Tri-Cities

At Washington State University Tri-Cities, more than 60 percent of the undergrads are female. So leaders there decided to launch “Million Women Mentors.”

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The Yakama Nation and neighboring tribes have strongly objected to a congressional move to offer public access to a place tribal members consider sacred. That place is the scenic summit of Rattlesnake Mountain in the Hanford Reach National Monument.

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A bill that passed Thursday in the U.S. House included big changes for the Tri-Cities. The National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2015 would create a new set of national parks in honor of the top secret Manhattan Project.

That would include a museum at Hanford and other historical sites.

Officials in the Tri-Cities haven’t broken out the bourbon to toast quite yet. This national defense bill still has to pass the Senate intact. And it must be signed off by President Obama.

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In southeast Washington, the Tri-Cities are growing faster than most other metro areas in the Northwest, or the nation. From a high spot like Badger Mountain it’s easy see how rapidly new neighborhoods are leveling-off ridgelines and hacking into fruit orchards. 

A new battery power storage system that may provide some long term solutions to storing power from the electrical grid is being tested in the Tri-Cities. Steve Jackson reports.

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RICHLAND, Wash. – Newly released U.S. Census numbers show the Tri-Cities, Washington, is the fastest growing metro area in the United States. The population increased 4.3% between 2010 and 2011. Jobs at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, stable agricultural prices and the sun appear to be drawing more families to the Tri-Cities.

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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.

Washington jobless falls first time in three-plus years. Washington employers added 5,800 new jobs in April, lowering the state's unemployment rate for the first time in more than three years. Unemployment statewide fell to 9.2 percent from 9.5 percent reported in March.

The Employment Security Department's Jamie Swift says that Washington has posted a net gain of nearly 15,000 new jobs this year.

Jamie Swift: “Seeing the unemployment rate come down finally after three long years is welcome news. It's definitely a sign that our economy is turning around.”