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Gubernatorial Debate
6:30 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Wash. Gubernatorial Candidates Prepare To Meet For Second Debate

Southwest Washington is the setting for the second official debate of the 2012 governor’s race. Republican Rob McKenna and Democrat Jay Inslee will face off Wednesday night on the Vancouver campus of Washington State University.

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Zip Line Parks
6:25 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Getting High In The Northwest On Zip Lines

Some zip line courses -- like this one at Northwest Trek -- add aerial challenges between the various zip descents.
Photo by Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Apparently Northwesterners are not afraid of heights and have a yen for adventure. We draw that conclusion because the industry of zip line tours and aerial adventure parks is booming in the Northwest right now. Within the past couple years, fully a dozen commercial zip line attractions have opened in Oregon, Washington and Idaho... not counting at least twelve more in British Columbia and Alaska. The revenue potential has some municipal parks departments looking to add spendy zip line attractions in public parks. Correspondent Tom Banse reports from Eatonville, Washington.

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Hanford Cleanup
6:19 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Chief Engineer Blasts Hanford’s Waste Treatment Plant Design and Construction

Hanford Nuclear Reservation, seen from the air.
Photo courtesy Dept. of Energy

Another top-level engineer at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation has stepped forward airing serious concerns about the site’s massive waste treatment plant.

In a newly-released memo, the chief engineer charges there are serious problems with Bechtel National’s design and construction of the plant. And that the company should be taken off key portions of the project. Correspondent Anna King reports.

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McMorris-Rodgers
6:16 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Cathy McMorris-Rodgers As GOP “Hostess” In Tampa

The highest-ranking Republican woman in the U.S. House of Representatives has a special role at opening speeches of the G.O.P. Convention in Tampa. Republican Cathy McMorris-Rodgers of Spokane acted as hostess Tuesday night.

She introduces Republican superstars like Ann Romney and Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey.

McMorris-Rodgers: “Each speaker will be joining together to send a message to President Obama. And that message is three simple words. ‘We built it.’”

Those three words are plastered on walls at the convention.

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Algae Biofuels
6:09 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Biofuel Gets A Boost In The Northwest From Fat Algae

Margaret McCormick is the CEO of Matrix Genetics, a Seattle based biotech company that's genetically modifying algae to make better biofuel.
Photo by Ashley Ahearn EarthFix

Algae biofuels just got a boost. A small biotech company in Seattle announced Wednesday that they’ve secured enough funding to expand their research on how to cultivate blue-green algae to make fuel. Ashley Ahearn reports for EarthFix.

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West Nile Virus
4:18 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Health Officials: Two Oregonians Recovering From West Nile Virus

The West Nile virus is spread by mosquitoes.
Jim Gathany Wikimedia Commons

Oregon health officials say test results are confirming that two people, on opposite sides of the state have come down with the West Nile virus. Officials aren't releasing the names of the patients, only that both are older than 50. One is a man in Coos County, the other a woman in Malheur County. Both are recovering.

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Whooping Cough Concerns
4:06 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Back To School Heightens Whooping Cough Concerns

Whooping cough vaccinations are available at many supermarket and drugstore pharmacies, including this one in Salem.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Most public school students in the Northwest head back to class next week. And that has public health officials on alert. They're afraid that classrooms could be fertile ground for the spread of whooping cough, an infectious disease that's already being called an epidemic in some states.

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Carbon Emmissions
5:55 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Oregon Researchers Find New Method To Reduce Carbon Emissions

University of Oregon researchers say they have found a way to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from coal-burning plants by more than 90 percent. Their formula uses refrigeration to capture and control the dangerous chemicals pumped out of smoke stacks.

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Alleged Plot By Former Soldiers
4:50 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Former Soldiers Allegedly Plotted To Blow Up Washington Dam, Poison Apple Crop

Prosecutors in Georgia say a group of current and former U.S. soldiers plotted to blow up a dam in Washington and poison the state’s apple crop. The allegations were revealed Monday as one of the group’s members pled guilty to manslaughter in a Georgia courtroom.

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Rising Gas Prices
3:51 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Northwest Gas Prices Still On The Rise

The price of gas in the Northwest is more than 25 cents a gallon above the national average.
tinatinatinatinatina Flickr

With the Labor Day holiday weekend approaching, the average price of a gallon of unleaded gas has once again topped $4 in Oregon and Washington. AAA says that puts the cost of gas in the Northwest at more than 25 cents a gallon above the national average.

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