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Dairy Prices
4:51 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Northwest Farmers Look To Congress To Prevent 'Dairy Cliff'

Milk could cost $7 a gallon if Congress doesn't act.
Credit Wikimedia

It’s not just the so-called "fiscal cliff" that Congress is trying to resolve Monday. A tentative agreement on what’s been dubbed the "dairy cliff" is aimed at avoiding a government-induced spike in the price of milk.

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Polar Bear Plunge
4:27 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Hardy Souls Take The Plunge To Ring In 2013

Santa stuck around for the 2012 Polar Bear Swim in Vancouver, BC.
Credit City of Vancouver

For thousands of people around the Northwest, the way to start the New Year off right is with a dip in frigid water.

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Idaho Incomes
6:19 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Landing One Job No Longer Sufficient For Many In Idaho

James Drennen of Post Falls, Idaho, works three jobs to support his wife and two daughters.
Credit Photo by Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

Personal incomes took a hit in the economic downturn across the nation. But according to the latest figures, no state has lower median earnings than Idaho. Jessica Robinson reports.

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Wind Power Tax Credit
6:15 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Wind Power Tax Credit to Expire Soon

Some clean energy jobs will disappear from the Pacific Northwest in 2013. Industry leaders say that’s a consequence of letting a wind tax credit expire on Monday. Reporting for EarthFix, Courtney Flatt has more.

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NW Centenarians
6:11 am
Mon December 31, 2012

U.S. Census Bureau Finds Lots Of Centenarians In Northwest

A special report from the U.S. Census Bureau finds more people than you might expect over 100 years old in the Northwest. Correspondent Tom Banse has the numbers.

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NASA Viral Video
6:09 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Forest Gibson: "Going Far Beyond Your Normal Reach"

The Curiosity Rover, in Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, before its launch.
Credit Photo courtesy NASA

When NASA launched the Curiosity Rover to Mars earlier this year, Forest Gibson found himself remembering his childhood. Like a lot of kids, Forest dreamed of being an astronaut. He imagined exploring space while launching model rockets outside his Yakima home.

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Russian Adoptions
5:59 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Iron Curtain Falls Around Russian Adoptions

Friday morning Russia banned the adoption of its children by Americans. One family in Washington State has reportedly made it through before the ban. They’re scheduled to fly home Saturday with their adoption complete, according to their adoption agency. As Carolyn Adolph reports from KUOW Seattle, that’s one bright spot in an otherwise bad situation.

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Titanic Anniversary
6:35 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Seattle Woman’s Great Aunt Faced Tough Decision On The Titanic

A postcard image of the Titanic.
Credit Photo courtesy George Behe's collection

This past year has marked some big milestones. The 150th anniversary of the University of Washington, the 50th anniversary of the Seattle World’s Fair. Charles Dickens would have been 200. 2012 also marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. A majority of the people who boarded the luxury ocean liner didn’t survive the trip. For some, the only thing separating survival and drowning was a split-second decision. Now, a century after the tragedy, a Seattle woman wonders what she would do if she had been in her relative’s shoes on the night of the sinking. Sarah Waller has the story.

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Tsunami Warning Siren
6:24 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Tsunami Warning Sirens Phased Out In Coastal Oregon County

A tsunami warning sign in Seaside, Oregon.
Credit Photo by Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

Most of the tsunami warning sirens in one Oregon coastal county will go silent in the New Year. Communities up and down the West Coast are phasing in more modern forms of emergency alerts. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.

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Grain Terminal Dispute
6:19 am
Fri December 28, 2012

NW Wheat Growers Hope For Resolution At Grain Terminals

Northwest wheat growers are hoping for a swift resolution to a labor dispute that could keep their grain from reaching the world market. Grain terminals remain open in Portland, Vancouver and Seattle, even though the terminals' owners have implemented a contract offer unionized longshoremen rejected. Jessica Robinson has more.

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