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Microsoft Layoffs
3:42 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Microsoft Announces Layoffs

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SEATTLE - About 200 employees of Redmond-based Microsoft will be getting pink slips today. That’s according to a source close to the company. The layoffs will affect the 6,000 or so people involved in marketing at the software giant.

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Washington Refinery Strike
6:33 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Tentative Labor Deal Averts Western Wash. Refinery Strikes

ConocoPhillips oil refinery at Cherry Point, Washington.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

FERNDALE, Wash. -- The United Steelworkers Union has reached a tentative deal with oil companies to avert a possible strike at dozens of refineries, including three important ones in the Northwest. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.

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Oregon Special Election
6:27 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Bonamici Wins OR-1 Special Election

Suzanne Bonamici thanks her supporters after her win in the 1st District.
Emily Taylor Northwest News Network

PORTLAND -- A fast-paced five months of campaigning has come to an end in Northwest Oregon. Democrat Suzanne Bonamici was elected last night the next representative for the First Congressional District. Unofficial results last night showed Bonamici prevailing with a sixteen point lead over Republican Rob Cornilles. She'll replace another Democrat, David Wu. From Oregon Public Broadcasting, April Baer reports.

As a standing-room-only crowd of volunteers and donors clapped and filled a downtown conference room with their shouts, Suzanne Bonamici raised her arms to thank them.

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Oregon Special Election
6:22 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Bonamici Claims Oregon Congressional Seat In Special Election Victory

Suzanne Bonamici thanks her supporters after her win in the 1st District.
Emily Taylor Northwest News Network

PORTLAND – Oregon has a new representative in Congress. Democrat Suzanne Bonamici beat Republican Rob Cornilles Tuesday night for the right to fill the seat vacated by Democrat David Wu, who resigned last summer. Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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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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UO Faculty Union
6:48 am
Tue January 31, 2012

University of Oregon Faculty Seek to Unionize

University of Oregon faculty hope to form a union for UO professors.
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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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