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Northwest Oil Pipelines
6:53 am
Mon March 5, 2012

Quake Lessons From Japan: Pay Attention To Energy Resiliency

After a major earthquake, gasoline resupply may be dependent on petroleum barges like this one.
Photo by Yumei Wang DOGAMI

BELLINGHAM -- Sunday marks the one year anniversary of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The tsunami destruction and the Fukushima nuclear meltdown garner the most attention. There was another cause of suffering in Japan's quake zone. In some places, you couldn't get gasoline for weeks to fuel cars and generators. The Pacific Northwest is prone to the same kind of earthquake. Correspondent Tom Banse reports emergency planners say this region's fuel supply lines are vulnerable.

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Idaho Wind Power
6:48 am
Mon March 5, 2012

Landowner Caught In Middle Of Wind Moratorium

Wind turbines on Randy Reynold's Mountain Home land.
Photo by Aaron Kunz Northwest News Network

BOISE, Idaho -- Wind energy is facing some tough opposition in one Northwest state. Idaho lawmakers are hearing concerns that utilities and their customers are paying too much for power because of subsidies for wind energy. But on the other side of the argument, there are some who benefit from wind. Aaron Kunz reports.

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Washington Caucuses
6:41 am
Mon March 5, 2012

GOP Caucuses Are Finished, But the Voting Is Not Over

Olympia's Republican caucus on Saturday.
Photo by Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA -- Record numbers of Republicans in Washington turned out to select delegates and cast votes in a non-binding presidential straw poll this weekend. Mitt Romney was the clear winner, followed by Ron Paul and Rick Santorum. But it will be months before the campaigns know exactly how many delegates they can count on from Washington State. Deborah Wang has this look ahead.

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Global Warming Lawsuits
6:36 am
Mon March 5, 2012

Environmentalists Push Climate Change Suits On Behalf Of Kids

Nelson Kanuk, a 16 year old from Kipnuk, Alaska, has a lawsuit against the state of Alaska that aims to force the state to reduce carbon emissions.
Photo courtesy OurChildrensTrust.org

EUGENE, Ore. - Environmental lawyers are trying a new legal tactic, hoping to force the government to take more aggressive steps against global warming. They’re bringing lawsuits on behalf of kids – including young plaintiffs in the Northwest. The cases use a legal theory put forth by a University of Oregon professor. Correspondent Jessica Robinson explains.

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Tribal Fishing
6:32 am
Mon March 5, 2012

Ceremonial Fisheries Culturally Important to NW Tribes

Chinook salmon swimming upstream
Photo by: Dan Cook U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

DALLESPORT, Wash. – Columbia River Indian tribes are keeping their ancient traditions alive in the coming weeks with ceremonies to open their spring fisheries. As Courtney Flatt explains, predictions of strong salmon runs are giving the tribes extra reason to celebrate.

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Washington Lesislature
5:57 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

GOP Senators Take Control Of Washington Senate

The Senate gallery was packed as Republican Senators took over the chamber from Democrats.
Photo credit: Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. - It's been a day of high drama in the Washington state Senate. Republicans took control of the chamber with the help of three Democratic colleagues.

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Ore. Legislature
5:47 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Tempers Flare As Oregon Session Continues

The Oregon State Capitol Building in Salem, Oregon.
Photo credit: Wikimedia User Aboutmovies Wikimedia Commons

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon lawmakers will return to the capitol on Monday to try once again to wrap up their legislative session. Things got testy Friday as lawmakers differed on whether to keep working or adjourn for the weekend.

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Republican Caucus
5:07 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Ron Paul Draws Fervent Crowd Of Supporters In Spokane

Congressman Ron Paul visited Spokane ahead of Saturday's Republican Caucus.
United States House of Representatives

On the day before Washington’s republican caucus, presidential contender Ron Paul visited Spokane for his second time.

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GOP Caucus
4:27 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Romney Stumps Before Washington GOP Caucuses

Former Governor Mitt Romney.
Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore Wikimedia commons

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney campaigned before a capacity crowd in Bellevue Friday morning. He urged supporters to take their enthusiasm and use it to help him in the GOP precinct caucuses Saturday.

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Health Care
3:52 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Kitzhaber Signs Health Care Transformation Bill

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber
Photo courtesy Oregon Governor's Office

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber signed one of his top legislative priorities into law Friday. The Democrat was surrounded by lawmakers from both parties as he signed the so-called "health care transformation" bill.

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