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Minimum Wage In Oregon
4:14 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Oregon's Minimum Wage Will Go Up In January

Oregon's minimum wage will go up 15 cents in January to $8.95 an hour. State Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian made the announcement Monday in Springfield.

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Heavy Smoke In Central Wash.
4:09 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Wildfire Smoke Continues To Plague Central Wash. And Idaho

Smoke from wildfires in central Washington and Idaho is prompting warnings.
John Nelson USDA-Forest Service

The persistent smoke from wildfires has gotten so bad in the Wenatchee and Ellensburg areas that county health departments are telling everyone to stay indoors if possible. Firefighters continue to defend rural homes and subdivisions on the east slopes of the Cascades. Containment of the numerous wildfires there appears a long ways off.

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Clinton Supports Inslee
6:59 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Clinton Calls Inslee A Leader Adressing Climate Change

Photo Credit: Flickr/Wiki Commons

Former president Bill Clinton’s appearance drew over 3,000 supporters to downtown Seattle Saturday. Organizers called it one of the biggest political fundraisers in recent memory.He came to campaign for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee. Inslee faces Republican Rob McKenna in one of the tightest governors’ races in the country this fall.

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Washington Wind Tower
6:41 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Wind Tower Manufacture To Close Plants

Photo Credit: Paul Anderson/Wiki Commons

A wind tower manufacturer in Richland, Wash. says it’s closing plants in Washington and Nebraska.

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Economic Impact Of Wildfires
5:15 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Fires Not All Bad For Local Economies

The influx of firefighters to a wildfire can offset economic damage to tourism and natural resources.
U.S. Forest Service

Crews continue to make progress on several wildfires in central Washington. State health officials say the air is smoky enough around Wenatchee to be unhealthy for people with sensitive respiratory systems.

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Solar Power Advocate Investigated
5:08 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Solar Power Advocate Likely Violated State Ethics Law

Solar power advocate Mike Nelson.
Liam Moriarty KPLU

One of the Northwest’s leading solar power advocates likely used his state position to help a company he was working for get an unfair tax designation. That’s the conclusion of a state ethics board investigation released Friday.

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Oregon Senator Resigning
4:40 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Oregon State Sen. Frank Morse To Resign

Oregon state Sen. Frank Morse will resign his seat.
Campaign photo Northwest News Network

Long-time Oregon state Sen. Frank Morse says will resign his seat. In an emotional speech on the floor of the state Senate Friday, Morse said he no longer has the energy for what he called a “marathon with no finish line.”

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Relief From Wildfires
4:09 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Fire Officials Look To Fall Weather For Respite

There have been more than 1,000 separate forest fires in Idaho this year.
Salmon-Challis National Forest

Idaho’s forest fires have claimed 1.5 million acres this year, from more than 1,000 separate fires.

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Commentaries
1:44 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Words Matter: Exploiting American Values in the Name of Extremism

Dr. Lawrence Pintak, Founding Dean of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University.

A look at the roots of the violence erupting in the Arab world in a commentary from Lawrence Pintak, the founding dean of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at WSU and a leading Middle East scholar.

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Regrets
12:07 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Regrets

You know that saying, “No regrets?” It seems like a good way to live. But  NWPR commentator Corinna Nicolaou, says it’s not for her. She would rather keep all those regrets close by.

You can read more of Corinna's commentary at her blog.

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