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Oregon Corporate Kicker Rebate
4:50 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Corporate Kicker Initiative Could Be Low-Key Fight

Another corporate tax hike, Measure 67, generated more opposition than the current measure headed for the ballot.
M.O. Stevens Wikimedia Commons

This fall, Oregon voters will debate the future of one of the state’s most unusual tax policies. Oregon elections officials will soon announce whether an initiative to repeal the state's one-of-a-kind corporate kicker rebate has made the ballot. Backers submitted well over the number of signatures needed. But unlike one recent corporate tax measure, this initiative isn't generating much opposition yet.

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Oregon's Unemployment Rate
4:37 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Oregon's Unemployment Increases Slightly

Oregon's unemployment rate increased slightly in June and now stands at 8.5 percent.

The increase is so slight, Oregon's Employment Department calls the rate "essentially unchanged." In fact, state economist Nick Beleiciks says there is some good news tucked in the numbers.

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Screening For PTSD
4:12 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Institute Recommends Yearly Screening For PTSD In Soldiers, Vets

At Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, returning soldiers are screened at set intervals starting a week after they return from oversees.
Madigan Army Medical Center PA / Public Affairs Office Madigan Army Medical Center

A panel of experts is recommending that soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan be screened for post-traumatic stress disorder at least once a year. The report from The Institute of Medicine in Washington, D.C., was ordered by congress and funded by the Department of Defense.

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Tsunami Debris Cleanup
4:04 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Northwest Lawmakers Say Tsunami Debris Grants Not Enough

This map displays all possible tsunami debris sightings since December 2011. The red triangle designates confirmed sightings.
NOAA/ Coastal Response Research Center

Lawmakers from the Northwest are asking the federal government to provide millions of dollars to clean up debris from the tsunami that hit Japan last year. But Matt Laslo reports from the nation’s capital that thus far the region is only eligible for thousands of dollars.

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Japanese Earthquakes
5:57 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Northwest States Mapping Liquefaction Susceptibility

Soil liquefaction and lateral spreading in Tumwater, WA after the 2001 Nisqually Quake.
Photo courtesy UW College of Engineering

Two major earthquakes last year raised red flags for the Northwest. Some of the damage from those quakes in Japan and New Zealand resulted from a phenomenon called liquefaction. This is when the ground turns to jello or quicksand. Transmission towers topple, buildings sink and utility pipes break. Now, geologists in the Northwest have mapped the spots most likely to liquefy here in an earthquake. Correspondent Tom Banse begins our story in Japan.

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Longdraw Fire
5:53 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Long Draw Fire Cools Down, Ranchers Search For Missing Cattle

Jeanette Yturriondobeitia searches for cattle after the Longdraw fire dies out.
Photo by Amelia Templeton

Officials say the massive Long Draw fire in South East Oregon stopped actively burning over the weekend. The fire consumed more than 900 square miles of rangeland. Amelia Templeton reports, ranchers are searching for their cows.

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Bizarre Incidents At State Capitols
4:33 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Bizarre Incidents At Wash. And Oregon State Capitols

The three-foot Samurai sword recovered from a man arrested near the Oregon Capitol building on Saturday.
Oregon State Police

The Washington and Oregon state capitols have been the scenes of two bizarre incidents in recent days. Both involved apparently mentally unstable men. One had a gallon of gasoline, the other wielded a samurai sword.

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Northwest Soldier Casualties
6:51 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Northwest War Casualties Mount As Fighting Season Heats Up

Sgt. Michael Ristau, 25, of Rockford, Illinois is the 19th Washington-based soldier to die in Afghanistan this year.
Photo courtesy U.S. Army

The summer fighting season in Afghanistan continues to claim the lives of Northwest soldiers. So far this year, 19 soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord have been killed. The Army announced the latest death over the weekend. Correspondent Austin Jenkins has more.

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Salem Street Pianos
4:39 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Street Pianos Invade Salem

Tom White plays a street piano in downtown Salem.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Oregon's capital city is echoing with the sounds of impromptu piano concerts this week. About a dozen brightly decorated street pianos are scattered about town. It's part of a worldwide phenomenon inspired by a British artist.

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Oregon Wildfire
4:03 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Oregon Wildfire Now Largest In A Century

Grasses and sagebrush burn on the Highway 95 roadside.
M. Stearly InciWeb

A wildfire burning in southeastern Oregon has become the state’s largest blaze in more than a century. The Long Draw Fire has burned more than 800 square miles in southeast Oregon.

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