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Driving Lessons For Gregoire
5:16 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

After 8 Years Of Being Chauffeured, Gregoire To Get Driving Lesson

Washington Governor Chris Gregoire in an undated photo.
Credit Flickr

"I want to get in a car and just drive."

That's one of the freedoms Washington Governor Chris Gregoire is most excited to reclaim when she leaves office in January. For the past eight years, Gregoire has been relegated to the backseat of a Chevy Suburban chauffeured by the State Patrol.

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Governor Insider Guide
5:06 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Outgoing Washington Governor Leaves Behind Insider’s Guide

Outgoing Washington Governor Chris Gregoire
Credit Office of the Governor

When Washington Governor-elect Jay Inslee is sworn in this January he’ll get more than just the keys to the office. Outgoing Governor Chris Gregoire plans to leave behind a book for future governors to consult when it starts feeling lonely at the top.

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Nike Income Taxes
4:10 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Nike Proposal Cheered, Jeered At First Hearing

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

The proposal to give Nike certainty on the way its Oregon income taxes are calculated is winning both cheers and jeers at the state capitol. Lawmakers and interest groups are suggesting several changes to Gov. John Kitzhaber's plan, which will come before a special session of the legislature Friday.

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Tidal Energy
7:30 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Not Easy To Find Room For Ocean Energy

A wave energy generator built by Ocean Power Technologies rests on its side on a dock in Scotland, just prior to deployment. OPT says its Reedsport, Ore. project will use the same type of buoy.
Credit Photo courtesy OPT

It goes without saying that the Pacific Ocean is vast. So it may come as a surprise to hear the sea described as "crowded." Perhaps even too crowded to make room for the nascent industry of wave and tidal energy. Taxpayers and investors have pumped tens of millions of dollars into finding ways to turn the ocean's power into electricity. Correspondent Tom Banse reports high stakes negotiations to identify wave energy sites on the Oregon Coast are finally getting somewhere.

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Bridge Toll
6:40 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Oregon, Washington Consider I-5 Bridge Toll

Interstate 5 spans the Columbia River between Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington.
Credit Photo by Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

One of the biggest traffic choke-points in the Northwest is the Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River between Portland and Vancouver. Replacing it will be one of the region’s most expensive construction projects in a generation. Lawmakers in Salem and Olympia are considering funding packages to replace the bridge. A key question is whether enough drivers will pay the tolls planners say are needed to finance the project. Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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Student CPR Training
6:32 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Students & Fire Chief Advocate For CPR As A Graduation Requirement

Students demonstrate CPR at a committee hearing.
Credit Photo by Virginia Alvino / Northwest News Network

Oregon high school students would be required to learn CPR to get a diploma, under a bill being considered by state lawmakers. A group of students were in Salem Wednesday to lobby on the issue. Virginia Alvino reports.

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Offshore Wind Energy
6:23 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Seattle Firm Wins Grant To Build Offshore Wind Platform

Seattle company Principle Power wants to take turbines out to sea. The feds today awarded the company 4 million dollars to design an offshore wind power facility. It would be anchored off the Oregon coast near Coos Bay. Amelia Templeton reports.

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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
Wikimedia

  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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