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Women's World Cup
5:23 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

World Cup Fans Take Note, 2015 Women's Tourney Final In Vancouver, BC

File photo of BC Place in Vancouver, Canada
Credit Province of British Columbia

Organizers of the next (FIFA) Women's World Cup hope to leverage the unusually high interest in this year's men's tournament in Brazil to their benefit. Northwest sports fans may want to note that group play and the 2015 World Cup final will take place just across the border in Vancouver, Canada. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.

Vancouver is one of six host cities in Canada for the Women's World Cup next summer. Nine matches including the final will be played in BC Place stadium over the span of a month.

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NWPR Books
4:52 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Book News: New York Public Library Scraps Controversial Renovation

The main branch of the New York Public Library in New York City.
Seth Wenig AP

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Megaload Delay
4:04 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Foul Weather, Not Protesters, Cause Latest Delay For Megaload

File photo. The The megaload being moved by Omega Morgan takes up two highway lanes and stretches 380 feet.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed December 4, 2013 3:14 pm

A so-called megaload is stuck just a few miles south of Pendleton on it’s winding route through the Northwest.

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Columbia River Treaty
4:51 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Regional Players Divided On How To Renegotiate Columbia River Treaty

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 4:48 pm

Two federal agencies are recommending that a 50-year-old treaty between the U.S. and Canada be renegotiated to give Northwest electricity ratepayers and salmon a better deal.

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International Trade Goals
6:14 am
Mon September 16, 2013

"Inspected Once - Cleared Twice" Is Goal Of International Trade Experiment

A seaport in northern British Columbia is serving as the test site for a venture to make international cargo inspections more efficient. The Canadian consulate in Seattle briefed Washington state legislators Friday (9/13) about this and other initiatives to ease cross-border travel amidst tightened security. Consul Edith St-Hilaire distilled the concept behind the pilot project to this: "Inspected Once - Cleared Twice."

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Columbia River Treaty
4:09 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Canada Defends Hydropower 'Entitlement' From U.S. Northwest

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 2:50 pm

Here's a little known fact that may affect your power bill: Every year, public utilities in the Northwest give British Columbia several hundred million dollars worth of electricity. That's to compensate Canada for managing the upper Columbia River to minimize flooding and maximize hydropower downstream.

Americans are pushing for a better deal, but the B.C. government is preparing to defend what's now considered an entitlement.

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Columbia River Treaty
6:43 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Columbia River Treaty Public Meetings Begin In Spokane

A decades-long treaty between the United States and Canada will soon be up for renewal. It governs power management and flood control in the Columbia River Basin. Next year is the first time in 50 years either country can end or revise the treaty.

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Smelter Pollution
7:17 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Canadian Smelter Found Liable for U.S. Pollution

A federal judge Friday found a Canadian smelter responsible for the millions of tons of pollutants it dumped into the Columbia River. Reporting for EarthFix, Courtney Flatt has more.

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Columbia River Pollution
6:18 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Cross Border Pollution Argued In Federal Court

The Trail, BC smelter abuts the Columbia River near the U.S. border.
Photo courtesy Teck Resources, Ltd.

A case involving cross border pollution of the Columbia River rests in the hands of a federal judge today. A Native American tribe and the state of Washington have sued to hold a Canadian mining giant responsible for smelter waste that washed downriver from British Columbia into Washington. Correspondent Tom Banse reports on the latest go-around in U.S. District Court in Yakima.

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Cross-Border Pollution Case
5:15 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Judge To Consider Cross-Border Columbia River Pollution Case

A lead and zinc smelter in Trail, British Columbia, dumped millions of tons of refining waste into the Columbia River between 1896 and 1995.
kootenayvolcano Flickr

Wednesday, a federal judge in Yakima will consider a long-running case about cross border pollution in the Columbia River. The Colville Tribes and the state of Washington are trying to force cleanup of heavy metals dumped in the river for nearly a hundred years by a Canadian smelter.

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