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Orca Research
6:13 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Do You Hear What I Hear? Researchers Record Orcas Underwater

A male orca seen by the northwest tip of Steward Island in the Puget Sound.
Photo by Erik Stockdale Wikimedia Commons

The waters of Puget Sound are a pretty noisy place, if you’re an orca. But what does a passing tanker ship or motorboat sound like to a killer whale? How does it affect their behavior? Ashley Ahearn reports researchers are trying to find out.

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Nuclear Plant Under Investigation
3:54 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

NRC Looking Into Wash. Nuclear Plant's 11-Year-Old Mistake

The Columbia Generating Station is the Northwest's only commercial nuclear power plant.
Energy Northwest

The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission is looking into an 11-year emergency planning mistake at the Northwest’s only commercial nuclear power plant. Officials at the Columbia Generating Station in southeast Washington used faulty estimates of how much radiation could escape during a crisis.

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Wolf Kill Order
6:19 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Wolf Kill Order Re-Issued For Washington's Wedge Pack

Photo by: Gunnar Ries Amphibol Wikimedia Commons

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has re-issued the kill order for four wolves in a pack in the Northeastern corner of the state. Starting Wednesday marksmen will take to the field, Ashley Ahearn reports.

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Power Of Partisan Rhetoric
4:39 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Can Partisanship Trump Education Level On Hot Button Issues?

Your understanding of a hot-button issue could depend on which of these men you support.
Northwest News Network

As Democrats gather in North Carolina for their convention, there’s new research from the Northwest on the power of partisan rhetoric. Turns out, your core political beliefs can trump your education level when it comes to understanding the basic facts of a highly contentious issue.

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Japanese Tsunami Debris
4:05 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Japan Offers To Contribute To Tsunami Debris Cleanup

The Japanese government said it will help pay for the clean up of some debris from the tsunami, such as this refrigerator found on Long Beach on July 5.
Shelly Pollock

For the first time, the Japanese government says it will help to cover some of the cost of cleaning up tsunami debris on American and Canadian shores. Confirmed debris swept to sea by last year's Japanese tsunami began to wash up here this spring.

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Hanford's Waste Treatment Plant
3:58 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Energy Secretary Investigates Hanford's Waste Treatment Plant

Energy Secretary Steven Chu is personally investigating concerns over Hanford's waste treatment plant.
Dept. of Energy

U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu is at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation this week. Chu’s taking time out of his schedule to personally investigate concerns raised about Hanford’s massive waste treatment plant in southeast Washington.

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Democratic Party Donor
5:30 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

New Age Spiritual Leader Risks 'Ridicule' To Support Wash. Democrats

The gate to Ramtha's School of Enlightenment, Yelm, Wash.
Richard David Ramsey Wikipedia

She is perhaps the Northwest’s most famous new age spiritual leader. JZ Knight of the Ramtha School of Enlightenment in southwest Washington. Now Knight has a new role: major political donor. She recently wrote a $50,000 check to the state Democratic Party.

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Northwest Dry Spell
5:20 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Dry Spell Likely To Continue In Northwest

This summer in the Northwest has been one of the driest on record.
Chris Phan Flickr

Northwesterners heading out for the Labor Day weekend have a pretty good chance of staying dry. The region is in the midst of one of the driest streaks on record. And there's little chance of that changing soon.

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Northwest Gas Use
5:01 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Gasoline Consumption Drops In Oregon, Washington

Weekly gasoline use per person in Washington and Oregon has fallen to its lowest level in nearly 50 years.
Brian Sayrs Flickr

A survey by the website GasBuddy.com finds gasoline prices at the pump are stabilizing in the Northwest going into Labor Day weekend. Unfortunately, they're stabilizing right around $4 per gallon for regular unleaded on average statewide . If it's any consolation, a study by a think tank in Seattle finds gasoline consumption in Oregon and Washington is "on a gentle downward slide."

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Marion County Strike
4:38 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Marion County Workers Authorize Strike

More than 700 workers in one of Oregon's largest counties are one step closer to walking off the job. Members of the Marion County Employee Association have voted by a three-to-one margin to authorize a strike.

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