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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.
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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.
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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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4:14 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Despite Confidentiality Concerns, BNSF Will Report Oil Shipments To States

File photo of a BNSF locomotive pulling a shipment of crude oil

BNSF Railway said Friday it will comply with Saturday's federal deadline to provide states with information about the frequency and routes of oil trains from North Dakota and Montana.

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3:51 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

As Washington Prisons Crowd, Could Some 'Lifers' Get A Second Look?

In 2009, three-strikes offender Stevan Dozier was granted clemency. He stands in front of a mural at King County Juvenile Court that reads “never lose hope.”

Stevan Dozier's crimes were violent purse snatchings. The final time, he hit his 69-year old victim in the face, knocked her to the ground and stole her wallet. As a result, Dozier was one of the first to be sentenced under the voter-approved "three strikes" law back in 1994.

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5:38 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Northwest Diesel Ownership Among Tops Nationally, Still Lags Europe

File photo. The vast majority of diesel vehicles in the Northwest are pickups.

A new report by a diesel industry group shows Oregon and Idaho are in the top 10 when it comes to highest rates of diesel vehicle ownership in the nation. 

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3:34 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

FBI Offers Big Reward To Rat Out People Who Aim Lasers At Aircraft

The FBI is expanding a campaign aimed at deterring people from pointing lasers at aircraft.

The FBI is offering rewards up to $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest of people who have aimed laser pointers at aircraft. Deliberate targeting of aircraft in flight has increased significantly in the last couple of years in the Northwest.

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