Northwest News

Hanford's Employee Concern Program Reviewed
5:32 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Report Reviews Hanford Program On Worker Concerns

A view of the 65-acre Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant Project on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
Department of Energy

A new federal report says managers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation respond appropriately to most concerns brought up by employees. But the study says sometimes officials at the southeast Washington site don’t explain well enough to employees how they resolve each concern. The report also says initial interviews with concerned employees were often incomplete or too abbreviated to do a proper investigation later.

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Oregon Inmate Rejects Reprieve
4:33 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Oregon Death Row Inmate Asks Judge To Overturn Governor's Reprieve

Gary Haugen has asked that the repreive Gov. Kitzhaber issued on Haugen's execution be overruled.
Oregon Department of Corrections

Late last year, Gov. John Kitzhaber issued a moratorium that put on hold the execution of twice-convicted murderer Gary Haugen. Now the death row inmate is asking a judge to overrule that reprieve. Haugen appeared in a Marion County courtroom Tuesday.

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Protestors Greet President
4:19 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Obama's Portland Visit Met By Protestors

President Obama's visit to Portland was met by several groups of protestors.
whitehouse.gov

President Barack Obama is in Portland this afternoon. He arrived late this morning and met with members of the Oregon National Guard.

The president also made a stop at The Gateway Breakfast House in Northeast Portland, where he greeted diners and sat at a table with three Oregon veterans.

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J.P. Patches
6:32 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Memories of TV Clown JP Patches

A statue of J.P. Patches in Seattle.
Photo by Bachcell Wikimedia Commons

All over Western Washington, Baby-boomers who grew up watching TV here are remembering J.P. Patches. The TV clown whose real name was Chris Wedes passed away Sunday at the age of 84.

His popular kids program was broadcast on KIRO TV for 24 years, and for some of that time, it was on not once a day, but twice. Wedes shared that story in 2001 with KUOW’s Dave Beck.

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Wildlife Drone Monitoring
6:08 am
Tue July 24, 2012

ODFW to Launch Unmanned Drone on Oregon Coast

Wildlife officials plan to launch an unmanned aircraft on the Oregon coast. They hope the drone will allow them to monitor seabird populations on hard-to-reach rocky islands that serve as nesting grounds. KLCC’s Jes Burns reports.

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Washington Insurance Commissioner
6:02 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Three Challenge Kreidler For Wash. Insurance Commissioner

Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler.
Photo courtesy of Washington Office of the Insurance Commissioner.

The race for the Insurance Commissioner’s Office in Washington State might not be getting as much attention compared to other election races. But whoever wins the office will face a huge undertaking in the coming years as the state embarks on the next major phase of the national health care law. Ruby de Luna reports on the candidates and their views of the office’s role in the Affordable Care Act.

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Tracking Feral Pigs
5:32 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Northwest States Ask Public To 'Squeal' On Feral Pigs

When domesticated pigs escape their sties, their physical appearance actually changes.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Washington, Oregon and Idaho are joining forces to track populations of feral pigs across the Northwest. These “hogs gone wild” can do massive damage to the landscape. And wildlife agents want to know where swine are on the move. They’re even launching a so-called “swine line” for people to call with sightings.

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Non-Tribal Casino Initiative
5:22 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Casino Amendment Makes Oregon Ballot

An initiative that could eventually lead to the Northwest's first full-service, non-tribal casino has qualified for the November ballot in Oregon.
Kristofer Björkman Flickr

A newly certified initiative to allow non-tribal casinos in Oregon sets the stage for a possible showdown over gambling centers in the state. The Oregon Secretary of State's office announced Monday that it has certified an initiative for the ballot that could eventually lead to the region’s first full-service casino not operated by a tribe.

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Caffeinated Coastal Waters
4:37 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Study: Coastal Oregon Waters Slightly Caffeinated

Is Portland's love of coffee leading to the caffeination of Oregon coastal waters?
Diane Gilleland Flickr

The Northwest is known for its love of coffee. Now evidence of that is showing up in the Pacific Ocean. Researchers have found low levels of caffeine at half a dozen locations on the Oregon Coast.

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Ice Cream Truck Business
4:30 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

With Few Prospects, College Duo Start Summer Business With A Twist

Two University of Oregon seniors are playing their hand by mixing ice cream and Dubstep -- a kind of electronic dance music.
Trevor Mathwick and Taylor Robart

This summer, college seniors looking for jobs are low on options. In fact, government statistics show that more than half of recent college graduates are either unemployed or working jobs that don’t require college degrees.

Two seniors at the University of Oregon decided to stop waiting for conventional jobs. Instead, they set out to create a new version of one of America’s staple summertime businesses.

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