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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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Northwest News
5:03 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Fire Outlook Just A Flicker In Northwest

Looking down a forest fire break.
Photo credit: David Johnson Wikimedia Commons

Agriculture officials say fire season looks mild this year for Washington and Idaho, but that doesn’t mean they’re taking a backseat on preparedness.

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Northwest News
4:42 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Memorial Service Is May 23rd For Slain UI Football Player

Ken McRoyal
Photo courtesy of University of Idaho

The memorial service for University of Idaho football player Ken McRoyal is next Wednesday in Carson, California. McRoyal was shot to death last weekend in the Lincoln Heights section of Los Angeles. Northwest Public Radio’s Glenn Mosley has more.

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Northwest News
4:38 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Hanford Contractors Work Toward Moving Dangerous K-Basin Sludge

A worker observes a specially engineered container that was designed to receive sludge underwater in the K Basin.
Photo courtesy U.S. Dept. of Energy Northwest News Network

A new $11 million contract moves plans ahead to clean up radioactive sludge at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. It’s in an area called the K-West Basin just 400-yards from the Columbia River.

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