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6:22 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Front Page: Logging And Literature In Forks

A timber museum in Forks, Washington.
Photo by Konrad Roeder Wikimedia Commons

This is Front Page, our new segment featuring conversations with journalists taking a closer look at the people, issues and events shaping lives across the Pacific Northwest. Today we’re way out west, western Washington that is, where the twilight is unusual. The town of Forks. Here’s our news director John Paxson.

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Idaho Wind Energy
6:02 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Federal Energy Commission Makes Statement on Wind Energy

A wind turbine built by General Electric.
Photo by Aaron Kunz EarthFix

A federal energy regulator sided with wind energy producers in their dispute with Idaho Power. Earthfix Reporter Aaron Kunz explains.

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Tribe Opposes Coal Export Facility
6:04 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Lummi Tribe Announces Opposition To Coal Export Facility Near Bellingham

The Lummi Tribal reservation lies to the North of Bellingham, very close to the proposed site of a large coal export terminal. On Friday the tribe is expected to announce their opposition to the facility.

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Central Wash. Wildfires
4:13 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Central Wash. Fires Grow, Smoke Still A Major Problem

The Wenatchee Complex Information Officer discusses fire behavior and strategies while a smoke column from the Poison Canyon Fire is visible in the background.
Vladimir Steblina USDA Forest Service

The wildfire situation in central Washington continues to worsen. A complex of lightning-sparked fires north of Ellensburg has grown to more than 30,000 acres. Mandatory evacuations are in place near Liberty, Wash., along Highway 97.

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Executive Privilege In Wash.
4:06 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Wash. Supreme Court Ponders Executive Privilege

The Washington Supreme Court is hearing a test case of executive privilege.
Cacophony Wikipedia

Does the governor of Washington have the right to keep certain internal documents secret from the public? That question is at the heart of a case heard Thursday in the Washington Supreme Court.

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Gold Dredging
6:08 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Mining Gold In The Northwest Causes Conflict

A floating suction dredge. The rocks and left over dirt are sent out the back end.
Photo by Aaron Kunz EarthFix

A recreational gold miner in Idaho now has the exclusive right to mine for gold on a stretch of the Salmon River. But the lease process approved by the Idaho Land Board this week raised some questions about the process he will use to get the gold. Aaron Kunz with EarthFix explains.

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Washington Billionaires
6:00 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Forbes: Washington's Billionaires Get Richer

Forbes magazine released its list of the 400 wealthiest Americans today Wednesday. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has once again topped the list of America's richest people. KUOW's John Ryan reports from Seattle.

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Wash. Revenue Forecast
6:22 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Normally Bipartisan Wash. Revenue Forecast Sees Partisan Flare-Up

Dino Rossi has been appointed to finish out a vacancy in the Washington Senate.
Northwest News Network

Election year tensions erupted at Washington’s latest quarterly revenue forecast. At the center of the partisan flare-up Wednesday was former Republican gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi. He’s been appointed to finish out a vacancy in the Washington senate.

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WSU Professor Arrested
4:54 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

WSU Professor Charged With Rape

WSU Professor Andrew Appleton was arrested Tuesday.
Latah County Sheriff's Department

A Washington State University professor has been arrested and charged with the rape of a teenage girl. Police in Moscow, Idaho, arrested 51-year-old Andrew Appleton Tuesday in a city park.  He thought he was meeting the alleged victim but was met by police instead.

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JBLM Soldiers Killed
4:37 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Three JBLM Soldiers Killed In Sunday Attack

The Defense Department says three of four soldiers killed Sunday in Afghanistan were from Joint Base Lewis-McChord. A NATO spokesman said that Afghan police turned on the soldiers during an attack at a remote checkpoint. All three men were members of the 3rd Stryker Brigade stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

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