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Washington Supreme Court
6:00 am
Fri July 20, 2012

For Washington Supreme Court Justice, "Primary" Race Is Final

Washington Supreme Court Justice Steve Gonzalez

Washington Supreme Court Justice Steve Gonzalez was appointed to the state’s high court six months ago. Now he’s up for reelection.

His opponent is Bruce Danielson, a Kitsap county attorney who has declined to campaign. The race will be decided in the August 7th primary, and Gonzalez says he’s rushing to build name recognition. KUOW’s Amy Radil reports.

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Record Whooping Cough Cases
5:35 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

CDC Says U.S. On Track For Record Rates of Whooping Cough

This CDC graphic shows state-by-state changes in whooping cough cases from 2011-12.
Northwest News Network

The number of whooping cough cases in Washington State has passed 3,000. Washington’s infection rate was rising so rapidly that health officials called on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for help. That was in May. Yesterday, the CDC issued a report on its findings. Scientists noticed an unusual pattern.

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Fatal Mining Accident
5:06 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Report Faults Mining Company For Fatal Accident

The waste bin at Idaho's Lucky Friday Mine where an accident that killed a 26-year-old miner occurred last November.
Mine Safety and Health Administration

A new report faults managers of north Idaho’s Lucky Friday mine for an accident last November that killed a 26-year-old miner. It was one of two fatalities at the mine last year.

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Rail Shipping Expansion
4:13 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Northwest Wine Industry To Get Boost From Rail Shipping Expansion

Railex's existing shipping center in Wallula in southeast Washington. The new wine warehouse will be built nearby.
Railex

A company that ships Northwest produce to East Coast markets by rail plans an expansion that will benefit the region's wineries. Railex has reached an agreement with Ste. Michelle Wine Estates to build a massive wine storage warehouse in southeast Washington.

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Facebook Voter Registration
6:17 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Washingtonians Can Register to Vote on Facebook By Month's End

As early as next week, Washington residents will be able to register to vote on Facebook. Reporter Paige Browning explains.

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Oregon NCLB Waiver
6:15 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Oregon Gets Waiver From No Child Left Behind

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced Oregon has joined Washington and 31 other states in getting a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind law.
Courtesy StateImpact Florida NPR.

Oregon has joined Washington and 31 other states in getting a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind law. The U.S. Department of Education announced Thursday that it's approved Oregon's request for more flexibility. Oregon education officials say part of the aim is to shift away from penalizing schools for failing to meet rigid benchmarks. Ben Cannon is Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber’s the education policy advisor. He says the green light from the feds ends a period of uncertainty for school districts.

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Lonesome Larry
6:12 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Lonesome Larry Hits 20-Year Anniversary

20 years ago, Lonesome Larry was the only sockeye salmon to make the 800-mile trip from the Pacific Ocean to Redfish Lake, once a popular spawning area for salmon.
Photo by Aaron Kunz Northwest News Network

This year is the twenty year anniversary of Lonesome Larry, a lone sockeye salmon that made the 800 mile trip from the ocean to Redfish Lake in central Idaho. It helped jump start a multi-billion dollar effort to save Snake River salmon from certain extinction. Earthfix reporter Aaron Kunz explains.

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Duwamish River Pollution
6:05 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Clean Water: The Next Act - Seattle's Duwamish River Part II

The upper part of the Duwamish River, seen from 119th Street in Tukwila, Wash.
Photo by Joe Mabel Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons

This fall marks the 40th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act – a piece of legislation that changed the way waterbodies in this country are regulated and protected.

Pollution was supposed to be curtailed so that fish from all the waters in America would be safe for people to eat. 40 years later, though, many waterways still bear fish too tainted to consume safely.

One of the most polluted waterways in the Northwest is Seattle’s Duwamish River. We’re taking a look at the Duwamish as part of EarthFix’s series “Clean Water: The Next Act.”

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Spokane Police Chief
5:59 am
Thu July 19, 2012

City of Spokane Mayor Picks Police Chief Finalists

Four finalists for Police Chief in Spokane have been identified by Spokane Mayor Condon. Reporter Paige Browning has details.

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Mudslide In Oregon Town
6:47 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Small Northeast Oregon Town Digs Out From Mud Flow

Tucker Wilson, 14, and his grandfather Philip Berg, take a short break from cleaning mud up off their 120-acre wheat and hay farm near Helix, Ore.
Anna King Northwest Public Radio

Residents of the tiny northeast Oregon town of Helix are cleaning up after a huge mudflow that inundated much of the community.

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