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Rural Town Development
6:39 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Far-Flung Residents Of Remote Oregon Build A Gathering Place

Coming down into Arock, Ore. from the highway.
Photo by Anna King Northwest News Network

Nearly every Northwest city and town has a center of gravity -- a place with a heartbeat. You know: Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square or Seattle’s Pike Place Market. But in the remote town of Arock, in southeast Oregon, that kind of spot has been missing for a long, long time. That’s about to change. Anna King has this story about a far-flung community that’s building a new place to gather.

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Tsunami Buoys
6:19 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Pacific NW Tsunami Buoys Out Of Service

Ocean bound tsunami warning buoys like this are designed to provide early detection.
Photo courtesy of NOAA.

One quarter (12 of 39) of U.S.-operated tsunami warning buoys in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans are out of service. That includes the two tsunami detection buoys directly off the Pacific Northwest coast. But as Correspondent Tom Banse reports, the warning system has some redundancy built in.

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Murder Trial At JBLM
4:15 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Accused Iraq Clinic Shooter Faces Death Penalty Trial At JBLM

Joint Base Lewis-McChord is at the center of yet another high-profile murder case. The Army announced Friday that Sgt. John Russell will face trial at Lewis-McChord in connection with a 2009 killing spree in Iraq.

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Nuke Power Re-licensed
4:02 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Columbia Generating Station Re-licensed To Run For Another 20 Years

The Columbia Generating Station lies 12 miles NW of Richland, WAshington. It began producing power in 1984.
Photo courtesy of Energy Northwest

The Northwest’s only commercial nuclear power plant appears to have won permission to operate for another 20 years. That’s the word Friday from Energy Northwest, which operates the Columbia Generating Station in southeast Washington.

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Water Conservation
6:38 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Water Conservation Linked to Energy

A Northwest environmental group is offering a new reason to conserve water: it’s a way to save energy and shrink your carbon footprint. Aaron Kunz explains.

Conservation group Idaho Rivers United monitored 15 water providers in western Idaho to see how much energy they used. It’s the first research of its kind in the country -- and it’s attracting attention.

Liz Paul of Idaho Rivers United says the group hopes the information gives the public a new way of thinking about the water they use.

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Tsunami Debris
6:35 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Spy Satellites Used In Search For Tsunami Debris

A personal message on this soccer ball confirmed it washed to sea from a Japanese school during the 2011 tsunami. The ball drifted ashore at Middleton Island, Alaska.
Photo by David Baxter. Northwest News Network

Another piece of confirmed tsunami debris – part of a restaurant sign – has washed ashore in Alaska. But marine scientists can’t say how much other Japanese disaster debris is trailing behind. This problem surfaced at a U.S. Senate hearing Thursday. As correspondent Tom Banse reports, researchers are now getting some access to spy satellite imagery.

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Eclipse Safety
6:32 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Northwest Will See Ring Of Fire Eclipse Sunday

For the first time since 1994, a partial solar eclipse will be visible across the Northwest. The eclipse will reach its peak at about 6:20 Sunday night. Amelia Templeton reports on how to watch the event safely.

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Drone Testing
6:28 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Central Oregon Considered For Drone Testing Area

For years now, the US military has flown unmanned drones over hotspots like Iraq and Afghanistan. Drones gather intelligence and at times conduct attacks on the battlefield. But here at home, drones have largely been absent from American skies. That however is about to change. The Federal Aviation Administration is preparing to select 6 areas throughout the US for drone testing. And as OPB's David Nogueras reports, there’s an effort underway in Oregon to compete for one of those spots.

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Liqour Privitization Hearing
6:11 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Wash. Supreme Court Hears Challenge To Liquor Privatization

Costco Officials Leave The Washington Supreme Court Following Oral Arguments In A Lawsuit To Repeal I-1183 Privatizing Liquor Sales.
Photo credit: Austin Jenkins] Northwest News Network

Washington state has auctioned off its liquor stores. And private retailers are set to take over the sale of spirits June 1st. But Thursday the state Supreme Court heard arguments in a lawsuit aimed at putting a halt to the changeover.

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Indian Mascot Ban
5:17 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Oregon Bans American Indian Sports Mascots In Schools

Se-ah-dom Edmo (left) with the Oregon Indian Education Association talks with Oregon Board of Education chair Brenda Frank after the board voted to ban Native American-themed mascots in Oregon schools.
Photo Credit: Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

Native American-themed sports mascots will no longer be allowed in Oregon public schools. That's the decision Thursday by the state Board of Education. The vote was 5 to 1.

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