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Citizens' Initiative Review
5:37 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Oregon's Citizens’ Initiative Review Could Expand To Other States

A group of Oregonians will meet this week in Salem to figure out where they stand on the Citizens' Initiative Review.
Credit Kevin Mooney / Northwest News Network

A group of Oregonians will meet this week in Salem to figure out where they stand on an upcoming ballot measure. It's called the Citizens’ Initiative Review, and it's been a part of the Oregon election process since 2010. This Oregon-based exercise in democracy is expanding to two more states this year.

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Coal Export Dock
5:37 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Oregon To Decide On Controversial Coal Export Dock Permit

Oregon regulators decide whether to deny a permit for a coal export dock to preserve tribal fishing on the Columbia River.
Credit Shawn Kinkade / Flickr

Oregon regulators plan to make a critical decision today. They're deciding whether to deny a permit for a coal export dock in Boardman to preserve tribal fishing on the Columbia River.

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Drones Impede Firefighting
4:56 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Drones Cause Problems Near Wildfires

Those overseeing the government’s aerial firefighting operations ask the public to keep drones away from wildfires.
Credit Michael MK Khor / Flickr

Those who oversee the government’s aerial firefighting operations are asking the public to keep drones away from wildfires. Officials at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise said there have been three instances this year in which drones interfered with aerial firefighting.

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Deer Displacement
7:56 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Washington Wildfires Displace Deer

Wildfires will leave one of the Washington's largest deer herds without a place to go this winter.
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Wildfires have ravaged more than 1 million acres across the Northwest. In central Washington, the burned landscape will make it difficult for one of the state’s largest deer herds to find food. Farmers worry the deer would then wander onto their fields. For EarthFix, Courtney Flatt reports.

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Radio Reading Service
7:52 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Washington State’s Radio Station For The Visually Impaired Fades To Quiet This Week

Volunteer Richard Berndt will read the Evergreen Radio Reading Service’s last Seattle Times on Friday at noon, 6 and 11 p.m.
Credit David Junius

You might not have heard of a radio station that broadcasts everyday, all day across Washington State for the “print disabled.” That means people who are visually impaired or unable to hold or turn a page. The “Evergreen Radio Reading Service” has had more-than a 40-year run. But the station fades to quiet Friday, as Correspondent Anna King explains.

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Osprey Rescue
5:51 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Triple Osprey Rescue And Rehab Ends Well

Rehabbed osprey flies away after its release Wednesday in Finley, Wash.
Andrea Berglin

Three young ospreys and a parent are flying free along the Columbia River today after surviving close calls with litter.

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Psychiatric Boarding
5:25 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Wash. Must Find 200 Beds For Psychiatric Patients

Washington state has been sending involuntarily committed mental health patients to regular hospitals and acute care centers unlawfully.
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The state of Washington is scrambling to find beds by Aug. 27 for an estimated 200 mental health patients by Aug. 27. That's when the state must comply with a Washington Supreme Court ruling that said detaining psychiatric patients in emergency room beds is unlawful.

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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.
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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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