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Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton‘s Daily Forecast Discussion:  

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Nice to see the cooler air finally arrive in time for the start to the holiday weekend. Highs today only pushed into the low 80s today, 60s and 70s in the mountains and at the coast. Overnight, the clouds are back at the coast for the morning and some spreading inland for the AM hours. Tomorrow, there’s the first chance for some light showers as a trough of low pressure starts to move across the Northwest.

Rain chances won’t be very strong, mainly 20% or less for the inland valleys, probably closer to 30-40% at the coast and in the mountains. Either way, none of the showers will be that strong either. But both the Beaver home opener at 1pm and later that evening at Autzen for the Ducks at 7:30 might see an occasional light sprinkle.

By the weekend, the clouds will get thicker at the coast as well. Coastal locales might be dealing with some patchy drizzle just about each day of the holiday weekend. Heading into the mountains for camping this weekend will be cloudy, cooler with highs in the upper 60s and lows falling into the low 40s. So make sure you’ve got some layers for the chilly overnights.

High pressure moves in again for next week, bumping highs back into the 80s and early peeks later in the week show a dry start to the school year and maybe trying to flirt with 90 again by Friday which would tie us for the hottest summer on record!

Have a great weekend!

- Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton

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shots firedEUGENE, Ore. — Emergency crews are on the scene of a shooting.

They responded to calls of a gunshot wound just after 5:30 p.m. on the 100 block of Ruby Avenue.

Police say one man was shot and killed.

Police say they have a suspect in custody.

We have a crew on the scene and will bring you updates on this story as they become available.

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COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. — Cottage Grove High School officials say it could take weeks to fix the vandalism that hit them overnight.

Fortunately, surveillance video obtained Friday could help the school district identify the culprits.

School staff was just hoping to work on some finishing touches with school starting next week, but that all got pushed back to deal with the damage done to two entrances of their buildings.

Now, administration is looking closely at that surveillance video to see if they recognize the suspects and releasing it to see if you can help.

“Metal glass doors were completely blown out, the custodian met me at the door, she had been cleaning up the glass for almost an hour at that point,” said Dr. Krista Parent, South Lane Schools Superintendent. “What’s the sense in that? They didn’t come in and take anything. It was just a malicious act of vandalism.”

Video from the nearby Hidden Valley Golf Course shows two young men trespassing onto the property early Friday morning. A couple minutes later, a golf cart speeds by in the corner of the screen. That same golf cart was found next to the early morning destruction at Cottage Grove High School days before students will kick off fall term.

“Everything looks really good, and then to deal with this now before kids come back on Wednesday. We won’t be able to replace these door for at least a month,” Parent said.

And until then, and about $15,000 to $25,000 later, the openings will be boarded up. It’s not the most visually pleasing way to welcome this year’s class, but the district hopes these visuals that will bring justice back to the halls.

“We don’t have a lot of extra money sitting around in schools these days. Any money we do have we like to target to kids,” Parent said.

The school is offering a $500 reward to anyone who has any information leading to any arrests.

The district says ever since we first aired the story on KEZI 9 News Midday, it has received at least one tip that they are looking into.

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EUGENE, Ore. — The University of Oregon football team takes on the University of South Dakota Saturday.

What many don’t realize is Oregon gets a little boost loaded with love. Come half-time, the team brings out its secret ingredient–Rice Krispies treats.

Since 2009, the Oregon Daisy Ducks booster group has been making homemade treats for the team for all home and away games. For each game, about 40 women sign up to make them.

“This is the secret. If you notice at half time our guys come out more energized, we’ve given them sugar are carbs and lots of love,” said Marci Farthing, Daisy Ducks Football Chair.

The Daisy Ducks make homemade goodies for all sports teams and coaches, but the football team is the only team that gets the Rice Krispies treats.

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EUGENE, Ore. — Labor Day weekend is the last hurrah before school starts.

If you’re looking for a fun and educational family outing, head to the Cascade Raptor Center.

Family Nature Discovery Day is the last Sunday of the month through September.

There are over 50 non-releasable birds to visit, plus activities where they can play scientists and dissect owl pellets.

Kids can play scientists while dissecting owl pellets.

“A lot of times we find kids love this place because they’ve been here on a school trip, and now they get to bring their parents and share,” said Louise Shimmel, executive director of Cascades Raptor Center.

