Northwest News

Marijuana Regulations
5:57 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Even University Mathematicians Have Role In Marijuana Legalization

The lottery to determine who gets a license to open a pot store is now underway.
Credit Mark / Flickr

The path to marijuana legalization in Washington is keeping a lot of people busy - even university math professors. They played a key role in developing the lottery now underway to determine who gets a license to open a pot store.

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Columbia Dams and Salmon
5:56 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Tribes Optimistic About Returning Salmon to Upper Columbia Basin

An aerial view of Hells Canyon Dam on the Snake River, the border between Oregon and Idaho.
Credit MrPanyGoff / Wikimedia Commons

Hydropower dams built without fish ladders have blocked migratory fish from the upper reaches of the Columbia and Snake Rivers for decades. Tribal leaders from across the region gathered for the past two days in Portland to strategize how to return salmon to their full historic range.

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Prisoner of War
5:08 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Military Says Efforts To Bring Idaho POW Home Are Not Disorganized

A video released by the Taliban in 2010 shows a man believed to be Bowe Bergdahl.
Credit IntelCenter

There’s mixed news today on the fate of prisoner of war Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. The Associated Press is reporting efforts to bring home the northwest soldier are in disarray. The military says that just isn’t true.

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Cover Oregon
4:33 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Oregon Considers Dumping Health Website

Cover Oregon thinks it may cost another $78 million to fix the current website that has never been fully functional.
Credit Cover Oregon

Oregon got more than $300 million from the feds to set up a state-of-the-art website to enroll people in health insurance. About $250 million has already been spent and Cover Oregon thinks it may cost another $78 million to fix the current website that has never been fully functional. 

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City Council Recall
8:47 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Entire City Council Of Idaho Town Faces Recall Effort Over Dog Shooting

A group of citizens in the small Idaho town of Filer started gathering signatures this week to recall the mayor and the entire city council. Their grievance is over the shooting of a pet dog back in February and the city's decision to retain the police officer who did it.

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Tsunami Debris
8:47 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Possible New Japanese Tsunami Debris Investigated At Long Beach

Park rangers are investigating the origin of this skiff found near Long Beach, Wash., on Wednesday morning.
Credit Washington State Parks

State park rangers on Washington's Long Beach peninsula are investigating a new possible case of Japanese tsunami debris. This happened after a beachcomber found a 20-foot skiff encrusted with seaweed and gooseneck barnacles.

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Asbestos Removal Program
8:47 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Washington Department Of Corrections Fined For Unsafe Asbestos Removal Program

The State Department of Corrections has shut down a decades old program staffed by inmates to remove asbestos from prison facilities.The Department of Corrections said the closure was unrelated to a $70,000 fine from the Department of Labor and Industries.

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Same-Sex Marriage
8:46 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

No Quick Ruling Expected In Oregon Gay Marriage Case

Attorneys for four same-sex couples called Oregon's gay marriage ban a "state imposed badge of inferiority" during arguments in federal court Wednesday. Gay rights advocates are suing to overturn the voter-approved measure.

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Obama Visits Oso
7:36 am
Wed April 23, 2014

President Tours Disaster Zone, Offers Support One Month After Deadly Landslide

Christian Johnson, right, waits at the Oso firehouse for President Obama to speak. Johnson was a volunteer searcher after the landslide last month.
Credit Austin Jenkins

President Obama says the “whole country” is thinking about the victims of the Oso landslide in Snohomish County. The president visited the slide zone Tuesday to mark the one month anniversary of the tragedy. The death toll currently stands at 41 with two people still missing.

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Public Charging Stations
7:18 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Electric Vehicle Industry Looks For New Ways To Pay For Charging Stations

Federal money has paid for more than 400 charging stations in Oregon.
Credit Portland General Electric

The electric vehicle industry is looking for new ways to pay for public charging stations as federal stimulus money runs out. That was one of many issues addressed at the Future Energy Conference in Portland Tuesday.

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