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Coal Regulators
8:03 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Regulators Discuss Future Of Coal In The West

This image of the coal-fired plant in Colstrip, Mont., was made in the 1980s by Montana native David T. Hanson. It was part of an exhibit at Modern Museum of Art in New York.
Credit David T. Hanson / EarthFix

The Obama administration’s new rules to cut CO2 emissions sparked some interesting conversation in Seattle this week. At a conference held downtown, leaders in the energy sector gathered to talk about the future of coal in the West. Ashley Ahearn reports for EarthFix.

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Hair Styling Laws
5:39 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Oregon House Set To Vote On Natural Hair Care Measure

BBC World Service

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 4:27 pm

African-American hair stylists are asking the Oregon legislature to scale back the rules surrounding traditional braiding techniques. The Oregon House is set to vote Monday on a measure that would ease the training requirements for hair treatments that don't involve chemicals.

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Marijuana Laws
5:47 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Wash. Bars Allowing Marijuana Use Could Face Penalties

Pot possession is now legal in Washington. But city and state regulators are drawing the line at marijuana use in bars and coffeeshops. KUOW’s Amy Radil reports.

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Trampoline Regulations
6:52 am
Fri March 29, 2013

New State Rules Forbid Bouncy Houses And Trampolines For Childcare Programs

A child enjoys a bouncy house in Washington.
Credit Amy Radil / Northwest News Network

Kids in daycamps and childcare programs in Washington are spending less time airborne these days. New state regulations forbid childcare providers from using trampolines and inflatable bouncy houses. State officials say the rule change was based on safety concerns. But doctors say bouncy houses don’t pose the same risks as trampolines. KUOW’s Amy Radil reports.

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Food Safety
5:32 am
Thu March 28, 2013

A Long Road To Food Safety

The Food and Drug Administration recently proposed the most sweeping changes to food safety rules in 70 years. Now it wants to hear from the public. The new rules were triggered by a series of foodborne illness outbreaks. Twenty years ago Seattle was at the epicenter of one of the earliest and most notorious. Hundreds of people got sick from eating contaminated burgers. Ruby de Luna has this story of one family’s experience.

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Water Pollution
6:47 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Oregon Takes Aggressive Approach To Water Pollution

The Oregon Department of Agriculture is taking a more aggressive approach to stop water pollution from farms. Instead of waiting for complaints to come in from the public, the state is going to begin looking for polluters.

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Colorado Pot Law
7:28 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Colorado Marijuana Task Force Makes Recommendations

A Colorado task force has created recommendations for the state's regulation of recently-legalized marijuana.
Credit Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper's task force on recreational marijuana wrapped up it’s work last night. We now have a better idea of what the industry will look like, who can buy marijuana, and how to protect kids. That is: if the recommendations are adopted by the State legislature. Colorado Public Radio’s Ben Markus reports.

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Tanning Salons
6:30 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Northwest Lawmakers Continue Fight Against Indoor Tanning

Alexandra Kocik Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon March 11, 2013 8:42 am

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Research shows if you use a tanning bed before the age of 35, you are more likely to get skin cancer. That’s why legislators in Washington, Oregon and Idaho have been considering proposals to bar teenagers from indoor tanning salons. A bill in the Washington legislature to do this has died for the fourth year. But the idea is still alive in Salem and Boise.

Jessica Hewlett is just 22 years old and already a cancer survivor. Last March, her primary doctor sent her to a dermatologist because of a mole on her stomach.

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Self-Driving Cars
7:33 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Self-Driving Cars Can't Be Driverless Under Proposed State Laws

Google

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 8:34 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. - What if you could just start your car, tell it where you want to go and then sit back and relax until you get there? Well, Google and many automobile manufacturers are hard at work on self-driving "robocars." Now lawmakers in Salem and Olympia are trying to figure out how to update the rules-of-the-road to keep pace with the cars of the future. But automakers are flashing a stop sign, saying it's too soon for new regulation.

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Idaho Mining Permits
6:35 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Mining Industry Seeks Shorter Permit Waiting Period

Idaho lawmakers listening to mining industry leaders talk about the economic impact of mining. More than half of Idaho is federally managed.
Credit Photo by Aaron Kunz / EarthFix

Mining pumps on average nearly a billion dollars into Idaho’s economy every year. Idaho, along with Nevada and Utah are considered mining friendly states. But the industry is frustrated that it can take years before permits are issued and work can get underway. That’s why mining officials appealed to state lawmakers this week to help speed up the regulatory process. As Earthfix reporter Aaron Kunz explains it’s a proposition that has environmentalists worried.

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