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About 800 Freightliner employees will be laid off by the end of the month. The manufacturing plant currently employs 1,700 workers. Freightliner, known for its heavy-duty name-brand trucks as well as the Western Star brand and military trucks, will cease making Freightliner trucks at its Swan Island location. Company spokesperson Amy Sills says the layoffs are the result of a reduction in demand for the company’s trucks. The decline in demand is due to new EPA diesel emissions standards that are a heavy burden to the truck manufacturing industry.


New ideas and research about successful aging may soon come from a partnership between Oregon Health & Science University and Intel Corp. OHSU’s Oregon Center for Aging & Technology is the first center to receive funding from the Behavioral Assessment and Intervention Commons, part of Intel’s Digital Health Group program. The $1 million goes toward research into behavioral changes that could indicate a future need for health-related products and services. Through sensors and a computer monitoring system researchers can study elderly participants over a long period of time in their natural setting: their own homes.


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