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Port Orford Channel
6:10 am
Wed July 4, 2012

Navigation Channel in Port Orford is Just One Foot Deep

The town of Port Orford, on Oregon’s south coast, may soon be without a port. Residents are rallying Wednesday to urge the Army Corps of Engineers to dredge their navigation channel. Amelia Templeton reports.

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Methadone Addiction
6:08 am
Wed July 4, 2012

Methadone Deaths Down, But NW Expert Warns Of Shift To Other Drugs

Overdose deaths from a popular painkiller called Methadone appear to have peaked nationally. That’s according to a CDC report released Tuesday. The Northwest has one of the highest Methadone prescription rates in the country. Correspondent Austin Jenkins has more.

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Downhill Speed Skating
6:06 am
Wed July 4, 2012

'Festival Of Speed' Brings Skateboarding Couple To Southeast Wash.

Racers jostle and draft for position in the first turns of Maryhill Loop Road in the Columbia River Gorge.
Photo by Anna King Northwest News Network

Each year on a long, steep stretch of looping highway in southeast Washington, hundreds of skateboarders test their grit. A helmet, a leather body suit and wicked skill are all that stand between glory and a face full of asphalt. It’s called the Maryhill Festival of Speed near Goldendale. Correspondent Anna King caught up with one young couple that travels the world for downhill skateboarding.

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Coal Train Spill
5:59 am
Wed July 4, 2012

Recent Eastern Washington Coal Spill Raises Questions About Proposed Increased Exports

A train accident in Eastern Washington has raised questions about proposed increased train shipments of coal through the nearby Columbia River Gorge.
Photo by Scott Granneman Flickr

This week crews are cleaning up about 30 train cars full of coal that overturned near Mesa, in Eastern Washington. The accident has raised questions about proposed increased train shipments of coal through the nearby Columbia River Gorge. Correspondent Anna King has more.

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Corinna Nicolaou
12:00 am
Wed July 4, 2012

My Country Tizovee: Corinna Nicolaou

NWPR Commentator Corinna Nicolaou
Corinna Nicolaou Northwest Public Radio

When you were a kid, did you sneak candies and hide the wrappers so your parents wouldn't find the evidence? Commentator Corinna Nicolaou did too. As we head into the 4th of July weekend here's a story of rebellion, and the sweet land of liberty, as a child sees it.

You can read more of Corinna's commentary at her blog

Gillnet Fishing
6:14 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Campaign Says Gillnet Ban Heading To Oregon Ballot

Oregon voters likely will decide this fall whether to ban gillnet fishing in the Columbia River and other state waters. Campaigners say they turned in enough signatures
Monday to qualify their gillnet ban as a ballot measure in the November election. Oregon requires more than 87,000 valid signatures on petitions for initiatives that change state law.

Eric Stachon is spokesman for the Stop Gillnets Now Coalition. He says the group turned in more than 138-thousand signatures to the Oregon Secretary of State.

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Bald Eagle Cry
6:12 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Bald Eagle: A Mighty Symbol, With A Not-So-Mighty Voice

A Bald Eagle perches on a branch.
Photo by Katherine Whitmore USFWS

Few sounds symbolize American patriotism like the piercing shrill of a bald eagle. But just like George Washington and his cherry tree, that majestic call … is a myth. As correspondent Jessica Robinson found, the screech associated with the bald eagle, in fact, belongs to a different bird.

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Olympic Track And Field Trials
5:34 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

UO Alumni Centrowitz, Wheating Make U.S. Olympic Team

Matthew Centrowitz (first from right) and Andrew Wheating (second from left) finish second and third at the men's 1,500-meters.
Jes Burns KLCC

Two more University of Oregon alum are headed to the London Olympics this summer, after the final day of the Track and Field Trials Sunday. Matthew Centrowitz and Andrew Wheating will face the world's best after placing in the top three of Sunday's 1,500-meters.

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Mental Health System For Veterans
5:14 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Two Years Later, Former Soldier "Vindicated" By PTSD Diagnosis

Former Army SSG Richard Kellar was recently re-assessed for PTSD. The result was a positive diagnosis.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Washington Sen. Patty Murray has introduced legislation to overhaul the mental health system for war veterans. The move comes in the wake of a scandal at Washington’s Madigan Army Hospital. Doctors there incorrectly told dozens of soldiers they didn’t suffer from PTSD. One of those soldiers was Richard Kellar.

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Oregon Racewalker
4:34 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Eugene Racewalker Places Third At Olympic Track And Field Trials

Erin Gray competes at the U.S. Olympic Trials.
Jes Burns KLCC

The only Eugene native competing at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials placed third Sunday in the women's racewalk. But it wasn't enough to earn her a spot on the U.S. Olympic team.

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