Northwest News

Direct Primary Care
7:59 am
Fri December 19, 2014

For Some Employers, A New Health Care Trend Means Healthier Employees

Mike Hoon leads a staff meeting at Emerald Care nursing home.
Credit Rowan Moore Gerety / Northwest Public Radio

There's a small but growing trend in healthcare--a trend where doctors are paid differently, so they can focus on a relationship with their patients, and where patients are able to see doctors without worrying  about the cost.

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Radioactive Water Filtration
7:53 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Richland Company Helps Treat Leaking Radioactive Water In Japan

Kurion's new water filtering system has arrived in Japan. It will help filter radioactive particles out of contaminated ground water at the earthquake-struck Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant.
Credit Kurion

An environmental cleanup company with engineering headquarters in Richland, Washington, has just flown its second water treatment system to Japan with a massive plane.

It’s intended to treat thousands of gallons of radioactive water leaking from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant.

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Wine Shipping
7:49 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Polar Express For Grown-Ups: Washington Wine Shipments Frantic Before Holidays

Jim Kleist runs the west coast for a large wine and produce shipping company called RailEx. The Wallula, Washington, wine facility is as big as 11 football fields under one roof.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

For the Northwest wine industry this is crunch time. A massive rail and trucking facility in southeast Washington is pushing its final shipments out to arrive on store shelves before the New Year.

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Discrimination Suit
7:46 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Judge To Hear Arguments Against Florist Who Declined Gay Couple

The state of Washington is suing Richland florist Barronelle Stutzman for declining service to a gay couple.
Credit Alliance Defending Freedom

A closely watched court case dealing with whether religious business-owners must provide services to gay couples is headed to oral arguments tomorrow in Kennewick, Washington.

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Washington Budget
7:42 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Washington Governor Proposes Capital Gains Tax On Wealthy

Washington Governor Jay Inslee unveils his budget proposal in Olympia, Wash. Thursday.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

Oregon and Idaho have a capital gains tax. Now Washington Governor Jay Inslee wants to enact one. It’s part of a $1.4 billion tax package the Democratic governor proposed Thursday.

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Northwest Exports
7:03 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Northwest Exporters Eye New Opportunities In Cuba

Credit Clyde Robinson / Flickr

Northwest farmers and orchardists are among the potential beneficiaries if the U.S. and Cuba normalize their relationship and the trade embargo ends. They're better among many still trying to sort out what President Obama's announcement Wednesday of changes in Cuba policy mean for them.

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Poverty
5:51 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Northwest Child Poverty Rates Show Patchwork Of Economic Recovery

U.S. Census Bureau

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 5:40 pm

A new Census Bureau report out Wednesday indicates the economic recovery is lifting children out of poverty unevenly around the Northwest.

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Dairy Nitrates
5:49 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Yakima Valley Dairies Try To Reduce Nitrate Pollution

Credit Tractorboy60 / Wikicommons

After a more than a year of testing, dairies in Washington’s Lower Yakima Valley are trying to reduce pollution from manure. A report from the Environmental Protection Agency had found the dairies were likely sources of nitrate pollution to nearby residential wells.

When nitrates contaminate drinking water, they can cause birth defects and miscarriages and harm the health of some adults.

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Crime, Law And Justice
5:23 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Federal Court Turns Down Oregon's Attempt To Sue For-Profit College

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the State of Oregon in a lawsuit against the company that operates the University of Phoenix.

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 10:14 pm

Oregon has failed in its attempt to recover millions from a bad investment in a for-profit university.

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Inslee Budget
4:21 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Washington Governor Prepares To Release Budget, Taxes To Pay For It

File photo of the Washington State Capitol
Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 4:50 pm

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has been on a three-day road show to showcase his plans for education, transportation and climate change.

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