Animal Rescue Effort
6:07 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Massive Animal Rescue Effort Underway For Victims Of Washington State’s Taylor Bridge Fire

Mark Kinsel, lead vet at the Ellensburg Rodeo Grounds in Central Washington. He's helping to treat, sort and feed animals displaced by fire.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Over a hundred volunteers are helping to evacuate, sort and care for animals burned or displaced by the Taylor Bridge Fire near Cle Elum in Washington State.

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County Employees Threaten Strike
5:59 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Marion County Workers Threaten Strike

More than 700 employees of Oregon's fifth largest county could vote later this month to go on strike. The Marion County Employee Association says it's scheduled a strike vote for August 30.

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Olympic Peninsula Wilderness Plan
5:45 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Murray And Dicks Push A Scaled-Back Wilderness Plan For The Olympic Peninsula

Two high-profile elected officials are on the Olympic Peninsula Thursday, trying to sell locals on a plan to designate more wilderness there. Senator Patty Murray and Congressman Norm Dicks say their latest bill is a grand compromise, and they’re hoping to convince Olympic Peninsula communities that fought earlier versions.

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South Korea Ban On Potatoes
5:31 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

South Korea Ban On Fresh Northwest Potatoes

Starting Friday, fresh potatoes from Idaho, Oregon and Washington can no longer be exported to South Korea. As Capital Press reported earlier this week, Korea’s export ban results from concerns over an insect-borne disease that causes light yellow potato flesh to darken and stripe — the zebra chip.

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Invesitation Into Wildfire Cause
5:27 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Investigators Look Into Whether Construction Sparked Taylor Bridge Fire

Fire officials in central Washington are investigating whether construction at a bridge near Cle Elum sparked the 23,000 acre wildfire there. Incident commanders won’t say definitively what started the fire. But they do say the blaze was human caused and it began near the bridge construction site.

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Liability For Taylor Bridge Fire
5:23 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Liability For Destructive Central Wash. Wildfire To Be Sorted Out

The Taylor Bridge Fire started at this highway repair project on SR 10.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Emergency managers in central Washington have started to collect damage reports from businesses and homeowners affected by this week's destructive wildfire. That's a prerequisite to apply for federal disaster assistance. State fire investigators have established that the Taylor Bridge Fire was human-caused.

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Cle Elum Residents Displaced By Fire
5:19 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Cle Elum Residents Wait And Wonder If Their Homes Still Stand

Lynne Fisher is a resident of Cle Elum who's been displaced from her home.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Fire officials have reduced evacuation levels for several areas around the Taylor Bridge Fire. But hundreds of displaced residents in central Washington's Kittitas County are waiting and wondering if their homes still stand. Many fled just in time. More than 70 structures have burned down.

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Fire Officials Concerned About Weather
5:06 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Weekend Weather For Cle Elum-Area Fire A Concern To Firefighters

Mick Mueller, Taylor Bridge fire information officer.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Fire officials on the Taylor Bridge blaze near the mountain town of Cle Elum, Wash., are worried about the hot weather forecast for the next few days. Correspondent Anna King reports from the scene of the fire.

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The Two-Way
3:56 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

To Combat West Nile, Dallas Will Spray Pesticide From Planes

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, center, holds a news conference in front of a plane that will be used for aerial spraying in Dallas.
LM Otero AP

Residents of Dallas received this robo call today:

According to The Dallas Morning News, that's Dallas City Hall Spokesman Jose Luis Torres warning residents to stay inside this evening, because the city has decided to spray pesticides from airplanes.

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The Two-Way
3:50 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

South African Police Open Fire On Striking Miners, More Than 30 Killed

Police surround miners killed in Marikana, South Africa, on Thursday.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 17, 2012 4:03 am

Update at 7 a.m. ET, Aug. 17. Death Toll Increased:

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