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Northwest Olympic Soccer Fans
5:16 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

USA-Japan Match Draws Northwest Soccer Fans

Megan Rapinoe, a University of Portland alum, is a member of USA's gold-medal winning women's soccer team.

Scores of people watched at the University of Portland Thursday as the American women’s soccer team defeated Japan for the Olympic gold medal. USA star Megan Rapinoe is a UP graduate. But another player with Northwest ties might’ve been more critical to the win.

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Wash. Senate Candidate Threatened
5:09 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Wash. Man Arrested For Threatening Legislative Candidate

Eileen Qutub, a Republican candidate for Washington State Senate, received threatening emails.
Northwest News Network

A Vancouver, Wash., man has been arrested for allegedly threatening a state Senate candidate. The Clark County sheriff's office took Gary Owen into custody Thursday on charges of sending two threatening emails to Eileen Qutub , a Republican. She described the letters as "vile" and "sexually perverted" and said that Owen threatened to shoot her in the head.

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Mt. Baker Climb Reenactment
5:01 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Climbers To Reenact First Ascent Of Mt. Baker

An illustration from a 1869 Harper's Magazine article showing the planting of a flag on the summit of Mt. Baker.
Harper's New Monthly Magazine

This Sunday, a group of mountain climbers, students and Lummi tribal members will embark on an expedition to re-create the first ascent of Washington’s second tallest peak. That's Mount Baker. The modern-day expedition includes historical touches along with some concessions to practicality.

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Willamette Pollution
5:57 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Willamette Pollution Riles Environmentalists

Polluted water in the Willamette River turns brown.
Photo by Vince Patton Northwest News Network

The Willamette Riverkeeper is threatening to sue two pulp mills in the Willamette Valley for allegedly violating the Clean Water Act. OPB’s Vince Patton was paddling with the Riverkeeper director when the water suddenly turned dark brown.

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Higher Gas Prices Predicted
6:24 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

California Refinery Fire Could Cause West Coast Gas Price Hike

Northwest drivers could be paying more at the pump.   That’s because this week’s refinery fire in California is likely to affect gas prices.  Ruby de Luna has more.

Analysts say get ready to pay as much as four dollars or more per gallon. You can blame the refinery fire in California for the spike. But what does that have to do with fuel prices here?

Overstreet: “We’re locked together at the hip by refinery system on the West Coast.”

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No Welfare ATM Fee
6:07 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Wash. Welfare Clients Will No Longer Pay 85-Cent ATM Fee

JPMorgan Chase will no longer charge Washington welfare clients $.85 to withdraw cash at an ATM under a renegotiated contract.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

JPMorgan Chase will no longer charge Washington welfare clients $.85 to withdraw cash at an ATM. That fee is abolished in a renegotiated contract the state has signed with the New York-based bank to continue providing cash benefits electronically.

A Washington cash assistance client named Therese McLeod first brought the ATM fee to our attention in May of last year. She was outraged that JPMorgan didn’t disclose the fee at the ATM.

“Sounds like a racket to me. Don’t we have laws against that?” McLeod asked.

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Captive Idaho Soldier
5:18 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Report Renews Hopes For Release Of Captured Idaho Soldier

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl went missing June 30, 2009 in Afghanistan and was later reported captured by the Taliban.
U.S. Department of Defense

A report this week from Reuters news service raises hopes there may be progress in efforts to get an Idaho soldier in Taliban captivity back onto U.S. soil. But the news about renewed negotiations also shows Bowe Bergdahl’s freedom is a key part of peace talks in Afghanistan.

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State Officials Kill Wolf
4:33 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Washington Officials Kill First Wolf Over Livestock Loss

State officials killed a female wolf in northeastern Washington Tuesday.
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

For the first time, state officials have killed a female wolf from a pack in northeastern Washington after repeated incidents with livestock on nearby ranches.

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Sikh Vigil
7:13 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Oregon Sikhs Remember Those Killed In Shooting

Sikhs gather for a candlelight vigil in Salem.
Photo by Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Hundreds gathered in Salem Tuesday evening to remember victims of the recent mass shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin. Sikh and non-Sikh speakers at the candlelight vigil emphasized peace and unity. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman spoke with some of those who attended the vigil.

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Malheur County
7:03 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Malheur County: Lots Of Land, Very Few Jobs

Malheur County, in southeast Oregon, is one of the poorest counties in the country.
Photo by David Benbennick Wikimedia Commons

Malheur County has the highest poverty rate in Oregon and the tenth highest in the U.S. Oregon Public Broadcasting's Amanda Peacher spoke with some of the county’s low-income residents, and filed this report on how they’re making ends meet.

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