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Tsunami Debris
4:21 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Japanese Fish Found Alive In Oregon Waters

Oregon scientists are trying to figure out how a fish like the one above, native to Japan, was pulled out of a crab pot on the Oregon coast - alive.
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Oregon scientists are trying to figure out how a fish, native to Japan, was pulled out of a crab pot on the Oregon coast - alive.

“I’ve been thinking about it ever since I heard about it,” says John Chapman, an invasive species expert at the Hatfield Marine Science Center.

He says there’s only a handful of ways the striped knifejaw could make it here: in the ballast water of a ship; someone could have dumped their aquarium into the ocean; or the fish survived under debris washed out to sea after the Japanese tsunami.

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Marijuana
3:58 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Trial Begins in Federal Court for Marijuana Grow Operation in Eastern Washington

A federal trial in Spokane has begun for a group of people accused of growing marijuana near Kettle falls in northeast Washington.
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The trial began Wednesday in federal court in Spokane for a group of people accused of growing marijuana near Kettle Falls in northeast Washington. The case is seen as a test of federal drug laws, in a state that has legalized recreational and medical marijuana.

In the case known as the Kettle Falls Five, there are now only three defendants. Charges were dropped earlier this month against 71-year-old Larry Harvey, who has been diagnosed with stage five pancreatic cancer. Miller's family members are accused of growing marijuana, which they say was for medicinal purposes.

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Pasco Shooting
5:31 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Tri-Cities Latinos Disappointed In Progress of Pasco Police Shooting Investigation

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Kennewick police investigating the police shooting this month of Antonio Zambrano-Montes say so far they know bullets entered him from the front, and a rock was found near his body.

People have demonstrated against Pasco police and questioned whether officers used excessive force to stop him when, witnesses say, he was throwing rocks in traffic.

People from the Tri-Cities’ large Latino population gathered outside Wednesday’s Kennewick police media briefing to give reporters their opinions.

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Energy Efficiency
5:23 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

A New System To Keep Troops Cool And Use Less Diesel

A new air chilling system could soon be helping to keep troops and cargo cool while they’re at sea.
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Keeping cool may soon take a lot less energy. Northwest researchers have developed a new air cooling system that could be used in cars, buildings, and the navy’s front lines.

A new air chilling system designed by researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, could soon be helping to keep troops and cargo cool while they’re at sea.

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Port Slowdown
4:10 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Ports of Seattle & Tacoma Work On Ship Backlog

The Port of Seattle.
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The Ports of Seattle and Tacoma are working through the backlog caused by a months longshore work slowdown. Late last week shipping companies and port workers reached an agreement to end their labor dispute. That agreement still needs to be ratified, but both ports say they are working at full speed.

Seattle and Tacoma say the first port worker crews started work on Saturday. The ports are now working to clear the effects of the slowdown that turned the west coast of the United States into a great Pacific shipping campground.

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Idaho Marijuana Bill
6:45 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Idaho Lawmakers Will Introduce Bill To Legalize Marijuana Extract For Epilepsy

Alexis Carey (seen here with parents Clare and Micheal Carey) is now 10 years old. She suffers from life threatening seizures that took her ability to walk and speak at a very young age.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho lawmakers will introduce a bill Wednesday that will allow people to use some oils extracted from cannabis plants. Idaho currently does not allow any form of medical marijuana. But other states without medical pot have passed exemptions similar to this new bill.

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Gay Rights
6:13 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Tribe OKs Same-Sex Marriages

The Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska is now among the list of Native governments recognizing gay marriage.
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The Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska’s new policy defined marriage in its tribal courts as between two people, regardless of gender.

About a quarter of its nearly 30,000 members live in the Pacific Northwest.

President Richard Peterson said the council is exercising its governing authority to include more tribal members.

"It’s not just about the same-sex marriage and helping just one segment of our tribal citizens, but all of our tribal citizens," Peterson said.

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LGBT
4:45 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Lawmakers Consider Bill To Stop Conversion Therapy

Lawmakers are considering a bill to stop therapists from performing 'conversion therapy' on minors.
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People who've undergone 'conversion therapy' to try to change their sexual orientation told lawmakers Monday that the therapy doesn't work and is emotionally damaging. 

Lawmakers are considering a bill to stop therapists from performing 'conversion therapy' on minors. The therapy covers a range of treatments aimed at changing sexual orientation.

Back in 1987, Jason Zenobia said his parents sent him to conversion therapy when he told them he was gay.

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Climate Change
6:09 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

How Ocean Acidification May Harm The Northwest Economy

Research has found the Pacific Northwest faces risk because of ocean acidification caused by cold ocean water that readily absorbs carbon dioxide.
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A new study has found the Pacific Northwest faces a higher risk of economic harm from ocean acidification than other parts of the country.

When excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is absorbed into the ocean, it triggers changes in ocean chemistry that makes it harder for mollusks to build shells.

The study is the first to look at which regions are most vulnerable to the damage acidic water can do to shellfish.

George Waldbusser of Oregon State University is a co-author of the study.

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Port Slowdown
6:08 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Port Backlogs Could Take Months To Clear

Dozen of ships are waiting to be offloaded at ports from Seattle to Long Beach.
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For the most part, work has resumed at ports along the West Coast.

Last week, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and their employers reached a tentative labor agreement for 29 West Coast ports.

Bill Wyatt is the executive director of the Port of Portland. He said dozen of ships are waiting to be offloaded at ports from Seattle to Long Beach.

“So this is going to create a mess that will take probably months to work out of,” Wyatt said.

Last week, pressure increased on both the union and employers to reach a deal.

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