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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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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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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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Oregon State Budget
6:30 am
Tue January 31, 2012

Oregon Lawmakers Will Tackle Revenue Shortfall In February Session

The Oregon Legislature will face lower revenues than expected this year.
Owen Wikimedia Commons

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon lawmakers return to Salem on Wednesday with a fiscal challenge on their hands. Expected revenues have fallen sharply since the legislature created the current spending plan last summer. As Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports, Lawmakers expect to hear more bad news soon after they arrive back in town.

Oregon lawmakers plan to be at the capitol for about a month. One of the first things they'll do is get the latest predictions about the state's revenue picture.

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High School
7:10 am
Mon January 30, 2012

Oregon Grad Rates Improve, But 1 in 3 Still Fall Short

Oregon's high school graduation rates inched up slightly last year. But as Rob Manning reports, thousands of young people who endure four years of high school don’t have a regular diploma to show for it.

67 percent of freshmen who entered high school in 2007, earned diplomas last spring, after four years in school. The other thirty-three percent are not all dropouts. Many of them got alternative diplomas, or GED's. But education experts say the goal should be to have as many students as possible earning the more rigorous, standard diploma.

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Congressmen hope to allow logging on public lands.
5:59 am
Fri January 27, 2012

DeFazio and Walden Appear in Grants Pass to Promote Timber Trust Bill

DeFazio and Walden want to allow for more logging in Oregon Cascade forests such as the Santiam State Fores, pictured here.
Jason McArthur Wikimedia Commons

GRANT'S PASS, Ore. – Oregon Congressmen Peter DeFazio and Greg Walden appeared together in Grants Pass Thursday. They were pushing their proposal to open up some public forests to logging. Amelia Templeton reports they were tight lipped about the details.

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DeFazio hopes to counter loss of timber money
6:35 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Oregon Congressman Hopes To Restore Funding To Rural Counties

Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio
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EUGENE, Ore. - Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio is hoping he'll soon be able to introduce legislation that will help fund rural counties who are bracing for the loss of federal timber payments.

Some counties face insolvency if the Secure Rural Schools Act is not renewed. Congressman DeFazio says he's working with fellow Democratic Representative Curt Schrader and Republican Representative Greg Walden for a temporary extension. They're also helping him with a long term plan.

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Natural Gas
6:09 am
Wed January 25, 2012

Wind Farm Developer Announces Layoffs

PORTLAND, Ore. - Iberdrola Renewables, one of the Northwest's biggest wind and solar power companies, let go about 50 workers out of a nationwide staff of more than 900. The cuts affect 25 workers based at its North American headquarters in Portland. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.

Energy company Iberdrola Renewables cited multiple factors for a decision to scale back on new projects. That led directly to layoffs in engineering, construction and development.

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Oregon Rising Waters
2:19 pm
Fri January 20, 2012

Willamette Valley Copes With Flooding

People fill sandbags at a City of Salem maintenance facility.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

SALEM, Ore. – Rising flood waters have led to evacuations and road closures in the Willamette Valley. In the town of Turner, city officials have encouraged all residents to evacuate. Shelters are open in Salem for those displaced by flood waters. Salem residents Mark and Andi Bean were eyeing the rising waters. They were filling up sandbags at a city of Salem maintenance facility.

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Endangered Species Lawsuit
2:11 pm
Fri January 20, 2012

Environmentalists Challenge Logging Plans Over Threatened Murrelet

A marbled murrelet swimming
Gus Van Vliet U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

EUGENE, OREGON - Three environmental groups intend to take Oregon's Department of Forestry to court over the effect logging has on a threatened seabird.

The marbled murrelet spends much of its time over the ocean – but it nests in older forests. The Center for Biological Diversity, Audubon Society of Portland, and Cascadia Wildlands argue that logging plans for three state forests would harm the bird's nesting habitat, in violation of the Endangered Species Act. 

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