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4:06 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

State Drone Regulations Not Cleared For Liftoff In Olympia

File photo of an Aeryon Scout UAV in flight

The Washington governor's office unveiled draft rules for government use of drones Monday. It would replace legislation that Democrat Jay Inslee vetoed earlier this year.

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7:54 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Traces Of Fukushima Radioactivity Detected In West Coast Waters

File photo of the Oregon coast at Lincoln City. Seawater samples taken directly at the shore along the Oregon and Washington coasts this year have all tested negative for traces of Fukushima radiation.

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 8:03 am

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute announced Monday that trace amounts of radioactivity from Fukushima have been detected off the West Coast.

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12:32 am
Sun November 9, 2014

Bae Released, Thanks Public 'For Not Forgetting Me'

Kenneth Bae of Lynnwood, Wash., with his family, addresses reporters minutes after landing at Joint Base Lewis-McChord south of Seattle Nov. 8, 2014. The Obama administration secured the release of Bae and another American from North Korean prison sentences.

Originally published on Sun November 9, 2014 1:44 am

Kenneth Bae of Lynnwood, Wash., was free for the first time since 2012 when he landed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord south of Seattle Saturday night.

“It’s been an amazing two years,” he told reporters.

In 2012, Bae was sentenced in Pyongyang to 15 years hard labor, convicted of a Christian conspiracy to overthrow the North Korean government. Attempts by the Obama administration to secure his release were unsuccessful until last week.

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4:40 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Washington Budget Committee Chair 'Doesn't Know How To Pay For' Class Size Measure

File photo of the Washington State Capitol in Olympia

Washington voters are narrowly passing a class-size measure that comes with a multi-billion dollar price tag.

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3:52 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Can A Little Grass Seed Prevent Further Mudslides In The Methow Valley?

Some bunch grass in the Methow Valley made it through the Carlton Complex fires and is coming back.

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 5:12 pm

The Carlton Complex fires burned more than 255,000 acres in Washington’s Methow Valley past summer. There are thousands of fire-scrubbed hillsides and slopes that threaten to become torrents of mud running down in nearly every direction.

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3:51 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Methow Valley Residents Brace For A Long, Tough Winter

Wildfires burned down 350 homes in Washington's Methow Valley this summer. Nearly half of them are uninsured.

The fires and immediate mudslides are over in the Methow Valley in north central Washington. Now a lot of tough work begins.

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3:28 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Oregon Ethics Commission Is Looking Into Governor, First Lady

The Oregon Government Ethics Commission meets in Salem.

Oregon's Ethics Commission is officially looking into actions taken by Governor John Kitzhaber and first lady Cylvia Hayes.

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6:06 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Timber Salvage After 2014 Wildfires Begins In Fits And Starts

A small amount of salvage logging took place in 2014 along roads and around a campground in the Mount Adams Ranger District after the 2012 Cascade Creek wildfire.

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 10:13 am

Wildfires scorched nearly 1.5 million acres in Oregon, Washington and Idaho this year. And with increased demand for timber from lumber mills, there is a growing market for scorched trees.

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5:49 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Oregon Ethics Panel To Discuss First Lady's Actions

File photo of Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber and Oregon first lady Cylvia Hayes in December 2013.

Some of the issues that nagged Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber in the closing weeks of his re-election campaign have yet to be resolved.

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5:38 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

How Much Digging Should The Government Do At Hanford?

An aerial view of the 200 Area at Hanford -- also known as the Central Plateau.

Removing and disposing of contaminated soil is one of the biggest jobs at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

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