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Coal Terminals
6:20 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Coal Export Opponents Dominate Vancouver Hearing

About 700 people gathered in Vancouver, Washington, Wednesday to comment on a coal export terminal that could be built near Bellingham.

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Wash. State Senate Takeover
5:47 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Former Wash. Governor Evans: Speaker Is Not “Alternate Governor"

Former Washington Governor Dan Evans
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  Washington Speaker of the House Frank Chopp (D-Seattle) will “have to learn” to negotiate. That tough talk comes from former Republican Governor Dan Evans in reaction to the announcement that a philosophical majority of Republicans and two Democrats have formed to take control of the state Senate for the 2013 session.

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Mining Reforms
5:32 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Audit Pushed To Rekindle Mining Act Reforms

Companies that mine copper and other hard rock minerals don’t have to report what they extract or pay royalties.
Credit Eric Guinther / Wikimedia Commons

A report released today indicates the United States Government has no idea exactly how much gold, silver and copper is being dug up from public lands. Lawmakers say it’s one more reason to overhaul a mining law from the 1800s.

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Portland Mall Shooting
5:21 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Man Says He's Shocked His Neighbor Was A Shooter

The man whom police believe killed two people and then turned his gun upon himself Tuesday has been identified at Jacob Tyler Roberts of southeast Portland.

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New Police Strategy
5:15 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Police Say New Strategy Works With Mass Shootings

Law enforcement officers are using Tuesday's response to the shooting at Clackamas Town Center in Portland as an example of a successful change in police strategy.

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Ammunition Magazines Ban
4:51 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Oregon Lawmakers Calls For Ban On Large Capacity Ammo Magazines

20-round aluminum AR-15 magazines
Credit Keith LaFaille / Flickr

An Oregon lawmaker wants to ban high-capacity ammunition magazines in the wake of Tuesday's shooting at the Clackamas Town Center.

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Shooting Suspect Identified
4:33 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Victims, Suspect Identified In Oregon Mall Shooting

The Clackamas County Sheriff's department has identified the suspect of yesterday's shooting as 22-year-old Jacob Taylor Roberts.
Credit The Clackamas County Sherriff's Office

The Clackamas County Sheriff's department has identified victims of Tuesday's shooting at Clackamas Town Center mall.

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Portland Mall Shooting
6:54 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Mall Shooting Victim Expected To Survive

The Clackamas Town Center, site of a shooting Tuesday.
Credit Photo by Steve Morgan / Wikimedia Commons

Two people, plus the suspected shooter, are dead after police say a gunman opened fire at a crowded shopping mall in suburban Portland Tuesday. An ambulance took one survivor of the attack to OHSU Medical Center in Portland. The young woman is expected to survive. Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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Coal Exports
6:50 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Where Coal Divides, Community Remains

Lisa McShane and Mark Lowry are long-time Bellingham residents and friends. They disagree on the issue of exporting coal but they're still talking about it.
Credit Photo by Ashley Ahearn

The largest coal export facility on the West coast is proposed to be built near Bellingham, WA. Some people see it as an opportunity to create jobs. Others worry about the potential environmental impacts of dusty coal trains and climate change. It’s an issue that’s dividing communities around the Northwest.

EarthFix’s Ashley Ahearn went to Bellingham, Washington to visit one community at the center of the coal export debate.

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Racial Equity Report
6:40 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Washington Legislature Receives 'D' In Racial Equity Report

A new report gives Washington state lawmakers a “D” grade on their work on racial equity. As Paige Browning explains, the report card is based on policy decisions in the 2011-2012 session that advance or reverse racial and economic equity.

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