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Apple Picker Shortage
4:52 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Labor Shortage Hits Some Apple Growers Hard

Washington apple growers have been having a hard time finding workers to pick their fruit.
threefatcats Flickr

The apple harvest season is starting to wrap up across the Northwest. Despite record yields, many farmers had trouble getting their time-sensitive crop off the trees because of a short labor supply.

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First Snow Forecast
4:40 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

First Snow Of The Season Forecast For Mountain Passes

Winter is coming: the National Weather Service is predicting the first snowfall of the season this weekend in the mountain passes around the Northwest.
WSDOT Flickr

The National Weather Service is predicting the first snowfall of the season this weekend in the mountain passes around the Northwest. Cold air arriving behind a frontal system could drop the snow level to around 3,000 feet in Washington and generally between 3,000 and 4,000 feet in the Oregon Cascades through early next week.

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High Apple Prices
4:31 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Consumers Could See Higher Apple Prices This Year

The Northwest has seen a bumper crop in apples, but the Midwest and East’s crop got pummeled this year.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Moms and dads hoping to pack an apple in their children’s lunches might have to budget a bit more this year. That’s because even though the Northwest has seen a bumper crop in apples, elsewhere there’s a shortage.

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Seattle World's Fair
6:52 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Souvenirs Of Seattle's World's Fair

Six-year-old Paula Jones was the 9-millionth visitor to the Seattle World's Fair. She was given free admission to all of the rides, as long as she wore this sign around her neck.
Photo courtesy/Washington State Archives, Puget Sound Regional Branch

Fifty years ago Sunday, the Seattle World’s Fair came to an end. For six months nearly 10 million people visited the Century 21 Exposition. The Space-Age themed fair left behind many memories and a lot of memorabilia. In the final part of our series on the Seattle World’s fair, produced with Jack Straw Productions, Harriet Baskas looks at some of the stories behind the souvenirs.

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New Wine Science Center
5:18 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

WSU To Dedicate Richland Site For Wine Science Center

Grape vines near Yakima, Wash.
valoharth Flickr

Washington State University is known for its study of agriculture. This week, the university is dedicating a site that will be a research hub for wine.

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Gay Marriage Issue Incites Attack
5:11 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Gay Marriage Issue Sparks Alleged Attack In Safeway Parking Lot

The King County Sheriff's Department had to intervene Sunday when emotions over Referendum 74 reached a boiling point. It happened in a Safeway parking lot in Burien, Wash.

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Sprint's Stake In Clearwire
4:59 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Sprint Acquires Stake In Bellevue-Based Clearwire

Telecom giant Sprint is poised to take a controlling interest in Washington-based wireless provider Clearwire.
Northwest News Network

Telecommunications giant Sprint is poised to take a controlling interest in Washington-based wireless provider Clearwire. Clearwire's high-speed wireless data connections cover 80 major markets nationally, including a dozen in the Northwest.

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Earthquake Drill
4:54 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Northwest Businesses Join Schools In Biggest Ever Quake Drill

Students at Chinook Middle School in Lacey, Wash., take cover and brace during the Great ShakeOut drill.
Courtney Schrieve

Thursday, Oregon, Washington, and Idaho joined their Western neighbors for an earthquake drill of unprecedented scale. Some of the record participation was due to businesses joining in the drill. In our area, among those practicing were architects, utilities and banks.

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Drier Winter In Northwest
4:45 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Forecast Predicts Drier Than Normal Winter For Northwest

This map from the National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center forecasts below average precipitation in the Northwest this winter.
National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center

Rain may be in the forecast for much of the region tonight and tomorrow, but the Northwest is in for a drier than normal winter. That's according to an updated long-term forecast released Thursday by the National Weather Service.

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Clean Water Act
6:37 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Idaho Town Struggles With Clean Water Act Requirements

This is the new municipal wastewater treatment plant. It officially opened in 2007. It has been used to treat industrial waste until a more permanent fix can be put in place
Photo by Aaron Kunz EarthFix

40 years ago Thursday, Congress passed the Clean Water Act to reduce pollution in America’s waterways. Even four decades later, hundreds of towns across the Northwest are failing to meet clean water standards for their wastewater treatment plants. For most, that means costly upgrades and higher fees for households and businesses. The southern Idaho town of Burley is no exception. EarthFix reporter Aaron Kunz explains.

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