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Gregoire's Hanford Legacy
7:23 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Gregoire’s Relationship With Hanford Long And Complex

Washington Governor Chris Gregoire has worked on cleaning up the Hanford site for nearly 25 years as the Evergreen State’s governor, attorney general and ecology director.
Credit Photo courtesy Hanford.gov

When Governor Chris Gregoire leaves office in January, she’ll take with her nearly a quarter-century’s worth of expertise on one of the most contaminated places on Earth.

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NOAA Collaboration
7:24 am
Mon December 17, 2012

NOAA Hopes to Foster Ideas and Future Collaboration

Chinook salmon spawning in a river.
Credit Photo by Aaron Kunz / EarthFix

Environmentalists, farmers and irrigators could play a bigger role in creating long term management policies for Columbia Basin salmon and steelhead. The government has asked two university programs in Oregon and Washington to act as mediators over the next six months, talking with more than 200 organizations, states and tribes in order to find a better way of managing fish.

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Nike Tax Status
7:20 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Oregon Lawmakers Pass Bill To Give Nike Special Tax Status

The Special Session of the Oregon legislature lasted just one day. The unusual lame-duck gathering Saturday was meant to assure sports apparel giant Nike that the state would not change the way it calculates income taxes for the Oregon-based company. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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Smelter Pollution
7:17 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Canadian Smelter Found Liable for U.S. Pollution

A federal judge Friday found a Canadian smelter responsible for the millions of tons of pollutants it dumped into the Columbia River. Reporting for EarthFix, Courtney Flatt has more.

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Remembering Oregon Shooting
7:10 am
Mon December 17, 2012

School Shooting Brings Back Vivid Memories For One Oregon Educator

The tragedy in Connecticut has brought back memories of May 21st 1998, the day of Oregon’s deadliest school shooting. KLCC’s Angela Kellner reports.

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Nike Bill Passed
6:35 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Oregon Legislature Passes 'Nike Bill'

The bill to give Nike a tax freeze guarantee passed both Oregon chambers Friday afternoon.
Credit Jessica Paterson / Flickr

The Oregon Legislature has approved a bill designed to give sports apparel maker Nike special tax status. Gov. John Kitzhaber called the legislature into special session in order to act quickly to ensure the Beaverton-based company didn't locate a major expansion in another state.

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River Pollution
6:21 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Canadian Smelter Found Liable For U.S. Pollution

For nearly 100 years, smelter Teck Metals dumped pollutants into the Columbia River.
Credit kootenayvolcano / Flickr

A federal judge Friday found a Canadian smelter responsible for the millions of tons of pollutants it dumped into the Columbia River.

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Oregon School Safety
6:12 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Oregon Officials Review School Safety Policies

The head of Oregon’s Department of Education, Rob Saxton.
Credit Oregon Department of Education website

The shootings at a Connecticut elementary school have top Oregon officials taking stock of school policies and procedures. The head of Oregon’s Department of Education, Rob Saxton, says he's reviewing safety with school districts. In ordering flags in Oregon to half-staff, Gov. John Kitzhaber said he supports “the President’s call for meaningful action, regardless of politics.”

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Marijuana Legalization
5:49 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

President's Pot Comments Leave More Questions Than Answers

President Barack Obama during an interview at the White House.
Credit The White House

President Obama’s first comments about marijuana legalization in Washington and Colorado leave more questions than answers. The President tells ABC News that federal agents have “bigger fish to fry” than recreational pot users.

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Oregon Special Session
5:36 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Oregon Lawmakers Mull Nike Proposal In Special Session

A view of the Nike World Headquarters campus in Beaverton, Ore.
Credit Brandon Carson / Flickr

Oregon lawmakers are meeting in a rare special session to consider a proposal to give Nike a unique tax deal. The measure has passed out of committee but its ultimate fate remains unclear Friday afternoon.

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