Crude Oil
4:47 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Refinery Proposed For Columbia River

Port of Longview
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The Port of Longview has been in talks with an energy company about building a crude oil refinery in southwest Washington.

Washington’s Port of Longview says it is in talks with an energy company that last year submitted plans for a crude oil refinery on the Columbia River.

Details of the company’s planned refinery surfaced Wednesday through public records obtained and released by Columbia Riverkeeper.

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Northwest Climate
7:50 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Here's Why It Will Be A Bad Year For The Northwest (Or Maybe Not)

Mt. Rainier seen in October 2014.
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It was a warm winter in the Northwest this year. It certainly rained, and it was plenty gray, but there wasn’t much snow. And that means low snowpack. The Washington Department of Ecology says Washington snowpack is at 21 percent of normal levels.

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Town-To-Town Hiking
7:49 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Town-To-Town Trekking Vision For Columbia River Gorge Inches Forward

Jean Akers and Tom Griffith scouted routes for a new trail from Lyle, Washington to adjacent public lands earlier this month.
Credit Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

Hut-to-hut or village-to-village trekking is a popular vacation pursuit in regions as diverse as Europe, New Zealand, the Himalayas and Vietnam. It's not much heard of in the U.S. Now some hikers, businesses and nonprofits are promoting a vision of walking holidays right here in the Northwest - in the Columbia River Gorge. But the town-to-trails hiking concept clashes with some old-timers' visions for the Gorge.

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Northwest News
7:31 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Idaho To Join Handful Of States That Charge Electric Car Owners Extra

A Tesla Model S.
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The federal government and many states have offered car buyers incentives to venture into the electric car market. But now some states are going in a different direction -- they’re charging owners more.  Idaho recently approved one of the country’s highest fees for electric cars.

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Unemployment Rate
5:27 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Oregon's Jobless Rate Falls Below National Average

Oregon's unemployment rate has fallen below the national average making it the first time since 1996.
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Oregon's unemployment rate has fallen below the national average and it's the first time that's happened in 19 years.

The last year has been good to Oregon's economy.

The unemployment rate has plummeted from more than 7 percent to 5.4 percent. That's one-tenth of a percentage point below the national average.

State economist David Cooke said the last time Oregon had a lower unemployment rate than the nation, was in 1996, the height of the dot-com boom.

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School Immunizations
5:08 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Student Expulsions Continue In Spokane Over Lack Of Immunization Documentation

Washington state law says before a child can attend school, parents need to provide proof of immunization status or have signed a certificate of exemption form.
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More students are complying with state law in the Spokane School District when it comes to immunizations.

Washington state law says before a child can attend school, parents need to provide proof of immunization status or have signed a certificate of exemption form.

The Spokane School District started enforcing that rule in earnest this week.

District spokesman Kevin Morrison said a number of students were sent home on Monday, for at least one classroom period.

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Pasco Shooting
7:18 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Pasco Shooting: City, Activists, Lawyers Amp-Up Their Public Relations Game

News reporters crowded in for the first press conference of a group called Tri-City Community Solutions at a small family bakery in Pasco. It happened very near where Antonio Zambrano-Montes was shot two months ago. Activists, lawyers and the City of Pasco are all working to tell thier own stories around the death of the farmworker.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

In Pasco, it’s been more than two months since the police shooting of Antonio Zambrano-Montes. Officials say the full police report will be complete in several weeks, and will be made public a month later. It’s sure to make big national news, again. Another major Pasco shooting protest event is happening today. It includes a 14-mile walk from Richland to Kennewick and ending up in Pasco. Battle plans for how that report’s findings will be interpreted are growing more sophisticated.

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Idaho Legislative Session
7:57 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Idaho Lawmakers Adjourn, But Child Support Issue Could Bring Them Back To Capitol

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The Idaho legislature adjourned its overtime session over the weekend. But the failure of lawmakers to address an issue having to do with child support payments could bring them back to the Capitol.

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Marijuana Revenue
5:01 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Community Health Centers Critical Of State Budget Proposal

Nonprofit community health centers of Washington are concerned about actions by lawmakers dealing with money from marijuana sales in the state.
Credit Carline Jean MCT / Landov

The nonprofit community health centers of Washington are concerned about the latest action by lawmakers dealing with money from marijuana sales in the state.

Initiative 502, which legalized recreational marijuana, mandated that 5 percent of tax revenues from pot sales go to nonprofit community health centers.

But the public policy director for Community Health Network, Molly Belozer Firth, said the House and Senate have both proposed budgets that divert that money elsewhere, rather than to what they see as a priority, serving the uninsured.

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Spotted Owl Listing
7:32 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Wildlife Officials Consider Endangered Listing For Spotted Owl

A Northern Spotted Owl.
Credit Rob Manning / OPB

The Northwest’s most iconic bird could get a conservation boost in the coming years.  

On Wednesday the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is announcing it will review the protection status of the Northern Spotted Owl. The result could be an endangered species listing. 

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