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5:01 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Idaho Commissioner Asks Media, American Public To Back Off

Blaine County, Idaho, Commissioner Larry Schoen has asked the media to community members more space in the wake of American POW Bowe Bergdahl’s release.
Blaine County

A county commissioner in Blaine County, Idaho, is asking critics of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to give Bergdahl's hometown some space. That includes members of the media. The commissioner says the town of Hailey is tired of being the target of people’s “misguided rage” over the former POW.

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5:49 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Dozens Of Oso Slide Legal Claims Filed Against Washington

A view of the slope where the Oso landslide took place. (File photo)
Snohomish County Flickr

The deadly Oso landslide in March has resulted in a blizzard of legal claims against the state of Washington.

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3:07 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Idaho Congressman Urges Politicians To Hold Off Criticism Of Bergdahl

Idaho Congressman RaĂşl Labrador.
U.S. House of Representatives

Idaho Congressman RaĂşl Labrador is calling on fellow politicians to avoid "escalating the rhetoric" around Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Labrador, a Republican, made the comments at a panel discussion hosted Tuesday in Washington, D.C., by the Heritage Foundation.

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5:29 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

'Awareness' No Longer The Issue For Bergdahl’s Supporters

Groups across the country distributed stickers, patches, armbands and other items to get Bowe Bergdahl’s name out during his captivity.
Courtesy of Buster Hickam

The parents of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl issued a statement through social media Monday. Bob and Jani Bergdahl thanked the people who have supported them for nearly five years as they waited for their son to be freed from Taliban captivity.

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5:13 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Oregon To Start Taxing Prepaid Cellphones

Prepaid cellphones will now be charged a 75 cent tax to fund 911 services.
Jeramey Jannene Flickr

Oregon cellphone users who don't have a monthly contract will soon pay a new tax when they refill their minutes. A law that takes effect this month levies a 75 cent transaction tax on prepaid minutes. The money will fund 911 services.

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4:53 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

New Washington Laws Cover College Aid, Guns, Tanning

The Washington state capitol building.
Cacophony Wikimedia

This is the week undocumented students in Washington will become eligible for state college tuition aid. The Real Hope Act is just one of dozens of new state laws that take effect Thursday, 90 days after the Washington Legislature adjourned.

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8:10 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Japan Looks To Richland-Made Filters To Treat Radioactive Water

John Raymont, founder and president of Kurion, stands inside one of his company’s containerized mobile strontium filter units. These shipping-container-like machines will be shipped from the build site in Richland to Japan’s crippled nuclear plant in July
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 7:19 am

Japan’s crippled nuclear plant is bleeding hazardous radioactive water at a mind-staggering rate. Officials at Fukushima Daiichi are filling 37-foot-tall tanks nearly every other day. Now, in southeast Washington, a company called Kurion is developing and building a mobile filter system to help deal with that troublesome radioactive wastewater.

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7:38 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Wenatchee Latino Population Encouraged To Hike Outdoors For Health

Hikers Kimberly Carrillo and her friend Lily Esuivel near Wenatchee. Agencies in the area are trying to get more people hiking on nearby trails.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 8:12 am

Doctors in Wenatchee have been passing out some unusual prescriptions lately – not pills, but mountain hikes. It’s called the Foothills Hiking Challenge.

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4:55 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

On D-Day, Oregon Dedicates World War II Memorial

A new World War II memorial at Willson Park on the Oregon State Capitol grounds was dedicated Friday.
Office of the Governor

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 5:02 pm

In Oregon, D-Day meant the dedication of a long-awaited memorial honoring World War II veterans. Hundreds turned out for a ceremony Friday on the 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Western Europe.

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4:30 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

The Blob: Not The Horror Movie, The Summer Weather Influencer

Sea surface temperature anomalies in degrees C drawn from NOAA/ESRL database.

"The Blob" was the title of a 1958 sci-fi horror movie. It's also the nickname Washington State Climatologist Nick Bond has given to a large patch of warmer-than-normal seawater off the Pacific Northwest coast.

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