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Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton‘s Daily Forecast Discussion:  

April showers are still coming down tonight with some occasional breaks which has been the pattern all day and will continue to see showers overnight. The cooler air is also moving in so lows tonight will fall into the low 40s. Tomorrow, more of the same with a mix of showers and sun breaks and cool overall with highs in the mid 50s.

By early Saturday, we’ll see the rain shut off for just a bit as the next storm won’t arrive until Saturday evening. More showers on Sunday and isolated showers Monday but that should be the last of it for a few days and temperatures will be slowly rising back into the low 60s. There will also be areas of fog each morning since we’ve seen close to an inch of rain in the valley and more than 1.20″ at the central coast locations.

Next week though, it’ll all be worth the rain as a nice quick warm up back into the mid to upper 70s by Tuesday and Wednesday. A very tall but short lived ridge of high pressure will ensure a quick return to Spring, if even for a day or two.

Have a great Thursday night!

- Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton

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EUGENE, Ore. — Life for 16-year-old Ally Mock isn’t always easy.

She’s fighting cystic fibrosis, a life-threatening condition that affects the lungs.

Thursday, Ally had a day she won’t soon forget, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The staff at Walmart gave Ally a shopping spree fit for a princess. After that, Ally’s day continued with lunch at Chili’s and then a party at Fred Meyer Jewelers.

Since 1983, the Oregon chapter of Make-A-Wish Foundation has granted the wishes of more than 2,900 kids with life-threatening medical conditions.

Veterans DayEUGENE, Ore. — The Lane County Veterans Treatment Court is holding a town hall meeting for veterans Friday, so they can learn about all the different services the court has to offer.

Event organizers say the court is focused on helping those already in the justice system, but they want all veterans to come out and help their fellow serviceman get the help they often don’t realize they need or deserve.

Lane County Assistant District Attorney Jay Hall says, “It takes sometimes a veteran to tell a veteran, ‘No, this is for you, this is something you fought for. It’s your right. You need to go ahead and do it.’ It’s that connection that we’re looking for.”

For more information, contact the group Access the Law at (541) 686-4890.

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EUGENE, Ore. — It may come as a surprise, but health inspectors have a lot more on their plate than you might think.

There are more than 100 food trucks that are inspected across the landscape of Lane County, and those tasked with those inspections are the Lane County health inspectors.

Mobile unit operators must go through a plan review, get licensed, have a pre-opening inspection and then have two semi-annual inspections.

There are three types of violations, and inspectors can close a unit if it’s not up to code.

There is a dark side of this business. Sometimes trucks take off when faced with serious violations.

“They go mobile or they go dormant, and eventually what we do is if they go dormant for six months and they say they aren’t operating, the next year we will not license them,” said Zach Manning, Lane County Health Inspector.

“As a business owner of a restaurant, I want to know I am not going to get anybody sick, so the health department does a lot for the industry and the consumer,” said William Thur, owner of Zingaro.

Health inspectors can shut down a unit, but for the most part the business owners work with them.

Click on the video above to watch an in-depth report. We will take you along on inspections at two different popular Eugene food trucks. You’ll see what the health inspector looks for and why it’s so important that these trucks get checked regularly.

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EUGENE, Ore. — A potential government crack-down could happen soon on the increasingly popular products known as e-cigarettes.

The Food and Drug Administration announced proposed regulations Thursday, and it has the medical industry and local e-cigarette businesses buzzing.

Emerald Vapors is a shop Eugene that sells 40 different flavors of e-cigarette products. Currently the FDA has no authority over these products. But with their growing popularity, the government agency is hoping to change that.

The FDA has proposed limiting the sale of electric cigarettes to adults over the age of 18 and requiring the products be labeled with health warnings.

Doctors we spoke with applauded the proposal, saying there just isn’t enough research yet into the potential risks and side effects.

At Emerald Vapors, they only sell to those over the age of 18, and all of their nicotine products have health labels.

