Green Jobs
4:15 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

West Coast Governors Predict Massive Uptick In "Clean Economy" Jobs

More "clean economy" jobs expect for the West.
Photo credit: Harvey McDaniel Wikimedia commons

The west coast is poised for a dramatic uptick in so-called "clean economy" jobs. That's the prediction issued Wednesday by the leaders of Oregon, Washington, California and British Columbia. But as Correspondent Chris Lehman reports, it's not clear if the region can actually pull it off.

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Workplace Deaths
3:49 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

Washington Workplace Fatalities Fall To Lowest In Decades

Fifty-three people died on the job in Washington state last year. It was the least deadly year in Washington workplaces in three decades.

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StoryCorps Northwest
6:44 am
Wed March 14, 2012

StoryCorps Northwest: Surviving the Khmer Rouge

Fauluaina Pritchard and Sinoun Hem

Millions died under Cambodia's communist regime. Sinoun Hem, of Tacoma, was a young girl when the Khmer Rouge came to power. She tells her friend Fauluaina Pritchard her about how she was taken from her family and forced into a child work camp.

National Contraception Policy
5:11 am
Wed March 14, 2012

Idaho Lawmakers Weigh In On National Contraception Policy

The Idaho State Capitol Building.
Photo by Mark Kobayashi-Hillary Wikimedia Commons

BOISE, Idaho -- Some Idaho lawmakers are weighing in on a national debate over whether religious institutions should be required to provide birth control coverage to employees. Samantha Wright reports.

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Washington Gay Marriage
5:09 am
Wed March 14, 2012

Gay Marriage Referendum 74 Ballot Language Approved

OLYMPIA -- Same sex marriage supporters in Washington state are chalking up a small victory Tuesday. A Thurston County judge agrees with changes they wanted on a possible voter referendum.

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Death With Dignity
5:06 am
Wed March 14, 2012

Doctor Who Helped Pass Oregon's Assisted Suicide Law Ends Own Life

PORTLAND -- A medical doctor who helped pass Oregon’s assisted suicide law used the state's "Death with Dignity" Act to end his own life Sunday.

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5:15 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

Lewis-McChord Lt. Col. Charged With Threatening To Kill Wife, Girlfriend, Boss

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A Lieutenant Colonel from Joint Base Lewis-McChord has been charged with threatening to kill his girlfriend, his estranged wife and his Army boss. The allegations come just days after another Lewis-McChord soldier was accused of a murderous attack on Afghan civilians.

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Forest Biomass
4:11 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

An Underused Resource In Washington: Forest Biomass

The forest biomass like that in the Wenatchee Mountains is an underused resource in Washington.
Photo credit: Walter Siegmund Wikimedia commons

Renewable energy is growing on trees in Washington, and right now, much of it is going up in smoke.

That’s the word from Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, who has released the results of a study on forest biomass. Goldmark says industry is currently using only about a third of the woody biomass that could be sustainably harvested and then converted into liquid fuel or heat for electricity generation.

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Wash. Budget
3:45 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

Washington Lawmakers Still At Odds Over Budget

Washington legislators still at odds over how to balance state budget..
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Washington state lawmakers continue to talk about how to solve a disagreement over the state budget. A special overtime session started this week. They’re trying to close a budget gap of about $500 million.

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Student Scientist
5:00 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Richland, Wash., Student Competes For Prize In National Science Talent Search

RICHLAND, Wash. -- A Northwest student is among the top 40 contenders in a national science fair. The gala finale of the Intel Science Talent Search is Tuesday night in Washington, D.C. The student’s invention? A motor so small it runs off of the surface tension of water.

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