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Children's Health Insurance
4:38 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Washington And Oregon Get CHIP Bonuses

Oregon is going to get an extra $25 million dollars from the federal government this year for the state's efforts to insure children.  Washington will get $12 million.

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Turtle Recovery
6:08 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Sea Turtles Recovering In Oregon Coast Aquarium

Two endangered turtles are recovering at an Oregon aquarium. Storms washed them Monday onto Northwest beaches far from their warm ocean habitats. One is a loggerhead and the other a green sea turtle. Both turtles are in critical condition at the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport.

Lance Beck is with the aquarium. He explains how warm-water turtles react to Oregon’s colder waters.

Beck: “They don’t technically hibernate, but they shut down their systems to survive, and that’s when they end up floating ashore at that point.”

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Washington Budget Proposal
6:06 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Outgoing Washington Governor Proposes Taxes, End Pay Cuts

Washington Governor Chris Gregoire has completed one of her last tasks before leaving office in January. The Democrat Tuesday proposed a $34 billion budget for the next two years. It includes a combination of cuts, pay increases for state employees and proposed taxes for education. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins has details.

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Gregoire's Final Budget
4:47 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Washington Governor’s Parting Budget Emphasizes Taxes

Washingon Gov. Chris Gregoire
Credit Credit Austin Jenkins

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Taxes are a key part of Washington Governor Chris Gregoire’s final budget before leaving office . The outgoing Democrat released her proposed two-year spending plan Tuesday as required by law. Gregoire says she wrote her budget with incoming Governor Jay Inslee in mind. But he hasn’t exactly embraced it.

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Microbial Hitchhikers
8:10 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Study: ‘Microbial Hitchhikers’ Ride The Wind From Asia To Northwest

Microbiologist David J. Smith stands atop Mt. Bachelor. Not visible are several thousand species of airborne microbes that he discovered travel across the Pacific Ocean.
Credit Photo courtesy University of Washington

Researchers have discovered something they didn’t expect in the air above an Oregon mountain: hundreds of tiny organisms from Asia. The study suggests the atmosphere is filled with life capable of traveling long distances. Jessica Robinson reports.

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Oregon Prisons
8:06 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Blue Ribbon Panel's Recommendations Include Easing Certain Prison Sentences

Some of Oregon’s voter-approved criminal sentencing laws would get a second look under a series of recommendations approved Monday by a high level commission. It’s part of a package of ideas aimed at slowing the growth of Oregon’s prison population. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
8:03 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Federal Government Reviewing Hanford Contractor Payments

Waste tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
Credit Photo courtesy U.S. Department of Energy

The federal government is reviewing three years of payments to a major contractor at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The review follows growing concerns about a nuclear waste treatment plant at the southeast Washington site. Correspondent Anna King explains.

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Health Insurance Exchange
7:59 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Wash Insurance Brokers Apprehensive About Health Exchange

In less than 10 months, Washington State will launch its own health exchange. The exchange is part of the Affordable Care Act. It’s an online marketplace where people can buy health insurance. It’s like Expedia for health plans. But as Ruby de Luna reports, insurance brokers are apprehensive about the exchange. Many fear it will have a negative impact on their livelihood, just like Expedia removed the need for travel agents.

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Redwood Cloning
7:41 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Non-Profit Cuts Douglas Firs To Prepare The Ground For Redwood Clones

Old growth forest such as this may be affected by climate change.
Credit Photo courtesy National Parks Service

Redwoods grow where heavy fog rolls in from the Pacific. From Big Sur, California to Brookings, Oregon. Scientists don’t have a clear picture of how climate change will affect that coastal fog, and the giants that depend on it. But a group called Archangel Ancient Tree Archive has come up with an unusual plan to help the redwoods. It’s planting clones of some of the world’s largest trees. Amelia Templeton of EarthFix reports.

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Gregoire's Legacy
7:31 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Gregoire’s Legacy: Children’s Health, Navigating Recession, Gay Marriage

Gov. Gregoire announces she won’t seek a third term.
Credit Photo by Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

Washington Governor Chris Gregoire will leave office January 16th. During her eight years as governor, the Democrat often referred to herself as a “recovering lawyer.” Polls showed the former attorney general struggled to connect with voters. She could come off as a fierce technocrat. But her two-terms in office were marked by challenges that affected her on a deeply personal level. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins has this look at the governor’s legacy.

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