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Oregon Couple's Killing Spree
4:57 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Feds Charge Northwest Couple With Racially Motivated Killing Spree

David "Joey" Pederson and Holly Grigsby are accused of committing four murders in 2011.
Oregon State Police

The federal government will take the lead in prosecuting an Oregon couple accused in a killing spree that stretched down the U.S. west coast last fall. The U.S. Attorney's office in Portland announced indictments Friday against David "Joey" Pederson and Holly Grigsby.

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Idaho's Salmon River Restoration
4:51 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

America's Great Outdoors Project Underway In Idaho

Anne Castle, an Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Interior, visited Idaho a few days ago.
Aaron Kunz Boise State Public Radio

Restoration work to make a section of Idaho’s Salmon River better for salmon and steelhead is about to get underway. It’s also the focus of a nationwide campaign dedicated to conservation.

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Wildfire Victims Return Home
4:38 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

As Fire Crews Contain Blaze, Some Residents Return Home

Residents displaced by the Taylor Bridge Fire are beginning to return to their homes. Approximately 60 primary residences were destroyed by the fire.
Wash. Department of Natural Resources

Residents are returning to their homes as a wildfire burning in central Washington nears containment.

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Idaho Jobless Rate
4:28 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Idaho’s Jobless Rate Drops To Lowest Level In Three Years

Almost 20,000 more Idahoans had jobs this July compared to last. The Idaho Department of Labor reports July’s seasonally adjusted jobless rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point from June to 7.5 percent.

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Progress On Kittitas County Wildfire
4:24 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Kittitas County Wildfire Nearing Containment

The Taylor Bridge fire jumped the Yakima River and several highways.
Bryan Flint Wash. Department of Natural Resources

Fire bosses at the scene of a destructive wildfire in central Washington are letting more evacuees return to their homes Friday.

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Dam Removal
6:37 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Rep. Hastings Questions Panel on Dams, Hydropower

A Washington congressmen returned to his hometown Wednesday to promote a bill protecting hydropower dams from removal. Courtney Flatt of EarthFix reports from Pasco, Washington.

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Coal Terminal Canceled
6:34 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Plans For Coal Export Terminal In Grays Harbor Abandoned

The company behind a proposed coal export terminal in Grays Harbor has decided not to go ahead with the project. Ashley Ahearn reports for EarthFix.

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Clean Water Act
6:32 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Clean Water Act: Agriculture Struggles With Temperature

A ranch in the Pahsimeroi Valley.
Photo by Aaron Kunz Northwest News Network

Farming is the single biggest reason rivers are failing to meet standards set by the Clean Water Act. EarthFix Reporter Aaron Kunz visited Idaho’s Pahsimeroi Valley for our series with Investigate West on this environmental law’s 40th anniversary. It turns out the problem isn’t so much what cattle ranchers and alfalfa growers are putting into the water – it’s what they’re taking out.

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Animal Rescue Effort
6:07 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Massive Animal Rescue Effort Underway For Victims Of Washington State’s Taylor Bridge Fire

Mark Kinsel, lead vet at the Ellensburg Rodeo Grounds in Central Washington. He's helping to treat, sort and feed animals displaced by fire.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Over a hundred volunteers are helping to evacuate, sort and care for animals burned or displaced by the Taylor Bridge Fire near Cle Elum in Washington State.

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County Employees Threaten Strike
5:59 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Marion County Workers Threaten Strike

More than 700 employees of Oregon's fifth largest county could vote later this month to go on strike. The Marion County Employee Association says it's scheduled a strike vote for August 30.

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