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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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Stealth Bills
4:51 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Wash. Legislature: As Pace Picks Up, Complaints About Lack Of Transparency

Washington State Capital Legislative Building. The legislature is moving bills behind the scenes to get bills through quickly near the end of it's session.
Creative Commons

OLYMPIA, Wash. – An insider’s game. That’s how open government advocates describe the Washington legislature as it heads into its final days. They complain of last minute public hearings, so-called “ghost bills” with only a title and no details, and quick votes on deals negotiated behind-the-scenes. These shortcuts save time. But critics say they effectively shut the public out of the process.

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WSU Budget
4:39 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Washington State University Funding Looking Better Than In Recent Years

Bryan Tower on the WSU campus. WSU is hopeful about a better budget outlook.
Photo credit: ELBAZ Wikimedia commons

Washington State University officials are cautiously optimistic that the steep budget cuts in state funding so common in recent years may be over.

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Wash. Unemployment
4:13 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Washington Unemployment Drops To 8.3 Percent

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington’s economy is looking up. New numbers out Wednesday show the state’s unemployment rate is down to 8.3 percent. The January number is 0.3 percent lower than the unemployment rate for December.

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Imported Gas
3:37 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

BP To Import Fuel From Asia To Cover Wash. Refinery Outage

BP's Cherry Point oil refinery. ©BP p.l.c.
Photo by: BP

There's more evidence that a big oil refinery in Northwest Washington will be out of service for a long time. Refinery owner BP says it's arranging for replacement fuel to be shipped to the region from as far away as Singapore.

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StoryCorps NW
10:27 am
Wed February 29, 2012

StoryCorps Northwest: Remembering A Father And How He Chose To Die

The StoryCorps mobile recording booth where Dion Cole sat down and shared with the staff her memories of her father.
Northwest Public Radio

Dion Cole's father loved speed. He shared his love of fast cars and the rev of engines with his two sons, and his adopted daughter, Dion. She shares some of the memories of fast times with her father. She also shares how he took his own life.
 

Newsroom Diversity
6:53 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Future Uncertain For OSU Camp To Foster Newsroom Diversity

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Non-white employees make up less than 13 percent of the nation’s newsrooms, a shrinking percentage, according to the American Society of Newspaper Editors. For nearly 20 years, a rare summer program has encouraged more minority students in Oregon to consider journalism. But it lacks funding to ensure its future.

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Geoduck Poaching
6:49 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Millions Of Dollars in Geoducks Stolen From Wash. Waters

This geoduck is about 40 years old. These clams can live to be upwards of 150 years old and spend their whole lives in the same place.
Photo credit: Katie Campbell Photo courtesy Northwest News Network

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Here’s some trivia – name the natural resource that provided 28 million dollars to the state of Washington last year. Nope, not timber.

Think shellfish… but not just any shellfish. Geoducks. These huge, funny-looking clams are harvested wild from below the surface of Puget Sound - and they’re fetching high prices in Asia. Ashley Ahearn reports.

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Endangered Spotted Owl
6:28 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Feds Propose New Habitat For Spotted Owls, Shooting Barred Owls

A northern spotted owl seen in Six Rivers National Forest.
Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

MEDFORD, Ore. -- The US fish and Wildlife service has proposed two new steps to help shrinking populations of the northern spotted owl. The agency may designate state and private land critical owl habitat. And it will kill barred owls. Amelia Templeton reports.

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NW Mining Deaths
5:41 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

In NW Mining, Most Deaths Happen Above Ground

A photo from the federal investigation into James Hussey's death shows the site of the accident.
Photo credit: MSHA Photo courtesy MSHA

Federal mine investigators say a Northwest miner died by electrocution because the company that employed him failed to have proper safety procedures in place. The tragedy happened at a gravel pit last September near Pullman, Wash. Most Northwest mine accidents happen above ground.

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