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Barred Owl Diet
6:14 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Broad Diet Helps Barred Owls Thrive

The invasive barred owl is believed to out compete the native, pickier eater, spotted owl.
Photo credit: D. Gordon E. Robertson Wikimedia Commons

MEDFORD, Ore. -- Researchers say they have learned why invasive barred owls are thriving while native spotted owl populations are slowly disappearing.

The barred owl and the spotted owl are like a pair of siblings. They’re closely related species, and they compete over everything. They compete over the best trees to roost in. And for the best food source too, juicy flying squirrels. But barred owls are less picky. And that gives them an edge.

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Tribal/Fed Settlement
6:00 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Non-Monetary Benefits A Big Part Of $1Billion Tribal Settlement

Attorney General Eric Holder announced the settlement Wednesday of breach-of-trust lawsuits filed by 41 American Indian tribes against the United States.
Photo credit: U.S. Dept. of Justice. U.S. Dept. of Justice.

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -- A landmark settlement announced this week between the federal government and American Indian tribes is expected to have long-term effects beyond the $1 billion in the agreement. Nine Northwest tribes are part of the deal: Coeur d’Alene, Nez Perce, Shoshone-Bannock, Colville, Spokane, Tulalip, Makah, Nooksack, Swinomish.

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Washington Energy Efficiency
5:18 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Energy Efficient Controls Cut Costs for Building Owners

A large industrial air conditioning unit (file photo) [Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0].
Photo by Ildar Sagdejev Wikimedia Commons

RICHLAND, Wash. – New research has found that commercial building owners can chop their heating and cooling costs nearly in half by implementing a few energy efficient controls.

Those big rooftop heating and cooling systems you see on top of supermarkets and strip malls could produce big savings for building owners. Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash., studied buildings across the country. They used computer simulations to find an average savings of 25 to 35 percent after retrofitting existing systems. Srinivas Katipamula led the study.

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WSU Sociologist Smartgrid
3:49 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Why A Sociologist Is Part Of Building A Better Power Grid

A new research center at Washington State University will look for ways to modernize the country’s aging electric grid.
Photo credit: U.S. Dept. of Energy Photo courtesy U.S. Dept. of Energy

PULLMAN, Wash -- Washington State University announced it’s created a new research center. It will look for ways to bring the country’s aging electricity system in line with 21st century power needs. Besides experts in energy and computer science, the assembled team of researchers includes sociologists and psychologists.

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Washington Budget
3:41 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Wash. Governor Wishes New Budget Had Bigger Cushion Of Reserves

Washington Governor Chris Gregoire is concerned by the slim cushion of reserves in the state's budget.
Photo credit: Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington Governor Chris Gregoire is praising the rebalanced state budget that the legislature delivered to her in the wee hours of Wednesday morning. But Gregoire also told reporters Thursday that she's concerned by the very slim cushion of reserves lawmakers left in the state treasury. She indicates she will selectively veto some proposed spending to keep more cash in reserve.

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Unmanned Aircraft
5:55 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Civilian Drones Preparing For Takeoff Regionally With Sheriffs

Prioria business development executive David Wright demonstrates the Maveric UAS.
Photo Credit: Tom Banse Northwest News Network

TACOMA, Wash. - Get ready to spot a new kind of "bird" in the sky. Within the next month, the Federal Aviation Administration is expected to green light the use of small unmanned aircraft by emergency services. Some sheriffs' departments in the Northwest are showing interest in these aircraft.

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Starbucks Boycott
4:37 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Starbucks Opponents Take Boycott Attempt Abroad

The Starbucks store at Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington. The company is being boycotted by an anti-gay group.
Photo credit: Postdlf Wikimedia commons

SEATTLE, Wash. -- A group that opposes same-sex marriage is taking its boycott of Starbucks to the other side of the world. The National Organization For Marriage is upset that the Seattle-based coffee chain has come out in favor of legalizing gay marriage in Washington state as well as nationally.

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Food Supply
4:23 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Author Raj Patel Says Organizing Can Address Food Supply Problems

Author Raj Patel
Courtesy, University of Idaho

MOSCOW, Idaho -- Author Raj Patel says the problem with the world’s food supply is not the amount of food available, but how to get that food to the people who need it. He spoke at the University of Idaho’s Borah Symposium on Tuesday.

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Wash. Budget Passed
4:04 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Wash. Lawmakers Blow Midnight Deadline, But Finish Their Work

State employee and local union president Thornton Alberg watches House floor action on the 30th day of the special session.
Photo credit: Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. – It was a dramatic night at the Washington state capitol as lawmakers missed a midnight deadline to rebalance the state budget. That forced Governor Chris Gregoire to declare yet another overtime session. Just a short while later lawmakers wrapped up their work and adjourned.

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Washington Budget
5:33 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Wash. Lawmakers Miss Midnight Deadline, Work Through Night

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington lawmakers missed a midnight deadline Tuesday night to rebalance the state budget. But they didn’t go home. Instead, Governor Chris Gregoire called yet another overtime session. At this hour, lawmakers are still voting on a final budget deal. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins has the latest.

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