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EarthFix Reports
7:29 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Wildfire Destroys Homes, Burns More than 2,000 Acres In South-Central Oregon

Julie Moseley is one of many residents living outside Sprague River, Oregon, who lost their homes to a wildfire.
Devan Schwartz

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 1:39 pm

SPRAGUE RIVER, Ore. -- The Moccasin Hill wildfire has burned about 2,500 acres and destroyed up to 20 homes, forcing residents to seek shelter while waiting for federal aid to arrive.

Red Cross volunteers set up in the community center to help the victims.

Whistler’s Trading Post, one of a few stores in town, extended its hours and expanded its operations, serving food, taking in horses and providing overnight shelter for displaced residents.

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EarthFix Reports
7:28 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Feds Phase Out Bee-Harming Pesticides In Northwest Wildlife Refuges

By 2016, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to phase out the use of bee-harming neonicotinoid pesticides on wildlife refuges in the Pacific Northwest.
Courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service https://www.flickr.com/photos/usfwspacific/5695870557/in/set-72157626541514605

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 2:23 pm

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to eliminate the use of bee-harming pesticides on wildlife refuges in the Pacific region by 2016.

A new rule phases out the use of neonicotinoid pesticides – a class of chemical that has been linked to several bee die-offs in Oregon in the past two years, including one that killed 50,000 bumblebees in a Wilsonville parking lot.

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Health
7:27 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Number Of Gonorrhea Cases Increasing Outside Urban Hubs

Gonorrhea bacterium

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 6:12 pm

Public health officials in the Northwest say they're seeing gonorrhea infections at levels they haven't seen in years. Three counties in Washington state are now in the midst of an outbreak. Parts of Oregon and Idaho are set to top even last year's high numbers.

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Incarceration
7:27 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Long Sentences, Aging Inmates May Strain Washington's Clemency System

Members of the public raise their hands in support of a commutation for a three-strikes offender at a recent meeting of Washington's Clemency and Pardons Board.

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 6:08 pm

In just a few years, Washington will need another 1,000 prison beds. There’s been talk of building a new state lock-up, but that would cost hundreds of millions of dollars at a time when the Supreme Court has said school funding must be the priority.

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Government
7:25 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Poll Finds Washington Gun Rights Initiative Losing Support

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 9:19 am

A new Elway Poll out Tuesday shows support for a gun rights measure on Washington’s fall ballot is flagging. Meanwhile, a dueling measure that would expand background checks remains popular.

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Highway Safety
1:46 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Cell Phone Use Partly To Blame For Skagit River Bridge Collapse

The Skagit River bridge after its collapse on March 23, 2013.
Credit Associated Press Photo/Elaine Thompson

Poor planning and distracted driving were two reasons for the collapse of the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River, federal officials said Tuesday.

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Teen Cancer
9:00 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Testicular Cancer Rate Rising Among Young Latinos

Testicular cancer is on the rise among young Latinos, according to a new study by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University Of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital.

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Taliban Swap
7:52 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Bergdahl Retains Lawyer For Army Investigation Into His Disappearance

File photo of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 5:45 pm

The investigation into Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s capture is ongoing. Bergdahl has retained a lawyer who will be with him during questioning by U.S. Army investigators. In the meantime, the former POW will return to regular duty at an Army base in Texas.

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Racism
7:52 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Idaho Tribe Seeks Information On Vandals Behind 'White Power' Message

Vandals defaced a sign off Highway 95 on the Coeur d'Alene Indian Reservation.

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 8:00 pm

The Coeur d'Alene Tribe in Idaho is asking for information that will lead to the person who wrote “white power” and other racist messages on a reservation historical marker over the weekend.

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Flight
7:51 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Moses Lake Selected As Test Flight Location For Mitsubishi Regional Jet

Japan-based Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation has announced plans to test its new regional jet in Moses Lake, Washington.

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 3:02 pm

It won’t just be Boeing jetliners flying lumbering test patterns over Moses Lake, Washington. Japan-based Mitsubishi Aircraft announced Monday it has selected Grant County International Airport as its U.S. test flight center to test its new 70 to 90 passenger regional jet. The test flights could start in the fall of 2015.

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Wildfires
7:51 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Weekend Lightning Could Lead To 'Sleeper' Fires

Firefighters along Highway 97A are battling the Mills Canyon fire in central Washington state.

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 4:22 pm

Wildfires continue to rage around the Northwest. and forecasters say weather conditions are ripe for more fires to develop in the coming days. 

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Early Childhood
12:06 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Long Before Babies Talk, They're Plotting Away

A baby sits in a magnetoencephalography brain scanner at the UW Institute for Learning and Brain Science while listening to vowel sounds.
Credit Institute for Learning and Brain Science / University of Washington

A University of Washington study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science gives clues about how talking to babies from an early age helps them say their first words.

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Moon Snails
8:16 am
Mon July 14, 2014

What's Killing Clams? Solve This Low Tide Mystery

Why did so many healthy clams turn up dead at low tide last week?
Credit KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

One of the lowest tides of the year this weekend revealed a "crime scene" at the beach at Golden Gardens Park in Seattle.

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Pets
7:46 am
Mon July 14, 2014

The Constitution Might Have Something To Say When Police Shoot Dogs

Video screengrab from the February dog shooting incident in Filer, Idaho.

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 8:50 am

A handful of recent incidents where police have shot pet dogs in Idaho have angered animal rights advocates. One dog owner in the small town of Filer has issued notice that he intends to sue the city over the death of his dog, Hooch.

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Soccer
7:46 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Want More World Cup? 2015 Women's Final In Vancouver, BC

File photo of BC Place in Vancouver, Canada

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 3:20 pm

Organizers of the next FIFA Women's World Cup hope to leverage the unusually high interest in this year's men's tournament in Brazil to their benefit. Group play and the 2015 World Cup final will take place just across the border in Vancouver, Canada.

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