30503E00-GDSFG(CNN) — Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches may not cost as much as they have in the recent past.

That’s because all of the ingredients are cheaper now, due to inflation. According to the Consumer Price Index, white bread prices have dropped 2.8% over the last year. Prices for canned fruit, which includes jelly, have fallen 0.7%, and peanut butter costs 3.8% less than it did last year.

No word though, on which kind of peanut butter is cheaper, crunchy or creamy.

So which kind do you prefer?

The National Peanut Board, a farmer-funded research group, says women and children tend to like the creamy stuff, while men prefer a crunchier spread.

The group estimates the average child will eat 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before graduating from high school.

 

UPDATE — The Lane County Sheriff’s Office says two bodies were found in the home. They have not been identified. We will have more on this story as it develops.

Police had previously been unable to locate the two men who lived in the house. Police said 65-year-old Dennis Kelley and 69-year-old Carl McFarland were considered missing.

CRESWELL, Ore. — Crews are on the scene of a house fire on Butte Road.

South Lane County Fire and Rescue say it started around 2:45 p.m. Wednesday and is now under control.

Firefighters say they’ll be out at the house for most of the night investigating.

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Meteorologist Marisa Woloszyn’s Forecast Discussion:

Tropical moisture is moving into the area from the southwest. Isolated showers will continue through Tuesday. High temperatures will be in the upper 70s inland and mid 60s along the coast.

A storm will move into the Pacific Northwest this evening. Showers will pick up Tuesday night ans Wednesday morning. There will also be a chance for thunderstorms in the Cascades and Central Oregon Tuesday night through Wednesday. Temperatures will be cooler and in the low 60s along the coast, mid 70s in the Willamette Valley, and near 80 degrees in the Umpqua Basin.

High pressure builds as we move into the weekend. This will return skies to mostly sunny. Temperatures will also climb back into the upper 60s along the coast and low to mid 90s inland.

Have a wonderful week!
~ Meteorologist Marisa Woloszyn

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EUGENE, Ore — As the Eugene City Council debates the issue of a paid sick leave ordinance, a divided community voices its opinions.
The council held a public hearing Monday night on an ordinance that would require employers to provide sick leave to their workers.
67 people signed up to testify at the public hearing an issue that’s dividing many business owners and workers.
The proposed ordinance would require all employers to provide workers with one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked.
Some workers who testified said the paid sick leave would give them peace of mind if they become sick.
But many business owners said it’s going over their heads, and some already have their own sick leave policies.
“The paid time off concept has worked well for us because an employee can be absent for any reason of their choosing whether personal time or sick,” said Dan Meyers, Vice President of Finance for Industrial Finishes and Systems.
“Too often reduced to sitting my sick child propped up on pillows in front of the TV with her cell phone close by while I reluctantly go to work because I can’t afford not to,” said Dawn Helwig, Eugene resident.
The Springfield Chamber of Commerce and other local businesses were against the ordinance.
LTD didn’t have an official stance.
Century Link was neutral.
Sundance Natural Foods spoke in favor.
Councilors will likely vote on the ordinance next Monday.

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2014-CLR-CANDID-Elect-Dennis-RichardsonSALEM, Ore. – The Independent Party of Oregon is announcing its support for Dennis Richardson in this November’s gubernatorial race.

Richardson, a Central Point representative, recently won out among registered independents in a survey conducted by the party — 677 votes compared to John Kitzhaber’s 413.

That means Richardson can list the independent party endorsement on the November ballot.

The Jackson County Republican Party, which has supported Richardson, says independent voters have typically been viewed as taking votes away from major party candidates.

But it’s becoming more and more important for a candidate in any party to get that support.

“What’s good is that when their values are still comparable to the candidate, then that helps the candidate in the general race,” said Jackson County Republicans Chairman Chuck Heauser.

According to the survey, the big priorities of independents are limiting campaign expenditures, getting a better return on tax dollars spent, and making college and vocational school more affordable.

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A strong low pressure system is beginning its move through the Pacific Northwest. Light showers are possible Tuesday afternoon and evening. Otherwise mostly cloudy and cool for everyone.

Wednesday the main front moves through and we will see showers off and on all day. Temperatures will stay in the 70′s inland and low 60′s along the coast.

Thursday is our cleanup day. The day begins with clouds that will clear off to sunny skies and inland temperatures will bump up into the 80′s. Friday we’ll begin to see 90′s inland and around 70 at the coast with full sunshine.

The weekend will be hot and sunny with temperatures climbing into the mid-90′s.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A fire at the Springfield Plywood and Veneer mill left about 250 people without a job.

Those employees met Monday afternoon at Springfield High School for an employee meeting. Employees say they were told their insurance is good through the end of the month and they will get one-one-one meetings with management about 401(k)s. They say they also hope to get help finding new jobs.

Employees say they came to the meeting to ease their concerns.

“I was hoping to hear that they were going to rebuild. That was the main thing I’m concerned with. This is the second time this has happened to me. I worked 15 years at a plant in Creswell, Bald Knob, and it burned. That lead me here, and here I am again,” said mill employee John Troute.

“The atmosphere was awesome. Like I said, the Swanson group is like family. I have good vibes with our owner, Steve Swanson, and I do believe he’s going to rebuild,” said Chris Wright.

Chief Operating Officer Chuck Wert says if they did decide to rebuild, it would take at least two years. He says there could be 100 jobs opening up at their plants in Roseburg and Glendale.

Officials are still investigating the cause.

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EUGENE, Ore. — The city of Eugene will take public comment Monday night on a proposal that would require paid sick leave for workers. Lane County took action Monday morning with three new ordinances.

Monday morning dozens of business owners and union members packed into Harris Hall to voice their opinions to commissioners about the city of Eugene’s sick leave ordinance.

The three ordinances all deal with sick leave. The first passed unanimously and exempts employers in the county outside of city limits from ordinances regulating employment.

The second, also passed unanimously exempts any unit of local government with employees in Lane County from ordinances regulating employment.

With a 3-1 vote the third ordinance exempts all employers with employees in Lane County from these employment ordinances.

“Really it’s a much larger issue than just sick leave. I think what you see here is sick leave was a catalyst to have a much larger conversation,” said commissioner Sid Leiken.

Commissioners discussed the issue of home rule and how the city of Eugene’s ordinance could impact businesses all throughout the county.

Even though the county commission passed these ordinances, the city of Eugene could still pass its ordinance Monday night.

But with a conflict between these ordinances, county commissioners said the battle could end up in court.

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