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Grain Negotiations
5:50 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Inslee Calls For Negotiations At Vancouver Grain Terminal, Ends Police Escort For Inspectors

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has cancelled a police escort that helped grain inspectors cross a union picket line at a grain terminal in Vancouver.
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Washington Governor Jay Inslee has cancelled a police escort that helped grain inspectors cross a union picket line at a terminal in Vancouver.

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Smoking Ban
5:47 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Oregon Ponders Smoking Ban At All Beaches

Oregon could become the first West Coast state to ban smoking on all of its beaches.
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Oregon could become the first West Coast state to ban smoking on all of its beaches. The Oregon State Parks Department is seeking public input on the proposal.

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Seismic Mapping
5:27 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

USGS Tries Human Racket To Create Seismic Hazard Survey

A seismic "thumper" used to map earthquake faults.
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Research geologists just finished a field trial to test a less invasive way to complete seismic hazard surveys. The federal scientists attempted to map an earthquake fault under Seattle simply by listening for underground echoes from all the noise we humans create at the surface.

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Meth Cleanup
5:01 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Northwest Meth Houses To Get Scrubbed Under EPA Program

The Salishan public housing development in Tacoma is one of the sites that will be tested and cleaned through an EPA grant.
Credit Tacoma Housing Authority

Federal dollars meant to restore toxic areas like old factories, mines and gas stations are now going to another long-time industry: meth. For the first time, the EPA’s Brownfields program is covering the clean-up of former meth houses. And the inaugural sites are right here in the Northwest.

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Wildfires
4:41 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Carlton Complex Wildfire Now 55 Percent Contained

Officials say the Carlton Complex Fire, in Central Washington, is now about 55 percent contained.
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A few days of cooler, wetter weather has been helping firefighters battling one of the largest wildfires in Washington state history.

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Firefighting Funding
6:46 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Northwest Wildfires Boost Call For Funding Reform

Credit National Interagency Fire Center

Fires continue to rage through tinder-dry wildlands in Oregon, Washington and California. Nearly a million acres have burned so far, destroying more than 200 homes.

With the nation’s eyes turned toward the Northwest, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden and the Obama Administration have taken the opportunity to renew their efforts to change how the federal government pays to fight -- and prevent – wildfires. From Jefferson Public Radio, Liam Moriarty explains.

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Tesla Gigafactory
6:43 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Washington Secretly Competed For Tesla ‘Gigafactory’

A Tesla Model S.
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For the first time, we are learning that Washington competed to become the location for a massive battery factory for Tesla electric cars. State officials confirmed that Thursday even as reports are surfacing that Tesla has broken ground near Reno, Nevada. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports.

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Seattle Compost
6:05 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Seattle Considers Fining Residents For Failure To Compost

Seattle officials are proposing a new rule that would make curbside composting mandatory and enforceable.
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A growing number of cities in the Northwest – including Seattle and Portland – give residents the option of putting household food waste in a curbside compost bin. But in a push to boost recycling rates, the city of Seattle is rethinking the optional part.

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Marijuana Regulations
5:56 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Preliminary Report on Seattle Pot Tickets

A preliminary report to Seattle officials on tickets for public pot use has raised some eyebrows.
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A preliminary report to Seattle officials on tickets for public pot use has raised some eyebrows.

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Airlines
5:53 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Alaska Air Says It Is Holding Its Own Against Delta Onslaught

Seattle-based Alaska Air posted a record second quarter profit.
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The intensifying competition between Alaska Airlines and rival Delta Air Lines in the Western skies does not seem to be hurting the bottom line of either company. Seattle-based Alaska Air posted a record second quarter profit Thursday. This, a day after Delta toasted its own high revenues. Alaska executives are still concerned about a flood of new seats on its home turf. 

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