JUNCTION CITY, Ore. — Potential employees for the new Oregon State Hospital in Junction City are attending a job workshop Wednesday.

The workshop is preparing them for the application and interview process.

The hospital is set to open in 2015 and is looking for fill 193 positions this year.

“There’s was so much uncertainty before and now people are getting excited. Even local businesses are getting in trying to work with the hospital, realizing how this could all impact them too,” said Rick Kissock, Tri-County Chamber of Commerce Director.

The workshop happens Wednesday, July 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Junction City.

You can also apply online by clicking here.

Watch KEZI 9 News tonight at 5 and 6 p.m. for our full report.

horsesEUGENE, Ore. — The iconic Budweiser horses are here.

The Clydesdale horses you see in the commercials will be appearing at multiple events to celebrate the 81st anniversary of Anheuser-Busch.

The horses were originally used to deliver beer after prohibition. Now three teams travel the country showcasing the horses.

It takes five hours to prep them and one hour alone to hitch them to the 1903 Studebaker wagon.

“They are about six, six and a half feet tall, on average around 18 to 19 hands, about 2,000 pounds. To be a Budweiser Clydesdale, that’s the size. To be the color–the bay color body, the black mane and tail, the white blaze and the four white stockings,” said Zachary Uding, an Anheuser-Busch handler.

Here are the times and places you can see them:

July 30
4550 W 11th Ave.
Eugene, Ore. 97402

July 31
- 125 E 6th Ave, Junction City, Ore. 97448
- 110 E 6th Ave, Junction City, Ore. 97448

Junction City Parade – Will begin at this location
125 E. 6th Ave.
Junction City, Ore. 97448

August 1
311 Coburg Rd.
Eugene, Ore. 97401

batkidTULELAKE, Calif. — A northern California boy became the world-famous “Batkid” last year.  Now, he is in the spotlight again.

A movie producer is making a documentary about 5-year-old Miles Scott, his battle with leukemia, and the world’s effort to grant his wish of becoming Batkid.

Filmmaker Dana Nachman says “Batkid Begins” is about more than how the Tulelake boy saved San Francisco-turned-Gotham City.  It’s also about how he impacted billions of people and improved their lives.

There is an indiegogo.com campaign to raise money for the film.

In two weeks time, they’ve already raised $50,000. They are hoping to raise another $50,000 in the next three weeks to complete the project.

You can find out more about the project and how to support it by clicking here.

Click on the video below to watch the trailer:

Pete-Seda-300x233ASHLAND, Ore. – An Ashland-based nonprofit, believed to have ties to terrorism, was convicted in court Tuesday. Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation pleaded guilty in district court.

The conviction is for filing a false tax return with the IRS. The conviction stems back from a $150,000 donation moved through the foundation to its parent organization in Saudi Arabia, and then on to Chechneya.

In return for the plea, criminal charges against Pete Seda, the head of the Ashland nonprofit, were dismissed and Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation is on a three-year probation.

The IRS, FBI, and Homeland Security are looking for another defendant who is considered a fugitive.

children at border(CNN) — The Senate voted 63-33 on a procedural vote to begin debate on a Democratic $2.7 billion spending bill to meet the needs of the unaccompanied minors at the southern border.

The bill does not include controversial changes to a 2008 anti-trafficking law that many Republicans and the White House have said needs to be modified to make it easier to deport the children. Most Democrats oppose those changes, arguing the children need the extra protections in that law.

While 11 Republicans voted to take up the bill, that doesn’t signal it is headed towards passage. Those same Republicans will likely block going to a final vote unless Democrats agree to allow votes on numerous GOP amendments to change the bill. Democrats are not expected to allow that.

That second procedural vote could come as early as Thursday, as the Senate scrambles to finish up its work and head off for its August recess.

Two Democrats–Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Kay Hagan of North Carolina–who are facing tough re-elections in their Republican-leaning states, voted against taking up the bill.

NCAA(CNN) — The NCAA reached a $75 million settlement with the NCAA and dozens of college athletes in a class action suit over head injuries.

The suit includes nearly 30 athletes from many universities and several contact sports. Some of them played as far back as the 1970s.

If a federal judge accepts Tuesday’s deal, the NCAA would have to change the way teams handle players who suffer head injuries. It would prevent an athlete with a concussion from returning to play the same day.

The settlement also includes $70 million for screening for athletes who suspect brain injuries, and $5 million for research.

FireLEBANON, Ore. – Lebanon firefighters responded to a report of a structure fire at the base of Peterson Butte Tuesday.

Firefighters say around 3 p.m. they responded to 35930 Polly Farm Ln. to a field fire that was approximately 1/3 acre in size. The fire spread to a motor home, camp trailer, and utility trailer and was moving uphill towards brush and timber.

Crews were able to control the fire just before it reached the brush, but the camp trailer and motor home were total losses. The utility trailer received minor damage. There were no injuries.

Lebanon Fire determined the cause of the fire to be a campfire from the previous evening. The occupant told investigators that he had used three buckets of water to extinguish the fire and thought it was out. It was determined there were still smoldering embers that ignited the fire.

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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 through Monday, with storms also possible in the Umpqua Basin Thursday through Saturday.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!
~ Meteorologist Marisa Woloszyn

7-29 Ethiopia AthleteEUGENE, Ore. — The fourth Ethiopian athlete who went missing at the the World Junior Track and Field Championships is safe.

The University of Oregon Police Department says it found Zeyituna Mohammed in Federal Way, Washington. She was at the residence of an acquaintance.

She went missing with three other teammates. They were found in Beaverton. UOPD says all of the missing persons cases are now closed.

Officers say their only interest was making sure the athletes were safe. All four had a valid visa.

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High pressure is hanging on over the West keeping us warm and dry. The high is spinning up warm unstable air from the Desert Southwest. That is keeping our inland temperatures warmer than normal and sparking thunderstorms along the Cascades and into Central and Eastern Oregon.

Wednesday will be very warm again with temperatures topping out in the low 90′s inland and mid 60′s along the coast. Few thunderstorms expected except for an isolated one along the Cascade Ridge. Thursday our chances for thunderstorms return and will last through the weekend.

The coast will remain cool all the way through the weekend with high temperatures in the mid to upper 60′s. Each morning will start with low cloud cover that burns off to partly cloudy to mostly sunny skies by afternoon.

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