Algae Biofuels
5:18 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Northwest Biotech Firms Will Benefit From Algae Biofuel Tax Credit

If you read the fine print of the tax bill Congress passed this week, it includes a shout-out to algae, cyanobacteria and duckweed. For the first time, algae biofuels are eligible for a dollar a gallon tax credit.

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GMO Labeling
5:02 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

I-522 Backers Say Washington Should Label Genetically Modified Foods

Supporters of a legislative initiative that would require companies to label products containing genetically-modified foods have turned in their signatures to the Secretary of State’s office in Olympia. The grassroots campaign says it has about 100,000 more than required for certification.

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Boeing Planes
4:39 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Boeing Likely Topped Airbus For The First Time In Years

Boeing delivered more planes last year than even the high end of its forecasts. Aerospace analyst Yair Reiner says a big reason is that the company managed to speed up production of its 787 Dreamliners. That comes after years of stumbles and delays on the fuel-efficient twin-aisle plane.

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Ballot Initiative Signatures
4:35 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Latest Eyman Initiative Would Extend Washington Signature-Gathering Period

Initiative promoter Tim Eyman (right) unloads boxes of petitions for his latest ballot measure.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

Washington initiative promoter Tim Eyman says he wants to make it easier to put an initiative on the ballot. Eyman submitted nearly 350,000 signatures Thursday for his latest ballot measure. But critics are suspicious.

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Farm Bill
4:06 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Farm Bill Extension Leaves Out Many In Northwest

Congress also failed to renew government support for organic growers’ crop insurance.
Credit USDA

Many Northwest growers are left out of the partial extension of the U.S. Farm Bill included in this week’s fiscal cliff legislation. The new law largely covers conventional agriculture and not the organics, specialty crops and conservation programs that our region’s farmers are known for.

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Grounded Drilling Rig
6:46 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Grounded Drilling Rig Remains Stable In Alaska

An Alaskan oil drilling rig.
Credit Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg / U.S. Coast Guard

A grounded oil drilling rig remains in stable shape off the coast of Alaska Wednesday. Shell Oil’s Kulluk ran aground on New Year’s Eve on an island in the Gulf of Alaska. The vessel hasn’t spilled any oil so far, according to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.

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Sexual Abuse Lawsuit
5:10 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Portland Man Files Lawsuit Claiming Sexual Abuse By Eugene Pastor

A Portland man is suing the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church for sexual abuse he claims he suffered at the hands of a now-deceased Eugene pastor.

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Energy Tax Credit
4:41 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Congress Extends Key Tax Credits for Wind, Biofuels

Wind farms cash in on the tax credit based on how much power they produce.
Credit Steve Wilson / Wikimedia Commons

A last minute deal passed by Congress to avoid the fiscal cliff extended a key tax credit for the wind power industry. The tax credit has helped turn wind energy into a more than $10 billion industry in the Northwest. It expired on the 31.

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Oregon Bus Crash
4:17 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

More Northeast Oregon Bus Crash Victims Identified

Emergency personnel at the scene of Sunday's fatal bush crash on Interstate 84 east of Pendleton.
Credit Oregon State Police

Two Korean tourists who were visiting family in Bothell, Wash., are the latest victims to be identified in that deadly bus crash in northeast Oregon. Police say Sunday’s accident east of Pendleton was Oregon’s deadliest crash since 1971. Among the dead were 67-year-old Jung Oun Hong and his 63-year-old wife, Kim Joong Wha of Korea.

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Klamath River Deal
5:31 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Farmers and Tribes Extend Klamath Restoration Deal For Two More Years

Farmers and tribes have voted to extend a restoration deal that could lead to the removal of four dams on the Klamath River. The deal was set to expire today.

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