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Internet Sales Tax
5:15 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Wash. Congressman Doubts Lame Duck Cyber Sales Tax Vote

The Washington Department of Revenue estimates state and local tax coffers will miss out on $1 billion over the next two years due to Internet sales.
Credit Gflores / Wikimedia Commons

Cyber Monday was expected to generate $1.5 billion in Internet sales nationwide. That’s great for online retailers, but not so good for tax coffers in states like Washington and Idaho. That’s because many cyber retailers still don’t collect sales tax. And Congress is unlikely to close that loophole anytime soon.

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Hanford Management
4:47 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Management Change For Hanford Treatment Plant

Kevin Smith is set to become the new Manager of the Office of River Protection.
Credit U.S. Dept. of Energy

A Hanford watchdog group is concerned with what it calls a “revolving door” for top managers at the nuclear site in southeast Washington.

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Portland Port Strike Averted
7:30 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Port Strike Averted In Portland

Photo of Port of Portland.
Credit Photo Credit: Mark D. Faulkner/wikimedia Commons

Six hours of last-ditch negotiations have yielded a tentative agreement for the Port of Portland and a Longshore union that represents security guards at some marine terminals. This averts a strike that was scheduled to bring work to a halt Sunday.

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WSU Riverpoint Funding
7:08 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Second Year Medical Program Nearly Funded In Spokane

Credit Photo Credit: WSU Riverpoint Campus Webpage

Dreams for a complete medical program in eastern Washington are becoming reality after Spokane’s Riverpoint campus received more than a million dollars from private sector donors. Construction for a medical sciences building is underway, meaning classrooms for a new second year medical program in the Fall.

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NW Rural Gay Community
7:00 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Rural Gay Community Living Out in Open

Joe Palisano and Tom Bry have a farm just south of Sandpoint, Idaho.
Credit Photo Credit: Jessica Robinson

Washington legalizes same-sex marriage next month at a time when the geography of the Northwest’s gay and lesbian population is changing. Their numbers are still largest in metropolitan areas. But if you look for the biggest increases – that trend is happening in small towns and rural areas. In Idaho more gay and lesbian couples are making a choice that was once unthinkable in rural areas -- they’re living openly.

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Northwest Ski Season Opens
6:43 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Ski Season Arrives In The Northwest

Ski lifts across the Northwest start up with the beginning of the Ski season.
Credit By Guimir (Own work) / Wikimedia Commons

The ski season is officially underway. Mountains in Idaho, Oregon and Washington are now open for business. Ski slopes are hoping for a better season than last year.

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Oregon Pension Cuts
6:31 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Kitzhaber's Budget Will Include Pension Cost-Cutting

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is asking lawmakers in Salem to take a hard look at cutting costs in the state's pension system. Some of those potential savings will be a part of the two-year spending plan that the Democrat will unveil this Friday.

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Northwest News
8:40 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Gun Sales Expected to be Up for Black Friday

A customer looks over a gun. Gun sales expected to be high for Black Friday.
Credit N3

Gun stores are among the retailers expecting bigger than usual sales today. The national trade group that represents the gun and ammunition industry says Black Friday could set a record for the number of background checks performed.  Those are required by the F-B-I for gun purchases.  

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Northwest News
7:06 am
Thu November 22, 2012

Pension Cost-Cutting To Be Built Into Kitzhaber’s Budget

Rising pension costs are hitting Oregon's local governments and school districts hard.
Credit Chris Lehman / N3


SALEM, Ore. – When Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber unveils his budget proposal  November 30, it will include something of a gamble. Advisors say the Democrat's spending plan will include cost-cutting to the state's public pension system. Getting those changes through the legislature -- and the courts -- will be no easy task. But the cost of the pension system has gone up substantially.

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Northwest News
6:47 am
Thu November 22, 2012

Union Raised Staffing Questions Before Murder at Hospital

The man killed at Eastern State Hospital early Tuesday morning died from strangulation according to the medical examiner.  The local union who represents the workers raised questions about staffing levels months before the man was killed.

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