Army Hearing
6:27 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Afghan Survivors And Witnesses Testify At Army Hearing

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales
Credit Photo Credit: Maj. Brent Clemmer

Witnesses and survivors recounted a horrific scene following a massacre at two villages in Kandahar Province that killed 16 civilians and wounded 6. They testified via live video from Afghanistan during a pretrial hearing for Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales at Joint Base Lewis McChord.

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Northwest Coal Export
6:19 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Coal Export Opponents Seek Broader Environmental Impact Study

Photo of a coal conveyor.
Credit Photo Credit: Richard Webb/Wikimedia Commons

Government regulators want to know how exporting coal from Northwest ports could affect the environment. They are looking at several projects individually. A lot of people want them to conduct one big study. They want to know how the entire region would be affected if all the coal export terminals are built.

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Farmer Descrimination
6:08 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Women And Hispanic Farmers Say Discrimination Continues In Settlement

Hispanic and women farmers have been combined in the USDA's final settlement over discrimination in farm loans.
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has a long history of discriminating against farmers who are women, Hispanic, Native and African American. Numerous lawsuits have cost the government several billion dollars. The latest legal settlement is for women and Hispanic farmers who can prove they were discriminated against in the 1980s and ‘90s. But some of these farmers say the deal to make amends for discrimination is itself discriminatory.

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Disaster Preparedness For Animals
5:55 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Pet And Animal Sheltering Complicates Emergency Readiness

Credit American Humane Association

If you watched some of last month's coverage of Superstorm Sandy, you probably saw rescues of people who refused to evacuate. Many stayed behind, despite the danger, to be with their pets. Emergency shelters for people usually don't let you bring your house pets or livestock along. The same issue cropped up here during wildfire season last summer. And correspondent Tom Banse reports it could loom over the next flood or earthquake.

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Idaho's Roadless Rule
4:45 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

9th Circuit Court Of Appeals Hears Challenge To Idaho Roadless Rule

Environmental groups argue that the roadless rule gives the Forest Service too much flexibility to build new roads.
Credit USDA Forest Service

In Portland today, a federal appeals court heard a challenge to Idaho’s roadless rule. Environmental groups argued the rule gives the Forest Service too much flexibility to build new roads.

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Northwest Olive Growers
4:36 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Northwest Growers Expand Olive Tree Operations

The Durant family started in the wine grape business in Yamhill County, Ore., but are now growing increasing acres of olives – a relatively new crop to the Northwest.
Credit Durant Family

Groves of olive trees might bring to mind for you sun-soaked Mediterranean or Californian landscapes. But in the last 10 years, a few Northwest growers have significantly ramped-up their production of domestic olive oil. They harvest just in time for the holidays.

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Wash. Ballot Counting
3:58 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Vote Counting Slows As Wash. Counties Deal With Problem Ballots

Thurston County Election Manager Steve Homan monitors the ballot sorting machine.
Credit Austin Jenkins

Democrat Jay Inslee says he has a 95 percent chance of ultimately winning Washington’s race for governor. That’s based on an internal statistical analysis his campaign released Friday. But with hundreds of thousands of ballots still uncounted, Republican Rob McKenna is digging in for the long haul. Meanwhile, at county election offices the ballot counting is getting slower, not faster.

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Northwest Energy Conservation
6:11 am
Fri November 9, 2012

NW Power Utilities Turn Focus to Energy Efficiency

These stickers point out TV's that use the least amount of power. If everyone purchased these TVs the energy saved could power 290,000 homes every year.
Credit Photo by Aaron Kunz / EarthFix

Northwest power utilities have been pushing for energy conservation. It’s a way they can keep up with their customers future demand for electricity. There are plenty of incentives if you buy an energy efficient appliance. But these days, utilities are finding more inventive ways to promote awareness. EarthFix reporter Aaron Kunz explains.

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Natural Resources Committee
6:06 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Senator Wyden Poised to Chair Energy, Natural Resources Committee

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden is poised to chair the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. He’ll take the gavel from New Mexico Democrat Jeff Bingaman, who is retiring at the end of the year. For EarthFix, Amelia Templeton reports.

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Robert Bales Pretrial
6:03 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Fourth Day Of Pretrial Hearings For Accused JBLM Soldier

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales
Credit Maj. Brent Clemmer

Friday is the fourth day of pretrial hearings for U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales. Bales is accused of massacring 16 Afghan civilians, mostly women and children, in March. The proceedings at Joint Base Lewis-McChord are also known as an Article 32 hearing. They will determine whether the case will advance to court-martial, where the government has stated it plans to seek the death penalty.

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