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Oil Spill Readiness
4:29 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Columbia River Spill Comes During Series Of Oil Spill Readiness Hearings

Just as Washington environmental regulators finish up a series of meetings on oil spill readiness, a half-mile sheen appeared on the Columbia River near Longview. Contractors quickly contained the diesel spill this week. It's one of about 1,800 spills in Oregon and Washington each year.

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Wave Energy
4:24 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Poll Shows Strong Support For Wave Energy On Oregon Coast

Residents along the Oregon Coast are big supporters of wave energy, according to survey results released today. Developers have identified Oregon as one of the best places in the United States to install wave energy buoys.

The survey asked coastal 400 residents, from Tillamook to Brookings, what they thought of building new infrastructure in the ocean to capture energy from waves. 78 percent said they supported more development. Support dropped to 61 percent when people were asked about development in their communities.

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Washington Farm Workers Case
4:00 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Court Upholds Damage Award In Farm Guest Workers Case

The Temple of Justice on the Washington state capitol campus.
Cacophony Wikipedia

The Washington Supreme Court Thursday weighed in on long-running case that has implications for labor shortages at Northwest farms and orchards. The high court unanimously upheld a costly damage award against a farm labor contractor that brought in guest workers from Thailand.

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Wave Research Grant
6:04 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Grant Funds Largest Wave Research Site In US

Oregon will soon be home to the first large-scale wave research site in the United States. A $4 million grant from the Department of Energy is helping fund the facility.

The project will be connected to the electrical grid on-shore so that researchers can test how much power the buoys convert into electricity. Belinda Batten is with Oregon State University and will direct the facility. She says the project will help developers make wave energy more commercially available with large-scale technology.

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Hospital Readmissions
6:01 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Medicare Docks Pay To Hospitals With Excessive Readmissions

Medicare is a program run by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Photo courtesy Dept. of Health and Human Services

About one out of five Medicare patients returns to the hospital within a month after being discharged. Those readmissions are often preventable. As Ruby de Luna reports, starting in October, Medicare will penalize hospitals with high readmission rates.

The new policy is part of the national health care law to reduce hospital readmissions. The goal is to reduce cost and improve patient care.

Dr. Nancy Fisher is Chief Medical Officer with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, for Region 10. She says three-quarters of these readmissions are preventable.

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Water Bottling Plant
5:57 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Anacortes City Council Approves Key Provision Towards Massive Manufacturing Plant

The nation’s largest water bottling plant could go up in Anacortes, Washington. The Anacortes City Council voted Monday on a key provision in the process towards bringing in some sort of new manufacturing facility. KUOW’s Sara Lerner reports.

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Response To Wolf Kills
5:52 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Wolf Kills Create Blowback For State, Conservation Group

The state’s decision to take out an entire wolf pack is causing blowback for state wildlife managers.
Northwest News Network

Washington wildlife officials killed three more grey wolves near the Canadian border Wednesday . That brings the total kill to five this week. The state’s decision to take out an entire wolf pack is causing blowback for state wildlife managers, and for one environmental organization that supported the action.

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Inmates And Students Debate
5:31 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Unconventional Debate Setting Pits Prisoners Versus College Students

Travis Ramsey makes a point during a debate as other inmates listen.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Toastmasters International is a public speaking club. But one of the most active Northwest chapters is in a place where its members can’t actually go out in public. We’re talking about the chapter based at the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem. The inmates who participate get the chance to practice their communications skills with a university debate team. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman went behind the walls of the maximum security prison for this report.

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BPA's Effect On Female Reproduction
4:42 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Study Confirms BPA Damages Reproductive Systems

Research in the Northwest is finding new evidence that a chemical used to harden plastics can damage female reproductive systems.

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Racially Polarized Voting?
4:29 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Was Racially Polarized Voting On Display In Wash. Primary?

Washington Supreme Court Justice Steve Gonzalez
Washington Courts

There’s more evidence that a Hispanic last name on the ballot can hurt a candidate’s chances. A statistical analysis released Wednesday reveals patterns of racially polarized voting in a Supreme Court race on Washington’s August primary.

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