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Hanford Site
8:38 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Hanford Whistleblowers: Senate Hearing Forces Few Answers Into The Open

File photo of Hanford whistlerblower Walt Tamosaitis testifying before the Senate Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight in 2011.
US Senate

Originally published on Tue March 11, 2014 4:17 pm

In Washington, D.C. Tuesday, Hanford whistleblowers Donna Busche and Walt Tamosaitis weren’t allowed to speak before a Senate hearing.

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Housing
8:36 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Elementary School Pilot Program Helps Family Escape Homelessness

Fifth grader Simya Gantt is doing better in school thanks to a unique program in Tacoma, Wash.
Taylor Winkel Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue March 11, 2014 4:17 pm

Across the country more than one million kids may not know where they’re going to sleep tonight.

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Wanapum Dam
8:35 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Old Questions About Newly-Exposed Bones On Columbia River Shore

Newly exposed riverbank sprawls out upstream on the Columbia River from Wanapum Dam
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue March 11, 2014 6:17 pm

Grant County officials and Native Americans are patrolling round the clock to keep sacred and sensitive sites protected on miles of exposed Columbia River shoreline.

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Disaster Debris
8:34 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Three Years Later, Where Did Japanese Tsunami Debris Go?

File photo of a fishing skiff found on the Washington coast in May 2013.
Eyewitness photo Wash. Marine Debris Task Force

Originally published on Tue March 11, 2014 4:26 pm

It's been exactly three years since a huge tsunami in March 2011 took thousands of lives in Japan and washed whole villages out to sea.

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Deportation Protest
10:06 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Tensions Increase As Tacoma Detention Center Hunger Strike Continues Into Day 5

This Friday, Oct. 17, 2008 file picture shows the "B" cell and bunk unit of the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Wash.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

More than a hundred detainees at an immigration lockup in Tacoma are entering their fifth day without food. The hunger strike began Friday, with about 750 people refusing to eat.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has stepped up medical observations for the protesters.

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EarthFix Reports
9:08 am
Tue March 11, 2014

An Undammed River’s Sediment Brings New Life Downstream

About 3 million cubic yards of sediment have been flushed down the Elwha River since dam removal began in 2011. That’s only 16 percent of what’s expected to move downstream in the next five years.
Credit EarthFix Photo/Katie Campbell

Anne Shaffer sits on the sandy shoreline of the Elwha River and looks around in amazement. Just two years ago, this area would have been under about 20 feet of water.

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Government Transparency
8:36 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Lobbyist-Paid Meals Legislation Appears To Die In Washington Statehouse

Robert S. Donovan Flickr

Originally published on Tue March 11, 2014 4:15 pm

It looks like Washington lawmakers may adjourn their 60-day legislative session without addressing the issue of lobbyist-paid entertainment.

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Concealed Weapons
8:35 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Idaho Students Make Last-Ditch Effort To Kill Guns-On-Campus Bill

File photo of the campus of Boise State University
Laura Gilmore Flickr

Originally published on Tue March 11, 2014 4:13 pm

Idaho university students are making a last-minute attempt to stop a measure that would allow people to carry concealed weapons on campus.

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SR 99 Tunnel
7:57 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Bertha's Very Bad Week, A Timeline

Tunneling crews discuss their progress as they operate Bertha in November 2013. Inch-by-inch progress data is collected and analyzed by dozens of monitors on the 57.5-foot-diameter machine as it tunnels its way beneath Seattle.
Credit Flickr Photo/WSDOT (CC-BY-NC-ND)

It’s been hard to get straight answers about what forced Bertha, the world's largest tunnel machine, to halt. It began boring July 30, 2013, and when Bertha broke down in December, it was ahead of schedule. Since then, the machine has been mostly idle beneath the Seattle waterfront. Project officials still haven't publicly identified a root cause.

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Industrial Zoning
10:18 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Development Planning For Sodo, Seattle's 'Gritty Backbone'

Sodo development is in the midst of tension between sports boosters and the maritime industry.
Credit Flickr Photo/ArtBrom (CC-BY-NC-ND)

The stadium district in Seattle is located at the northern end of a larger swath of the city that's officially known as the Duwamish Manufacturing and Industrial Center, but more commonly referred to as Sodo.

It’s the largest concentration of industrially zoned land in Seattle and home to Harbor Island, the largest container port facility in the Pacific Northwest, as well as the Seattle Seahawks, Sounders and Mariners teams.

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Deportation Protest
9:09 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Lockdown Lifted As Hunger Strike Continues At Tacoma Detention Center

The Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Immigration officials say a lockdown has been lifted at a Tacoma detention center where hundreds of detainees are involved in a hunger strike.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement say the lockdown that started Sunday at the area of the Northwest Detention Center holding violent offenders was a precaution. 

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EarthFix Reports
8:45 am
Mon March 10, 2014

All-Nighter On Climate Change To Keep US Senators Occupied

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., (center) tours PGE's Smart Power Center in Salem, Ore. Wyden and other Northwest Democratic senators plan to take part in an all-night climate change talkathon on the U.S. Senate floor.
Credit Flickr Photo/Portland General Electric (CC BY-NC-ND)

They don’t have plans for a filibuster, since they lack a bill and a scheduled vote. But more than two dozen Democratic U.S. lawmakers do have a lot to say about the perils of climate change — along with a free Monday night and access to the floor of the U.S. Senate.

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EarthFix Reports
8:43 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Report Looks At Columbia Generating Station Safety

A new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists says the Northwest’s only commercial nuclear power plant reported three safety problems in 2013. Officials at the plant say the problems have been fixed.
Flickr Creative Commons: NRCgov

Originally published on Fri March 7, 2014 4:08 pm

RICHLAND, Wash. -- A new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists says the Northwest’s only commercial nuclear power plant reported three safety problems in 2013. Officials at the plant say the problems have been fixed.

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Government
8:40 am
Mon March 10, 2014

End In Sight For Washington Legislature, But Still Plenty Of Work To Do

Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri March 7, 2014 3:52 pm

Washington lawmakers are in the home stretch – or at least they hope they are. The current 60-day session is supposed to adjourn this coming Thursday.

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EarthFix Reports
8:36 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Improving River Health With Natural Infrastructure And Incentives

Craig Burns' hazelnut farm abuts the McKenzie River northeast of Eugene, Ore. A new voluntary program provides incentives for property owners to ensure their land is managed in ways that improve the river's health.
Amelia Templeton

Originally published on Mon March 10, 2014 2:00 am

For decades, the government has enforced regulations to protect and improve water quality. But what about rewarding people for voluntarily managing their land in ways that keep rivers cool and clean?

It's an approach that's underway along two Oregon watersheds: the McKenzie River east of Eugene and the Rogue River near Medford.

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