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Potential Radioactive Tank Leak
4:57 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Hanford Expert: Possible Tank Leak Doesn’t Change Goal Of Stabilizing Waste

Next month scientists at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation plan to use a robotic rover to examine an underground tank full of radioactive waste that has possibly leaked. The spill isn’t a threat at this point to people or the environment. But the possible leak is raising questions about long-term plans for treating and storing 56 million gallons of radioactive waste.

Susan Leckband chairs the Hanford Advisory Board. She says the possible leak isn’t a game changer – she thinks the government can still figure out how to bind up that waste into more-stable glass logs.

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Tayor Bridge Fire
4:51 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Taylor Bridge Wildfire Containment Delayed

Fire officials in central Washington are pushing back their timeline to fully contain the Taylor Bridge fire. They’d hoped to have the fire 100 percent contained by tomorrow. But now officials say early next week is more likely.

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Potential Leak At Hanford
4:43 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Possible Radioactive Tank Leak At Hanford Being Investigated

Routine periodic visual monitoring (via camera) of the AY-102 annulus found material that was never before seen.
Department of Energy

Scientists and engineers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington are investigating a possible leak between two walls of a double-shelled nuclear radioactive waste tank there. In September, a robotic rover will explore the tank in question to see where this radioactive material might be coming from, and if the vessel is stable.

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Deported Washington Inmates
4:20 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Thirteen Deported Wash. Inmates Caught Back In The U.S.

Thirteen Washington prison inmates who opted to be deported, instead of serving out their sentences, have been re-arrested back in the United States.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Thirteen Washington prison inmates who opted to be deported, instead of serving out their sentences, have been re-arrested back in the United States. All but one returned from Mexico. The inmates were part of an early deportation program begun last year to reduce prison costs.

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Northwest News
7:36 am
Thu August 23, 2012

American Coal Companies Look To The Northwest For Export Opportunities Part Two

View of the waters near the Cherry Point refinery, the largest refinery in Washington state. Near the refinery is a proposed site to export coal.
Northwest News Network

American coal companies are looking to the Northwest as the fastest way to bring their product from the Powder River Basin of Wyoming and Montana to Asian markets. There are now 5 ports in Washington and Oregon considering coal export terminals. In part two of our series on Coal in the Northwest we head to the site of what could one day be the largest coal export facility on the west coast, Bellingham, Washington. 

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Northwest News
7:24 am
Thu August 23, 2012

After a Wildfire, the Erosion Problem Begins

Fire bosses say a blaze in central Washington is 90 percent contained. That’s while large fires continue to burn in Idaho and California. Getting these wildfires under control marks the beginning of a new problem: soil erosion.

Extreme heat from wildfires destroys trees and ground cover. That means plants no longer keep soil from sliding down hillsides and into streams.

Residents near the Taylor Bridge Wildfire could see more sediment on roads and in creeks. They also might notice wind kicking up extra dust.

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Northwest News
7:17 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Panetta Visits U.S. Navy Troops in Bremerton



U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta visited U.S. Navy troops in Bremerton Wednesday. More than 2,000 sailors lined up on the decks of the USS John C. Stennis to listen to parting words from the Defense Secretary. The speech was a send-off for men and women who are scheduled to be deployed to the Middle East next Monday.

The sailors rocked from foot to foot waiting for Secretary Panetta to arrive. The crowd had mixed emotions about leaving.

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Legalizing Marijuana
6:36 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Marijuana: Safer Than Alcohol?

Is marijuana a safer drug than alcohol?
Chmee2 Wikimedia Commons

This fall, voters in Oregon and Washington will decide whether to legalize marijuana. Washington’s Initiative 502 would allow pot to be sold in state-licensed stores. So would Oregon’s Measure 80. But it would go one step further: The Oregon ballot measure would allow people to grow their own marijuana.

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Oregon Man Released
4:45 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Springfield Man Released From Sudanese Prison

Rudwan Dawod has been released from a Sudanese prison.
Sudan Sunrise

A Springfield, Ore., man who was imprisoned in Sudan has been released, and is trying to get home to his pregnant wife.

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ACLU Lawsuit Against Yakima
4:40 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

ACLU Lawsuit: Yakima At-Large City Council Elections Dilute Latino Vote

Lead plaintiffs Rogelio Montes (L) and Mateo Arteaga have filed a lawsuit against the City Of Yakima alleging at-large city council elections disenfranchise Latino voters.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

The ACLU of Washington says at-large city council elections in the city of Yakima dilute the Latino vote and violate the federal Voting Rights Act. The ACLU filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the city.

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