Airlines
5:53 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Alaska Air Says It Is Holding Its Own Against Delta Onslaught

Seattle-based Alaska Air posted a record second quarter profit.
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The intensifying competition between Alaska Airlines and rival Delta Air Lines in the Western skies does not seem to be hurting the bottom line of either company. Seattle-based Alaska Air posted a record second quarter profit Thursday. This, a day after Delta toasted its own high revenues. Alaska executives are still concerned about a flood of new seats on its home turf. 

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Wildfires
5:50 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

So Far, Federal Wildfire Assistance Does Not Include Direct Payments To Homeowners

Federal funds are being used to help fight the wildfires that have raged across the Northwest this summer.
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Federal funds are being used to help fight the wildfires that have raged across the Northwest this summer. But so far, the Federal Emergency Management Agency isn't handing out money directly to owners of the nearly 200 homes lost in the blazes.

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Juvenile Solitary Confinement
7:37 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Lawyers Fight To Move Accused 15-Year-Old Killer From Solitary Cell

An example of a solitary confinement cell.
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In north Idaho, a 15-year-old boy sits in an isolated jail cell awaiting trial for murder. Eldon Samuel III is accused of shooting to death his father and younger brother in March. Juveniles accused of crimes like this are automatically charged as adults in Idaho. But now, Samuel’s lawyer and the ACLU are trying to get him moved out of solitary confinement at the adult county jail. They say his isolation amounts to “cruel and unusual” punishment. Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports.

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Radiation Testing
7:26 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Donors Pay To Test Seawater For Traces Of Fukushima Radiation

Swimmer Wayne Kinslow prepares to dive into Puget Sound at Alki Beach, a place he personally paid to have tested for traces of Fukushima radiation.
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It's been more than three years since the Fukushima nuclear plant accident resulted in a spill of millions of gallons of radioactive cooling water into the Pacific. Oceanographers projected that it could take until this year for highly diluted traces of that spill in Japan to reach our coast (i.e., the West Coast of North America). Radiation experts don't believe there is cause for alarm on our shores. But some coastal residents are stepping forward to pay for seawater testing just to be sure. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.

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Public Health Services
7:21 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Oregon County Turns Public Health Function Over To State

Counties across the Northwest are heavily dependent on timber revenue from federal lands have been struggling to provide public health services. Now, one county in Oregon has told the state it will no longer provide those services. That's left state officials scrambling to figure out how to cover the gap. Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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Oil Train Regulation
6:14 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

New Safety Rules Proposed To Curb Oil Train Fires

he U.S. Department of Transportation proposed a comprehensive set of rules in response to fiery crashes involving trains carrying crude oil from the Bakken region of North Dakota.
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The U.S. Department of Transportation proposed a comprehensive set of rules Wednesday in response to fiery crashes involving trains carrying crude oil from the Bakken region of North Dakota.

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Oregon History
6:13 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Historians Seek To Expand Knowledge Of Oregon's African-American History

Historians say this Corvallis home was once occupied by Hannah and Eliza Gorman, an African-American mother and daughter who came west on the Oregon Trail in 1844.
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All of us have an image of the Oregon Trail. There’s the covered wagon. The mom with her bonnet. Dad handling the mules. A couple of kids riding shotgun. In that image, they’re probably all white. But here’s a little known fact. Some of those settlers were actually African-Americans. And now historians are trying to raise that profile and celebrate the importance of the African-American story along the Oregon Trail.

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GMO Labeling
6:13 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Oregonians Will Vote On GMO Labeling Initiative

Supporters of a GMO labeling initiative rallying in front of the Oregon capitol earlier this month.
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Oregonians will get the chance to vote on whether food companies should label products that contain genetically engineered ingredients. An initiative to do that qualified for the November ballot Wednesday.

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Somali Insurgents
6:13 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Kent Woman Charged With Aiding Somali Insurgents

A Somali immigrant was arrested by FBI agents in Kent, Wash. today. She's charged with handling money intended to help the insurgency group Al-Shabaab.

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Juvenile Crime
6:03 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

ACLU Takes On Case Of Idaho Teen In Solitary Confinement

Eldon Samuel III has spent nearly three months locked in a medical holding cell in an adult county jail.
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The ACLU of Idaho has joined the fight to move an accused teenage killer out of solitary confinement and back into juvenile detention. Eldon Samuel III has spent nearly three months locked in a medical holding cell in an adult county jail.

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