Another activity for kids is making owls from pine cones.

Family Nature Discovery Day is Sunday from noon until 4 p.m. The raptor center is located at 32275 Fox Hollow Rd., Eugene, OR.

DOWNTOWN BIKEEUGENE, Ore. — Starting Aug. 29, if you are biking or skateboarding in downtown Eugene, you better keep your wheels on the streets.

The sidewalks in the heart of downtown are now for walking only.

There used to be a zone where skateboarders couldn’t use the sidewalks and a zone where bicyclists couldn’t use the sidewalks, but city engineers decided to combine and expand the two to eliminate confusion.

The entire goal is to protect pedestrians.

“Some of the people, retirement homes, people that lived there, were concerned they might be hit by someone riding a bike or skateboard and be seriously injured,” said Lee Shoemaker, Bicycle & Pedestrian Coordinator for City of Eugene Public Works.

Not all streets have bike lanes, but bikes can ride with the flow of traffic. It’s illegal to skateboard in the street.

The walking zone goes from Lincoln to Pearl and from Eighth to 13th avenues.

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JUNCTION CITY, Ore. — A new local business is expanding, thanks to an $85,000 grant from Lane County.

The funds helped Cosmos Creations buy a new machine and help build a new plant.

Cosmos Creations is a company that produces puffed corn meal snacks.

At the new plant site, it might just look like piles of dirt and some holes in the ground, but come this time next year there bill be a new 107,000 square foot plant up and operating. Right now at their current plant, the owners of Cosmos Creations say they’re working at full capacity.

The county helped buy an extruder a machine designed to melt cornmeal into a gelatin-like product, which will help double the company’s production.

The owner says the funds to expand are a huge help because they’re busting at the seams.

“Just tickled that we got it. It actually helps our production greatly because we’ve been growing very, very fast, and it takes a lot of money to grow,” said owner John Strasheim.

The new extruder will be in production soon. The site will be up and fully operational by this time next year.

The company will be able to produce about five times more volume at the new plant than their current one.

8-29 elk horn picEUGENE, Ore. — After a former Carl’s Jr. Restaurant near the University of Oregon campus sat vacant for more than a year, local entrepreneurs have developed it into a brewery.

The Elk Horn Brewery opened just two days ago, and they say they’ve been swamped.

They brew their own cider, beer, and produce their own meat.

Stephen Sheehan, the owner Stephen Elk Horn, is originally from Mississippi and says the restaurant is a twist between two worlds–the South and the Pacific Northwest. They designed it like a lodge, with some Southern cuisine.

“We have a wild mushroom over polenta cakes, ragu that’s kind of a Northwest-Southern fusion thing because we use local ingredients. We use local mushrooms,” Sheehan said.

Sheehan said they ready for a swarm of folks to head to brewery Saturday, as it’s the first Ducks football game of the season.

ferguson-2(CNN) FERGUSON, Mo. — The police department in Ferguson, Missouri is now at the center of a multi-million dollar lawsuit.

Six people filed the federal lawsuit yesterday, claiming police violated their civil rights during protests following the shooting of a Ferguson teenager by a police officer. The lawsuit asks for 40-million dollars in damages from the city of Ferguson, Saint Louis County, as well as the city and county police departments and police chiefs.

The suit accuses police of making false arrests and assault and battery in the unrest following the shooting.


fourth-of-July-campingCLEVELAND, Ohio. — For many people Labor Day weekend is just a work day away, and that means it’s almost time to hit the trails. If you plan on going camping this weekend, experts say, make sure you’re prepared.

A University of Texas panel recently put together recommendations on how to best treat wilderness wounds. The panel says the best way to manage outdoor injuries is to control bleeding and minimize the risk of infection, all while reducing discomfort.

Researchers also say, many wounds in the wilderness may be simple to treat, but a lack of resources can make it challenging. That’s why they say the first aid kit is just as important as the camping tent.

Tom Waters with the Cleveland Clinic explains what it takes to keep people safe outdoors. “It’s important to put together a little first aid kit before you go, and if you don’t want to do that most sporting goods stores and camping stores have pre-fabricated first aid kits that have, pretty much, everything you need right in there,” explains Waters.

Researchers recommend anyone with serious injuries, like open fractures or wounds showing signs of infection, to seek immediate medical attention.

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