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Columbia River Pollution
6:18 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Cross Border Pollution Argued In Federal Court

The Trail, BC smelter abuts the Columbia River near the U.S. border.
Photo courtesy Teck Resources, Ltd.

A case involving cross border pollution of the Columbia River rests in the hands of a federal judge today. A Native American tribe and the state of Washington have sued to hold a Canadian mining giant responsible for smelter waste that washed downriver from British Columbia into Washington. Correspondent Tom Banse reports on the latest go-around in U.S. District Court in Yakima.

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Washington Wildfires
6:11 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Fire In Western Wash. Raises Fears For Spawning Salmon

A fire that burned roughly 250 acres in Mason County last week has been put out. Now biologists are concerned about the potential impacts on local salmon runs. Ashley Ahearn reports for EarthFix.

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Cross Border River Pollution Case
5:55 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Cross Border River Pollution Case In Hands of Judge

The question of whether a smelter in British Columbia can be held liable in Washington state for cross border pollution is now in the hands of a federal judge. Lawyers argued the case in Yakima Wednesday. At issue is refining waste dumped in the Columbia River just north of the border in Canada, which then washed downstream. Correspondent Tom Banse reports from Yakima.

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Ban Lifted On Export Potatoes
5:36 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

S. Korea Lifts Ban On NW “Chipping” Potatoes

South Korea has lifted a two month old ban on Northwest potato exports - at least the ones used for potato chips. The move comes after growers agreed to take steps to insure they don’t ship potatoes infected with zebra chip disease.

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Kennewick Man Is From Coast
5:16 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Turns Out Kennewick Man Not From Kennewick

Final Kennewick Man facial reconstruction. Photo by Brittney Tatchell.
Photo by Brittney Tatchell Northwest News Network

Kennewick Man spent most of his life on the coast, not in the region on the Columbia River where he was found. So says the federal scientist who fought for nearly 10 years to study the 9,500 year old bones. The scientist released some of his findings at a conference this week with Northwest tribes

Kennewick Man’s bones give an indication of what he ate, and how he lived. The research shows he wasn’t fond of oysters or clams but instead his menu included big sea creatures like seals.

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Climate Lawsuit
5:05 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Teen Climate Lawsuit Goes To Oregon Court Of Appeals

The Oregon Court of Appeals has agreed to hear a climate change lawsuit brought by two teens from Eugene.

One of the two plaintiffs, 16-year old Kelsey Juliana, is featured in a recent short film--

Kelsey Juliana: "Climate change is affecting Oregon because we're seeing droughts, we're seeing warmer temperatures and also we're seeing more fires."

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Wind Tax Cedit
7:20 am
Wed October 10, 2012

No Wind Tax Credit Could Mean Fewer Jobs

Photo of wind turbine on the Palouse.
Photo Credit: Courtney Flatt

Those giant wind turbines that line ridges across the Northwest have brought green energy and construction jobs to many rural areas. But some of those jobs could disappear next year. That’s if Congress does not extend a tax credit that expires in December. Wind developers say the money is critical to the burgeoning industry. But critics say taxpayers should not subsidize wind energy.

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Pork Sortage Unture
7:09 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Experts Say Rumors Of Pork Shortage Are Hogwash

Photo of John Berryhill's Restaurant.
Photo Credit: Scott Graf

A group of British pork producers recently sent fear into the hearts of bacon lovers worldwide by predicting an impending pork shortage. They say drought will make it too expensive to produce pork, so farmers will sell off herds. But here in the United States, agricultural economists say the notion of a bacon shortage is hogwash.

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Oregon Casinos
6:59 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Three Former Oregon Governors Want To Stop Casinos

A photo of Multnomah County, Oregon.
Photo Credit: Gary Halvorson/Wiki Commons

Three of Oregon's former governors announced their opposition Monday to two Oregon casino ballot measures.

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Voter Registration Data
5:48 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Voter Registration Increase Lags Last Presidential Election

Registering to vote is easier than ever. But Northwest residents don’t appear as eager to vote as they were during the last presidential election. As the deadline to register draws near, state figures show a smaller uptick in voter registration than in 2008.

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