Northwest News Network

NPR Story
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.

Read more
NPR Story
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.

Read more
NPR Story
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.

Read more
NPR Story
5:35 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Oregon Begins To Accept Medical Marijuana Dispensary Applications

Mjpresson Wikimedia

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

Read more
NPR Story
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.

Read more
NPR Story
4:03 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

National Parks Report: Nearby Towns Lost Nearly $500M In October Shutdown

File photo of an entrance to Mount Rainier National Park
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

According to a National Park Service report, towns around national parks lost an estimated $414 million during the partial government shutdown last October.

Read more
NPR Story
3:03 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Washington Gas Tax Debate Breeds Partisan Mistrust In Legislature

Kristen Steele Flickr

Originally published on Mon March 3, 2014 3:35 pm

The debate over a gas tax hike has revved up again in the Washington legislature.

Read more
NPR Story
9:51 am
Sun March 2, 2014

Oregon To Launch Medical Marijuana Dispensary Registration

Katheirne Hitt Flickr

Originally published on Sun March 2, 2014 10:41 am

Until now, medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon have operated under a grey area of the law. But starting Monday, they can apply for legal recognition.

Read more
NPR Story
9:40 am
Sun March 2, 2014

Clock Ticking On Major Cancer Research Grant

Dr. Brian Druker heads the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute.

Originally published on Sun March 2, 2014 10:27 am

Nike chairman Phil Knight is offering a prominent Oregon medical school $500 million for cancer research. However, it comes with a huge string attached.

Read more
NPR Story
9:25 am
Sun March 2, 2014

Inslee Prepares To Make Moral Case For Carbon Reduction

File photo of Washington Governor Jay Inslee
GovInslee Flickr

Originally published on Sun March 2, 2014 10:23 am

Washington Governor Jay Inslee is preparing to take action on an issue that could secure his legacy -- or complicate his re-election chances.

Read more

Pages