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Special Reports


Special Report: Homeless Camp Costs

Last year, the Oregon Department of Transportation alone spent an estimated $1.8 million of taxpayer money cleaning up illegal homeless camps around the state.

Special Report: Playing with Safety

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a degenerative brain disease found in people with a history of repetitive brain trauma.


Special Report: Heroin in the City

With more opioid overdoses and younger addicts, the heroin crisis is a dangerous formula of supply and demand. And that demand is growing.

Special Report: Eugene woman helps others after daughter's suicide

Roxanne Wilson is creating a nonprofit to help teens learn the skills they need to survive in today's world.

Weight of Survival: Springfield couple reunites with Nevada teen

The survivors of the Route 91 shooting live with the weight of survival every day.

Weight of Survival: Springfield man helps save teen in Las Vegas shooting

Nick Campbell has been looking for Wayne Lowell ever since the night of the Las Vegas shooting more than seven months ago.

Weight of Survival: Springfield couple carries survivor's guilt after shooting

The Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting killed 58 and left many more with survivor's guilt.

Special Report: Family hopes to find killer in 1975 cold case

Shirley Wallace was murdered 43 years ago in Eugene, and the killer has never been found.

Special Report: Road to Recovery

Eight months after a horrific crash on I-5 left five horses dead, the brother and sister injured in the crash continue their quest to do what they love and get back in the saddle.

Family seeks tips to find missing father

Bob Richardson vanished on Valentine's Day in 2012 and was never heard from, or seen, again.

Search continues for missing Roseburg man

Eugene Armstrong was last seen in Sutherlin, on his way to Salem. No one knows if he ever made it there.

Semi Safety: KEZI 9 News investigates dangerous truck drivers

KEZI 9 News spent several months combing through inspection data and working with state officials to see just how safe the trucking industry is, or isn't. This is part 1 of our 2-part investigation.

Search continues for missing Springfield mother

"With no leads, no crumbs, we don't know where to start again," said Kamara Houston, Judy Parker's daughter.

Detectives are determined to solve Lane County murder case

Joni Marie Grigsby was killed in June of 1995 and detectives are confident her killer will be found.

Springfield police not giving up on solving cold case

Dorothy Ashley was killed inside her home in August of 2016.

Local captain fights fires and cancer

Fire-related cancer shows hidden dangers lurking behind the smoke.

Corvallis father continues search for missing son

"It was like he was here one day then gone the next and never heard from," said Donald Long, Chris's father.


Some pet owners give their furry friends marijuana.

Police crack down on dangerous drug in Oregon

In a KEZI 9 News Special Report, anchor Sean Cuellar investigated street drugs and a new class of drug, fentanyl, which is proving to be a game changer.

SPECIAL REPORT: Putting DNA to the test

KEZI 9 News tested three at-home ancestry DNA kits.

Project Safe Family

Former NBA player warns students about addiction

A former NBA players shared his life story and struggle with addiction to high school students.

New study finds shocking results about teens and sexting

A new study looks at how often teens under the age of 18 are receiving and sending sexts.

Study: parents shouldn't provide teens with alcohol

Research shows that allowing your teen to drink before the legal drinking age does not offer protection against alcohol abuse.

Rise in teen suicide, social media coincide; is there link?

A new study shows there could be a link between social media use and teen suicide and depression.

Anti-bullying app helps to stop bullying in schools and workplaces

An anti-bullying app is giving more power victims and witnesses.

Family says bullying at school put their son in the hospital

Parents said bullying at the school landed their son in a hospital to be treated for depression and an eating disorder.

Study: teens who vape more likely to smoke cigarettes within year

E-cigarettes seem like they offer a safer alternative to regular cigarettes but a new study is showing the one may not actually keep teens from using the other.

New law holds parents accountable for school bullying

A New York town is cracking down on bullying by holding parents accountable for their children's actions.

Teens ask lawmakers to raise tobacco age to 21

A group of high school students in Massachusetts is taking a stand against tobacco companies.

Burger King takes on bullying with ad

Burger King takes customers by surprise with compelling, provocative social experiment.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Leaf collection, delivery to continue through January in Eugene

The city will collect leaves through January to be reused for compost.


First BottleDrop on Oregon Coast opens in Newport

The new location is on Olive Street.


Eugene art museum hopes to inspire families to recycle

The free event is set for noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.


Fix-It Fair set for Saturday at Lane Events Center in Eugene

At the event, professionals will walk you through any repairs you want -- from toasters that won’t work to jewelry with missing clasps.


BRING Recycling putting on Buy Nothing Day event on Black Friday

The idea is to help people save money, beat the crowds and do something good for the environment.


Mountain Rose Herbs hosting recycling event in Eugene

You can turn in clean plastic bags, bottles, jars and lids to Mountain Rose Herbs through Sunday.

In The Garden

In The Garden: All about fall

Another item on the "to do" list -- fertilize the lawn.

In The Garden: No need to mow this grass

Decorative grasses are easy to grow, not susceptible to pests or disease, and for the most part, are deer resistant.

In The Garden: One plant delivers all the shades of fall

"They are low growing. They are evergreen. They are deer resistant."

In The Garden: Tropical plants can thrive in western Oregon

Dipladenias and mandevillas may look the same, but there are differences.

In The Garden: Repotting house plants

The first step to replanting is picking the right-sized container.

In The Garden: Perfect trees for patios

Caleb Johnson, with Johnson Brothers Garden Market, showcased several options from flowering trees to evergreens.

Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week: Tonto

Tonto is blind, but uses his other senses to compensate for his vision loss.

Pet of the Week: George

George is looking for a home where he will be the only pet.

Pet of the Week: Kesha

The 4-year-old Schipperke mix is sweet and loves to be around humans, so she doesn’t like to be alone and needs a lot of attention.

Pet of the Week: Chasey

Chasey's adoption fee is covered by the "Share the Love" program.

Pet of the Week: Azul

Azul has an exuberant personality and will need a family who will see that he gets plenty of attention and exercise.

Pet of the Week: Cruz

This playful Coonhound/Rottweiler mix visited the KEZI Midday show as Pet of the Week on Tuesday.

Consumer Reports

Save money on your water bill

Heating water is the second biggest expense in your house. Consumer Reports says you can bring the cost down by following these simple tips.

Make your home smarter

Ready to make your home smarter and safer? Consumer Reports has tips on where to start.

Consumer Reports issues toddler booster seats warning

Consumer Reports found that the load-bearing components at the rear of four popular toddler seats break when tested with dummies whose weight nears the seat’s limits for its harness system.

Consumer Reports: Is too much screen time harming children?

With all that time on devices, young eyes and ears could be harmed. Consumer Reports has what you need to know for safer screen time and audio levels.

Consumer Reports: Tips to make your cell-phone battery last longer

Consumer Reports experts reveal some simple tricks to keep your battery running as long as possible.

Consumer Reports: Fed up with robocalls?

According to a study, scam calls will account for nearly half of all mobile calls by 2019.

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