Other News
11:16 am
Mon December 5, 2011

Some doctors turn their backs on insurance (script)

Doctor Manya Helman runs a small clinic in a Salem office building. After 20 years in practice, she recently decided not to accept insurance payments anymore.

Manya Helman: "I'm actually enjoying practicing medicine for the first time since I started practice."
She says she can take as much time as she wants with a patient and her business doesn't have to deal with all the paperwork.

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News
10:40 am
Mon December 5, 2011

Oregon Prison guard's death ruled 'line of duty'

Officer Buddy Herron. Photo courtesy Oregon Sept. of Corrections

Originally published on Fri December 2, 2011 2:46 pm

Corrections officers and state officials will gather in Pendleton Monday to give full honors to an eastern Oregon prison guard who was murdered. Buddy Herron was killed last week when he stopped to help what he thought was a stranded motorist.

Herron was on his way to a night shift job at the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution when he was killed. Prosecutors have charged 22-year-old Joshua Weeks with murder.

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Economy
10:36 am
Mon December 5, 2011

European Union complies with WTO Airbus ruling

An Airbus A380. European officials say they've now dropped all illegal subsidies for the Boeing rival. Photo by Kentaro Iemoto/Flickr

Originally published on Fri December 2, 2011 3:01 pm

European officials say they've now dropped all illegal subsidies for Boeing rival Airbus. That's after the World Trade Organization ruled the EU had given billions of dollars worth of improper aid to the European aircraft builder.

This is the latest installment of the seven-year-long saga between the world's two largest makers of jetliners. The Europeans have grudgingly enacted a package of changes that withdraw the supports they gave Airbus.

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Transportation
4:30 am
Mon December 5, 2011

520 tolls could push traffic into towns north of Lake Washington

SR 520 toll rate sign installation on the eastbound lane this past summer.
WSDOT

It’s not yet clear exactly when, but sometime in December, the state Department of Transportation is due to start collecting tolls on the 520 Bridge.

Cities along the northern edge of Lake Washington have been bracing themselves for the change. 

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Artscape
7:00 pm
Sun December 4, 2011

'Promising Objects' offers interactive art in Victoria

Alison MacTaggart's demonstrates how her giant gourd emits spooky sounds when somebody comes near.
Katherine Banwell KPLU

Eerie sounds from vegetables and sculptures that look like happy caterpillars. Those are some of the "promising objects" you'll find in an exhibit of the same name. The show is at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and features the art of Alison MacTaggart.

MacTaggart likes creating art that has a familiar aspect to it but something unfamiliar as well. The results are quirky sculptures that are cheerful and noisy. They encourage all sorts of communication and show visitors her sense of humor.

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Business
9:00 am
Sat December 3, 2011

Cyber sales tax has winners and losers in Northwest

Amazon is eager to cast the sales tax net over all but the smallest online retailers.
Associated Press

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This holiday shopping season, buying online is bigger than ever. That’s got Congress taking a new look at an old fight: Internet sales tax.

One Oregon lawmaker – and Washington's state online giant – are front-and-center in the debate.

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Protesting Wall Street
5:04 pm
Fri December 2, 2011

Seattle college can evict Occupy protesters, judge rules

A camper at Occupy Seattle pulls on a jacket and walks among the dozens of tents there at Seattle Central Community College Nov. 15. A judge says they all have to go.
Associated Press

A Thurston County Superior Court judge says Seattle Central Community College can evict Occupy protesters who have been staying on campus.

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Festivals and Events
3:48 pm
Fri December 2, 2011

3 things this weekend: Jazz and holiday celebration

Dance Victoria

Thanksgiving is over, but the holiday season is just beginning. This weekend has some exciting stuff in store. Legendary Jazz pianist Chick Corea is in town and much, more!

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NW Craft Brews
3:00 pm
Fri December 2, 2011

The Friday beer: Alaskan Brewing's Winter Ale

The Alaskan Winter Ale
Paul Gibson

If anyone knows how to brew a winter beer it should be a brewery in Alaska. The Alaskan Winter Ale is a fine example of this seasonal style of beer – maltier, a higher ABV, something to help battle the cold days and long nights.

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Boeing
2:53 pm
Fri December 2, 2011

Boeing, Machinists respond to concerns on new labor contract

The 737-MAX is Boeing's newest version of its best-selling jet. Commercial Airplanes CEO Jim Albaugh says it will be built in Renton if a new contract proposal is approved.
Boeing Media image

More than 30,000 Boeing Machinists are studying a proposal that would spell labor peace for the next four years if it’s approved. But  some union members are concerned about aspects of the deal.

Lingering questions

One of the top concerns among union members has to do with how solid Boeing’s commitment to Renton really is. Property near the factory where the 737 is built has been sold off over the years.

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