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Firefighter Rescue
4:30 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

USFS Issues Report On Bucket Escape From Pole Creek Fire

An empty helicopter bucket served as a rescue vehicle for a firefighter during the Pole Creek Fire last month.
Credit Oregon Public Broadcasting

A new report from the U.S. Forest Service gives new details on a daring helicopter rescue at Pole Creek Fire last month outside Sisters. That review describes how a firefighter escaped oncoming flames by climbing into a helicopter's empty water bucket.

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Education Campaign Donors
6:34 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Why Idaho May Win And Lose In Fight To Uncover Donors To Education Proposition Campaign

Idaho’s Secretary of State wants a court to order a group campaigning for Idaho’s ballot referenda to reveal its donors. But making those names public before the election might be difficult. Adam Cotterell has more.

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Controversial Contribution
6:31 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Wash. Democrats Won't Return JZ Knight Contribution Despite Video, Pressure

The gate to Ramtha's School of Enlightenment, Yelm, Washington.
Credit Photo by Richard David Ramsey / Wikipedia

The Washington State Democratic Party says it will not return $60-thousand [dollars] in contributions from a controversial spiritual leader from Yelm, Washington. This, despite the release of a video that shows JZ Knight delivering a profanity-laced attack on the Catholic Church and others. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports.

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Accordion Competition
6:19 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Polka Is Out, Even At World Accordion Competition

Spokane accordionist Yev Nosov, 24, is one of the U.S. musicians competing at the World Trophy Accordion Championship this year.
Credit Photo by Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

This week, the Northwest is hosting a historic event – historic, at least, in the word of accordion music. The top players from 19 countries are competing in Spokane at the World Trophy Accordion Championship. It's the first time the prestigious international competition has come to the United States. As Jessica Robinson reports, U.S. accordion players feel they've got something to prove.

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Smart Grid Project
6:10 am
Thu October 25, 2012

178 Million Dollar Smart Grid Project Launches In The Northwest

Jamie Rowe, a graduate student at the University of Washington, shows senator Maria Cantwell how personal energy monitoring technology works
Credit Photo by Ashley Ahearn / EarthFix

Washington Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray came to the University of Washington Wednesday to announce the launch of the largest smart grid demonstration project in the country. Ashley Ahearn reports.

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Right To Hunt Amendment
5:20 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Idaho Voters To Decide Right To Hunt Amendment

The right to hunt measure would add hunting, fishing and trapping to Idaho's constitution.
thekevinchang Creative Commons

Voters in Idaho will be asked next month to make some additions to the state constitution. House Joint Resolution 2 is less than two pages long and adds hunting, fishing and trapping to Idaho’s Constitution.

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Pertussis Vaccine Recommended
5:05 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

CDC Recommends Pertussis Vaccine For Expectant Moms

Public health experts are now recommending that pregnant women get the vaccine for whooping cough during pregnancy.
CDC

Public health experts are now recommending that pregnant women get the vaccine for whooping cough during pregnancy. The recommendation is in response to the growing outbreak of the disease in the U.S.

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Marbled Murrelet Protections
4:53 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Conservation Groups Ask Obama Administration To Keep Murrelet Protections

Conservation groups say the marbled murrelet could be at a greater risk of extinction.
Gus Van Vliet Wikimedia Commons

Conservation groups are urging the Obama administration to keep logging restrictions in place for nearly 4 million acres of coastal forests in the Pacific Northwest. Otherwise, they say a threatened species of seabird could be at greater risk of extinction.

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Faint Radiation In Tuna
4:48 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Minute Traces Of Radioactivity Found In Pacific Tuna

Delvan Neville, a graduate researcher with OSU's Radiation Health Physics program, marks samples of albacore being tested for radioactivity.
OSU Radiation Health Physics program

Researchers with Oregon State University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say they’ve detected minute amounts of radioactivity from the Fukushima reactor meltdown in albacore tuna caught along the West Coast. It's not considered a health threat at all.

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Education Tax
4:05 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Gregoire Will Propose Education Tax Before Leaving Office

Gov. Chris Gregoire says she will propose a new source of funding for public schools before she leaves office in January.
Northwest News Network

Both candidates for Washington governor have said “no” to higher taxes. But, outgoing Gov. Chris Gregoire says she will propose a new source of funding for public schools before she leaves office in January.

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