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Construction project is*now underway in downtown.

Thank you for joining us... i'm jillian smukler.

Chynna greene has the day off.

Kezi nine news reporter amber wilmarth was at the groundbreaking for the fifth street market expansion?

And joins us live to show us what it will look like.

That's right jillian?

This expansion has been in the works for more than 6 years...and today it's finally off the ground.

Let me give you an idea of what this space will look like... right now?

I'm standing in what will be the market alley....with cafes and shops... that's just one part of this expansion?

That they started*today?

With a ground breaking ceremony 1, 2, 3?

Drill noise they used a*gold jackhammer?

Instead of the traditional shovels... a lot of city and county officials came to the ceremony today?

Which kick starts this expansion... that includes a boutique hotel, 12?

Unit apartment building, and commercial space for retail and offices.

The vice president of obie companies?

The developer of this project says casey, "as a community for a long time now we've been talking about needing dense housing downtown core and bringing more of a destination downtown so this checks all the boxes and what the community has been looking for."

He says construction will this project will also bring jobs to the area?

I'll have more on that and the affordable housing it's bringing?

At 5.

Live from downtown eugene amber wilmarth kezi to oakridge now... where a home caught fire and quickly spread to nearby hills.

Firefighters were able to put out the fire... but the home was a total loss.

The homeowner only suffered minor injuries.

A recent abduction attempt at alton baker park..

Has a woman speaking out and warning others.

Kezi 9 news reporter tyler jones is live at alton baker park with her jillian... i spoke to that woman just a couple of hours ago.

To protect her identity..

We won't be showing her face.

She says she was running here at alton baker park around this time yesterday..

When she was she says as she went to run across the peter defazio bridge..

She noticed four men at the bottom of the bridge.

As she got closer to them..

She says the four men approached her..

And tried to grab her.

She got away..

And got onto the ruth bascom bike path heading towards skinner butte.

That's when she noticed..

They were still after "as i continued towards skinner's butte a car appeared and it ended up being the same four men.

They yelled something at me and they kept going, but fortunately i was able to get to my friends and they kept going on their way."

She describes one of the men as tall..

Blonde..

And wearing a grey coming up on kezi 9 news at five..

The warning she wants to send to others.

Live in eugene tyler jones kezi 9 news.

Two people were injured after a hea?on crash in eugene this morning.

It happened on forest boulevard and east 30th?

Near lane community college's main campus.

Troopers say a van pulled out in front of a prius that was going east on 3?th.

Both drivers were taken to the a man in coos bay is in trouble after police say he stole a car and then led them on a chase.

Police say 2?

Yea?old ryan lange?berg stole the 97 honda coupe on tuesday night.

They say he then rammed the vehicle of the person who called police.

When officers stopped him... he tried to speed away but crashed near south empire after a crash shut down ?84 for nearly 24 hours...traffic is moving again tonight in the columbia river gorge... in our traffic alert: it left thousands of westbound drivers stuck on 20 miles of the interstate, near hood river.

Drivers were taking it slow after it reopened last night... in the difficult conditions.

Odot used plows to remove ice as frustrating as that mess was?

There was some good.

People stepped up to help each other, as hundreds sat trapped on the freeway.

Dennis miller, who was stuck for 18 hours... helped others chain up... "it was important to me that everybody stayed warm.

Here i've got big fuel tanks that run my motor, so i wasn't in danger of running out.

So yeah, keep everybody warm and happy.

Make the best out of it."

Oregon state police did the same thing.

They couldn't get to everyone, but they filled up*six gas tanks and handed out food to about 100 people.

Coming up at five..see some of the*other acts of kindness... now your first forecast with temperatures: right now we're in the 40s.

Satellite/radar: showers tonight.

Tonight: showers.

Lows in the 30s and 40s.

Lawmakers are preparing to pass a compromise border barrier and funding bill..

It will provide just a sliver of the billions president trump has demanded for a wall with mexico.

The republica?led senate has passed the bill and it's expected to pass the democrati?

Controlled house before heading to the president's desk..

It was a surprise mov?

The senate majority leader taking to the senate floo?

And announcing the president will sign the border security funding bill?but that's not all..

(pkg) moments before the senate voted to avert another government shutdown..

A surprise announcement from the senate majority leader sot/// he's prepared to sign the bill, he will also be issuing a national emergency declaration at the same time.

The white hous?

Confirming..in a statement sarah sanders writing: "he will also take other executive action?

Including a national emergency?

To ensure we stop the national security and humanitarian crisis at the border.

Mcconnell added?

