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4:00 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Oregon Lawmakers May Allow Temporary Marijuana Dispensary Bans

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Oregon lawmakers are hashing out a compromise on whether to allow cities and counties to ban medical marijuana dispensaries.

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2:52 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Washington Recoups Great Recession Job Losses, With Caveat

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It took four years, but Washington has now recovered more jobs than it lost during the Great Recession.

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1:18 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Outside Experts Weigh In On Columbia River's Damaged Wanapum Dam

File photo of Wanapum Dam
Grant County PUD

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 2:22 pm

In central Washington state, teams of engineers are scrambling to figure out what’s gone wrong with part of the Wanapum Dam’s spillway structure.

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11:45 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Bones Exposed By Wanapum Dam Drawdown On Columbia River

Newly exposed riverbank sprawls out upstream on the Columbia River from Wanapum Dam. Human bones have been found in an area called Crescent Bar.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 8:20 am

In Central Washington, human bones have been found along the newly exposed shore above Wanapum Dam on the Columbia River.

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4:32 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Oregon Lawmakers Try To Avoid Another Cover Oregon Fiasco

The website for Oregon's health insurance exchange still isn't fully functional.
Cover Oregon

Oregon lawmakers say they want to avoid another high-profile tech blunder like the problems facing the state's online health insurance exchange.

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3:38 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Washington Insurance Commissioner: Premera 'Guts' Consumer Protection Bill

Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler
Washington OIC

Washington’s Insurance Commissioner wants to notify consumers if their insurance company is on the verge of bankruptcy.

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11:24 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Wanapum Dam Stabilizes With Drawdown, Engineers Say

Near rhe top of this image of Wanapum Dam, a slight bend is noticeable in the conduit below the guardrail. This is the anomaly spotted by a Grant PUD employee that resulted in discovery of the crack.
Grant County PUD

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 2:59 pm

As of Tuesday engineers say the Wanapum Dam’s major crack is stabilizing with the drawdown of the pool behind it.

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5:54 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Columbia River Drawdown Continues To Take Pressure Off Wanapum Dam

The crack is at the bottom of the fourth spillway pier from the left in this photo.
Grant County PUD

Water behind the Wanapum Dam near Vantage, Wash., is being drawn down 26 feet to relieve pressure on the big crack in the structure.

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5:35 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Oregon Begins To Accept Medical Marijuana Dispensary Applications

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Oregon launched its medical marijuana dispensary program Monday. Nearly 300 dispensary owners signed up at this first opportunity for a state license.

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5:27 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Kitzhaber Claims Truce In Potentially Divisive Ballot Measures

File photo of Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber says he's brokered a deal that will avoid a potentially divisive battle at the ballot box this fall.

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