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Tsunami Debris Cleanup
6:06 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Tsunami Debris Cleanup Costs Mounting

This refrigerator with Japanese labels was found on Long Beach on July 5.
Shelly Pollock

The costs of cleaning up Japanese tsunami debris along Northwest coasts are adding up. Oregon says it's reached the half-million dollar mark. And officials say debris is now being spotted in unexpected places.

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Likelihood Of College Gradation
6:01 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Will Your 4-Year-Old Graduate College? OSU Study Offers A Clue

A key indicator of whether a child will graduate college shows up even before kindergarten, according to a new study.
Gideon Tsang Wikimedia Commons

One of the key indicators of whether a student will go on to finish college shows up before the child even starts kindergarten. That’s the conclusion of new research from Oregon State University.

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Washington Primary Election
5:05 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Final Hours Before Wash. Primary Election

The most closely-watched primary race is for Washington’s first new governor in eight years. It’s dominated by two candidates: Republican Rob McKenna is the state’s attorney general. Democrat Jay Inslee stepped down from his seat in Congress in March to run for governor.

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Social Media Use In Voting
4:17 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Social Media Gains Bigger Role In Wash. Election Process

Eligible voters in Washington state can now register through Facebook.
Facebook

It’s election time again: the Washington state primary is Tuesday. And the election process is changing. Every county in the state uses mail-in ballots now. And social media is gaining a bigger role in the election process.

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Seattle Olympic Boxer
4:04 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Seattle Boxer Takes Historic Step Into Ring, If Not The Gold

Seattle boxer Queen Underwood.
Team USA

Fans of Seattle boxer Queen Underwood hope a disappointing outcome in London won’t keep her from trying again at the 2016 Olympics. Underwood lost her opening bout Sunday in the first Olympics to open up boxing to women.

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Online Restaurant Reviews
6:47 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Online Reviews Make Big Difference To Small Businesses

Yelp reviewer Sherry Secreast is one of Portland’s most prolific restaurant critics.
Photo by Julia Flucht. Northwest News Network

Northwest cities, including Seattle and Portland, are awash in great restaurants. And these venues must compete for attention from a highly discerning crowd. Online rating sites such as Yelp, Google and FourSquare are making those customers even more discriminating. You can even pick up those reviews as you walk down the street. That’s great for some small business, but as journalist Julia Flucht reports, there are some downsides.

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Oregon Death Penalty
6:40 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Judge Says Haugen Can Reject Execution Reprieve

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber will likely appeal a decision made Friday that a death row inmate can reject a reprieve. Last fall Kitzhaber issued a temporary moratorium on executions in Oregon just two weeks before two-time murderer Gary Haugen was scheduled to die. Haugen challenged the reprieve in court, saying he wants to be put to death.

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Olympic Runner
6:37 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Galen Rupp Takes Silver in the Olympic 10k

Galen Rupp after the US Olympic Trials in Eugene.
Photo by Jes Burns KLCC

Good news for Northwest track athletes at the London Olympics. U of O grad Galen Rupp made history Saturday in the men's 10,000 meters, winning silver. KLCC’s Jes Burns has the story.

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Susan Powell's Family Suing DSHS
5:27 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Susan Powell's Family Plans To Sue DSHS Over Boys' Deaths

Susan Powell's parents Judy and Chuck Cox at a press conference in Olympia in February.
Azusa Uchikura

The family of Susan Powell plans to sue the state of Washington for negligence. They blame state workers for the fact that Josh Powell was able to kill himself and his two sons in Pierce County last February.

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Oregon Governor's Execution Reprieve
4:51 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Judges Overturns Kitzhaber's Reprieve Of Haugen

Death row inmate Gary Haugen.
Oregon Department of Corrections

An Oregon judge says death row inmate Gary Haugen has the right to reject a reprieve from Gov. John Kitzhaber. Circuit Court Judge Timothy Alexander's ruling Friday paves the way for a possible new execution date for the two-time murderer.

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