Northwest News

Music Fest Madness
5:18 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Hospital Near The Gorge Hoping For A Mellow Dave Matthews Concert Weekend

Dr. Fernando Dietsch is the ER director at Quincy Valley Medical Center.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

This weekend Dave Matthews returns to the Gorge Amphitheater in central Washington for his annual three-day concert. But it won't be much of a holiday for doctors at a local hospital. The Quincy Valley Medical Center said this summer there's been only a small decline in concert goers coming to the ER.

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Endangered Species
5:13 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Oregon Spotted Frog Listed Under Endangered Species Act

The Oregon spotted frog will now receive protection under the Endangered Species Act.
Credit Teal Waterstrat (USFWS) / Flickr

The Oregon spotted frog will now receive protection under the Endangered Species Act. The small frog was once abundant in the Northwest. It’s now mostly found in a few scattered wetlands.

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Twisp Flooding
5:09 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

State-of-Emergency Declared In Okanogan County After Severe Rainstorms

Mud and debris covered driveways and state highways after a major rainstorm and fires hit Okanogan County earlier this summer.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed a state-of-emergency proclamation for Okanogan County today.

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PAC Money
7:22 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Big Checks From Special Interests Flow To Legislative Caucus PACs In Washington

Longtime state Senator Tim Sheldon is a political target this year after the maverick Democrat joined with Republicans to help them take control of the Washington Senate.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

This November’s election will decide who controls the Washington state Senate. Democrats are desperate to win back the majority while a mostly-Republican coalition, that took power last year, is determined to hold on.

In the meantime, big money interests on both sides are trying to influence the outcome. They’re pouring unlimited contributions into political action committees controlled by the legislative caucuses.

Targeting a 'maverick' senator

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Revenue Growth
4:40 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Oregon Revenue Forecast Steady, Kicker A Possibility

Because of a unique Oregon law, if the state revenues keep going up, they'll actually go down.
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Oregon's economy is humming along at a good clip, according to the latest outlook released Wednesday by state economists. But thanks to a unique Oregon law, if the state revenues keep going up, they'll actually go down.

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Washington Education
4:27 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Most Washington Public Schools Now Deemed “Failing”

Washington State’s education department announced today that nearly nine out of 10 Washington schools failed to make the federal government’s achievement standard
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Most of the public schools in Washington state have to send letters home to families notifying them that their children’s school is failing to meet state standards.

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Statue Dispute
7:18 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Kitzhaber Creates Commission To Study Statue Squabble

A statue of early pioneer missionary Jason Lee stands in the U.S. Capitol Building ... for now.
Credit Architect of the Capitol

Each state is represented by two statues in the United States Capitol Building. Some Oregon lawmakers have tried repeatedly to replace one of their state's specimens. Now, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is pulling together a commission to try to settle this statue squabble once and for all. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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Longshore Contract
7:15 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Northwest Longshore Locals Approve Grain Contract

Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union have agreed to a contract with grain handling companies at Northwest ports. The vote concludes two years of bargaining, and lockouts at the ports of Vancouver and Portland, last more than a year.

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Voter Participation
4:05 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Nearly $6M And Counting For Washington Fall Ballot Measures

Washington’s November election will decide three statewide ballot measures.
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Washington’s November election will decide three statewide ballot measures. Two are competing gun-related initiatives. There’s also a proposal to make public school class sizes smaller. So far, nearly $6 million has flowed to these campaigns. And it’s still early yet.

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Medical Marijuana
3:56 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Gold Hill Councilors Survive Recall Attempt

Breeze Botanicals owner Brie Malarkey stands in front of the medical marijuana dispensary at the heart of a recall election in Gold Hill, Oregon.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

The attempt to remove most of the city council in the southern Oregon city of Gold Hill fell short.

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