Oregon History
6:13 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Historians Seek To Expand Knowledge Of Oregon's African-American History

Historians say this Corvallis home was once occupied by Hannah and Eliza Gorman, an African-American mother and daughter who came west on the Oregon Trail in 1844.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

All of us have an image of the Oregon Trail. There’s the covered wagon. The mom with her bonnet. Dad handling the mules. A couple of kids riding shotgun. In that image, they’re probably all white. But here’s a little known fact. Some of those settlers were actually African-Americans. And now historians are trying to raise that profile and celebrate the importance of the African-American story along the Oregon Trail.

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Somali Insurgents
6:13 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Kent Woman Charged With Aiding Somali Insurgents

A Somali immigrant was arrested by FBI agents in Kent, Wash. today. She's charged with handling money intended to help the insurgency group Al-Shabaab.

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Earthquake Maps
6:01 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

New Earthquake Maps Are Out

The U.S. Geological Survey Thursday published its first updated earthquake maps in six years
Credit usgs

The U.S. Geological Survey published its first updated earthquake maps in six years Thursday. The new maps show higher risks in the Pacific Northwest. The new maps are a synthesis of new research and up-to-date modeling techniques, applied to seismic hazards across the country.

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6:00 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Wildfires Blaze Their Way Across The Northwest

U.S. Highway 26 near Mitchell, Ore. has been closed much of this week due to a wildfire.
Credit Oregon Department of Transportation

Wildfires continue to blaze around the region. Washington state has declared a state of emergency for 20 of its eastern counties. In Oregon, more than a dozen fires are burning right now, with the biggest concentration in the center of the state.

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Northwest State Parks
10:50 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Which One Of These State Parks Is Not Like The Other?

Hells Canyon is the main attraction of Hells Gate State Park - and the river is the only way to travel all the way up it.
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There’s no need to roam too far from home to have a great summer vacation. The Northwest has many beautiful state parks for you to visit. The Northwest alone is home to more than 400 city, state and national parks! Here are just five Northwest state parks you’re going to want to check out.

1. Hells Gate State Park

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Auto Theft
5:54 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Western Cities Top Rankings Of Auto Theft Hot Spots

The top auto theft hot spots in the United State and the Northwest.
Credit Kevin Mooney / NICB

In what Northwest city is your car most likely to be stolen? According to a new insurance industry report, the answer is Spokane. Meanwhile, the former top auto theft hot spot of Yakima made significant improvement in the last year.

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Abortion Clinics
5:57 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Abortion Seekers Still Protected At NW Clinics After Supreme Court Ruling

Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho CEO Karl Eastlund stands in the parking lot of the Spokane clinic.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

Abortion services providers say the Supreme Court’s ruling on 35-foot “buffer zones” around Massachusetts clinics won’t have much effect in the Northwest. Neither Washington, Oregon nor Idaho has the kind of law that the high court deemed unconstitutional. Clinics here rely on other measures aimed at protesters.

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Northwest Agriculture
5:35 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Northwest Wheat Harvest Could Be Down This Summer

Northwest farmers are expected to harvest less wheat this summer.
Credit jayneandd / Flickr

Northwest farmers are expected to harvest less wheat this summer. The projections indicate a down year in Oregon, Idaho and Washington.

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5:58 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Expedia Begins Accepting Bitcoin For Hotel Bookings

Bellevue, Wash.-based Expedia just announced that it will start accepting bitcoin for hotel bookings.
Credit Zach Copley / Flickr

Bellevue, Wash.-based Expedia just announced that it will start accepting bitcoin for hotel bookings. The online travel site is embracing the volatile, virtual currency on what it calls a "test-and-learn" basis.

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