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Wildfires
6:03 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Washington Towns Told To Evacuate As Fires Continue

A view of the Bridge 99 Complex fire along Green Ridge near the Lookout and east of Camp Sherman and the Metolius River.
Credit Steve Ziel / InciWeb

Update from Sueann Ramella 3:56pm 7/18

Washington residents are urged to listen to emergency officials and evacuate as the Carlton Complex Fire and Chiwaukum Creek Fire continue to threaten homes. So far, more than 900 residents near Leavenworth were told to evacuate, and residents in the town of Pateros were also told to evacuate as these two large fires continue to grow destroying 100 hundred homes. The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) says:

“The first step is to listen to authorities and pack up and move out as quickly as you can, the next step is to contact your insurer if you’ve been asked to evacuate your home,” said Kenton Brine,PCI assistant vice president. “Generally, homeowners and auto insurance policies will cover property lost or damaged due to a wildfire, but it’s important to make that initial contact with your insurer to begin the recovery process if your home is destroyed by a wildfire.”

Update from Jessica Robinson 10:36 a.m. 7/18 

About 80 people woke up in a Red Cross shelter in central Washington this morning after a wildfire forced the town of Pateros to evacuate overnight. Initial reports are that 40 homes and a church have burned in the small town on the Columbia River.

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Earthquake Maps
6:01 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

New Earthquake Maps Are Out

The U.S. Geological Survey Thursday published its first updated earthquake maps in six years
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The U.S. Geological Survey published its first updated earthquake maps in six years Thursday. The new maps show higher risks in the Pacific Northwest. The new maps are a synthesis of new research and up-to-date modeling techniques, applied to seismic hazards across the country.

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Energy Drinks
5:55 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Northwest Attorneys General Sue Energy Drink Maker

Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum's lawsuit challenges 5-hour ENERGY's marketing.
Credit Juan Manuel / Flickr

Attorneys General from Oregon and Washington filed suit Thursday against the makers of a popular energy drink.

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Gun Control
5:12 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Washington Supreme Court Sides With Boyfriend In School Backpack Shooting

A Washington man's loaded gun went off in a school backpack critically injuring a student.
Credit Augustas Didžgalvis / Wikimedia Commons

A Washington man whose loaded gun went off in a school backpack critically injuring a student can’t be charged with third degree assault. That’s the ruling Thursday from the Washington Supreme Court. The split decision stems from a high-profile case in 2012 in Bremerton.

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Bowe Bergdahl
4:26 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Bergdahl's Attorney Expects Army Questioning To Begin Soon

Bowe Bergdahl at his graduation from U.S. Basic Training.
Credit Bergdahl family

The attorney for rescued POW Bowe Bergdahl expects the Army sergeant to be interviewed by military investigators within the coming weeks. The probe into how Bergdahl fell into Taliban hands while off-base in 2009 is already underway.

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Wolverine Threatened Status
7:21 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Endangered Species Listing For Wolverine Looking Doubtful

A close-up shot of a wolverine.
Credit Tambako the Jaguar / Flickr

A federal threatened species listing for the wolverine is looking increasingly unlikely. Protected status was put on the table in anticipation of harm due to global warming. At present, the fierce and rare carnivore is making a slow comeback in the Northwest and Northern Rockies. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.

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Hanford Working Conditions
7:11 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Hanford Workers Say They’re Not Satisfied With Working Conditions At Tank Farms

A meeting of Hanford nuclear site workers.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

Hanford workers who are worried about getting sick turned out by the dozens for a public meeting in Richland Wednesday. Some of the nuclear site employees say the U.S. Department of Energy and its contractors aren’t doing enough to protect them from hazardous and smelly chemical vapors. Correspondent Anna King was there.

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Wildfires
6:00 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Wildfires Blaze Their Way Across The Northwest

U.S. Highway 26 near Mitchell, Ore. has been closed much of this week due to a wildfire.
Credit Oregon Department of Transportation

Wildfires continue to blaze around the region. Washington state has declared a state of emergency for 20 of its eastern counties. In Oregon, more than a dozen fires are burning right now, with the biggest concentration in the center of the state.

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Climate Change
6:00 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Obama’s Climate Initiatives Include Mapping Technology

A 3-D map of the Olympic National Forest.
Credit Martin D. Adamiker / Wikimedia

Today President Obama announced several initiatives to help prepare for a warming climate. He said wildfires, heat waves and rising sea levels brought on by climate change threaten public safety.

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Washington Unemployment
5:12 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Washington Jobless Rate At 6-Year Low, But Rural Counties Lag

King County is leading the job recovery in Washington state.
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Washington’s jobless rate has dropped to below 6 percent. That's the lowest level in six years. That’s according to the June jobs report released Wednesday. Seattle’s King County is leading the recovery. But most Washington counties remain above the statewide average. And some rural counties of the state are much higher.

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