Asia
9:01 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

China Laces Up Its Chuck Taylors

Chuck Taylor All Stars are common on the streets of Shanghai. Xuan Zhihui, 62, a retiree from a state-owned factory, wears her daughter's hand-me-down sneakers, which are 15 years old. She says they're really comfortable.
Frank Langfitt NPR

Stroll along a street in downtown Shanghai for very long, and you're likely to run into someone wearing Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars. One recent afternoon, Xu Jing was heading back from lunch to her job at an ad company in a pair of raspberry-colored Chuck Taylors.

"They have a young image, upbeat and outdoorsy, sporty," said Xu, 27, explaining the appeal. "Young people with an artistic sense prefer Converse."

Xu was accompanied by Chen Xiaolei, a co-worker who owns three pairs of Chuck Taylor high-tops.

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Around the Nation
9:01 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Arizona Lawmakers Target Public Workers' Unions

Originally published on Thu February 9, 2012 7:21 am

Labor unions plan to rally in front of the Arizona State Capitol on Thursday afternoon to protest four bills quickly moving through the state Legislature that could make last year's Wisconsin labor laws look modest by comparison.

Three of the four bills restrict the way unions collect dues and the way workers get paid for union activities. The fourth bans collective bargaining between governments and government workers: state and local. Unlike Wisconsin, it affects all government employees, including police and firefighters.

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Idaho Energy Commission
5:50 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Otter Creates Commission to Study Nuclear Energy Issues

Idaho Governor Butch Otter
Photo by: justmaketheshift.idaho.gov Northwest News Network

Idaho Governor Butch Otter has created a nuclear energy commission to look at the future role of the Idaho National Laboratory.

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Gay Marriage Reaction
5:14 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Both Sides Of Gay Marriage Debate React To Wash. House Vote

Washington State Capital
Photo by: Wikuservisitor7 Wikimedia

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Gay marriage supporters are thrilled. Opponents are gearing up for a ballot fight. That’s the dynamic after the Washington House voted Wednesday to send a same-sex marriage bill to the governor. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins watched the historic vote from the House galleries and has reaction.

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Hanford Safety
5:04 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Hanford Contractor Bechtel Hires On New Safety Culture Manager

Ward Sproat.
Photo courtesy of Bechtel Northwest News Network

RICHLAND, Wash. – The main government contractor building the waste treatment plant at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, has hired a new safety culture manager. This move comes after multiple federal reports have criticized the southeast Washington project – some saying that employees feel reluctant to raise concerns with the plant. Correspondent Anna King reports.

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Gary Marriage Passes
4:41 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Washington Lawmakers Pass Gay Marriage 55-43

Crowd cheering passage of gay marriage law.
Photo by: Azusa Uchikura Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A bill to legalize same-sex marriage is on its way to Governor Chris Gregoire’s desk. After a three hour debate Wednesday, the state House of Representatives passed the plan 55-43. Hundreds of gay rights supporters reacted from the gallery.

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Gay Marriage Opponents Prepare
4:36 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

National Organization Prepares For Gay Marriage Ballot Repeal Effort In Wash.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Gay marriage isn’t the law in Washington yet. But national opponents are already preparing for a repeal campaign. The Washington House Wednesday is expected to send a same-sex marriage measure to the governor for her signature.

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Dedications
4:15 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Valentine's Day Dedications

Unleash your inner Romeo or Juliet!  Recognize a special person in your life this Valentine’s Day with an on-air dedication. E-mail your short (100 words or less) dedication by Sunday, February 12th at midnight and yours could be included during my Valentine’s Day show from 9:00 am to Noon. 

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Oregon Spending Plan
4:10 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Oregon Revenues Down, Slightly

Oregon capital at night.
Photoe Source: GNU

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon lawmakers have a clearer picture of what they'll need to do to bring the current spending plan back into balance. State economists said Wednesday that they expect revenues to fall another $35 million. As Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports, that's not considered a very big drop.

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The Two-Way
3:30 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Fabio Capello Quits As Manager Of England's National Soccer Team

England's Italian manager Fabio Capello attends a training session at London Colney, England in May of 2011.
Glyn Kirk AFP/Getty Images

In a surprise twist for one of the world's premiere national soccer teams, Fabio Capello resigned as England coach, today.

The resignation followed an hour-long meeting with top Football Association officials. The association made the news official in a press release posted on its website. The statement read in part:

"The discussions focused on The FA Board's decision to remove the England team captaincy from John Terry, and Fabio Capello's response through an Italian broadcast interview.

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