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Tsunami Debris Cleanup
4:04 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Northwest Lawmakers Say Tsunami Debris Grants Not Enough

This map displays all possible tsunami debris sightings since December 2011. The red triangle designates confirmed sightings.
NOAA/ Coastal Response Research Center

Lawmakers from the Northwest are asking the federal government to provide millions of dollars to clean up debris from the tsunami that hit Japan last year. But Matt Laslo reports from the nation’s capital that thus far the region is only eligible for thousands of dollars.

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Japanese Earthquakes
5:57 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Northwest States Mapping Liquefaction Susceptibility

Soil liquefaction and lateral spreading in Tumwater, WA after the 2001 Nisqually Quake.
Photo courtesy UW College of Engineering

Two major earthquakes last year raised red flags for the Northwest. Some of the damage from those quakes in Japan and New Zealand resulted from a phenomenon called liquefaction. This is when the ground turns to jello or quicksand. Transmission towers topple, buildings sink and utility pipes break. Now, geologists in the Northwest have mapped the spots most likely to liquefy here in an earthquake. Correspondent Tom Banse begins our story in Japan.

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Longdraw Fire
5:53 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Long Draw Fire Cools Down, Ranchers Search For Missing Cattle

Jeanette Yturriondobeitia searches for cattle after the Longdraw fire dies out.
Photo by Amelia Templeton

Officials say the massive Long Draw fire in South East Oregon stopped actively burning over the weekend. The fire consumed more than 900 square miles of rangeland. Amelia Templeton reports, ranchers are searching for their cows.

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Bizarre Incidents At State Capitols
4:33 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Bizarre Incidents At Wash. And Oregon State Capitols

The three-foot Samurai sword recovered from a man arrested near the Oregon Capitol building on Saturday.
Oregon State Police

The Washington and Oregon state capitols have been the scenes of two bizarre incidents in recent days. Both involved apparently mentally unstable men. One had a gallon of gasoline, the other wielded a samurai sword.

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Northwest Soldier Casualties
6:51 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Northwest War Casualties Mount As Fighting Season Heats Up

Sgt. Michael Ristau, 25, of Rockford, Illinois is the 19th Washington-based soldier to die in Afghanistan this year.
Photo courtesy U.S. Army

The summer fighting season in Afghanistan continues to claim the lives of Northwest soldiers. So far this year, 19 soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord have been killed. The Army announced the latest death over the weekend. Correspondent Austin Jenkins has more.

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Salem Street Pianos
4:39 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Street Pianos Invade Salem

Tom White plays a street piano in downtown Salem.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Oregon's capital city is echoing with the sounds of impromptu piano concerts this week. About a dozen brightly decorated street pianos are scattered about town. It's part of a worldwide phenomenon inspired by a British artist.

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Oregon Wildfire
4:03 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Oregon Wildfire Now Largest In A Century

Grasses and sagebrush burn on the Highway 95 roadside.
M. Stearly InciWeb

A wildfire burning in southeastern Oregon has become the state’s largest blaze in more than a century. The Long Draw Fire has burned more than 800 square miles in southeast Oregon.

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Nike Changes Paterno Facility Name
7:01 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Nike Drops Paterno Name From Child Care Facility

Nike's Joe Paterno Child Development Center will get a new name.
Northwest News Network

Shoe giant Nike is dropping the name Joe Paterno from the childcare facility at the company's Beaverton headquarters. It's more fall-out from a new report saying Paterno and other Penn State officials hid critical information about child sex abuse.

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Police Get Lottery Winnings
6:50 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Jackpot! Crime DOES Pay, For The Medford Police Department

The Medford Police Department won part of a million dollar jackpot from the Oregon lottery due to an ill-gotten scratch-it.
Shoshana Flickr

When it comes to the lottery, you can’t win if you don’t play. But that’s not the case for the Medford Police Department. This week, the agency learned it won part of a million dollar jackpot from the Oregon lottery, but not because any officers bought the ticket.

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Early Human DNA Found
4:47 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

South-Central Oregon Caves Yield Early Human DNA

Archaeologist Dennis Jenkins holds dried feces taken from Oregon's Paisley Caves.
Jim Barlow Univ. of Oregon

An archeological dig at a group of remote caves in south-central Oregon may force some rethinking about how the first humans colonized North America. Scientists found the critical evidence in a form you might not expect.

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