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Rainwater Collection
5:55 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Southern Oregon Man Sentenced to Jail Time For Illegal Rainwater Reservoirs

Collecting rainwater can get you in legal trouble in Oregon. A court has sentenced a southern Oregon man to 30 days in jail, and a fine, for maintaining 3 illegal reservoirs on his property. Amelia Templeton of Earthfix reports.

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Coal Export Support
6:29 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Pro-Coal Alliance Launches Ad Campaign

A campaign is kicking off in the Northwest to build support for coal exports. The Alliance for Northwest Jobs and Exports includes major mining companies, railways and labor groups, all signing on to support coal export terminals in Oregon and Washington. The group is launching newspaper, radio, and television ads.

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Female Olympic Boxer
5:26 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Star Pupil At Seattle Boxing Gym Aims For Gold

Queen Underwood leaves the ring after winning her final round at the trials in Spokane, earning a spot on the USA's first women's Olympic boxing team.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

A Northwest boxing gym will be rooting for its hometown favorite at an Olympic event never-before open to women. Boxing was the last all-male hold out in the Olympics, until this year. Seattle’s Queen Underwood hopes to bring home the gold.

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Northwest Natural Gas Prices
5:18 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Natural Gas Utilities Expect Continued Low Prices

Oregon's three natural gas companies expect prices to drop this winter.
Kevin Mooney

Natural gas customers in the Northwest will pay even less to heat their homes this winter. That was the message Thursday from Oregon's three largest natural gas utilities. They issued their prediction at a meeting of the state’s Public Utility Commission.

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Dual-Registered Voters
5:12 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Washington Aims To Reduce Dual-Registered Voters

If you recently moved to Washington State and registered to vote, you may still be on the voter rolls of the last state you lived in. In Washington, it’s legal to be registered here and somewhere else. But it's illegal in other states.

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Helix Mud Flow
4:39 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Helix, Ore., Returning To Normalcy After Devastating Mud Flow

Helix, Ore., Mayor Jack Bascomb surveys the damage after a mud flow devastated his town earlier this month.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Helix, Ore., residents have most of their summer programs back online and many buildings back in service after a massive mud flow ripped through much of downtown. A storm sent rivers of mud down early the morning of July 16.

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Coal Export Poll
6:17 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Poll Finds Support For Northwest Coal Export Projects, But Many Are Undecided

A new poll finds that most residents in the Northwest are supportive of transporting coal through the region for export to Asia. DHM Research conducted the poll for Earthfix.

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Captive Grizzly Bear Research
5:56 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Researchers Work To Make Captive Grizzly Bears Happier

Researchers at the WSU Bear Research Center are working on ways to make grizzly bears happier while in captivity.
Northwest News Network

You may have visited zoos where the animals look less than thrilled sitting in their cages. But scientists at Washington State University’s Bear Research Center are working to help captive animals enjoy their environment. Reporter Courtney Flatt followed researchers who are trying to learn more about captive bears’ moods.

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Recovery For Tsunami Victims
5:41 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Schoolchildren From Japan's Tsunami Zone Get Respite In Northwest

Rebuilding has gone slowly in tsunami-ravaged Minamisanriku, Japan.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Eight junior high students and their teachers from the Japanese tsunami zone arrive in Seattle Thursday. It's an unusual disaster relief effort. The schoolchildren are being treated to a free trip to escape the still difficult conditions at home, at least temporarily.

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High Jump's Northwest Roots
5:27 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

High Jump's 'Fosbury Flop' Has Roots In Northwest

A high-jumper demonstrates Dick Fosbury's eponymous technique, the 'Fosbury Flop.'
Patricio Lorente Wikimedia

A second-time Olympian from Beaverton, Ore., will be the flag bearer for Team USA during Friday's Opening Ceremony at the London Games. U.S. team captains chose fencer Mariel Zagunis for the honor.

Meanwhile, one of the fans cheering the athletes on will be another Northwesterner who revolutionized the high jump.

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