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Clean Water Act
5:04 am
Thu September 13, 2012

New Pollutants: Prescription Drugs, Personal Care Products

Photo Credit: Wiki Commons

Water pollution doesn't just come from industrial pipes. It can also come from your prescription drugs or antibacterial soap. As part of our series on the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, Cassandra Profita reports on the everyday pollutants that are emerging in waterways across the Northwest.You can find more about prescription drugs entering Northwest waters on our website nwpr.org and (hear how unregulated toxins may be affecting fish in the Northwest.

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Wind Tower Producer Closing Plants
5:45 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Wind Tower Manufacturer To Close Plants

Wind tower manufacturer Katana Summit is closing its plants in Washington and Nebraska.
Annawjacbos Wikimedia Commons

A wind tower manufacturer says it’s closing plants in Washington and Nebraska. Manufacturing company Katana Summit is looking for a buyer for its operations in the two states. If that doesn’t happen by November 1, the plants will shut down.

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Central Washington Wildfires
4:47 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Smoke, Haze Cover Central Washington

Smoke billows from a lightning-sparked fire in the hills outside Wenatchee, Wash.
teresia Flickr

A smoky haze is covering much of central Washington Wednesday. At least four significant wildfires are burning around Wenatchee. About 150 homes have been evacuated there, along with another 40 near the town of Cashmere. Fire managers have told even more people to be ready to flee.

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Wash. Auditor Candidates Feud
4:42 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Wash. State Auditor Candidates Clash Over Character At Debate

Republican James Watkins (L) and Democrat Troy Kelley are vying for Washington State Auditor.
Campaign photos Northwest News Network

Character is quickly becoming a key issue in the race for Washington State Auditor. Republican James Watkins and Democrat Troy Kelley sparred Wednesday over the question of honesty as they debated before a business audience.

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Central Washington Wildfires
4:30 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Central Wasington Communities Cope With Smoke

The smell of smoke hangs in the air across much of central Washington Wednesday. At least four significant wildfires are burning around Wenatchee, making the skies hazy.

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Northwest News
7:58 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Wenatchee Residents Deal With Smoke And Uncertainty

Two fires in Central Washington state near the resort town of Wenatchee have merged together. Firefighters are struggling to get the blaze contained.

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People for Puget Sound
6:55 am
Wed September 12, 2012

People For Puget Sound Is Shutting Its Doors

Photo Credit: John Ryan

One of Washington's largest environmental groups is shutting down. People for Puget Sound announced it will close its doors at the end of the month.

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Northwest News
6:44 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Oregon Mural Draws The Ire Of Chinese Government

Photo Credit: Chris Lehman

The Chinese government is playing the role of art critic in Corvallis. A giant mural there depicts a Tibetan monk setting himself on fire.

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Idaho Abortion Ruling
5:58 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Court Questions Validity Of Abortion Law Used To Charge Idaho Woman

Jennie McCormack of Pocatello, Idaho, was arrested last year for inducing an abortion with RU-486 she got online.
Jessica Robinson] Northwest News Network

A federal ruling out Tuesday will prevent further prosecution, for now, against an Idaho woman charged with having an illegal abortion. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals also questioned the constitutionality of the anti-abortion law Jennie Linn McCormack was charged with violating.

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Kitzhaber Appeals Reprieve Decision
5:33 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Kitzhaber To Appeal Execution Reprieve Decision

Gov. John Kitzhaber plans to appeal a decision that clears the way for Oregon's first execution in 15 years.
Orna Izakson Wikimedia Commons

The case of an Oregon death row inmate seeking his own execution is headed for a higher court. Gov.John Kitzhaber said Tuesday he plans to ask an appeals court to overturn a decision that cleared the way for the state’s first execution since 1997.

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