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Mine Safety Improvements
4:04 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Safety Improvements On Track At Idaho Mine Where Two Died

Crews installed work decks as part of a year-long project to improve safety the Lucky Friday Mine in Mullan, Idaho.
Photo courtesy of Hecla Mining

Work crews are ahead of schedule on safety improvements at the north Idaho mine where two men died last year. That’s the update today from the Hecla Mining Company, which owns the troubled Lucky Friday Mine. The federally mandated improvements have taken a bite into Hecla’s profits.

Federal inspectors ordered Hecla to make a whole stack of safety improvements at its north Idaho silver mine. The biggest task is a top to bottom scrubbing of the mine’s main shaft. Inspectors found loose cement on the wall of this 6,000 ft conduit that takes ore and people in and out of the mine.

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Coal Protests
5:59 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Hundreds Rally Against Coal Exports In Portland

Hundreds of people gathered at Portland's Pioneer Square today to protest coal export projects in the Northwest. Cassandra Profita reports.

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Logging Lawsuit
5:57 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Conservation Groups Sue to Stop Logging Project

Conservation organizations will proceed with a legal challenge of the Goose Logging Project in the McKenzie River Watershed in the Willamette National Forest. KLCC's Christina Kempster has more on the story.

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DSHS Morale
4:56 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Morale At Washington’s Biggest State Agency Plummets

Department of Health and Human Services employees are lacking zeal at work.

The Great Recession has taken its toll on morale at Washington’s largest state agency. Employee satisfaction at the Department of Social and Health Services has plummeted over the past couple of years. That’s according to a new employee survey.

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Pollen Decrease
4:24 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Don't Curse The Rain, It Depresses Allergens

Pollen from a variety of common plants. The image is magnified by about 500x, so the bean shaped grain in the bottom left corner is about 50 μm long.
Photo credit: Dartmouth Electron Microscope Facility, Dartmouth College Northwest News Network

Here in the Northwest, you hear lots of complaints about the abundant rain. But this year's cool March weather and above normal rainfall in April may have eased the suffering of people with pollen allergies.

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UI Track Complex
4:20 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

University Of Idaho Dedicates Newly Renovated Dan O'Brien Track Complex

Olympic Gold Medalist Dan O'Brien helps UI President Duane Nellis cut the ribbon on the renovated O'Brien Track and Field Complex in Moscow.
Photo Credit: Northwest Public Radio

The University of Idaho rededicated its Dan O’Brien Track and Field Complex on Monday following the completion of a $2.5 million renovation.

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Pharmaceutical Settlement
4:10 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Northwest States Among Those Splitting Pharmaceutical Settlement

Oregon, Washington and Idaho are among the 44 states splitting a $100 million settlement with pharmaceutical giant Abbott Labs. The agreement announced Monday resolves a dispute over the company's marketing of a drug called Depakote .

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Rescued Owls
6:37 am
Mon May 7, 2012

The Case of the Great Horned Owl Mix Up

Western Screech Owlets at Washington State University.
Photo by Courtney Flatt Northwest News Network

Nine fluffy owlets recently turned up at Washington State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Doctors thought the babies looked like great horned owls. But to their surprise, the owlets turned out to be an even more unusual species. As correspondent Courtney Flatt reports, help poured in from around the country to solve the tiny owls’ identity crisis.

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Klamath Dam Whistleblower
6:32 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Klamath Dam Scientist Alleges He Was Fired After Questioning

A former government scientist says the Department of Interior has painted too positive a picture of Klamath Dam removal. Paul Houser was a scientific integrity officer. And he says he was fired for expressing his dissent. Amelia Templeton reports.

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Oregon School Mascots
6:29 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Oregon Board Close To Vote On Native American Mascot Ban

Molalla High School has removed Native American imagery from most sports uniforms, but the logo remains on some athletic facilities.
Photo by Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Fifteen Oregon schools may have to change their sports imagery soon. A state panel could vote later this month [May 17] on whether to ban Native American-themed mascots. The proposal faces resistance, as Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman found on a visit to the Willamette Valley town of Molalla.

This fall, Denise Everhart's son will become the fifth generation in his family to attend Molalla High School. He plans to play football.

Everhart: "He will be on the field as an Indian."

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