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Sick Leave Ordinance
5:31 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Eugene Approves Sick Leave Ordinance

The Eugene City Council approved a mandatory sick leave law Monday.
Credit tallasiandude / Flickr

The Eugene City Council has joined Seattle, Portland and San Francisco in approving a mandatory sick leave law. The ordinance passed Monday on a 5 to 3 vote.

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Northwest News
5:30 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Wildfires Continue To Have Northwest Residents On Edge

A series of wildfires that threatened urban areas in recent days has many Northwest communities on edge today.
Credit Daniel O'Connor / InciWeb

People in many Northwest communities are on edge Tuesday. A series of wildfires that threatened urban areas in recent days is the culprit. Those fires are now mostly contained, but the region remains very dry with another round of high temperatures expected this week.

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Fire Containment
6:07 am
Tue July 29, 2014

What Do Those Containment Numbers Mean?

A fire fighter burns out fuel to create a containment line. Burning fuel that fires could use to spread is one of several methods to create a fire line, including digging wide trenches.
Credit Gila National Forest

The Carlton Complex Wildfire remains the largest in Washington’s history. As of Monday, it was 66 percent contained. But what does that number mean? It’s all about fire lines.

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Washington Wildfire Costs
6:12 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Washington Fires Cost $50 Million, More Costs Expected

Fighting this summer's wildfires in eastern Washington has already cost more than $50 million dollars.
Credit Josh O'Connor / Flickr

Fighting this summer's wildfires in eastern Washington has already cost more than $50 million. Washington state Governor Jay Inslee says we can expect even more expensive fires in the years ahead.

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Wildfire Power Outages
6:11 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Power Outages Persist In Fire-Swept North Central Washington

As of Monday, about 900 customers remain in the dark as the result of Washington state’s largest wildfire.
Credit InciWeb

The lights are coming back on in fire-swept north central Washington. A major transmission line was restored late last week, but not everyone has their power back.

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Birth Defect Investigation
5:54 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Health Officials Plan Next Steps In Birth Defect Investigation

Investigators still aren’t sure what is causing a cluster of birth defects in central Washington.
Credit Bridget Coila / Flickr

Investigators still aren’t sure what is causing a cluster of birth defects in central Washington. The rate of the rare defect is four times the national average. Health officials met today to figure out what to do next.

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Ethiopian Athletes Missing
5:25 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Four Ethiopian Athletes Missing After World Junior Championships

The World Junior Track and Field Championships were held in Eugene, Ore. on Saturday.
Credit Angel / Flickr

Update 7/29 8:38 A.M. from the Associated Press: University of Oregon police have found three of the four members of the Ethiopian track team who were reported missing from the World Junior Championships in Eugene over the weekend.

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Mine's Unpaid Penalties
4:42 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Penalties On Idaho Mine Still Unpaid Three Years After Miner's Death

Larry "Pete" Marek died in a collapse at the Lucky Friday Mine on April 15, 2011.
Credit The Marek family

It's been over three years since a tunnel collapse at a north Idaho silver mine killed miner Larry Marek. Yet federal records show a series of federal penalties issued to the mine's owners still have not been paid. That’s because the company continues to contest them.

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Izzy The Camel
12:15 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

A Camel Walks Into A Liquor Store And... (No, It's Not A Joke)

Izzy the Camel enters a liquor store...funny enough, this isn't the start of a joke. Izzy walks through downtown Waitsburg regularly.
Credit Mickey Richards /

When you think of camels, pictures of hot, sandy deserts come to mind. What doesn’t come to mind is the lush farmland of inland Washington. But that’s precisely where you will find one.

Izzy is the resident camel of Waitsburg, a town roughly thirty minutes outside of Walla Walla. For owner Mickey Richards, Izzy is a blessing. “He just makes people smile. It’s kind of an honor to be a part of that,” Richards says.

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