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4:47 pm
Sat March 1, 2014

Sen. Wyden: Hanford Tanks Like 'Groundhog Day,' Problems Keep Repeating

Tobin Fricke Wikimedia

Originally published on Sun March 2, 2014 10:33 am

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden is saying cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation is like something out of the movie "Groundhog Day."

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3:06 pm
Sat March 1, 2014

Columbia River's Wanapum Dam Cracked, Officials Mull Options

File photo of Wanapum Dam
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon March 3, 2014 2:26 pm

Dam operators are struggling to find a solution for a major underwater crack in the Wanapum Dam. It spans the Columbia River in central Washington near Vantage.

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6:09 am
Fri February 28, 2014

In Wake Of Arizona Veto, Similar Measures Considered In Northwest

Chantal Andrea

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 6:26 am

Amidst the debate over the now-vetoed Arizona bill that would have protected businesses that refuse to serve gays and others for religious reasons, gay rights groups in the Northwest say similar legislation could surface here.

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5:49 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Idaho Colleges Ask Lawmakers To Consider Fiscal Side Of Guns On Campus

Administrators at North Idaho College, a community college in Coeur d’Alene, have joined other state colleges and universities in opposing a proposal to allow guns on campus.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 6:32 am

State colleges and universities across Idaho are appealing to state lawmakers' fiscally conservative side in an attempt to sideline a proposal to allow guns on campuses.

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5:22 am
Fri February 28, 2014

More Staff Reduction At Umatilla Depot As Site Nears Final Cleanup

Workers at the Umatilla Chemical Depot are focused now on environmental sampling to make sure the site of the chemical incinerator is now clean.
Hal McCune URS

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 6:45 am

The Umatilla Chemical Depot is letting go of 60 more workers. Just 100 remain, down from more than 800 a few years ago.

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5:38 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Washington Governor Signs The Real Hope Act

Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 4:27 pm

Washington is now the fourth state in the nation to give college students who are in the country illegally access to state-funded financial aid.

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5:03 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Northwest Wine Industry Matures With Appellation Milestones

The Walla Walla appellation will mark their 30 year anniversary in March.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Many of the distinct wine grape growing regions in the Northwest are celebrating 30 years since the federal government recognized them as appellations -- or distinct growing areas.

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3:01 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Washington Legislature On Collision Course Over Tax Breaks

Cacophony Wikimedia

The final two weeks of the Washington legislature may come down to a battle over tax breaks.

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6:59 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Why Are Land-Use Deals So Challenging?

The urban growth boundary edge at Bull Mountain outside of Portland shows the line between Farmland and urban development.
M.O. Stevens Wikimedia

Oregon lawmakers are scrambling to fix an urban growth plan for the Portland metro area after a court threw out a four-year-old agreement last week.

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6:56 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Death Of Northwest Family Shows Hazards Of Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide detector
Judy van der Velden Flickr

Local officials say the deaths of a Pocatello, Idaho, couple and their teenage sons is one of the worst tragedies in recent memory in the southeast Idaho community.

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