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Northwest Wildfires
4:16 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Hot Spell Heats Up Northwest Wildfire Activity

The Springs Fire is is about two miles east of Banks, Idaho, along Highway 17.
InciWeb

Prolonged hot and dry weather is amping up wildfire activity across the inland Northwest.

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Oil Barge Construction
5:41 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Coast Guard: Much Work Remains On Arctic Oil-Spill Barge

Shell's Arctic Challenger barge under construction on the Bellingham waterfront.
Photo by John Ryan KUOW

The U.S. Coast Guard announced Monday that hundreds of tasks remain in the construction of an overdue oil-spill barge. As KUOW's John Ryan reports, Arctic drilling is on hold until the construction project in Bellingham wraps up.

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Response To Sikh Shooting
6:12 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Shootings Of Sikhs In Wisconsin Resonate Among Temples In The Northwest

The deadly shootings of Sikhs in Wisconsin over the weekend are resonating among temples in the Northwest, too.

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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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