Northwest News

Ore. Coal Export Terminal
4:37 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Commissioners Postpone Coal Vote

Many people object to the environmental impacts of having coal trains traveling through Oregon towns and the possibility of derailments.
Callum Black Wikimedia Commons

The Lane County Board of Commissioners decided not to vote yet on a resolution supporting a proposed coal export terminal in Coos Bay. Still, the board took public comment on the resolution from about two dozen people at their meeting Wednesday.

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Washington Unemployment
4:25 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Washington Unemployment Ticks Down

Washington’s jobless rate dropped just slightly in September. State economists Wednesday pegged unemployment at 8.5 percent. That erases a small uptick in August.

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Wounded Canadian Border Guard
4:21 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Wounded Canadian Border Guard Identified

A Canadian border guard was shot in the neck at the Peach Arch Border Crossing on Tuesday afternoon.
Washington State Dept. of Transportation

Police in Canada have identified the guard shot at the Peace Arch border crossing north of Blaine, Wash. She is in stable condition as the investigation into the shooting continues.

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Final Wash. Gov. Debate
6:23 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Personal Attacks Punctuate Final Wash. Governor Debate

Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna meet in Seattle for the final gubernatorial debate before the election. Photo courtesy The Seattle Times / Bettina Hansen.

The fifth and final debate between Washington’s candidates for governor was punctuated by personal attacks. Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna met in Seattle Tuesday night. The format encouraged them to engage each other.

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Northwest News
6:13 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Stormwater Called The "Single Largest Contributor To Urban Pollution

Close up of a storm drain.
Photo Credit: Ashley Ahearn

Human beings are really good at paving stuff. Such as parking lots and roads.  Our development patterns have very real effects on water quality.

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Canadian Border Agent Shot
5:49 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Canadian Border Agent Shot

Photo of Pacific Highway Canadian Border Control near Blaine, Wash., where traffic was rerouted too.
Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

A Canadian border guard is still recovering after being shot at the Peace Arch crossing north of Blaine, Wash.

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Oregon Casino Ballot Measures
5:17 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Casino Backers Figure They Should Fold

The supporters of two Oregon ballot measures that would open the door for non-tribal casinos in the state say they're suspending that campaign. In a statement Tuesday, the casino backers acknowledged the measures appear unlikely to pass.

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Oregon Unemployment Rate
4:49 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Oregon's Unemployment Rate Virtually Unchanged In September

New data released Tuesday by the Oregon Employment Department show the state's unemployment rate held steady in September, coming in at a seasonally adjusted 8.7 percent. Economists blame the results on weaker than expected seasonal job growth.

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Washington Home Builders
4:08 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Once Brash Washington Home Builders Now Behind The Scenes

Before the recession, the Building Industry Association of Washington had a reputation for not pulling any punches.
Steven Lee Flickr

The airwaves in Washington are chock-a-block with campaign ads. But one group’s missing from the fray despite its reputation for not pulling any punches. We’re talking about Washington home builders.

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Natural Gas Exports
6:12 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Natural Gas: Keep It Here Or Export? Debate Comes To The Northwest

Portland attorney Robert Lorey (left) and Astoria marine biologist Dave Lillis protest natural gas exports outside the Warrenton Community Center
Photo by Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Natural gas production in North America has increased so dramatically that no fewer than 17 companies have now applied to export the fuel overseas. Two gas export terminals are proposed in the Northwest - one near Coos Bay, Oregon, and the other at the Port of Astoria. This week, federal energy regulators are getting an earful of public testimony. Correspondent Tom Banse reports on the possible effects all this could have on the price you pay for natural gas.

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