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Tsunami Debris Tested
5:18 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Tsunami Debris That Washes Ashore Tested For Radiation

Lynn Albin with Washington's Dept. of Health tests a piece of foam insulation of unknown origin for radiation.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Oregon State Parks managers have two new Geiger counters to scan possible tsunami debris that floats in from Japan. On the Washington coast, state health department scientists are now regularly checking marine debris and fish for possible radiation from last year's Japanese nuclear meltdown. The testing is mostly just to reassure the public, not out of grave concern that radiation will get here.

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Tsunami Debris
4:30 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Wash. And Oregon Say Federal Dollars Needed To Handle Tsunami Debris

Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire spoke in Ocean Shores on Monday.
Office of the Governor Wikimedia Commons

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire said her state doesn't have enough money to clean up tsunami debris that started washing ashore. And she wants the federal government to chip in. Gregoire made the remarks Monday during a news conference in Ocean Shores.

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Oregon Marine Reserves
3:58 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Oregon Releases Fishing Rules For New Marine Reserves

Cape Perpetua, the home of one of the new marine reserves approved by the Oregon State Legislature.
Gene Daniels Wikimedia Commons

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has released rules for three new marine reserves on the Oregon Coast. The state Legislature approved the reserves at Cape Perpetua, Cascade Head, and Cape Falcon. The reserves will protect species like rockfish, shrimp, and sardines that live near the shore.

A total fishing ban would apply in the core areas of the reserves. In other protected areas, the new rules would allow some salmon fishing and crabbing.

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Cherry Picker Shortage
7:06 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Northwest Farmers, Shop-keeps Wait Anxiously For Cherry Workers

The first cherries of the season are coming off the trees in Northwest orchard country, but will there be enough workers to pick them?

With lingering high unemployment and the endless talk of the down economy – it’s hard to believe that there are some industries putting help-wanted signs out by the dozens. But that’s the case in Northwest orchard country where there appears to be a dwindling supply of migrant workers for cherry picking. Cherry season started this past week, and as correspondent Anna King reports, farmers and shop-keeps alike are anxiously waiting for more workers to arrive.

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OSU Commencement
7:02 am
Mon June 18, 2012

First Lady Tells OSU Graduates To Lead A Rich Life

The First Lady did not mention the 2012 election or her husband the president during her speech at the Oregon State University commencement Sunday. Michelle Obama spoke about growing up in Chicago, her father, and how to lead a rich life. KLCC's Rachael McDonald reports.

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Olympic Hopeful
7:00 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Famous Oregon Coach And Star Protégé Are A Study In Contrasts

Portland's Galen Rupp (center, all-black uniform) tuned up for the Olympic Trials with a 5000 meter race in Eugene on June 2nd.
Photo by Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Forty-eight years have passed since an American has won an Olympic medal in the men's 10,000 meter run. The USA’s best hope for the upcoming London Games is Portland distance runner Galen Rupp.

You can watch Rupp attempt to qualify for the Olympics next Friday night. Rupp is coached by a running legend from the 1980s, Oregon marathoner Alberto Salazar. Correspondent Tom Banse reports Salazar is trying to help the younger runner avoid mistakes he made.

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U of O President
5:04 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

State Board Officially Hires New UO President

The Oregon State Board of Higher Education formally hired Michael Gottfredson as president of the University of Oregon.
Jes Burns KLCC

The State Board of Higher Education has formally hired Michael Gottfredson to lead the University of Oregon. He was appointed president Friday.

Dr. Gottfredson has been a senior administrator at the University of California, Irvine for 12 Years. He says his first order of business is to get to know the University of Oregon better.

“There’s one overwhelming impression, great enthusiasm for the University of Oregon from every quarter: faculty, students, community," Gottfredson says. "I had very high expectations and they have been exceeded in every way.”

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Emergency Alert System
4:50 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Mobile Emergency Alert Capability Coming To Cell Phone

Emergency managers and National Weather Service forecasters can now issue warnings and alerts by text message.
Alex Ragone Northwest News

Emergency managers and National Weather Service forecasters have a new way to alert you to imminent danger. They've teamed up with all of the Northwest's major cellular providers on a system to broadcast emergency alerts to mobile devices. You don't need to sign up for anything; it's automatic.

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Energy Secretary at Hanford
4:35 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Energy Secretary Might Get Hands-On With Hanford Plant

Energy Secretary Steven Chu speaks in Richland, Wash.
CH2MHill Northwest News

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu fielded questions about safety at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation Friday. He assured hundreds of workers listening in a Richland park that challenges in the massive cleanup of radioactive waste are getting attention at the highest level.

Secretary Chu said he’s really serious about wanting safety at Hanford. He’s particularly focused on the site’s $12 billion waste treatment plant, now under construction. It’s meant to stabilize 56 million gallons of radioactive waste.

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Obama's Immigration Announcement
4:28 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Northwesterners Cheer, Jeer Obama's Immigration Announcement

President Barack Obama addresses the new Department of Homeland Security’s immigration policy.
The White House Northwest News Network

President Obama's announcement Friday that some young adults who came to this country illegally as children will get a reprieve from deportation has sparked strong reactions here in the Northwest.

Oregon and Washington groups opposed to illegal immigration strongly criticized the President's announcement. They said it was politically motivated. But those in the region who support an overhaul of the nation's immigration laws cheered.

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