Storms Could Cause Delays With Washington Ferries

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The Washington state Ferry System said riders could see short delays as another storm system moves through Western Washington.

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Atlantic salmon have spread far and wide since they escaped from a fish farm near Anacortes in August. That raises fears they could harm the Northwest’s wild salmon.

Teen Who Allegedly Started Columbia Gorge Fire Charged

Oct 19, 2017
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The Hood River County District Attorney’s Office announced charges today against the teenage suspect in the Eagle Creek Fire still burning in the Columbia River Gorge.

The 15-year-old boy from Vancouver, Washington, faces five misdemeanor charges for allegedly starting the fire with a firecracker.



  Candidates are breaking spending records in a special election that will decide which party controls the Washington Senate.

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Despite a compromise reached by two U.S. senators, health insurance premiums are expected to rise in Washington.

That’s because of President Trump’s cuts in federal subsidies for health insurance discounts. The rates for 2018 are between 9 and 27 percent higher than initially proposed in June. Stephanie Marquee, a spokesperson for the Office of the Insurance Commissioner, says health insurance rates still have to rise to keep the Washington market stable.

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Washington state’s U.S. senators were busy Tuesday. Senator Patty Murray helped strike a bipartisan deal to avoid President Donald Trump's recently announced cuts to health insurance subsidies. 

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The cease and desist order came as a shock. It was from the U.S. Justice Department, ordering a group of Seattle lawyers to stop helping in some deportation cases.

Northwest States Join Lawsuits Against ICE

Oct 17, 2017
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Attorneys general in Oregon, Washington and seven other states sued the Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday because the agency hasn't turned over data about immigration arrests.

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The scientific community is on fire this week. And a physics research lab in Washington is partly to credit. For the first time, scientists observed a cosmic event involving gravitational and electromagnetic waves.

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Are you wearing any jewelry? Some of those precious metals originated in space, and a research lab in Washington helped verify that today.

Michael Landry is head physicist at the LIGO laboratory near Richland. He’s ecstatic because the event proved something physicists long theorized -- that heavy metals like gold and platinum were produced during events called kilonovas.

“So if you look at your ring or your necklace," Landry said, "the gold in that piece of jewelry came to be through collisions of neutron stars back billions of years ago.”

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The Centers for Disease Control and University of Washington experts are reminding pregnant women to get a flu shot.

Dr. Anna Panighetti is an OB-GYN with UW Medicine. She says even though some women might have concerns about getting vaccines during pregnancy,  the data shows that the flu shots are beneficial for women and their babies.

"Some of the antibodies that they develop, will pass to the baby,” Panighetti said. “And looks like it gives the baby a little bit of protection from the flu virus."


The Washington State Book Awards have been announced and for the third year in a row, a writer from Spokane has claimed the top prize for fiction. Shawn Vestal won the award for his debut novel, "Daredevils."

This is the third year in a row a Spokane author has claimed the award for fiction. 

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NOTE: This week we’ve been featuring education stories from around the Northwest as part of the PBS special American Graduate Day.

Yakima’s A.C. Davis High School mission statement is to “educate students for success:  life-long learning, employment, and social awareness.”

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Five major suspects in a massive poaching operation appeared in Skamania Superior Court on Thursday morning. Joseph Dills, William Haynes, Erik Martin, Eddy Dills and Bryan Tretiak have been charged with nearly 200 criminal counts related to illegal hunting and animal waste in southwest Washington and parts of Oregon.

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NOTE: This week we’re featuring education stories from around the Northwest as part of the PBS special American Graduate Day airing Saturday, Oct. 14.

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If you ate today, thank a farmer. That’s the common thread on social media channels like Twitter and Facebook with the trending hashtag #NationalFarmersDay.

The holiday stems from what was called Old Farmer’s Day. It’s celebrated in October because it marks the end of harvest season.


Thousands of old, brick buildings in the Northwest are especially prone to collapsing in a big earthquake.

Now, researchers at the University of British Columbia say they’ve come up with a cheap way to reinforce such buildings.

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NOTE: This week we’re featuring education stories from around the Northwest as part of the PBS special American Graduate Day airing Saturday, Oct. 14.

One program at Kamiakin High School in Kennewick teaches public speaking skills, increases vocabulary, and helps students process and express emotions.

Washington Sends Firefighters To California

Oct 11, 2017


Nearly 70 Washington firefighters are on their way to battle wildfires in northern California. Two hand crews and seven engines are headed to the Ukiah and Grass Valley areas. 



Washington’s economic climate is the fourth best in the nation. That’s according to a new report by produced by Washington’s Economic and Revenue Forecast Council.



The company Northwest Innovation Works is still hopeful that they can bring their $1.8 billion methanol plant to Kalama, Washington.



If the recent Equifax data breach has you thinking it’s getting harder to protect your personal data, the Washington State Attorney General said you’re right.

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NOTE: This week we’re featuring education stories from around the Northwest as part of the PBS special American Graduate Day airing Saturday, Oct. 14.

High school skills programs like one in Spokane are filling a need for skilled workers in areas like construction, manufacturing, and information technology.

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Washington Senator Patty Murray is proposing a bill to make child care more affordable and accessible.

The Democrat is touring child care facilities in Western Washington this week to talk about the legislation.

It would make twice as many children eligible for financial assistance.

The bill would also put more federal dollars toward child care and pre-school, lowering costs for low-and-moderate income families.

Murray says the first-of-its-kind bill would ensure parents don't pay more than they can afford.

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Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said little taxpayer dollars are being used to support the state's 19 lawsuits against the Trump Administration.

Betsy Devos Scheduled To Visit McMinnville High School

Oct 10, 2017
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U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos plans to visit McMinnville High School on Wednesday, according to the school district. She added the visit to Yamhill County as part of a West Coast trip that includes a fundraising event in the Seattle area Friday.

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The Trump administration has a new plan for the Portland Harbor Superfund site that could reverse progress toward cleaning up toxic pollution in the Willamette River, Oregon officials said.

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NOTE: This week we’re featuring stories of education successes and experiments from around the Northwest as part of the PBS and Northwest Public Television special American Graduate Day airing Saturday, Oct. 14.

The second annual Ride the Reactor bike tour took place Saturday. Sixty people rode a 14-mile track around Hanford’s decommissioned B Reactor. It’s part of a federal effort to get the public more connected to the nation’s nuclear history.

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The Chetco Bar fire, near Brookings on Oregon’s south coast, simmered for weeks in the scars of previous fires in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness before breaking out in mid-August. As the fire raced across the landscape, driven by high winds, the firefighting effort came under growing criticism.