Northwest News

Wash Sales Tax Deduction
4:34 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Wash. Governor Urges Congress To Renew Sales Tax Deduction

Washington residents may not be able to deduct sales tax from their federal income tax returns for 2012.
Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Unless Congress acts, 2011 will be the last year Washington residents were able to deduct sales tax from their federal income tax returns. Governor Chris Gregoire signed onto a letter Tuesday asking Congressional leaders to reauthorize the deduction for 2012.

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Columbia River Sewage Spill
4:12 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

1.2 Million Gallons Of Sewage Spills Into Columbia From Broken B.C. Pipe

Map indicating the site of the sewage leak.
Northwest News Network

A pipe failure on Monday in British Columbia has released an estimated 1.2 million gallons of raw sewage into the Columbia River. Emergency crews from the British Columbia Ministry of Environment stopped the flow  Tuesday afternoon.

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Oregon Shrimp Season
3:44 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Oregon Shrimpers Work to Reduce Bycatch

ODFW Biologist Bob Hannah (center) poses with crew members of the Miss Yvonne behind a bycatch reduction device. The tighter spacing on the bars of the device makes it the most effective at reducing bycatch yet.
Photo credit: ODFW Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Oregon's shrimp season starts April 1st. No fooling. Officials say the latest technology is helping to prevent other critters from getting caught up in shrimpers' nets.

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Breaking: Flood Warning
10:24 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Flooding And High Water Continues In Palouse Region

Paradise Creek at Railraod Avenue, near the University of Idaho, in Moscow on Monday.
Photo by Glenn Mosley Northwest Public Radio

UPDATED Tuesday 10:20 AM: Area streams and rivers are now receding, although a flood warning continues for the Palouse River near Potlatch.

UPDATED Tuesday 5:55 AM: Flood warning continues for the Palouse River near Potlatch, and also for urban areas and small streams. 

UPDATED Wednesday 10:15 PM: The flood warning has been canceled for the Palouse River (South Fork) at Pullman, but remains in effect for the Palouse River near Potlatch. See updated NWS statement at the end of this post.

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Washington Coal Terminal
5:27 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Coal Train Traffic Increase Could Be Bad News For Human Health

Trains line up at the rail yard in Spokane, WA. More than 100 million tons of coal could pass through this rail yard if new export terminals are approved on the Northwest coast.
Photo by Courtney Flatt Northwest News Network

BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- There are now six new export terminals proposed to be built along the Northwest coast. The goal? To bring American coal to Asia, via train and ship.

If these terminals are approved that could mean more than 100 million tons of coal traveling by rail across Idaho, Washington and Oregon every year.

The potential for more train traffic has public health experts concerned. EarthFix reporters Ashley Ahearn and Courtney Flatt have the story.

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Endangered Fish
5:22 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Klamath Tribes Celebrate, But Cannot Catch, Suckerfish

A suckerfish receives a blessing from a Klamath tribe member.
Photo by Amelia Templeton Northwest News Network

CHILOQUIN, Ore. -- You won’t find Lost River suckerfish on any menus in the Northwest. But for years, this fish was a staple for the tribes living in Southern Oregon. Now the fishery is in trouble, and the Klamath tribes are trying to figure out how to bring it back. Amelia Templeton reports.

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Avian Cholera
5:17 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Waterbirds Crowded in Klamath Refuge Catch Avian Cholera

Thousands of geese migrate through Klamath Falls each year.
Photo by Amelia Templeton Northwest News Network

KLAMATH FALLS, Wash. -- The Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge is a key rest stop for more than a million migrating spring birds. But the refuge is also a hotspot for avian cholera. Amelia Templeton reports.

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Colombian Activist
5:12 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Former Colombian Hostage To Share Her Story In Spokane

Ingrid Betancourt
Photo by Fabio Gismondi Wikimedia Commons

SPOKANE -- A former hostage to the Colombian guerrilla army will tell her story in Spokane on Wednesday. Ingrid Betancourt ran for the Colombian presidential seat in 2002. Her run came to a quick end when the FARC guerilla army captured her, and held her for more than six years in the jungle. Paige Browning has more on the activist’s only public appearance in the U.S. this year.

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Women's Healthcare
4:40 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Study: Health Insurers Charge Idaho Women Hundreds More Than Men

Women are being charged more for health insurance.
Photo courtesy of National Women's Law Center

A new nationwide study says Idaho has one of the widest gaps between how much money insurers charge men and women. The survey by the National Women’s Law Center found women pay around $700 more each year. The practice, known as “gender rating,” is banned under the health care overhaul now before the nation’s highest court.

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Colony Collapse
4:36 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Northwest Beekeepers Using Fruit, Potato Storage Warehouses To Over Winter Precious Pollinators

Colony collapse is threatening bees.
Photo Credit: TJBlackwell Wikimedia commons

The mysterious disappearance of honey bees known as colony collapse disorder continues to be an issue for farmers across the country. As scientists study why this is happening, one Yakima area farmer thinks he may have a solution for at least one of the possible causes. Correspondent Anna King explains.

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