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The city of Eugene is the county seat of Lane County, Oregon, United States. It is located at the south end of the Willamette Valley, at the confluence of the McKenzie and Willamette rivers, about 60 miles (100 km) east of the Oregon Coast. According to the official 2008 population figures Eugene is the second largest city in the state of Oregon, with an estimated population of 154,620, and the third largest metropolitan population. Eugene has long been the state's second largest city after Portland, but was briefly overtaken by Salem in terms of population from around 2005 to 2007. Eugene has since overtaken Salem as Oregon's 2nd largest city.

Eugene is home to the University of Oregon. The city is also noted for its natural beauty, activist political leanings, alternative lifestyles, recreation opportunities (especially bicycling, rafting, and kayaking), and arts focus. Eugene's motto is "The World's Greatest City of the Arts and Outdoors." It is also referred to as "The Emerald Empire," "The Emerald City," "The People's Republic of Eugene," and "Track Town, USA". The Nike corporation had its beginnings in Eugene.

University Steals Federal Funding

As if the local economy in Eugene, Oregon wasn’t bad enough; it has been discovered that the University of Oregon’s supervisors allowed 15 workers permission to claim unearned income in the aspects of extra work hours and even over time. This was not a one time occurrence. This has been reported as a problem that has been repeated over the time period of three years. The UO’s Institute of Neuroscience has “pencil whipped” the department’s payroll many times from April of 2010 to March of 2013. It was found by the state audit. They took funds from the federal grants, which infuriates the local residents due to the federal funding for assistant programs being decreased due to lack of federal funding.

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