Northwest News

Sacagawea Casting Call
8:22 am
Fri October 31, 2014

HBO Searches Tribal Communities For Actress To Play Sacagawea

Donna Reed played Sacagawea in the 1955 film “The Far Horizons.
Credit Paramount Pictures / Youtube

HBO is planning a new six-hour miniseries on the Lewis and Clark expedition. And it's searching the Northwest for one of the most famous and beloved figures in the saga – the role of Sacagawea. 

She was the young Native American mother who helped the Corps of Discovery reach the Pacific. This miniseries may do something previous productions haven't – cast a Native American actress in the role.

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Solar Industry
8:17 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Oregon Solar Manufacturer Expanding, Adding 200 Jobs

Solar panel manufacturer SolarWorld has announced a 10 million dollar expansion at its Hillsboro plant . 

The expansion will add a new solar panel production line and around 200 jobs at the company's U.S. headquarters in Hillsboro.

It will increase the plant's capacity by 40 percent and bring the total number of employees up to around 900.

SolarWorld president Makesh Dulani says the expansion marks a turnaround for the company. Many thought U.S. solar manufacturing couldn't survive fierce competition from China.

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8:12 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Environmental Groups Sue Over Nuclear Power Permit

Three environmental groups filed a lawsuit Thursday against claiming the Northwest’s only nuclear power plant is harming endangered fish. The groups are suing a Washington state permitting agency because they say it issued a permit that violates the Clean Water Act. 

 The environmentalists say the Columbia Generating Station in Richland discharges too much toxic material into the water. They say that material can accumulate in fish that people eat. 

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Government And Politics
6:07 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Campaigns Trade Barbs As Oregon Governor's Race Enters Closing Days

Dennis Richardson addresses reporters in Portland.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

The Republican running for Oregon governor dialed up the rhetoric against incumbent Democrat John Kitzhaber.

On Thursday, Dennis Richardson accused Kitzhaber of dragging his feet in releasing public records related to the role of first lady Cylvia Hayes. Richardson held a Portland press conference after news organizations complained this week that the governor's office has been slow to hand over public records.

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Uber Ridesharing
6:05 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Eugene Asks Uber To Cease Operating Or Get A License

The City of Eugene halted Uber operations until the ridesharing services agrees to run background checks and ensure licenses of their drivers.
Credit Jens Buettner / Associated Press

City of Eugene officials have ordered Uber ridesharing service to cease operating in the area or face a fine.

Uber has refused to apply for a taxi license since its drivers began operating in Eugene last summer. This rideshare service allows people to get rides from private vehicle owners through a smartphone app. 

Laura Hammond with the City of Eugene said the purpose of requiring a license is to make sure vehicles, drivers and passengers are safe.

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Marysville Shooting
5:12 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Marysville-Pilchuck High School To Reopen After Shooting

Marysville-Pilchuck High School is reopening Monday after last Friday's shooting that resulted in three dead and three hospitalized.
Credit Elaine Thompson / Associated Press

How does a school recover after a devastating shooting?

That's the question students and staff are grappling with at Marysville-Pilchuck High. It was last Friday that a student shot five friends before turning the gun on himself. He and two girls died while three students remain hospitalized.

The high school will reopen next Monday.

School superintendent Becky Berg said the staff has been working to prepare and they are getting some help.

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Government And Politics
4:45 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Washington House Could Be ‘Sleeper’ Election Of 2014

If Republicans were to pick up two or three more seats, that could amplify the voices of swing district Democrats in Washington State.
Credit Harvey Barrison / Flickr

The battle for control of the Washington State Senate is getting a lot of attention. But all Washington House members are also up for re-election this year.

Currently Democrats hold 55 seats – 50 is a majority. In recent years, Republicans have been closing the gap. If Republicans were to pick up two or three more seats, that could amplify the voices of swing district Democrats.

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Wild Horses
7:41 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Northwest Tribes Take Steps To Corral Growing Wild Horse Population

Horses in the road are a real danger on the Warm Springs reservation.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Growing populations of wild horses in the inland Northwest are creating headaches for federal land managers. Wild and feral horse herds overrun tribal lands in our region too. Tribal range managers have one option that federal agencies don't, which is to send unwanted horses to foreign slaughterhouses. That's helping several Northwest tribes make headway to reduce populations of free-roaming horses, but not without creating some dismay.

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Apples To China
6:26 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Washington Apples: Load Up, You’re On The Boat To China Again

Credit Washington Apple Commission / Northwest News Network


Washington apples will soon be packed aboard boats to China. That’s because the Chinese government approved market access to Northwest fruit today after a two-year market closure. 

Getting access to China is essentially a $50 million dollar deal per year for Washington apples farmers.

The Chinese government closed off markets in August of 2012. China said it was concerned about a recently discovered fungus.

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Spanish Classes
6:24 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Looking For Work, Children Of Migrants Bone Up On Formal Spanish

Instructor Melinda Chiprez looks on as Arlette Rodriguez and a classmate practice a skit using medical terminology.
Credit Rowan Moore Gerety / Northwest News Network

There are more than 37 million native Spanish speakers in the U.S. today. For businesses and service providers, that’s 37 million people who might prefer speaking Spanish. That has led to higher pay for bilingual employees and higher demand for language classes around the country.

As the oldest daughter of farm workers who came to the Yakima Valley from Mexico, Arlette Rodriguez is used to helping her parents navigate the English speaking world.

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