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Natural Gas Exports
4:41 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Wyden Leads Sharp Debate Over Natural Gas Export

Senator Ron Wyden is chairman of the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
Credit Ron Wyden's website

Should the U.S. export its abundant supply of shale gas? Oregon Senator Ron Wyden tackled that question in a hearing today. It’s his first since he took over chairmanship of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

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Lane County Jail
4:35 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Public Safety Levy Will Be On May Ballot In Lane County

Lane County Jail
Credit KLCC

Lane County residents will vote this May on a property tax measure to fund jail beds. The Board of Commissioners Tuesday decided to put a five year public safety levy on the ballot. It was a 4 to 1 vote.

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Wash. Dept. of Ecology
6:31 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Inslee Appoints New Director Of Washington Department Of Ecology

Governor Jay Inslee has appointed a new director of the Washington Department of Ecology. Ashley Ahearn reports Maia Bellon is an Olympia insider with appeal on both sides of the aisle.

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Anti-Whaling Suit
6:29 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Sea Shepherd Files Suit in Oregon To Freeze Assets Of Japanese Whaling Group

An anti-whaling group has filed a lawsuit in Oregon court in an effort to freeze the assets of a Japanese whaling fleet. EarthFix reporter Amelia Templeton says it’s the latest twist in a legal battle that began with a confrontation at sea.

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PTSD Diagnoses
4:39 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Army Refuses To Release Investigation Into PTSD Probe At Madigan Army Medical Center

The Army says it won’t release the investigation into how Madigan Army Medical Center handled some soldier’s diagnoses for PTSD.
Credit Public Affairs Office Madigan Army Medical Center

The Army says it won’t release the investigation into how Madigan Army Medical Center handled some soldiers' diagnoses for post-traumatic stress disorder. The denial comes one week after the Secretary of the Army was at Joint base Lewis McChord to announce the completion of an Army-wide review on the same subject.

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In-State Tuition For Immigrants
4:31 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Support For In-State Tuition For Young Immigrants Gains Momentum

Children of undocumented immigrants could soon pay in-state tuition rates at Oregon universities.
Credit Flickr

Momentum is building in Salem for a bill to give children of undocumented immigrants in-state tuition rates at Oregon universities. Gov. John Kitzhaber threw his weight behind the idea Monday.

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Wash. Governor's Schedule
4:20 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Washington Governor’s Schedule Includes Lots Of Pot Talk

Washington Governor Jay Inslee gives reporters and cameras a tour of his office following a news conference.
Credit Austin Jenkins

Washington Governor Jay Inslee’s first weeks in office were highlighted by marijuana legalization and meetings with key Democratic constituencies. That’s according to copies of his schedule released to our Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins under a public records request.

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Coal Royalties
5:20 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Department Of Interior Investigates Possible Coal Royalty Dodge

The U.S. Interior Secretary promised to aggressively pursue coal companies that violate the law.
Credit U.S. Department of the Interior website

 The Secretary of Interior has formed a task force to determine if coal companies are underpaying royalties for coal mined on public land and sold in Asia. And it has confirmed it is investigating one coal company for potential criminal wrongdoing.

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Gun Rights
5:10 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Gun Rights Supporters Rally In Salem, Olympia

Virgil Negru legally brought his handgun and his rifle into the Oregon capitol building.
Chris Lehman

Hundreds of gun rights supporters rallied in support of their cause outside the state capitol buildings in Salem and Olympia Friday. They were there to express opposition to attempts by federal and state lawmakers to restrict the use of some weapons.

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Ocean Acidification
3:58 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Washington To Consider Ocean Acidification Legislation

In recent years, millions of larval oysters in Northwest hatcheries have died.
Credit NOAA website

 In recent years, millions of larval oysters in Northwest hatcheries have died because the water has become too corrosive for them to form their shells. Washington could be the first state in the country to introduce legislation to deal with the economic and environmental threats posed by ocean acidification.

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