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4:11 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

What Would You Do With A Few Seconds Warning Of An Earthquake?

A user of a ShakeAlert warning receives a message like this on the screen of his computer.
USGS

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 5:07 pm

The new federal budget sent to the president's desk over the weekend includes $5 million for earthquake early warning along the West Coast. With this funding, an alert system should begin to roll out regionally next year.

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5:51 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Prison Inmates Enlisted To Rear Threatened Plants And Animals

Inmate Joseph Njonge at work in the Stafford Creek Corrections Center conservation nursery.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 11:33 pm

The work of rearing threatened plants and animals for restoration to the wild takes time and patience and it is labor intensive. In Oregon and Washington, a growing population doing that work is inmates.

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5:11 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Oregon Could Soon Have Third Major Political Party

The Independent Party is on the cusp of becoming Oregon’s third major political party.

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4:59 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Tribes Reluctant To Follow Northwest Voters On Legal Marijuana

File photo. Northwest tribes are in no rush to legalize marijuana.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

The U.S. Department of Justice this week opened the door to a legalized pot market on tribal land.

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3:51 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Congress Approves Nuclear History Park At Hanford

File photo of the exterior of the Hanford B Reactor.
Billatq Wikimedia

Congress has approved a new national park in Washington state that commemorates the Manhattan Project at Hanford.

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3:42 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Windstorm Leaves Big Cleanup Job In Its Wake

A large tree toppled into a car in Olympia's South Capitol neighborhood taking with it power lines. The force of the tree also snapped a power pole.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

The lights are back on for many of those who lost power during the windstorm that walloped western Oregon and Washington Thursday night. But repair crews are still hard at work across the region.

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3:12 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Could 'Spy-Proof' Secret Rooms Go Into Washington's Data Center?

File photo of one of the built out data halls in Washington's data center.
Washington Consolidated Technology Services

Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 10:43 am

A foil-wrapped secret room is a plausible use for unused portions of Washington’s new data center. That’s according to a national expert on what Time Magazine has dubbed “spy-proof rooms.”

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11:38 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Supporters Of Oregon Food Labeling Measure Concede Defeat

File photo of Elections workers in Salem hand-counting Marion County ballots.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Supporters of a food labeling measure in Oregon have conceded defeat, more than one month after the election.

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5:46 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Amid State Capitol Holiday Festivities, Demonstrators Protest Police Shootings

Amy Wojcicki, a spokeswoman for Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, reads a statement from the governor.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Political protest mixed with holiday festivities in Salem Wednesday.

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5:37 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Washington Capitol Prepares For Gun-Rights Rally Saturday

File photo. Several hundred gun rights advocates rallying at the Washington Capitol in January 2013.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

The state of Washington is preparing for as many as 6,000 gun-rights advocates to attend a rally at the Capitol on Saturday.

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