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Highway Reopens
5:25 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

US Highway 12 Open After Mudslide

Slides happen nearly every year on this highway known as 'White Pass.'
Credit Washington State Department of Transportation

U.S. Highway 12 in Washington reopens after a large mudslide yesterday . State workers are concerned about more possible slides there.

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Lightning Strike Threat
5:01 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Firefighters On Alert For New Lightning Strikes

Thunderstorms brought the threat of lightening strikes this week, potentially causing more fires.
Credit Bo Insogna / Flickr

Firefighters are grateful for the thunderstorms that brought some rain to the Eastern Cascades this week, but the thunderstorms also brought the threat of lightning strikes.

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Northwest News
7:23 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Oregon Lawsuit Challenges Protection For Farming, Forestry

John and Barbara Burns. Burns says he felt symptoms similar to a sinus infection he attributes to herbicide exposure.
Credit Amelia Templeton / EarthFix

A group of Southern Oregon residents who complained pesticide spraying made them sick has now filed a lawsuit in Curry County circuit court. For EarthFix, Tony Schick reports.

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Unemployment Rate Drop
5:12 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Wash. July Unemployment Rate Drops to 5.6 Percent, Lowest Since 2008

Washington state’s unemployment rate fell to 5.6 percent in July.
Credit Tom Magliery / Flickr

Washington state’s unemployment rate fell to 5.6 percent in July, the lowest rate since August 2008.

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Wildfire Season
5:01 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Wildfire Season On Track To Break Record

This fire season is on track to break the record for acreage burned.
Credit Bureau of Land Management / Flickr

There are 21 sizable wildfires burning across Oregon and Washington. The season is on track to break the record for acreage burned.

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Chiwaukum Complex Fire
4:52 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Chiwaukum Complex Fire Update

Thunderstorms last night helped damper the Chiwaukum Complex fire near Leavenworth in the eastern Cascades.
Credit Bureau of Land Management / Flickr

Firefighters at the Chiwaukum Complex fire near Leavenworth in the eastern Cascades were happy to get the rain last night.

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Class of 2025
7:23 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Learning And Lunch: School Programs Fight The Summer Slide

Credit Rob Manning / EarthFix

It's three weeks until school starts in Oregon. It can't come too soon for parents who are struggling to keep their kids fed, supervised, and learning, over the summer.

OPB has been following a cohort of Oregon kids in the Class of 2025. They'll be in second grade soon. Rob Manning will visit with a few of those kids - as part of a broader look at what summer means for students in Oregon.

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Honeybee Deaths
7:15 am
Wed August 13, 2014

The Perilous Life Of A Professional Honeybee

Commercial honeybees face many hazards while pollinating crops. Experts say it's a combination of stressors that are causing colony declines across the country.
Credit Cassandra Profita / Northwest News Network

The death and disappearance of  bees is raising questions and concerns from Northwest neighborhoods all the way up to the White House. Some attribute bee declines to the use of certain pesticides – especially after chemicals killed thousands of bees in Oregon. But as EarthFix reporter Cassandra Profita explains, researchers are still trying to determine how much of the nation’s bee problem stems from pesticide exposure.

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Wolverine Species Comeback
5:16 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Feds Decide Wolverine Does Not Merit Threatened Species Status

The wolverine is not going on the threatened species list after all.
Credit Steve Kroschel / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The wolverine is not going on the threatened species list after all. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that federal protected status for the fierce and rare carnivore is unwarranted at this time.

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Oregon Treasurer Re-election
5:16 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Oregon Treasurer Can't Seek Re-election

Oregon's attorney general issued an opinion this week that said Democrat Ted Wheeler is not eligible to win election to a second four-year term.
Credit Oregon State Treasury

Oregon's attorney general issued an opinion this week that said Democrat Ted Wheeler is not eligible to win election to a second four-year term. That's thanks to an unusual sequence of events that landed Wheeler in office in the first place.

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