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Wash. Republican Caucus Preview
6:00 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Wash. GOP Caucus Results 'Meaningless' Says Former Party Chair

Former state Republican Party Chairman Chris Vance.
Photo via Twitter

G.O.P. presidential candidates are looking for a boost from Washington’s caucuses this Saturday. It’s the last contest before Super Tuesday. But as one longtime party insider cautions, there won’t be any real winner this weekend.

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Mine Procedure Changes
5:13 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Public Radio Report Prompts Mine Agency To Change Procedures

A statue of a miner stands outside Hecla Mining's headquarters in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. The company owns the Lucky Friday Mine in Mullan, Idaho.
Photo credit: Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

The federal agency that oversees the nation’s mines says it’s changing how it handles key documents designed to improve mine safety. The move was prompted in part by a public radio investigation on a fatal mine accident in north Idaho.

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Washington Car Sharing
4:51 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Wash. Legislature Paves Road For Personal Car Rental

Ride share companies are already prevalent in California and Oregon.
Photo credit: Wikimedia user Evolstephanieberkeley Wikimedia Commons

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The state of Washington is opening the door to a new flavor of car rental, as Oregon and California have already done. The Washington Legislature just voted to tweak the auto insurance rules so you can rent your wheels to friends or strangers when you're not using your car yourself.

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ID, WA Higher Ed
4:15 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Improved Funding May be On The Way For Higher Education in Wash., Idaho

Universities in Idaho are expecting to see increased state funding. University of Idaho Administration Building in Moscow, Idaho.
Photo Credit: Robbie Giles Wikimedia Commons

After years of severe budget cuts, better days may be on the horizon for higher education in Idaho and Washington.

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Endangered Spotted Owl
6:10 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Owl Detection Dogs Need To Overcome Some Skepticism

Max the dog has a nose for owl pellets and droppings.
Courtesy by: Lisa Hayward

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The latest plan to save the imperiled Northern spotted owl allows shooting an invasive rival bird, the barred owl. An important part of the recovery plan is getting accurate owl counts. Researchers have been experimenting with specially trained dogs that can identify spotted owl and barred owl roosts. But as Correspondent Tom Banse reports, it's not clear yet whether the technique will catch on.

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Idaho Natural Gas
6:05 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Idaho Senate Voices Concern Over Natural Gas Regulations

The dome of the Idaho capitol building.
Photo by: Eric Hunt Wikimedia Commons

BOISE, Idaho -- Some Idaho legislators are concerned about a bill that reduces county control over the oil and gas industry.

The Senate Resources and Environment Committee grilled industry leaders and stakeholders Wednesday over legislation that gives the state control to regulate the natural gas industry.

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Oregon Legislature
5:58 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Deal Reached On Two Of Kitzhaber's Legislative Priorities

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber
Photo courtesy Oregon Governor's Office

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon lawmakers and Governor John Kitzhaber say they've reached a last-minute deal on two of the Governor's legislative priorities. The agreement paves the way for a possible adjournment Thursday or Friday. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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Coal Terminal Petition
5:50 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Coal Export Terminal Opponents Submit Petition

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Some Washington citizens are voicing opposition about plans to build three new coal export terminals in their communities. Opponents of those proposals delivered more than 40,000 signatures to the state capitol in Olympia Wednesday.

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Nuclear Renewal
5:17 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Energy Northwest Nuclear Plant Nears Completion Of License Renewal

The Columbia Generating Station, located 10 miles north of Richland, Wash., is owned and operated by Energy Northwest. Columbia produces enough energy to power a city the size of Seattle.
Photo credit: Energy Northwest" Northwest News Network

RICHLAND, Wash. – The Northwest’s only commercial nuclear reactor has received its final safety evaluation report from the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission. That’s an important milestone in the effort to re-license the reactor for an additional 20 years near Richland, Washington.

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Oregon Wolves
5:09 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Oregon House Approves Tax Credit For Livestock Lost To Wolves

Oregon Legislature is close to ending its session.
Photo credit: M.O. Stevens Wikimedia commons

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon ranchers who lose livestock to a wolf attack would be eligible for a tax credit under a measure approved Wednesday by the Oregon House. The bill would authorize a total of $37,000 in tax credits statewide each year.

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