He plans to support the national emergency declaration..after saying for weeks..such a move would..set a bad precedent for future administrations somethin?speaker pelosi also cautioned her colleagues against..

Sot/pelosi: i know the republicans have some unease about it// if the president can declare an emergency on something that he has created as an emergency, an illusion that he wants to convey, just think of what a president with different values can present to the american people.

While the move is sure to spur legal challenges..

Speaker pelosi..

Saying at this time..they are simply reviewing their option?.

The bipartisan legislation includes roughly ?poin?4 billion dollars for 55 miles of new physical barriers, but doesn't include funds for the "big, beautiful wall" prototypes the president touted on the campaign trail but it's not just the border in this massiv?nearly 1200 page bill..

It also includes legislation for six other areas of the government..all shutdown for 35 days as a result of the border fight because of the recent partial federal government shutdown, people who receive snap benefits will get them*early again in march.

Oregonians who normally receive their snap benefits between the first and ninth of each month will get their benefits on the first.

This is the*second month they've been given out ahead of time.

If you're concerned about running out of benefits, contact the oregon food bank or the aging and disability resource the push to legalize psyc?a?

Delic mushrooms for medical use by 2020 is gaining traction in eugene.

Shroom pac?

A group that's pushing for the legislation is canva?ing in eugene and asking for donations.

Organizers say the so called "magic mushroom" can be used to combat some mental health "we know that we can do it.

We did it with cannabis we proved that we can rally together and change laws."

The campaign needs over a hundred and 17 thousand a eugene committee proposed a new payroll tax that would raise tens of millions of dollars for public safety... something police are saying is necessary.

Kezi nine news reporter emma jerome spoke with the eugene police chief to find out just who this tax jerome: "police are saying that the services that would benefit from this tax are of huge importance" chris skinner: "the demand for the services has outpaced our supply.

We just dont have the supply to meet the demands this community has and its demands that they deserve to have met.

So we are trying to find a way to raise the revenue and raise the capacity... increase the capacity of the system to be able to serve the community members" the new tax would deduct a percentage of both the total payroll of a company as well as a portion of each employee's paycheck.

Abut tw?thirds of revenue from this tax would benefit public safety such as increased hiring in the police and fire departments.

Ej:"coming up at 5 here from people with a cooz bay, north bend and the c?kwille indian tribe, will soon pay "two and a half percent" more in taxes when people stay in their hotels.

Starting in april, facilities will collect a "nine and a half percent" tax every time someone stays overnight.

That includes hotels, motels, b&b inns, rv parks, and vacation rentals.

The tax will go to advertising and marketing to bring leaders in portland are new at ?30.....the program that is here in our area that they are interested in having but first?

Today is the one year anniversary of the parkland shooting in florida... coming up?

See how students and community members denny's new super slampler.

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Why are we still out of our minds?

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One year ago today... the shooting occurred at marg?

Ory stoneman douglas high school in florida.

Seventeen people were*killed that day.

Maggie rulli is in new york with the linda beigel schulman/ mom of victim sot: love my son.

I haven't heard his voice for 365 days the families and survivors of last year's shooting inside majority stoneman douglas are remembering the 17 lives taken exactly one year ago today linda beigel schulman/ mom of victim sot: i walked down the path today*emotiona* and it was just like reliving last year when we walked down the path.

The community coming together?

Marking the day with a moment of silence, paying their repsects at a temporary temple erected for the day, and students?

Performing service projects in their classmates honor.

But for many in parkland?

They've spent these past 365 days turning their pain into a rallying cry for change.

Sot fred guttenberg i remember saying that night.

This time they messed with the wrong community and the wrong dad.

Maisel munoz (7th grade) sot: i think our generation will be the generation to end gun violence since the massacre?

76 gu?control laws have been passed?

Some banning bump stocks and regulating ammunition size.

In florida, a new law raised the minimum age to buy a firearm to 21 and just yesterday, in washington, a house committee advanced a bill that would require background checks for all gun purchases and transfers?

But it's unlikely to pass the senate.

Superindentent: the impact of this horrific event has been since that tragic day in parkland, 76 gu?control laws have been passed.

Some banning bump stocks..... some regulating ammunition size.

In florida, a new law raised the minimum age to buy a firearm to 21.

And just yesterday, in washington, a house committee advanced a bill that would require background checks for all gun purchases and after three days?

Teachers in denver are back in classrooms?

The teachers' union reached a deal with school officials that replaces bonuses with base salary increases ranging from seven to eleven percent.

This solves a major pain point where teachers complained there was little consistency in the size of their bonuses from year to year.

The agreement also guarantees cost of living increases and

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