Flashing Headlights Ruled Free Speech

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. – A Southern Oregon judge ruled that flashing headlights at drivers to warn of an oncoming police car is protected as free speech. The ruling filed March 26th at the Jackson County Justice Court states that the act is covered under the Oregon Constitution. This stems from a case against truck driver, Christopher Hill, who … Continue reading »

State Farm Car Insurance Increases

EUGENE, Ore. — State Farm Insurance customers could soon by paying more for their car insurance. The insurance agency increased rates by 3 percent for Oregon customers. The company says the hike will cover the rising cost of health care, repairs and legal fees in connection to auto wrecks. Even though it’s a statewide increase, … Continue reading »

Study: Hands-Free Texting Not Safe

EUGENE, Ore. — A new study from AAA suggests hand-free texting is even more dangerous than simply talking on a cell phone. Researchers found that using speech-to-text is actually most distracting of all. They say it actually uses more brain concentration rather than talking on the phone or listening to a book on tape or … Continue reading »

Bill Bans Smoking in Cars with Kids

EUGENE, Ore. — Smokers in Oregon could get a $250 ticket if they light that cigarette up with their kids in the back seat. The House passed a bill allowing officers to ticket smokers, but they must be pulled over for another offense. Lane County Public Health administrators say this law will help protect children … Continue reading »

Business Commute Challenge Ends

EUGENE, Ore. — Once again, KEZI 9 News wants to thank everyone in the Eugene-Springfield area who participated in this year’s Business Commute Challenge. In honor of the more than 2,000 people who helped save more than 69,000 miles this year, there was a wrap party Thursday night. Sustainable Wealth Management won its category. The … Continue reading »

Business Commute Challenge Wraps Up

EUGENE, Ore. — It’s the final day of the Business Commute Challenge. All week local companies and their employees have been seeking out alternative ways to get to and from work. Friday was National Bike to Work Day. One business that takes part in the commute challenge is St. Vincent de Paul. One employee said … Continue reading »

Business Commute Challenge: Carpool Day

EUGENE, Ore. — The Business Commute Challenge is in it’s sixth day, and Thursday’s theme is a common one–Carpool Day! A woman who normally carpools every day with her husband told KEZI 9 News because they don’t work together, it takes a little more planning, but it works out well for them. “We think carpooling … Continue reading »

Teams Compete in Poker Walkabout

EUGENE, Ore. — High gas prices might be a little more incentive to compete in the Business Commute Challenge. Monday, teams participated in the Poker Challenge Walkabout. They got a gift basket with a map of seven different organizations to visit where they’d get a card. The team with the best hand won. Organizers say … Continue reading »

Local Gas Prices Jump 25 Cents

EUGENE, Ore. — Gas prices are creeping up across the country, but one website says the Eugene-Springfield area is seeing a more serious spike. In the past week, GasBuddy.com says we’ve seen a 25-cent increase. Compare that to the national uptick of just six cents. The jump is frustrating for drivers. “Especially working in construction, … Continue reading »

Commute Challenge Begins Saturday

EUGENE, Ore. — Some local residents will compete against others to help the city go green in the Business Commute Challenge. About 158 teams are already signed up, totaling more than 1,500 people. The goal of the challenge is to get everyone out walking, biking or using public transit for a week to minimize our … Continue reading »

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