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President Trump issued an executive order Wednesday that could foreshadow changes for two national monuments in Oregon and Washington.

Eugene Symphony Scores A New Conductor

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Brian Bull

After more than a year of searching, the Eugene Symphony has announced its new music director and conductor. The search committee reviewed 250 applications from 34 states and 44 nations, before choosing Francesco Lecce-Chong. 

Kelsie Smith

The Palouse is often associated with small town farming life, quiet summer afternoons and quaint downtowns. But tucked in the hills are two land grant universities. Between Washington State University and the University of Idaho, there is a wealth of scientific study, research and development. Little wonder that so many turned out for the March for Science on Saturday, April 22.

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Since the presidential election, many Northwest cities and towns have adopted resolutions reaffirming that all people are welcome -- regardless of race, religion or sexual identity. Boise, Eugene, Seattle, Spokane and Spokane Valley have. The Wenatchee city council is scheduled to consider one this week. But not Richland.

In a new promotional video for the City of Richland -- white people wakeboard on the Columbia River. White people hike Badger mountain. And white people drink red wine.

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Roughly 150 people in Ellensburg were among the thousands who gathered nationwide to celebrate Earth Day and March for Science nationwide Saturday. 

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Gray wolves are once again the center of attention for Oregon wildlife officials. The state is considering revisions to the state’s Wolf Management Plan, which directs how the state’s gray wolf population is protected. The plan also addresses how conflicts with humans, livestock and deer and elk population goals should be handled.

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A bipartisan measure to crack down on felons, fugitives and domestic abusers who try to buy guns has been revived in the Washington legislature. The Republican-led state Senate voted unanimously Thursday night to approve the bill, even though it had missed a key cutoff earlier this month.

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Washington Governor Jay Inslee will call state lawmakers back into special session starting Monday. The Democrat’s announcement Friday came as budget negotiations remained stalled with the regular session scheduled to end on Sunday.

How Three Major Fires Reshaped Washington's Cities

Apr 20, 2017
Washington State Archives

It was a beautiful spring for Washington in 1889. Consistently warm temperatures. Almost no rain for the rapidly-expanding territory. Washington was only a few months from its statehood, which would come in November. That fast expansion meant densely-packed cities built hastily from wood. Wooden cities in a dry summer.

Washington Unemployment Rate Lowest In Ten Years

Apr 19, 2017

Unemployment in Washington state reached a near-record law last month. New numbers show the state's unemployment rate fell to 4.7 percent in March, just slightly above the national number.

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Officials have killed nearly 650 barred owls in the Pacific Northwest. That’s one of the findings of a new report on the first 21 months of an effort to protect northern spotted owls from invasive barred owls.

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You know the name Rosa Parks. But do you know David Sohappy? He was at the center of a 30-year legal battle over Native American rights to fish salmon.

Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

Oregon lawmakers are gearing up for a pair of hearings Monday on a set of bills to regulate firearms. The measures would do a variety of things.

Northwest communities are getting their drinking water from aging infrastructure that is costly to maintain and prone to breaking down.

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[Editor's note: After this story was posted, NWPR announcer Zachary Michael provided us an audio story on the explosion. You can hear it below.]

 

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Oregon lawmakers won't vote on a measure that would create a new crime called "militia terrorism." That announcement came from a key lawmaker Wednesday during a hearing on the bill, which drew plenty of opposition.

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A hunger strike is growing among immigrants held by federal authorities in Tacoma. That’s according to activists getting updates by phone and email  from people held at the Northwest Detention Center.

Earthquake Warning System Expands Pilot

Apr 10, 2017
Elaine Thompson / Associated Press

Washington state is one step closer to an earthquake warning system. “ShakeAlert” can warn about an earthquake between a few seconds to a couple minutes before it happens. 

Oregon Chief Justice Calls For End To ICE Courthouse Arrests

Apr 10, 2017
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Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Balmer said Thursday that actions by federal immigration officers have been a "strong deterrent" for some individuals trying to access the criminal justice system.

Courtney Flatt / Northwest Public Rado

Northwest rivers are running high as all that winter snowpack melts into spring runoff. That means the region is producing too much of a good thing: carbon-free, renewable energy in the form of both dam-generated hydropower along with electricity from spinning wind-farm turbines.

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Awesome Science Alert!

The LIGO Conservatory at Hanford was part of the team that found gravitational waves - confirming Einstein's Theory of Relativity!

The 1A interview is below, way below.  

Einstein, A Hunch And Decades Of Work: How Scientists Found Gravitational Waves 

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The Oregon Senate approved two bills today that would protect victims of sex trafficking from criminal convictions related to their own exploitation.

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Four conservation groups are suing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in an effort to limit the federal government’s use of deadly cyanide traps.

Federal Government Turns Down Idaho Disaster Request

Apr 3, 2017
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Idaho Governor Butch Otter says the federal government has turned down his request for federal disaster funds to help the state rebuild after late winter flooding.

Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

Washington lawmakers are working this year to craft a solution to the state’s school funding crisis. Much of their work is happening behind the scenes and in closed door meetings. So who’s in those meetings and who’s trying to influence the outcome? The top four leaders of the legislature denied a public records request to see their emails and calendars. 

Emily Schwing / Northwest News Network

For the first time, Gonzaga University could bring the NCAA Division I men’s basketball championship trophy home to Spokane. The Bulldogs beat the South Carolina Gamecocks 77-73 in Phoenix Saturday in the semifinal round of the Final Four.

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown has officially declared today “Cesar Chavez Day."  Immigrant rights and farm worker groups are holding marches through the weekend to honor the famed Latino activist, and to protest President Trump’s immigration policies. 

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Environmental groups and small farmers say they will continue to fight a mega-dairy in Eastern Oregon that received a key permit. They say the dairy will harm water and air quality in the region. 

Debating The Future Of Snake River Dams

Mar 31, 2017
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Pro-dam and pro-breach panelists debated the future of Snake River dams earlier this week at Washington State University. Both sides refuted each other’s facts, leaving the panel unable to find common ground.

                                                                                                                      

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This week, Oregon Governor Kate Brown fired three members of the state’s Environmental Quality Commission. The firings come less than a month after the commission chose a new director for the Department of Environmental Quality, Richard Whitman.

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