Election Day Churches
6:06 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Pastors Use Pulpits To Ease Election Day Rancor

In this election, some Northwest churches hope to ease the rancor of politics. Photo by York Minster by way of Creative Commons
Credit Photo by York Minster / Creative Commons

In this election, religion has sometimes played a divisive role. But on election night, churches throughout the Northwest — and the country — will try to use their pulpits to ease the rancor of politics. Deena Prichep explains.

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Legacy Mine Cleanup
6:02 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Cleaning Up Legacy Mines, One at a Time

The Pacific Northwest is scattered with thousands of abandoned mines. Most have been abandoned for more than 50 years. But hard metals are still leaching out from some sites. Things like arsenic and lead. The U.S. Forest Service is working to clean up these mines. One-by-one. Reporting for EarthFix, Courtney Flatt visited one of Washington’s abandoned mining cities.

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Effects Of Climate Change
5:27 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Study Shows Climate Change Filling Cascade Meadow with Trees

Trees are invading some grassy alpine meadows in the Cascades.
Credit EncMstr / Wikimedia Commons

A new study from Oregon State University shows that declining snowpack is allowing trees to invade some grassy alpine meadows in the Cascades.

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Hanford's Leaking Tank
5:19 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Hanford Advisory Board Recommends New Waste Tanks For Hanford’s Leak Situation

The view inside the space between the leaking tank's two walls at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
Credit U.S. Department of Energy

The Hanford Nuclear Reservation needs new storage tanks for radioactive waste, now that one of the aging double-hulled tanks has been found to be leaking. That was the consensus Friday of a board that advises federal Hanford managers.

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Oregon House Speaker
4:31 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

High Stakes Election For Possible Oregon House Speakers

Republican Bruce Hanna and Democrat Tina Kotek are in contention to be the next Oregon House speaker.
Credit Oregon Legislature

Democrats and Republicans in Oregon are locked in a fierce battle for control of the Oregon House. It's currently split right down the middle. Some of the biggest legislative money-raisers this year are two candidates who don't have serious opposition on the ballot.

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Political Advertising
6:33 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Who In The NW Helps Pay For Swing State Ads

Northwest voters are spared most presidential campaign ads. But Northwest money still plays a part in them. A handful of big spenders from the region are bolstering major super PACs behind a barrage of ads now hitting swing states. Jessica Robinson reports.

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Super PAC Spending
6:30 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Washington's Biggest Campaign Spenders Aim To Influence 2012 Elections

Private docks line the shore of Cozy Cove in Hunts Point, Wash., home to some of the state's priciest real estate -- and biggest political donors.
Credit Photo by John Ryan / KUOW

Hundreds of millions of dollars have poured into political campaigns in Washington state and nationwide this year. A rising share of those dollars are being funneled through super PACs and other outside groups. KUOW's John Ryan takes a look at just where all the campaign cash is coming from in Washington state.

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Climate Change Effecting Fish
6:04 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Study: Climate Change Means Harsh Stream Conditions For Fish

In Northwest streams, high temperatures and low flow levels are creating harsh conditions for fish. That’s the finding of a new study.

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Preparing For Disasters
5:33 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Northwest Disaster Conference Coincides With Sandy Aftermath

A 7.7 magintude earthquake struck off the coast of British Columbia on Saturday.
Credit NOAA

As Superstorm Sandy barreled down on the East Coast Sunday, there was a massive earthquake off the coast of British Columbia. It didn’t get much attention. But both events were reminders to prepare for the long-term impacts of natural disasters. That’s the message coming out of a regional conference in Portland this week.

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Measuring Voter Enthusiasm
5:11 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Voter Enthusiasm In Wash. Higher Than In 2008

University of Washington professor Matt Barreto is conducting the poll.
Credit KUOW

In a new Washington Poll released Thursday, nearly 40 percent of voters surveyed say they are “more enthusiastic” to vote in this election than they were in 2008. Only 23 percent said they were more enthused in 2008, while the rest said they feel about the same.

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