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Northwest News Network

A meeting of Washington state and British Columbian business and political leaders has resulted in two agreements. As Craig McCulloch reports from Vancouver, British Columbia, one of those agreements hopes to speed up treatments for cancer.

If you thought the battle over pornography ended with The People vs. Larry Flynt, think again. Utah has taken the step of declaring pornography a public health threat much like tobacco. And now it’s on the agenda in Washington state.

Government agencies announced Wednesday that the health risk around Portland glass manufacturers is low.

The DEQ said Wednesday that it took 67 soil samples from the area around Bullseye Glass in southeast Portland. Samples were taken from a Fred Meyer parking lot, a day care center and Powell Park.

The samples were tested for arsenic, cadmium, chromium, lead and several other elements.

They found that most heavy metals were at background levels. But there were a few samples that showed elevated levels.

Some Democrats in the Washington House want the state to take a look at what it could do to cut back on light pollution.