Alcohol Deaths
4:57 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Alcohol Involved In One In Nine Oregon Deaths

Excessive drinking accounts for one in every nine deaths in Oregon.
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Excessive drinking accounts for one in every nine deaths in Oregon, according to a new study from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. That's slightly higher than the national average of one in 10.

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Wildfires
4:36 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Fire Season Starts Slowly In The Northwest, Nationally

The National Interagency Fire Center in Boise says so far this year the number of fires is down by nearly 30 percent, and the number of acres burned is down by about 60 percent compared to that 10 year average.
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The wildfire season is off a slow start in the U.S. and in the Northwest. Numbers from fire mangers show total fires and the number of acres burned are well below the 10 year average.

The National Interagency Fire Center in Boise says so far this year the number of fires is down by nearly 30 percent, and the number of acres burned is down by about 60 percent compared to the 10 year average.

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Fireworks Accident
7:36 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Shows Go On For Northwest Fireworks Company ‘Shaken’ By Workplace Death

Brandon Weaver, right, and his fellow crew members pose in the back of a Budget rental truck. They say being back at work is helping them cope with the death of their co-worker.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

People in the fireworks business say their job is to make people happy. But as the Fourth of July approaches, one of the largest fireworks companies in the Northwest is reeling. This month, a longtime seasonal employee was killed in an on-the-job explosion and fire. Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports on how the company and its employees are coping in the midst of their busiest season.

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Abortion Clinics
5:57 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Abortion Seekers Still Protected At NW Clinics After Supreme Court Ruling

Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho CEO Karl Eastlund stands in the parking lot of the Spokane clinic.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

Abortion services providers say the Supreme Court’s ruling on 35-foot “buffer zones” around Massachusetts clinics won’t have much effect in the Northwest. Neither Washington, Oregon nor Idaho has the kind of law that the high court deemed unconstitutional. Clinics here rely on other measures aimed at protesters.

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Oregon Marijuana
5:51 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Oregon Marijuana Campaigners Turn In Signatures

Chief petitioner Anthony Johnson prepares boxes of signatures to submit to the Oregon Secretary of State's office in Salem.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

Oregon could soon follow Washington and Colorado in legalizing recreational marijuana. Sponsors of an initiative to do that turned in boxes of signatures to the Oregon Secretary of State's office Thursday. If enough of the signatures are valid, the measure would come before voters this fall.

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Health Care
5:45 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

State High Court Hears Pyschiatric Boarding Case

Parking mentally ill patients in the ER is controversial yet common.
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Parking mentally ill patients in the ER is controversial yet common. Now the state Supreme Court is considering whether that’s constitutional.

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Labor Dispute
5:08 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Yakima Labor Dispute Led To Presidential Powers Ruling

Thursday's U.S. Supreme Court decision on presidential powers stems from a labor dispute in Yakima.
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A decision by the U.S. Supreme Court Thursday stemmed from a labor dispute in Yakima, Wash. The court's ruling narrowed the president's power to make recess appointments when the Senate is not in session. 

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Minimum Wage
4:33 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

SeaTac Minimum Wage Fight In Hands Of Supreme Court

Prior to a Washington Supreme Court hearing, Sea-Tac Airport workers and others rally at a union-organized event in favor of the city of SeaTac’s $15 an hour minimum wage law
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Voters in SeaTac narrowly approved a $15 an hour minimum wage. Now, the state Supreme Court will decide whether that law should stand. And, if so, whether it should apply to workers at SeaTac Airport. Currently it does not. The justices heard oral arguments Thursday in a case that pits a city against a port and workers against businesses.

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Pot Shortage
7:36 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Chronic Crush: Legal Washington Pot Stores To Open Soon, But Production Lags

Eric Cooper and Katey Cooper stand amid their flowering marijuana. Their business, named Monkey Grass, in Wenatchee, Wash., is one of the largest marijuana grows licensed by Washington state so far. In Washington 79 producers are licensed to grow 566,000 square feet of pot plants. Only a few producers will be ready with product when the state plans to license about 20 stores in on July7th.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

State-licensed growers in Washington already have grown vast seas of marijuana plants under blinding lights. But much of that pot won’t be ready in time for stores’ grand openings in early July. Supply doesn't quite meet demand as correspondent Anna King reports.

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Tiny Houses
7:25 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Are Tiny Houses The Future Of Northwest Housing?

A 117-square-foot tiny house north of Seattle, WA.
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Since 1950, the size of the average American house has nearly tripled, to more than 2,400 square feet. Not coincidentally, US consumers on average also pay a much larger portion of their income on keeping a roof over their heads. Now, as JPR’s Liam Moriarty reports, a small but growing number of people – in the Northwest and beyond -- are scaling back their housing needs and trading square footage for more time and freedom.

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