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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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Washington's Jobless Rate
4:03 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Wash. Unemployment Inches Up, But Construction Shows Signs Of Life

Washington's construction sector added nearly 2,000 jobs in August.
Greg Dunlap Flickr

Washington’s idled construction industry continued to show signs of life in August. Nonetheless, the state’s jobless rate still rose slightly. Overall Washington lost 1,100 jobs last month. The new unemployment rate announced Wednesday is 8.6 percent -– up a tenth of a percent from July.

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Idaho Mining Approved
6:15 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Idaho Land Board Approves Mining Lease

Idaho salmon river mining.
Photo Credit: Aaron Kunz

The Idaho Land Board signed off Tuesday on a lease that would allow a gold miner along the Salmon River to exclusively mine for gold.

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Oregon Non-Profit Loses Grant
6:03 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Eugene Non-Profit Faces Loss Of Federal Stimulus Grant

Photo of Eugene, Oregon
Photo Credit: Wiki Commons

EPA auditors are recommending that federal stimulus funds granted to a Eugene non-profit be taken back. They say Cascade Sierra Solutions, which works to clean up the US trucking industry, has problems with its books.

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Raid On Suspected Poachers And Traffickers
6:46 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Illegal Meat And Fish The Subject Of Raids In Washington

A series of raids by Washington Fish and Wildlife police have targeted suspected poachers and traffickers of items like game meat, endangered fish and antlers.
Lori Iverson U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Washington Fish and Wildlife police have raided more than a dozen locations around the state. The one day blitz on suspected poachers and traffickers follows a two year undercover investigation.

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Cleaning Up Hanford
6:39 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Gregoire Says Energy Secretary Chu 'Committed' To Hanford Work

Wash. Gov. Chris Gregoire says U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu, shown here, told her last week that he’s spending 10 hours a week personally dealing with Hanford’s major issues.
Dept. of Energy

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire says she’s hoping the U.S. Secretary of Energy’s personal attention to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation can avert a lawsuit over cleanup delays there. She made the comments today after a speech about Hanford in the Tri-Cities in southeast Washington.

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Effects Of Wash. Wildfires
6:32 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Wildfire Smoke Closes Schools; Tree Faller Dies

Heavy smoke from multiple wildfires continues to fill valleys on the east slopes of the Cascades.
Vladimir Steblina USDA Forest Service

A tree faller assigned to a wildfire burning north of Wenatchee has died. The U.S. Forest Service says the man became ill Monday afternoon from an unspecified cause. He was transported to a hospital where he later died.

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Oregon Unemployment Rate
5:08 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Oregon's Unemployment Increases

Oregon’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased two-tenths of a percent in August to 8.9 percent. Since reaching a peak of about 11.5 percent during the recent recession, Oregon's unemployment rate had been falling - albeit very slowly. But since May, it's been climbing again from a low of 8.4 percent to now 8.9 percent.

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