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Marijuana Legalization
6:15 am
Thu December 6, 2012

On Eve Of Legalization, Concerns About Pot Law Remain

At the stroke of midnight, adult marijuana users will no longer be lawbreakers in Washington. But lots of legal questions remain about how marijuana commerce will work, where it’s legal to use and how the federal government will respond.

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Coal Export Terminal
6:11 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Factual and Moral Questions Raised At Spokane’s Public Hearing About Coal Shipments

Hundreds of people attended Tuesday's public hearing in Spokane about a proposed coal export terminal in the Northwest. The meeting brought out strong emotions, and raised a moral question about how the hearings are run. Paige Browning reports the event focused on the proposed Gateway Terminal for Whatcom County, which would ship coal to Asia.

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Natural Gas Exports
6:08 am
Thu December 6, 2012

DOE Economic Study Finds Exporting Natural Gas Would Benefit the U.S.

The Department of Energy released a study today/ Wednesday that finds exporting natural gas would benefit the U.S. economy. That may clear the way for the feds to grant licenses to 15 proposed export terminals, including two in Oregon. Amelia Templeton of Earthfix reports.

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Hanford Cleanup
6:18 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

New Federal Plan Forward On Hanford Tank Farms Coming Soon

The new document maps out decisions like where to bury the radioactive waste, and how much to leave in place.
Credit U.S. Department of Energy

The federal government plans to release a major document early next week that could guide a couple of decades worth of cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. This is important because it maps out decisions like where to bury the radioactive waste, and how much to leave in place.

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Marriage Equality Law
6:07 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Final Signatures Allow Wash. Same-Sex Marriage Law To Take Effect

Gov. Chris Gregoire and Secretary of State Sam Reed pose for a photo after certifying the results of Referendum 74.
Credit Northwest News Network

On the eve of same-sex marriage taking effect in Washington, Gov. Chris Gregoire hosted an emotional ceremony in her office. Gregoire and Secretary of State Sam Reed certified the results of the vote to uphold Washington’s new marriage equality law.

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Immigration Forum
4:47 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Northwest Agriculture Industry Participates In National Immigration Forum

Many Northwest farmers have been facing a serious worker shortage.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

Northwest agriculture advocates are more optimistic Congress will take up the issue of immigration after a forum this week in Washington, D.C. The effort is getting support from a surprising mix of organizations.

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Coal Exports
4:36 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

First Meeting on Oregon Coal Export Terminal

The Morrow Pacific Project would transport coal by train to the eastern Oregon port city.
Credit Callum Black / Wikimedia Commons

A series of public meetings about a proposed coal export terminal kicked off Thursday night in Boardman.

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Nuclear Waste In Idaho
6:39 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Nuclear Watchdog Group Skeptical About Commercial Waste Benefit

Credit Photo Credit: Aaron Kunz

A nuclear watchdog group says it’s skeptical about a new set of recommendations that could result in more nuclear waste coming into Idaho.

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Marijuana In Washington
6:34 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Marijuana Becomes Legal This Week, As Long As It ‘Falls From The Sky’

Credit Photo Credit: Amy Radil

This Thursday it becomes legal under Washington state law to possess marijuana. But there’s no way to legally buy it, except for medical use. Marijuana remains illegal under federal law. A federal challenge could stall attempts to sell marijuana in state-licensed stores.

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Oregon Coal Transport
6:24 am
Wed December 5, 2012

First Morrow Pacific Meeting Kicks Off

Coal Train in Finland.
Credit Photo Credit: Antti Leppänen/Wikimedia Commons

A series of public meetings about a proposed coal export terminal kicked off last night [Tuesday] in Boardman, Oregon.

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