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In brief: Idaho labs will furlough 3,700 if shutdown continues

Sun., Oct. 13, 2013

IDAHO FALLS – About 3,700 workers at Idaho National Laboratory in eastern Idaho will stop reporting for work if the government shutdown continues.

About 2,600 workers with Battelle Energy Alliance will stop reporting for work Friday, and another 1,100 with Idaho Cleanup Project will be furloughed beginning Oct. 21, the Post Register reported.

It’s unclear what will happen with another 600 employees at the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project.

Idaho Department of Labor spokesman Will Jenson said about 25 percent of eastern Idaho’s workforce is employed at the site.

Battelle Energy Alliance said employees can use personal leave to get paid during the curtailment.

New National Guard center in Lakewood

LAKEWOOD, Wash. – The state Military Department has decided to build a new $33.6 million National Guard readiness center at its headquarters in Lakewood’s Camp Murray.

The decision is a blow to the city of Buckley, which had been lobbying to bring the project, the News Tribune of Tacoma reported.

Military Department spokeswoman Karina Shagren said the new plan will bring about 40 full-time employees to Camp Murray, and another 339 citizen soldiers will use it for weekend training events.

The decision is a disappointment to Buckley-area leaders who wanted to make more use of the state’s Rainier School for the developmentally disabled. The school has faced closure threats for years.

Man arrested after shooting, alert

PORTLAND – Authorities have taken a Gresham man into custody in connection with a shooting that seriously wounded a woman, and they have safely recovered the man’s 2-year-old daughter.

The Oregon State Police said an Amber Alert for the child was canceled Saturday night.

Earlier in the day, police found the woman suffering from a life-threatening gunshot wound in a Gresham apartment.

Police later issued the alert for 2-year-old Paige Cavett, daughter of 36-year-old Joshua R. Cavett. He was characterized earlier as a person of interest in the shooting.

Cavett is the child’s father, but does not have legal custody.

Police have not released further details on the woman’s identity or her condition.

Company sues over I-5 bridge contract

SALEM – Oregon Ironworks is suing the state of Oregon over a contract that’s supposed to mitigate the negative impacts of a proposed Interstate 5 bridge across the Columbia River.

Some of the products that the company manufacturers and ships on the river would not fit under the new bridge, which would have a shorter maximum clearance than the existing one.

The state agreed in May to pay $12 million to compensate the company. But Oregon Ironworks said in a lawsuit filed Friday in Clackamas County that the state’s agreements with two other companies would undermine its ability to compete.

Oregon agreed to pay $25 million to one company and $50 million to another.

The Oregon Department of Transportation called the lawsuit “frivolous.”


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