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Federal Immigration in Wash. Jails
6:19 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Immigration Program Activated in Wash. Jails

Once fingerprinted, the program automatically shares those prints with immigration agents.
Photo courtesy of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

A controversial federal immigration program is now in effect across all of Washington State, as of today . The statewide rollout came earlier than some anticipated.

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Washington State Budget
5:16 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Wash. Special Session: No Budget Deal, House Plans Action Anyway

Washington State Capitol in Olympia, Wash.
Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington Governor Chris Gregoire’s deadline for a bipartisan budget deal has come and gone. Lawmakers Tuesday failed to agree on a plan to rebalance the state budget and implement so called government reforms.

Now, House Democrats say they will pass their own budget in hopes of breaking the logjam.

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Unemployment Benefits Shortened
5:09 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Extended Unemployment Benefits Ending In Wash. & Oregon

Federal Unemployment Rate 2002-2012
Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Thousands of long-term unemployed workers in Washington and Oregon will no longer receive unemployment checks soon. The federal government won't pay for extended benefits anymore because the jobless rates have improved in both states.

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Pertussis Epidemic
4:52 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Whooping Cough Cases Reaching Record Levels In Washington

Chris Dunbar, assigned to Naval Medical Center San Diego, gives a patient a pertussis vaccine booster. These are necessary because vaccines wear off.
Photo credit: Chad A. Bascom U.S. NAVY

Secretary of Health Mary Selecky announced today that as of last month, there have been 640 cases of whooping cough. That’s compared to 94 in the same period last year.

Selecky: “If this pace continues, we’re on track to have the highest number of whooping cough cases in our state in decades.”

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Geothermal Industry Expanding
4:20 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Report Geothermal Industry Is Expanding

Illustration of geothermal energy methods.
United States Department of Energy

RICHLAND, Wash. – A new report says the geothermal industry is steadily growing. projects are planned throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Although renewable energy development faces uncertainties with production tax credit extensions, the Geothermal Energy Association says its industry is expanding. A new report found about 150 projects in the works in the western United States.

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Horizon Expands- Spokane, Medford, Boise
3:53 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Horizon Air To Base Flight Crews In Boise, Medford and Spokane

Horizon will now base flight crews in Spokane, Medford, and Boise rather than putting them up in hotels.
Boise State Public Radio

Horizon Air will be establishing new inland northwest bases of operation starting in August. The airline plans to expand to three Northwest cities.

Horizon Air now bases its flight crews in Seattle and Portland. By the end of the summer, its nearly 900 pilots and flight attendants will also call Boise, Idaho, Medford, Oregon and Spokane, Washington home. Paul McElroy is a spokesman for the airline.

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New Pasco Flight
11:55 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Alaska Airlines Will Begin Flights To Portland From The Tri-Cities

A Horizon Air Q-400
Photo by skinnylawyer Wikimedia Commons - CC-BY-SA-2.0

PASCO, Wash. - Travelers in the Tri-Cities will have a new flight option starting in August. Alaska Airlines announced today that it will begin flying from Tri-Cities Airport in Pasco (PSC) to Portland International Airport (PDX) in Oregon. The once-daily Portland-Pasco roundtrip flights will begin on August 27, using Horizon Air Q-400 turboprops, sometimes known as the Dash-8.

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Coos Bay Terminal
6:14 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Coos Bay Rail Needs Overhaul To Handle Coal

COOS BAY, Ore. -- An engineering study found that a rail line between Coos Bay and Eugene needs about $100 million worth of work before it can handle heavier train traffic. The study was paid for by anonymous investors interested in exporting coal from Coos Bay. Amelia Templeton reports.

The Port of Coos Bay bought the line in 2009, after it was shut down by a Florida company.

It’s been back in service for less than a year, moving small amounts of freight for sawmills and timber companies.

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Wash. Budget
5:45 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

McKenna Enters Budget Fray, Attacks Speaker Of The House

Republican Candidate For Governor Rob McKenna With Supporters At A Budget Press Conference During Which He Attacked Speaker Of The House Frank Chopp
Photo credit: Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington Republican candidate for governor Rob McKenna is injecting himself into the ongoing turmoil over how to rebalance the state budget. At a news conference , McKenna went after Democratic Speaker of the House Frank Chopp.

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1940 Census
5:13 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Northwesterners Look For Details Among 1940 Census Data

Excerpt of a 1940 Census Poster
Image source: U.S. Census Bureau

Americans are pouring over the newly released data from the 1940 Census. Demand was so high Monday that the National Archives website crashed. But as correspondent Chris Lehman reports, many people in the Northwest have an extra challenge in finding information about their relatives.

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