A three judge panel of the Oregon Court of Appeals will hear arguments Friday in a lawsuit brought by two young people against the state over climate change. The case is related to a federal climate lawsuit that’s also underway.

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Data centers that house YouTube videos and Gmail messages need power constantly. Google announced today that all of the energy it consumes globally — including at its data center in The Dalles, Oregon — will soon operate without directly relying on fossil fuels that contribute to climate change.

Audit Finds Oregon's Affordable Housing At Risk

Dec 6, 2016
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An audit released Tuesday finds that communication problems and a lack of data at Oregon’s housing agency are putting affordable rentals at risk. 

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A decision by the federal government sparked cheers of joy among protesters fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Army Corps on Sunday said it was denying easements for the project. Construction has stopped, pending further environmental review. The news brought a smile to the face of one member of the Standing Rock Sioux, here in the Northwest.

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In the U.S., access to good dental care is relatively easy to come by. Dentists are able to catch and treat problems quickly. But in developing countries people have fewer dental resources. That’s why one Tri-Cities dentist is leading a team that’s treating patients in a remote Guatemalan village.

While the inability of the government to approve a new Supreme Court justice has received plenty of press, the State of Idaho is experiencing a similar issue. It’s been waiting for approval of a new Federal District court judge for a year, which has left the state with one, rather than two full time judges.

Washington’s only maximum security prison for women is overcrowded. That means some inmates are being housed at the Yakima County Jail. Now family members are calling on the governor to halt those transfers.

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Oregon Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins says she was "taken aback" by the amount of misinformation that surrounded surrounding Oregon's recent election process. / NOAA

Meteorologists say this winter is likely to be slightly colder than average because we are in a weak La Nina year. Some years there are very clear signs if it will be a La Nina or El Nino. Sometimes the signals are conflicting and aren’t easy to interpret.

Oregon State Audit Finds Cybersecurity Risks

Nov 30, 2016

An audit released Wednesday shows significant cyber security lapses in Oregon government agencies. The Secretary of State’s office found some agencies don’t even have a digital security plan. Those that do are underfunded, understaffed or use outdated software.

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The Navy has just been granted permits to expand its jet training flights over Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. The Forest Service announced its decision to allow the Navy to conduct electromagnetic warfare training in Olympic National Forest.

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The sign up period for the Washington State Health plan is underway, and a spokesman says despite plans by the Trump administration to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, it’s very unlikely coverage will change in 2017, or even the following year.

Small businesses outside Seattle are preparing for a higher minimum wage starting in January.
Voters approved an increase in the state minimum to $13.50 over four years.The change is already having unintended consequences.

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As the fight over the Dakota Access Pipeline wears on in North Dakota, the Canadian government approved a much larger pipeline project that will affect Puget Sound and the Salish Sea.

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The World Trade Organization says a corporate tax break that Governor Jay Inslee championed three years ago is illegal.

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The recent election saw California and three other states join Oregon, Washington, Colorado and Alaska in legalizing recreational use of marijuana. Three more states voted for medical cannabis, as well.

West Coast Progressives Wary Of Trump Presidency

Nov 22, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump campaigned on cutting federal funding to cities that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration officers.
Since the election, mayors up and down the West Coast have said they’ll continue to support immigrants who are in the country illegally. The region could also clash with the incoming administration over climate change and recreational marijuana.

Todd Donnovan is a political science professor at Western Washington University.


A judge in Thurston County has fined an activist group from Iowa for secretly funneling money into a Washington state election. The group Food Democracy Action! concealed $300,000 in contributions for a ballot measure to label genetically modified foods three years ago. 

The group did not disclose the names of its donors until after the 2013 election. 

Northwest Team Helps With Wildfires in Georgia

Nov 18, 2016

An emergency operations team from the Northwest is working in Georgia this week to fight a few of the many wildfires burning in the smoky Southeast.

The team of about 50 is led by Noel Livingston of the Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch Center. It includes representatives from fire departments and federal land management agencies in Washington, Oregon and Alaska.

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It's not just national organizations like Planned Parenthood getting a boost in donations, over worries about access to reproductive health care.

Federal Surveyors Investigating Oregon Dams

Nov 15, 2016
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Three dams in the Willamette Valley are being checked out by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It’s part of an ongoing program to ensure their safety and stability.

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Spend your Thanksgiving with Northwest Public Radio! Here's a list of specials that will keep you company this season.

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At least 500 students from ten Portland schools walked out of class Monday morning in protest of the election of Donald Trump. 

Sounds of the Season

Nov 14, 2016
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Throughout the year, Northwest Public Radio is supported by partners in the community – businesses and organizations that help provide programming for all listeners. Here’s a special seasonal spotlight on the arts groups that keep our communities vibrant with music and NWPR’s airwaves robust with the programs you love. Geographically from east to west, here are the “sounds of the season”:


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On the edge of the Washington State University campus in Pullman, an orchard grows. The branches of the many rows of trees are so full of apples the bark can barely be seen. Tukey Horticulture Orchard is used for teaching, research, and a way to bring the community together.

Steve Kolk

Editor's note: This story was written by a Northwest Public Radio listener as part of our "Walking Washington's History" series. We asked listeners to take one of ten historical walks in a book of the same name by Judy Bentley. Stories are have been edited minimally to preserve the writer's experiences, and all photos were provided by the participants.

The Walker: Steve Kolk

Autumn's Colors Through The Northwest

Nov 14, 2016
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As fall comes to an end, we wanted to take a moment to appreciate the season's vibrant colors. Thanks to our listeners, we gathered photos that showcase the beauty of autumn in the Northwest.

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The case of a florist who refused to serve her customers is going before the Washington Supreme Court tomorrow. The lawsuit concerns a gay couple who wanted flowers for their wedding.

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The apple as we know it - crisp, sweet, and juicy - is a modern invention. 

Two Legislators Mark Firsts In Washington's Elections

Nov 9, 2016
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Two Democratic legislators are marking firsts with wins in Washington’s elections. Pramila Jayapal seems likely to become the first Indian-American woman to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives.