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Wash. Budget Negotiations
3:49 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Gregoire Says Next 48 Hours Critical For Wash. Budget Negotiations

Governor Chris Greoire must sign or veto nearly 180 bills by midnight Saturday.
Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington Governor Chris Gregoire says the next 48 hours are critical to reaching a deal to rebalance the state budget. The Democrat resumed signing legislation into law Thursday after holding dozens of bills hostage.

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Northwest News
3:38 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Federal Watchdog Criticizes BPA's Cyber Security

A report finds the Bonneville Power Administration has major shortcomings with regards to its cyber security and computer systems.
Photo credit: Tom Banse Northwest News Network

The region’s main electricity wholesaler, the Bonneville Power Administration, has major shortcomings with regards to its cyber security and computer systems. That’s according to a report released today by the Department of Energy’s investigative arm.

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Oregon Studded Tire Extension
3:28 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Oregon Extends Deadline For Studded Tires

Studded tires are responsible for $40 million dollars in Oregon road damage each year.
Photo credit: Wikimedia user Kantor.JH Wikimedia Commons

Oregon drivers have an extra week before they must remove studded tires from their vehicles. The Oregon Department of Transportation extended the season through April 9th. The traditional deadline is April 1.
Weather forecasts are calling for difficult driving conditions in snow zones during the first week of April.

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Governor's Mansion Radon
5:29 am
Thu March 29, 2012

Oregon Governor's Mansion Has Elevated Radon Levels

Neal Correy of EcoTech checks a radon monitor in the basement of the Oregon governor's mansion in Salem.
Photo by Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

SALEM, Ore. – The governor's mansion in Oregon has tested positive for elevated levels of radon. Technicians found the readings Wednesday when they picked up monitors left in the basement of the stately, two-story home known as Mahonia Hall. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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Hanford Vegetation
5:27 am
Thu March 29, 2012

Tribe Works to Revegetate Hanford Site

A greenhouse used to grow plants for the Hanford site.
Photo by Courtney Flatt Northwest News Network

RICHLAND, Wash. -- The Hanford cleanup has been hard on the area’s ecosystem, It disturbs habitat and native vegetation that can be difficult to replant. But as correspondent Courtney Flatt reports, one local tribe is working to grow native plants at formerly contaminated areas.

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Natural Gas Export Terminal
5:22 am
Thu March 29, 2012

Jordan Cove Needs New License For LNG Export Terminal

COOS BAY, Ore. -- Federal regulators visited the site of a proposed liquefied natural gas facility near Coos Bay, Oregon Wednesday. Regulators say the Jordan Cove energy project will need to submit a new application now that it is proposing to export natural gas instead of importing it. Amelia Templeton reports.

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San Juan Conservation
5:20 am
Thu March 29, 2012

One Thousand Acres Up For Conservation In The San Juan Islands

More than 70,000 people visit the San Juan Islands every year.
Photo by Ashley Ahearn Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA -- Washington Senator Maria Cantwell has introduced a bill to get one thousand acres of the San Juan Islands declared a National Conservation Area. Ashley Ahearn reports.

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Buggy Spring
5:53 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

Warm Winter Means Buggy Spring In Southern Idaho

The warm winter in southern Idaho and Montana means residents could see plenty of box elders this spring.
Photo credit: Normanack Flickr

Here come the bugs. It was a warm winter in the southern half of Idaho, in Montana and points east. That means insects are emerging earlier and will have longer breeding seasons.

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Dam Removal
5:11 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

Northeastern Washington’s Mill Pond Dam One Step Closer To Removal

Washington State’s Ecology department has given the go-ahead to take out Mill Pond Dam in the state’s far northeastern corner.
Photo courtesy of Pend Oreille PUD

Another Northwest dam is one step closer to biting the dust. Mill Pond Dam is in the far northeastern corner of Washington state. The obsolete hydroelectric dam is just more than 100 feet long and 55 feet high.

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Gubenatorial Debates
4:55 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

Inslee Reverses Course, Argees To AWB Debate

Democratic candidate for Washington governor Jay Inslee has reversed course and now says he will participate in a June debate sponsored by the Association of Washington Business, the state's chamber of commerce. Public Radio Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins will moderate the event.

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