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Oregon Foreclosure Mediation Law
5:19 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

New Mediation Law Could Help Struggling Homeowners

A new law will allow struggling homeowners to sit down with their lender to work out an agreement.
Jeffery Turner Flickr

Oregonians facing foreclosure will soon have another tool to stay in their house. A law that takes effect Wednesday allows struggling homeowners the chance to look their lender in the eye.

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Toxic Shellfish In Puget Sound
4:38 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Three Bays In Puget Sound Closed Due To Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning Toxin

Three Puget Sound bays were closed to shellfish harvest because of unsafe toxin levels.
Sean A. Lotz Wikimedia Commons

Seasonal blooms of toxic marine algae are causing shellfish bed closures in Washington. But this isn’t your usual “red tide” algae.

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Eastern Oregon Fires
3:55 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Firefighters Are Hard At Work In Eastern Oregon

In Eastern Oregon Tuesday, fire engines, hand crews and materials continued to pour in from across the region, as fire managers worked to contain a number of blazes sparked by recent lightning storms.

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Coal Terminal
6:34 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Columbia River Towns May Team Up To Export Coal - Part 2

We brought you the story of the Northwest’s only coal export proposal that would rely on two different ports on the Columbia River, with a profile of the Eastern Oregon town of Boardman, where coal would be be delivered by train and loaded onto Columbia River barges. Now, EarthFix reporter Cassandra Profita takes a look at a port near Clatskanie Oregon, where that coal would be transferred to ocean-going ships for delivery to Asia.

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Rossi Returns To Senate
5:41 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Dino Rossi Back In Washington State Senate

Dino Rossi will fill the Washington State Senate seat vacated by Cheryl Pflug.
Northwest News Network

Dino Rossi is back in the Washington State Senate. The King County Council picked him Monday to fill a vacancy.

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Medicaid Waiver For Oregon
5:25 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Oregon Medicaid Waiver Includes Boost For Rural Health

A new federal waiver for Oregon includes a provision aimed at luring doctors to small towns. The state won final approval Monday from the Obama administration for plans to move ahead with big changes in health care.

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Idaho Lab Mishandled Explosives
4:14 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Report: Idaho National Lab Mishandled Dangerous Explosives

The Materials and Fuels Complex at Idaho National Laboratory.
Idaho National Laboratory

Idaho National Laboratory in Idaho Falls has been failing to properly handle and store explosives, putting some workers in jeopardy. That’s the upshot of a new report by the U.S. Department of Energy.

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Tacoma Museum Receives Donation
4:04 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Tacoma Art Museum Gets Big Gift

The Tacoma Art Museum recently received a large art collection, as well as money to fund a future expansion.
Joe Mabel Wikimedia Commons

A German billionaire and his wife are donating a major collection of Western American art to the Tacoma Art Museum.

Erivan Haub and his wife Helga started collecting art of the American West almost 30 years ago. But Tacoma Art Museum director Stephanie Stebich says she never expected the Haubs would donate their collection to her museum.

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Skills Gap In Washington
3:46 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

New Aerospace Jobs Highlight Wash. Skills Gap

Boeing's Everett, Wash. factory.
Boeing

Two aerospace companies plan to expand their operations in Washington. Gov. Chris Gregoire made that announcement Monday from the Farnborough Air Show in London. But the news highlights a gap between the legions of unemployed and the skills they need for many new jobs.

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Washington Charter Schools
6:08 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Wash. Charter School Backers Check In With Plenty Of Signatures

Supporters of creating charter schools in Washington say they have more than enough signatures to get their initiative on the ballot. They turned in their petitions Friday.

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