Northwest Regional News
6:48 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

University of Oregon Faculty Seek to Unionize

University of Oregon faculty members are collecting signatures in an effort to establish a union. It would be comprised of all full and part time professors and instructors -- about 2,000 members. KLCC's Rachael McDonald has more.

The group United Academics of the University of Oregon has been gathering support for the union effort this month. But it's a process that began in the fall according to Michael Dreiling, an Associate Professor of Sociology.

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Northwest Regional News
6:37 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Ferndale Marine remembered

Navy and Marine Corp officers carry the casket of Marine Capt. Daniel Bartle toward Bellingham's Church of the Assumption.
John Ryan KUOW

FERNDALE, Wash. - A burial mass was held on Monday for Captain Daniel Bartle.
The 27-year-old from the small town north of Bellingham was killed along with five other U.S. Marines earlier this month . Their helicopter crashed in Afghanistan's Helmand province.
John Ryan reports from Bellingham.

Six of Bartle’s classmates from the U.S. Naval Academy carried his casket down the aisle of the Catholic church he attended growing up.

Candles and stained glass windows shone down on his casket inside Bellingham’s Church of the Assumption.

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Northwest Regional News
5:29 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Same-Sex Marriage Bill Personal For Chief Sponsor

State Sen. Ed Murray (right) and Michael Shiosaki (left)
Courtesy of Washington Senate Photo Services Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. – When the Washington Senate votes on same-sex marriage Wednesday, the issue will be personal for the chief sponsor. Democratic Senator Ed Murray says if the bill becomes law, he plans to marry his partner.

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Oregon Environmental Reporting
5:01 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Oregonians Can Report Environmental Complaints Through New Online System

Oregonians who want to report a possible environmental problem to the state can now do so through a website
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Oregonians who want to report a possible environmental problem to the state can now do so through a website and hotline.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has always fielded citizen complaints, but it was an antiquated system that was not centralized. Now, they have an online database for staff to better track cases. The public can use the new online form or hotline to report perceived environmental violations. Dave Belyea with the DEQ in Eugene says they will respond to the person with an update on how the situation is being handled.

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Northwest Regional News
3:52 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Western Wash. Oil Refineries Face Possible Strike

Sign making at a United Steelworkers local in Ferndale, WA.
Courtesy of USW Local 12590 Northwest News Network

Bargaining is going down to the wire on new labor contracts at three of the five big oil refineries in the Northwest. Union members have been told to prepare to strike as early as Wednesday. Correspondent Tom Banse has more details.

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Shots - Health Blog
11:26 am
Tue January 31, 2012

Many In High-Risk Insurance Pools Face Lifetime Coverage Limits

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Thanks to the health care overhaul, most people no longer have to worry about getting sick and running out of health insurance coverage.

The law eliminated lifetime limits, which ran in many plans from $1 millon to $2 million.

Unfortunately, though, the change doesn't apply to plans that enroll some of the sickest people: those who buy coverage in so-called high-risk insurance pools because they have medical problems that make them uninsurable in the private market.

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The Two-Way
10:58 am
Tue January 31, 2012

VIDEO: A Bunny That Thinks It's A Sheepdog

A rabbit tries to herd a flock of sheep.
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Originally published on Tue January 31, 2012 11:01 am

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Jamie Huber serves as Development Coordinator for Central Washington from her office in Wenatchee.

She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Central Washington University and has extensive marketing, communications and project management experience working with all types of clients.

The Two-Way
9:50 am
Tue January 31, 2012

U.S. Intelligence Chief: Iran Is More Willing To Launch Attack On U.S.

From left, FBI Director Robert Mueller, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and CIA Director David Petraeus take their seats on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, prior to testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

As part of his yearly report to the Senate's Select Committee on Intelligence, the United States' intelligence chief said that depending how threatened Iran feels, it may be more willing to launch an attack against the U.S.

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It's All Politics
9:47 am
Tue January 31, 2012

Florida GOP Primary Let Romney Show Skill In Political Knife Fight

Mitt Romney had reason to smile on Florida primary day, Jan. 31, 2012.
Charles Dharapak AP

With virtually all polls giving him a solid lead among Florida's Republican voters, Mitt Romney is expected to handily win the Sunshine State's GOP primary Tuesday, putting him back on course for his party's presidential nomination.

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