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Washington Poet Laureate
6:28 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Washington’s Poet Laureate Reflects On Growing Up Near Hanford In New Book

Washington’s poet lauerate Kathleen Flenniken has released a new book of poetry and remembrances of Richland, Washington and the Hanford Nuclear Reservation called “Plume.”
Photo by Anna King Northwest News Network

There is a lot written about the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in scientific journals, news articles and government reports. Now there is a book of poetry. The State of Washington’s poet laureate recently released a book of remembrances about her hometown of Richland. It’s called “Plume.” Kathleen Flenniken returned to southeast Washington for this visit with our correspondent Anna King.

We’re on the shore of the Columbia River at a Richland park. A flotilla of students, in bright kayaks, paddle against the current.

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Spring Salmon Numbers
6:05 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Spring Chinook Numbers Lower Than Expected

The salmon run on the Columbia River this spring was not as strong as expected.
Riccardo Rossi Wikimedia Commons

You might remember predictions of really high spring Chinook runs this year. But, turns outs, after spring salmon runs wrapped up, the numbers were not as high as everyone had hoped.

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Entrepreneurial Athletes
5:32 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Olympic Hopeful Is Also An Entrepreneur

Lauren Fleshman speaks with reporters in Eugene.
Rachael McDonald KLCC

Two Eugene-based athletes competing in the Olympic Track and Field Trials, which start this week, are also entrepreneurs. Lauren Fleshman and fellow runner Stephanie Rothstein have a two-year-old business making dairy and gluten free energy bars.

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Health Care Ruling
5:22 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

States Brace For Federal Health Care Ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to rule on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.
Franz Jantzen supremecourt.gov

The U.S. Supreme Court could rule any day now on the Constitutionality of President Obama's health care overhaul. The decision could have broad implications for state health care policies in the Northwest.

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Olympic Qualifying Trials
5:15 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Olympic Track Trials Could Stock Team USA With Northwest Athletes

Hayward Field in Eugene is the site of the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials.
Wolfram Burner Flickr

Qualifying action for the 2012 Summer Olympics is happening in three Northwest cities this week. The U.S. Olympic Trials in diving are underway in Federal Way, Wash. Meanwhile, track and field qualifying starts with a hammer throw competition on the Nike campus in Beaverton, Ore., Thursday. The rest of the track team selection unfolds in Eugene starting on Friday. Team USA is likely to be well-stocked with Northwest athletes.

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Washington's Revenue Forecast
5:05 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Wash. Revenue Projections Holding Steady

Washington's revenue forecast has seen a slight uptick, but still remains essentially flat.
Visitor 7 Wikimedia Commons

Washington’s economy remains essentially flat. That’s the takeaway from Washington’s quarterly revenue forecast out Wednesday. It shows an increase of about a $150 million through the current two-year budget cycle.

That slight uptick in projected revenues is mostly due to legislative policy decisions this year like fund transfers, not the economy.

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Corinna Nicolaou
6:25 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Corinna Nicolaou: An Ode To Melons

Today is the first day of summer, and the weather is warm. NWPR commentator Corinna Nicolaou, she’s been waiting all winter long to taste summer, but she’s not craving BBQ!

Olympic Power Couple
7:06 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Oregon's Olympic Power Couple Loyal To Two Countries

Canadian Brianne Theisen, one member of the couple hoping to compete for Olympic gold for their respective countries.
Erik van Leeuwen Wikimedia Commons

Dozens of Northwest runners, jumpers and throwers will compete for slots on the 2012 U.S. Olympic team starting this weekend. Once again Eugene, Ore., is hosting the U.S. Olympic Trials for track and field. The qualifying action could help determine whether the London Games this summer feature a love story.

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Northwest Olympic Boxer
6:34 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Northwest Woman Gets Second Chance At Olympic Boxing

Seattle’s Queen Underwood, 28, exits the ring in Spokane, Wash., after qualifying for the U.S.A. team for the first women’s Olympic boxing tournament.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Some of the best sports stories are about second chances, and this week a female boxer from Seattle got her second chance at Olympic gold. The international governing body for boxing awarded Queen Underwood a wild card spot at the first-ever tournament for women’s boxing in the Olympics.

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Tsunami Dock Removal
6:24 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Tsunami Dock To Be Dismantled, Removed

A piece of tsunami debris, a dock that washed ashore near Newport, will be dismantled and removed by a Vancouver, Wash., company.
Oregon State Parks

The days are numbered for the massive Japanese dock that washed up on an Oregon beach earlier this month. The Oregon State Parks Department announced Tuesday that it's accepted a bid from a Vancouver, Wash., salvage company to break apart the dock and remove it.

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