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Governors Race Ads
7:25 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Oregon Gubernatorial Candidates Hit The Airwaves

Both of Oregon's major-party candidates for governor plan to blanket the airwaves this fall. Democrat incumbent John Kitzhaber and Republican challenger Dennis Richardson rolled out campaign commercials Wednesday.

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WSU Med School
7:21 am
Thu September 18, 2014

WSU Plans Med School While UW Highlights Flaws

Washington State University
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Washington State University leaders announced plans Wednesday for a medical school in Spokane. School leaders approved the idea last week, which has the University of Washington on edge about its own Spokane program.

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Idaho Same-Sex Marriage
6:36 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Lawyers In Idaho Gay Marriage Case Expect To Meet Again At High Court

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The fate of Idaho's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage is in the hands of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. However, lawyers on both sides predict the case will end up at the U.S. Supreme Court. The opposing attorneys argued elements of the case at a discussion Wednesday organized by the University of Idaho law school.

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Coal Risks
5:47 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Is Coal Dust Risky? Scientists Are Looking Into It

Scientists are studying the effects of coal on the surrounding environment after it leaves the train.
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Coal has been transported around the country by rail for decades. But very little research has been done on what coal does to the environment when it escapes from trains.With two large coal export terminals proposed for Washington state, one federal agency is hoping to add good science to the debate over coal in the Northwest.


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Wash. Unemployment
4:54 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Unemployment Rate Holds Steady In August In Washington State

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The latest reading on unemployment in Washington state shows the rate holding steady in August at 5.6 percent. That's half a percentage point below the national rate according to a report from Washington's employment department Wednesday. 


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Wolf Kill Ban
6:57 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Ketchum City Council Passes Resolution to Use Non-Lethal Tactics to Control Wolf Population

Ketchum, Idaho is asking the state to collaborate on a project that helps ranchers use alternative measures against wolves.
Credit U.S. Fish & Wildlife

The resort town of Ketchum, Idaho is asking the state to back off on killing wolves. They say it’s bad for business. Last night, the Ketchum City Council passed a resolution urging wildlife managers to use non-lethal tactics to control the wolf population.


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Enterovirus Outbreak
6:41 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Suspected Enterovirus Outbreak Widens In Northwest

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Public health authorities in Washington and Idaho are now investigating at least 79 cases of a serious respiratory illness that affects children. The widening disease outbreak is suspected - but not confirmed - to be a rare strain of enterovirus. 


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WWII Japanese Camp Presevation
6:38 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

To Preserve WWII Japanese Internment Sites, Federal Government Awards Grants

Laura Ng, the onsite crew chief in the summer of 2013 at the Kooskia site in Idaho. She has worked on numerous internment camp excavations, including at Granada Relocation Center and Manzanar Relocation Camp.
Stacey Camp

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941 government officials rounded up Japanese Americans and sent them to harsh, ill-equipped camps. Now, the National Park Service has announced $3 million in new grants to help preserve that important history. One Northwest archeologist is working to keep a remote Idaho site on the map. 


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Northwest Fires
6:38 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Oregon Fire Season 'Continues To Push And Challenge'

The 36-pit fire is burning outside of Estacada, Oregon.
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A wildfire southeast of Portland has grown to more than 3,500 acres and threatens more than 160 homes. Firefighters are expected to catch a break from the hot, dry conditions for a few days until the next round of warm weather moves into the region this weekend. The "36 Pit" fire is just the latest in a series of large fires in the Northwest this summer. 


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Oregon Retirement Plan
6:50 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Oregon Could Implement Retirement Plan For Private-Sector Workers

Oregon State Treasurer Ted Wheeler
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Oregonians could have another option when it comes to saving for the future. State treasurer Ted Wheeler outlined a proposal for a state-managed retirement savings plan Monday.

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