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Tiadl Energy
6:08 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Puget Sound Tidal Energy Project Challenged

The Washington coast is home to some of the strongest tidal currents in the country. Some want to harness those tides for power. Ashley Ahearn reports a proposed tidal power facility in Puget Sound is running into some trouble.

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Refrigerant Leak
6:01 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Icicle Seafood Company Fined Over Release Of Ozone-Depleting Refrigerant

A Seattle-based seafood company has been fined 430,000 dollars for violations of the Clean Air Act. Ashley Ahearn reports for EarthFix.

Icicle Seafoods harvests and sells salmon, crab Pollock and other fish from the waters of the Northwest and Alaska. And one of the key components of catching fish and bringing them to market – is refrigerant.

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Firefighter Deaths
5:58 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Firefighting Still Dangerous, But For Different Reasons

Anne Veseth of Moscow, Idaho, died Sunday fighting the Steep Corner Fire.
Photo courtesy Veseth family via U.S. Forest Service

The U.S. Forest Service has identified a firefighter killed in Idaho on Sunday as 20-year-old Anne Veseth, of Moscow, Idaho. She was struck by a falling tree at the Steep Corner Fire southeast of Coeur d’Alene. As Jessica Robinson reports, firefighting deaths fluctuate from year to year, but the biggest source of that danger has shifted.

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Earthquake Risk
5:54 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Earthquake Study Raises Risk Potential Around Central Washington Dams

Wanapum Dam on the Columbia River.
Photo by Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Central Washington was considered at low risk for earthquakes back when big hydropower dams went up on the Columbia River many decades ago. But a recently completed seismic hazard assessment has found greater earthquake potential for the area than previously thought. Now the dam owners have to figure out how to respond. Seismic retrofits could cost ratepayers across the region hundreds of millions of dollars. Correspondent Tom Banse has this exclusive report.

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Army Veteran
6:03 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Combat Vet With PTSD Booted From Army, Barred From Healthcare

Army veteran Jarrid Starks, with his medications to treat PTSD and a hat that reads “Warning this vet is medicated for your protection."
Photo by Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

SALEM, Ore. – In Salem, a former Army staff sergeant named Jarrid Starks has run out of the medications that keep him stable. He has severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other mental and physical wounds of war. But he’s currently not eligible for veterans’ health benefits that would include prescription refills. That’s because Starks was kicked out of the Army for bad behavior. He’s far from alone. Correspondent Austin Jenkins has this story in collaboration with the Seattle Times.

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Marijuana Legalization
5:58 am
Mon August 13, 2012

What Are The Budget Impacts Of Legal Marijuana

This fall Washington voters will consider an initiative that would allow the growth and sale of marijuana. Friday, the Washington State Office of Financial Management issued its report on how Initiative 502 would affect the finances of state and local governments. KUOW’s Phyllis Fletcher has more.

The gist of the report is “we don’t know.”

The Office of Financial Management uses the phrase “indeterminate, but non-zero” several times in the report. That’s because of what could be called “known unknowns.”

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World War II Flag
5:55 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Washington Veteran Having Difficulty Repatriating Captured War Flag

Close-up of "good luck flag," known as hinomaru yosegaki in Japanese.
Photo by Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Wednesday will mark the 67th anniversary of the Japanese surrender to end World War Two. With each passing anniversary, there are fewer and fewer living witnesses to the event. Correspondent Tom Banse reports time is also running low for an aging U.S. Marine veteran who wants to return a captured Japanese war flag.

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Oregon GOP Resignation
5:52 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Fall-Out From Topless Bar Visit Not Clear

State representative Kevin Cameron.
Photo courtesy the Oregon Legislature

Reaction has been muted to news that several high-ranking Oregon House Republicans visited a topless bar while on vacation. It does explain why one GOP leader stepped down mysteriously. But as Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports, additional implications are not yet clear.

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Olympic Goalie
6:04 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Washington’s Hope Solo Makes Big Stops To Earn Team USA Gold

Washington-born and raised goalkeeper Hope Solo saved the day, quite literally, according to her teammates in the Olympic women’s soccer final Thursday. Team USA held on for a 2-1 victory over Japan to win the gold medal. When the final horn sounded, U.S. goalie Solo was mobbed by her fellow players. Solo says she knew the game was on the line when she made a dramatic lunging save in the waning minutes of the game.

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Episcopal Latinos
5:58 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Nothwest Episcopal Churches Court Latinos

The Reverand Kurt Neilson leads communion at a Spanish language mass at Saints Peter and Paul Episcopal Church in Portland.
Photo by Chris Lehman. Northwest News Network

In Oregon, the number of Latino Episcopalians has increased more than five-fold over the past decade. Church leaders say the influx is, in part, because the denomination's worship services look and sound familiar to Hispanics raised in the Catholic Church. But as Correspondent Chris Lehman reports, Northwest Episcopal Churches are luring Latinos with a focused marketing campaign.

The 10 o'clock high mass at Saints Peter and Paul Episcopal Church in Portland, Oregon probably sounds a lot like it did when the congregation was founded nearly a century ago.

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