The company’s vice president of sales says they’ve been expecting the FDA’s proposal and are actually pretty pleased with it. They would just prefer the products not be grouped with tobacco products.

“There are very few similarities between tobacco and vapor products. So it’s unfortunate that they’re named e-cigarettes because they really have very little to do with cigarettes,” said Justin Newman, Emerald Vapors.

The FDA’s recommendations will be finalized after a 75-day public comment period.

drugsEUGENE, Ore. — Drug-related deaths were up 33% in Lane County last year, compared to the year before. The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office found Lane County saw one of the most notable increases with 20 deaths last year, five more than the year before.

Thirteen of the 20 deaths were meth related, nine blamed on heroin, and two were a combination of drugs.

Doctors say these numbers are alarming, and they don’t show the number of people abusing prescription medications.

“Many of these deaths and these injuries are related to prescription drugs being diverted,” says Doctor Patrick Luedtke, the Chief Medical Officer for Community Health Clinics of Lane County. “Thirty years ago that was not as much of an issue in this country, even ten years ago, and now were have 60-70% of all overdose-deaths related to diverted, legal medications.”

Diversion means you took a prescription drug that wasn’t prescribed to you. He says it’s a big problem, and a major concern among doctors.

5th Street ThursdayCORVALLIS, Ore. — City crews have wrapped up repairs to the water main on Fifth Street in Corvallis.

Public Works crews replaced the pipe after it broke Tuesday and have been running tests to make sure it meets state and federal standards.

Traffic is now back to normal and surrounding businesses say they’re happy with the way the city’s handled the situation.

“I didn’t really think it was going to take them a day to fix it up. I’m very impressed at how quickly they came in and did this turnaround,” said local employee Francisco Cisneros.

The city expects water service to be back on by 7 p.m. Thursday.

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EUGENE, Ore. — There are all kind of plants you can choose for your garden, so why not choose some edible plants?

In this episode of In the Garden, we show you some exciting edibles you can plant in your garden.

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PHILOMATH, Ore. – The Philomath Police Department is asking for the public’s help identifying the person who robbed a convenience store at gunpoint Tuesday night.

Police say a man, who they believe to be between the ages of 25-30, fired a shot inside the Philomath Market Outlet on Main Street in Philomath Tuesday night just before midnight. Investigators say they believe the man pulled the trigger to scare the cashier, then demanded cash from the register. They say he ran off on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. Employees at the store say the gunshot put a hole in the wall, which they say investigators cut out to analyze. Police say nobody was injured. The Benton County Sheriff’s Office, the Corvallis Police Department, and Oregon State Police also responded to the scene Tuesday night to assist Philomath Police.

Investigators are still looking for the suspect, who they say is a white male. They say he was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, a black watch cap, blue jeans, and a dark bandana or scarf over the lower part of his face.

The store’s manager at Philomath Market is not commenting at this time.

“It makes your nerves uneasy that something like that would happen,” said Hector Nunez, who works at La Rockita, a Mexican restaurant next door to the market. “I can’t believe something like this would happen in a small community like this.”

Nunez and other neighboring businesses say the area is safe, and the robbery worries them.

“We’re just shocked,” Nunez said. “We’re a family business and we have our little ones here sometimes. We just hoped that something like this wouldn’t happen so close.”

Also next door to Philomath Market is Figaro’s Pizza. Both La Rockita and Figaro’s Pizza say they have security cameras. Figaro’s says it is brainstorming other security measures to take.

“To have this happen is just really scary,” said Amy Kesecker, Figaro’s owner. “I was honestly just scared to come to work – in the daytime.”

Police are asking the public for help identifying the suspect. Anyone who has any information is asked to contact the Philomath Police Department at 541-929-6911.

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Get started on planning your weekend by checking out these fun events happening in western Oregon.

Out & About Links:

Grapes of Half Marathon

Police K-9 Unleashed Event

Cinema Pacific Film Festival

Annual Fisherman’s Breakfast

For more information on these and other great events, or to submit your own, click here.

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