Northwest News

Tsunami Debris
4:54 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Cost Recovery Part Of West Coast Tsunami Debris Cleanup Discussion

Debris in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Japan after tsunami.
Photo Credit: United States Navy

Thursday in Ocean Shores, Washington, dozens of people from government, tribes and community groups strategized how to respond to marine debris from last year's Japanese tsunami.

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Puget Sound Waste Regulations
5:48 am
Wed April 25, 2012

New Restrictions On Cruise Ship Waste Discharge For The Port Of Seattle

As the weather warms up, cruise ships will begin arriving at the Port of Seattle. More than 200 ships are scheduled to visit the port this year, bringing millions of dollars in tourist revenue. In the past those ships have also brought wastewater into Puget Sound. But this year, the regulations are a little bit stricter. Ashley Ahearn reports.

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Glass Recycling
5:45 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Artist Finds Niche Business In Glass Recycling

Terra Cressey, 37, of Sandpoint, Idaho owns Glass Roots Recycling, a business that finds creative ways to use glass bottles that would otherwise end up in the local landfill.
Photo by Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

A fledgling business in Sandpoint, Idaho is giving locals a place to finally take their glass bottles – besides the landfill, that is. North Idaho is one of the few corners of the Northwest that doesn’t have glass recycling. As Jessica Robinson reports, the business is barely up and running, and already has more glass bottles than it can handle.

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Wash. Liqour
5:38 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Mini-Mart, Gas Station Owners Win Piece Of Wash. Liquor Business

Smaller sized liqour stores auctioned by Washington State could operate like a mini-mart.
Photo Credit: Tom Banse

Backers of last year’s initiative to privatize liquor sales in Washington said the new law would avoid a raft of new corner booze outlets. But in this week’s auction of state run liquor stores, mini-mart and gas station owners won a piece of the action.

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Mining Asteroids
5:15 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Bellevue Company Announces Ambitious Effort to Mine Asteroids

Small, water-rich, Near-Earth Asteroids can be captured by spacecraft, allowing their resources to be extracted.
Photo courtesy Planetary Resources

A new Bellevue-based company has announced plans that sound like they come straight out of science fiction. Planetary Resources intends to send robots to nearby asteroids, and mine them for metals and other resources. The venture is backed by billionaires, rocket scientists, and a Hollywood director.

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AG To Reed College
4:09 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Oregon Ag To Leave Office For Reed College Post

Oregon Attorney General John Kroger will leave his post in July
Photo courtesy Oregon DOJ

Oregon Attorney General John Kroger has been selected as the next president of Reed College. That means the Democrat will step down early from running the Department of Justice.

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Lane Country, Oregon, DA
3:49 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Budget Cuts Force DA to Close County Coroner's Office

Lane County DA Alex Gardner
Photo Credit: Lane County DA KLCC

The Lane County District Attorney, in Oregon, will have to close the medical examiner's office and cut back drastically on criminal investigations. The DA faces a 25 percent reduction in its budget for next year.

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Microsoft Patent Sale
6:01 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Microsoft Sells Patents To Facebook

Facebook is about to write a very big check to Microsoft. Microsoft announced yesterday it is selling hundreds of patents to Facebook for more than a half a billion dollars.

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Oregon Marijuana Petitioner
5:58 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Marijuana Petitioner Gets Record Fine

The Oregon Secretary of State's office has issued its largest ever penalty for a violation of signature gathering laws.

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GOP Infighting
6:31 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Book Details Infighting Between Idaho Rep And GOP Leaders

Republican Congressman Raúl Labrador of Idaho holds a press conference with fellow conservative freshman members in February.
Photo Credit: labrador.house.gov

A new book coming out Tuesday contains an inside account of Idaho Congressman Raúl Labrador’s conflict with ranking members of the House. The Washington Post reports the book details the rift between GOP leadership and freshman Republicans pursuing a Tea Party agenda.

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