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Liquor Theft
4:42 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Wash. State Wants Liquor Retailers To Track, Report

There are now five times as many liquor outlets in Washington state than before privatization
Credit Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

The privatization of liquor sales in Washington this year is having an unintended side effect: increasing theft of booze. In Olympia Friday, lawmakers quizzed top managers of the state Liquor Control Board.

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Metal Thefts
4:32 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Costly Metal Thefts Prompt Push For Statewide Seller Blacklist

As trafficking of copper and scrap metal grows, copper pipes continue to be a target for opportunistic thieves.
Credit Michael Pereckas / Flickr

Stricter recordkeeping requirements for scrap metal dealers and sellers have not stopped trafficking in stolen copper wire and metal parts. That's according to Northwest police agencies and crime victims. So in Olympia Friday, Washington state lawmakers promised to look at further steps, including a possible blacklist of suspicious sellers.

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Oregon Budget
4:23 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Kitzhaber's Budget Puts Pressure On Lawmakers

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber speaks at the state capitol in Salem.
Credit OPB News

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber firmly put the ball in the court of Oregon lawmakers when he released his two-year budget proposal Friday. The spending plan relies on savings gained from potentially controversial changes to the state's pension and public safety systems.

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Electric Buses
6:56 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Federal Grant Money Pays For Battery Electric Transit Buses

Link Transit has deployed this battery-electric trolley bus on downtown circulator routes.
Credit Photo courtesy Link Transit

In the last couple years, you've seen mass-produced, 100 percent electric cars take to the streets in the Northwest. In the same vein, now come the first battery powered buses. And we're not talking about trolley buses that get juice from overhead wires, as correspondent Tom Banse explains.

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Oregon Budget
6:49 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Kitzhaber's Budget Relies On Cost-Cutting Measures

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber.
Credit Photo by Chris Lehman

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber's proposed budget relies on cost-cutting measures to public pensions, health care and prisons. The Democrat will unveil his two-year spending plan at the state capitol Friday. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman got an early look and has this report.

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Coal Terminal
6:39 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Public Meetings On Coal Exports Heat Up In Northwestern Washington

The environmental review process for the largest coal export terminal on the West Coast is underway. Public meetings are being held around the state to get feedback from citizens. EarthFix’s Ashley Ahearn was at the most recent hearing in Ferndale, Washington, which took place Thursday night.

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Ballot Fraud
6:18 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Election Temp Swenson Indicted For Ballot Fraud In Oregon

A Clackamas County grand jury indicted a temporary elections worker for allegedly altering ballots.

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Ore. Ballot Tampering
6:02 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Accused Elections Worker Says She Doesn't Remember

A Clackamas County woman indicted on felony charges of ballot tampering spoke out Thursday, saying she had no agenda to try to influence election results, and that she does not remember the moments when the alleged violations occurred.

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Safety Culture
5:33 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Study: Energy Department Has More Work To Do On Safety Culture

Hanford’s 100 Area, located along the banks of the Columbia River.
Credit U.S. Department of Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy still has work to do to improve its own safety culture. That’s the upshot of a recent study on the federal agency that heads environmental cleanup of nuclear waste across the country, including the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington.

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Smart Thermostat
5:21 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

A Smarter Thermostat To Save Energy

The programmable Nest Learning Thermostat connects to wifi so that you can access it remotely from your smartphone or tablet.
Credit Northwest Public Radio

About half of the energy you use comes from heating and cooling your home. So, what if a smart thermostat could help you use less? An energy innovation can help you change your thermostat even if you’re miles away from home.

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