Northwest News

Wash. Legislative Races
5:40 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Philosophical Control Of Washington State Senate Hangs In Balance

Republican state Senator Don Benton (L) and Democratic challenger Tim Probst are separated by only 105 votes.
Credit Northwest News Network

Two southwest Washington legislative races are headed for hand recounts. They are that close. One of them could hand control of the Washington state Senate to a coalition of Republicans and conservative Democrats.

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Wind, Rain In Northwest
5:35 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

High Winds, Heavy Rain Pummel The Northwest

A vehicle speeds through a flooded intersection in Salem.
Credit Chris Lehman

High winds and heavy rain are pummeling the Northwest Monday. Downed trees and floodwaters have closed countless roads, making the evening commute a difficult one. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman went to check out a creek near his home.

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Landslide Risk
5:32 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Forecast For High Risk Of Landslides Coming True

File photo of a mudslide along an Amtrak line in Washington state in February 2011.
Credit WSDOT

Oregon's Department of Geology put all of western Oregon on notice for increased potential of landslides Monday. Across the Columbia River, state geologists in Washington reclassified Pacific and Clark counties to "high hazard" for landslides.

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Highway Closure
5:26 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

North Cascades Highway Closed

The North Cascades Highway is closed. The Washington State Department of Transportation closed the highway at noon Monday because of a danger of heavy snow and avalanche.

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Geothermal Power Plant
5:21 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Northwest's Second Geothermal Power Plant Enters Service

Geothermal energy plant at The Geysers near Santa Rosa, Calif.
Credit Dept. of Energy

The Northwest's second geothermal power plant has entered service. A Boise-based company called U.S. Geothermal built the project at Neal Hot Springs, near the small town of Vale in eastern Oregon.

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Development Hurting Streams
5:10 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Study: Urban Development Degrades Streams

Scientists recently looked at what urban development is doing to streams in Portland and eight other U.S. cities. They found that urban development can mean trouble for invertebrate species.

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Northwest Landslides
4:39 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Heavy Rain Sets Off Landslides Around Region

Flood waters buried E. Main Street and Brown Park in Gaston, Ore., Monday.
Credit Randy Hoodenpyl

Heavy rains and high winds are making it hard to get around parts of western Washington and northwest Oregon this afternoon. Flood watches and warnings are in effect across a wide area of the Northwest. At least half a dozen mudslides have blocked highways and rail lines since this morning.

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Death Penalty Moratorium
6:16 am
Mon November 19, 2012

One Year After Death Penalty Moratorium, Little Has Happened

A view of Oregon's execution chamber.
Credit Photo courtesy Oregon DOC

One year ago this week, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber stunned the state and made international headlines when he issued a moratorium on the death penalty. He said he hoped his action would spur state lawmakers to a conversation about the death penalty. But so far, there's little momentum for the legislature to act on the issue. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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Klamath Water Rights
6:13 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Klamath Tribes and Farmers Consider Extending Water Agreement

A major water rights agreement in the Klamath Basin is set to expire in December 31st. Amelia Templeton from our EarthFix team reports that farmers, tribes, and power company PacifiCorp are getting behind an extension.

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Nuclear Energy
6:09 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Idaho LINE Commission Delays Recommendation

An Idaho task force is delaying its release of a draft proposal on ways to strengthen the state’s nuclear energy industry. EarthFix reporter Aaron Kunz was at the task force meeting Friday in Moscow and has the latest.

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