Northwest News
6:56 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Speed Traps Lurk For Proposals To Increase Highway Speed Limits

The top speed limit in Oregon is 65, compared to 80 in neighboring Idaho.
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We know the old saying that "speed kills" applies to people who drive recklessly. But does it also apply to legislation to raise highway speed limits? An interstate speed limit increase in Washington looks dead, but appears to have a chance in Oregon.

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Carbon Tax Initiative
6:47 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Group Launches Initiative For A Carbon Tax In Washington

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If you’re at the Seattle Mariner’s game Monday afternoon you might run into some folks with clipboards. They’re gathering signatures for a new initiative for 2016 that would tax carbon emissions.

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Military Suicide
4:43 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Deployment Doesn't Increase Suicide Risk, Military Says

Joint Base Lewis-McChord headquarters.
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The suicide rate among recent veterans is about 50 percent higher than non veterans with similar demographics. But a study published Wednesday found that deploying to a war zone didn't necessarily increase a service members' suicide risk.

The U.S. Department of Defense study examined data from nearly 4 million service members who served between 2001 and 2007. It found that of the 5,041 suicides by 2009, the service members who deployed were no more likely to kill themselves than those who had not deployed.

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Daughters of Hanford
7:10 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Daughters of Hanford: Manhattan Project Secretary Locked Up Secret Files At Night

Sue Olson, 94, was a Manhattan Project era secretary at Hanford during World War II. She locked her filing drawer anytime she left her office.
Credit Kai-Huei Yau

In World War Two, the Hanford Nuclear Reservation was brand new. Sue Olson was there as a young secretary. She took shorthand, pumped out calculations and locked up top-secret papers. She's become known as one of the "Daughters of Hanford."

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Ridesharing Bill
5:58 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Bill To Require Rideshare Companies To Carry Insurance

Rideshare services and taxi companies in Washington would have to carry liability insurance under a bill heard Tuesday.
Credit Gero Breloer / Associated Press

Drivers for rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft would have to carry liability insurance under a bill heard Tuesday in the Washington state House.

It’s the latest compromise in a months-long negotiation between state leaders, rideshare services and taxi companies.

State Senator Cyrus Habib first sponsored a bill to create an entire framework to regulate the companies – but that proved hard to move past other lawmakers. The Kirkland Democrat said the new version of his bill focuses on requiring insurance, which he said is the most important issue.

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Profiling Bill
7:26 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Salem Considers Profiling Complaint System

Salem lawmakers took up a bill yesterday that would require the state to set up a method for recording profiling complaints against law enforcement agencies.
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Lawmakers in Salem took up a bill yesterday that would require the state to set up a method for recording profiling complaints against law enforcement agencies.

According to the Center for Intercultural Organizing, Oregon is among just eight states that don't ban profiling.

According to the nonprofit, Oregon also has no way for people to document or report cases. Rather, the state leaves issues of profiling up to individual law enforcement agencies.

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Idaho Primary
7:21 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Idaho Republicans Want Earlier Presidential Primary In 2016

Archive photo of Idaho Republicans 2012 presidential caucusing in Kootenai County.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

The Idaho House is set to vote Monday on a bill that would move Idaho’s presidential primary from May to March. One event helped bring about the legislation.

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Herbicide Cancer Risk
5:56 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Farmworkers Subject Of Concern After Roundup Cancer-Risk Report

Glyphosate is the active ingredient in the weed-killer Roundup that may be capable of causing cancer in humans
Credit Binsar Bakkara / Associated Press

An international report on the health risks of a commonly used herbicide is raising special concerns about farmworkers and cancer.

Glyphosate is the active ingredient in the weed-killer Roundup. A study by the World Health Organization has found limited evidence that glyphosate is probably capable of causing cancer in humans.

Chuck Benbrook studies pesticides at Washington State University. He said the new report could be bad news for farmworkers.

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4:58 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Polluting Grain Facility In E. Wash. Proposed For Superfund Cleanup

Stock photo of a grain facility.
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A grain handling facility in Eastern Washington has been leaking chemicals into the only source of drinking water for a local school district. The Environmental Protection Agency now wants to add it to the Superfund list of hazardous waste cleanup projects.

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International Environment
4:15 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Oregonian Wins International Environmental Prize

NOAA administrator Jane Lubchenco, former Oregon State professor attends the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement signing in 2010. Lubchenco has won one of the world's premiere environmental awards.
Credit Michael Lloyd / Associated Press

An Oregon State University professor has received one of the world’s most prestigious environmental prizes.

Jane Lubchenco was named Tuesday as one of two recipients of the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement. The international award is given for leadership in conservation and sustainability.

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