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Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson
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Ross Reynolds talks with Washington state's Attorney General Bob Ferguson about his proposal to crack down on "patent trolls."

This story is the latest in NPR's Cities Project.

Fifteen minutes north of the iconic Vegas Strip is the economically depressed downtown Las Vegas, a much-forgotten part of town. It's also an area of tremendous change in recent years, since it's the heart of tech billionaire Tony Hsieh's ambitious Downtown Project — an effort that's part urban revitalization, part social experiment.

Three years in, it's not going as quickly as he expected.

A judge ruled Tuesday that dairies are contaminating drinking water in Washington’s Yakima Valley.

The ruling stems from a lawsuit filed by two environmental groups after an EPA study linked the dairies to high nitrate levels in residential drinking wells.

A popular gift now for Chinese New Year is a box of red apples from Washington. But Northwest shippers say a labor dispute at West Coast ports is jeopardizing that lucrative overseas market.

The Green Bay Packers are the only community-owned NFL team.
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Marcie Sillman talks with Dave Zirin, sports editor of The Nation magazine, about the Green Bay Packers, the only community-owned NFL team.

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Did you know that fur is still a big industry in Seattle?

One of the main ways this region became settled and explored was by fur trappers in the early 19th century. And fur farms are still scattered throughout Washington.

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Billionaire Elon Musk says he’s setting up an engineering center in Seattle that could have 1,000 workers within three or four years.

Musk is CEO of Space Exploration Technologies. He made his name as co-founder of PayPal and designer of the Tesla electric car. He made the announcement in a conference call with journalists at Bloomberg.

China is now on the growing list of countries that won’t accept poultry or eggs from the U.S.

After discoveries of avian flu in Washington state and Oregon, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and state officials are testing flocks near the latest outbreaks in southeast Washington.

biotech file photo
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Marcie Sillman talks to Luke Timmerman about the growth of a Seattle biotech company, Adaptive Biotechnologies, and what it means for the city's biotechnology industry.

Dredging of the Lower Snake River started Monday after a delay of several weeks due to a court challenge.

Amazon's "Transparent" received two Golden Globes on Sunday.
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Marcie Sillman talks with Todd Bishop, GeekWire co-founder, about Amazon's big win at the Golden Globes. They also discuss the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. 

After several Northwest backyard flocks turned up with avian flu, U.S. egg and poultry exports are being banned around the world - in South Korea, South Africa and the European Union so far.

Gyasi Ross, writer and lawyer.
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Last year, I had a big business meeting in New York and a reading for my new book, "How to Say I Love You in Indian," at the American Indian Community House in Midtown Manhattan. 

For some inexplicable reason, some television folks were interested in me doing television work. Look, I’m from the rez – we’re hunter-gatherers. If someone is willing to give me free food and an opportunity to provide for my family and me, I’m definitely going to be there. The lunch meeting was at noon. I usually fly red-eyes so I can tuck my son into bed and spend as much time with him before I leave. This time, however, I wanted to be well-prepared and rested, so I flew the night before.  

First half of the flight was cool. I wore my comfortable flying clothes – camouflage sweats, camouflage sweatshirt, braids and a skullcap. 

Ross Reynolds talks with John Nichols, Washington correspondent for The Nation, about the role of federal mediators in settling labor disputes.

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