China Door Still Shut On Northwest Shellfish

Posted by Steve Leader on January 7, 2014
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Just before Christmas China’s government imposed an import ban on west coast geoducks (gooey ducks).  Washington and Oregon are among states where the very large edible clams are harvested.

China says it found high levels of inorganic arsenic in geoducks from Puget Sound which prompted the import ban.

Now, Washington health officials say they’re sending test results to state and federal partners …

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Portland Teacher Contract Talks Break Off

Posted by Rosemary Reynolds on January 7, 2014
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PORTLAND — After more than 21 hours at the bargaining table, talks between the Portland Public School District and the teachers association ended without a deal on new contract.

Several issues still remain on the table including healthcare, class size, and work load.

“We put in a lot of hard work, but we weren’t able to get there yet.  From the beginning …

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Robber Picks The Wrong House In St. Johns

Posted by Pat Boyle on January 7, 2014
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PORTLAND — A guy who broke into a house in St. Johns early Monday evening probably wished he would have picked another to target.

When he broke down the front door and demanded money, a 20-year-old man who lives there grabbed the guy’s shotgun and shoved him down the stairs.  The intruder hit his head on the way down and knocked …

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200 Buy Bricks At Pioneer Courthouse Square Over The Holidays

Posted by Pat Boyle on January 7, 2014
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Portland, Oregon – More bricks at Pioneer Courthouse Square will be getting names this year.  200 people paid $100 each for their own, personalized brick over the holidays. The square’s Theresa Vetsch-Sandoval says the names will be added when its drier, probably in late June.

All the bricks on the floor of the square  have been spoken for. So, the new …

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Happy Birthday to The Old Spaghetti Factory!

Posted by FM News 101 KXL on January 7, 2014
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Chances are you’ve celebrated a birthday at The Old Spaghetti Factory, had dinner there before the senior prom, or had drinks in the bar while overlooking the Willamette River.  The Portland institution is celebrating it’s 45th anniversary this year.  According to Carson Cook, marketing director and grandson of the founders, the restaurant was started in 1969 by Guss and Sally Dussin. …

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