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5:07 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Oregon Hires Top Marijuana Regulator

Katherine Hitt Flickr

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 10:01 am

Oregon is gearing up for a year-long process of crafting regulations for recreational marijuana.

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4:32 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

$2 Million In Taxpayer Dollars At Risk In Snake River Dredging Showdown

Some river cruise ships can no longer call at this cruise ship dock in Clarkston because of accumulated silt.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue December 16, 2014 5:22 pm

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is making a high-stakes bet that it will prevail in a pending lawsuit over Snake River dredging.

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5:09 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Congress Puts Potatoes On The Menu In Nutrition Subsidy

Idaho Potato Commission

Northwest potato farmers are cheering a small provision tucked into the newly passed federal spending package.

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4:20 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Cyber Security Audit: Washington Agencies Not In Full Compliance

File photo of one of the built-out data halls in Washington's data center.
Washington Consolidated Technology Services

The state of Washington has good cyber security standards, but state agencies don’t always adhere to those standards.

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4:11 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

What Would You Do With A Few Seconds Warning Of An Earthquake?

A user of a ShakeAlert warning receives a message like this on the screen of his computer.
USGS

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 5:07 pm

The new federal budget sent to the president's desk over the weekend includes $5 million for earthquake early warning along the West Coast. With this funding, an alert system should begin to roll out regionally next year.

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5:51 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Prison Inmates Enlisted To Rear Threatened Plants And Animals

Inmate Joseph Njonge at work in the Stafford Creek Corrections Center conservation nursery.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 11:33 pm

The work of rearing threatened plants and animals for restoration to the wild takes time and patience and it is labor intensive. In Oregon and Washington, a growing population doing that work is inmates.

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5:11 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Oregon Could Soon Have Third Major Political Party

The Independent Party is on the cusp of becoming Oregon’s third major political party.

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4:59 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Tribes Reluctant To Follow Northwest Voters On Legal Marijuana

File photo. Northwest tribes are in no rush to legalize marijuana.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

The U.S. Department of Justice this week opened the door to a legalized pot market on tribal land.

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3:51 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Congress Approves Nuclear History Park At Hanford

File photo of the exterior of the Hanford B Reactor.
Billatq Wikimedia

Congress has approved a new national park in Washington state that commemorates the Manhattan Project at Hanford.

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3:42 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Windstorm Leaves Big Cleanup Job In Its Wake

A large tree toppled into a car in Olympia's South Capitol neighborhood taking with it power lines. The force of the tree also snapped a power pole.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

The lights are back on for many of those who lost power during the windstorm that walloped western Oregon and Washington Thursday night. But repair crews are still hard at work across the region.

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