health experts both concerned and baffled. The Oregon Health Authority documented a sudden increase in the number of people testing positive for gonorrhea.

Jackson County experienced a 387 percent jump. Thirty-one cases in 2012 turned into 151 cases last year.

Josephine County increased by 270 percent. Ten cases increased to 37 in 2013.

Douglas County had two cases two years ago and 23 cases last year. That is a 1050 percent.

The Oregon Health Authority isn’t exactly sure why there’s such a massive increase in the sexually transmitted disease, but are working with local health departments to zero in on the reason. There is some thought by health officials that drug use, particularly meth, has led to the increase. People who are “high” often experience fewer inhibitions and an increased sex drive. No matter the cause, experts believe the numbers are a step in the wrong direction.

“Gonorrhea rates had dropped to a historically low levels for the first part of the last decade and a half, but has recently increased to numbers we saw in the 1990s,” said Sean Schafer with the Oregon Health Authority.

The state-wide increase was 18 and a half percent with an additional 300 cases between 2012 and 2013.

For more information on Gonorrhea, and protecting yourself from STD’s, click here.

Donald Sterling(CNN) — Closing arguments are set to begin Monday in the battle over the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers.

A judge will decide if Donald Sterling’s estranged wife Shelly can sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion without his sign-off.

Mrs. Sterling, who is co-owner of the team, is trying to control the family trust. She claims Donald is mentally incapable of making decisions on his own.

Donald Sterling has a counter-suit pending against his wife and the NBA.

The league ordered the sale of the team after his recorded racist remarks to a companion were made public.

HOME SALE(CNN) — The two biggest names in online house hunting are joining forces.

Zillow has agreed to buy Trulia in a stock deal valued at $3.5 billion.

Zillow will continue to operate two separate websites, where consumers can search listings of homes for sale.

Zillow and Trulia together attract 130 million visitors a month.

dogs(CNN) — Dogs are known as our best friends, and apparently they don’t want you to forget it.

A new study says canines can feel jealousy. Researchers at the University of California San Diego had owners play with an animatronic toy dog, children’s book and plastic jack-o’-lantern, all while ignoring their pets.

The dogs did not like it. Some of them got aggressive, pushing their owners while they played with the fake dog. And most of the pets tried to sniff the bottom of the toy dog, suggesting they thought it was real.

Researchers think jealousy may have evolved in dogs because they’ve been domesticated for so long.

The study is published in PLOS One, an online scientific journal.

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Meteorologist Marisa Woloszyn’s Forecast Discussion:

High pressure will be in control this week. Skies will be mostly sunny inland with high temperatures in the low 90s inland and mid to upper 60s along the coast. We’ll have a chance for thunderstorms in the Cascades Tuesday through Saturday, with storms also possible in the Umpqua Basin Thursday through Saturday.

Have a wonderful week!
~ Meteorologist Marisa Woloszyn

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Eugene, Ore.– Eugene City Councilors will vote on the controversial Paid Sick Leave Ordinance Monday. The issue has divided the community because of differing opinions about how it will change businesses in Eugene. Some employers fear the ordinance will cost them more money because workers will take advantage of the system. Others speculate it will drive businesses away because they don’t want to follow the ordinance. But two studies ever conducted on the issue, found the ordinance had minimal negative impact on employers and businesses.

Researchers examined the aftermath effects of San Francisco’s sick leave mandate. The city was the first to implement the law in 2007, which required 1 hour paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked- similar to Eugene’s proposed ordinance.

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research found a typical worker only used 3 out of their 5 paid work days. Also, 6 out of 7 employers said the ordinance did not affect profitability negatively.

The Drum Institute found that job growth outpaced employment in three neighboring cities that did not have the ordinance. Researchers also found business growth increased more in San Francisco than its neighboring counties.

Although both studies show minimal negative impact, it is important to note that the studies looked at just one city, and were conducted 3 to 4 years after passage of the ordinance. If Eugene city councilors pass the ordinance, it could go into effect next July.

 

KEZI 9 Sports Director Jake Zivin with David Shedrick & Emanuel Morgan:

What: The MVP Caliber Basketball Camp, hosted by former Churchill High stars David Shedrick & Emanuel Morgan and featuring guest speakers Kelly Bokyn, head coach of Churchill, and Luke Jackson, Former Oregon Ducks star, NBA player and current NCU head basketball coach.

When: August 4th-8th, 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Where: Morse Event Center, 828 E. 11th Ave, Northwest Christian University, Eugene, OR 97403

How: $100 per player, ages 3rd-9th grade (Scholarships available). Camp t-shirt & hat included. Contact David Shedrick at 1-541-517-1078

MVP Caliber Camp PDF

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EUGENE, Oregon – Shortly after closing ceremonies ended and Vin Lananna passed on the “torch” to the next host of the Junior World Track & Field Championships, he reflected on the competition’s first appearance on U.S. soil and whether the United States is ready to host the Sr. World Championships in 2019.

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