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5:05 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Oregon Revenue Forecast Steady, But Kicker A Possibility

Oregon's economy is humming along at a good clip, according to the latest outlook released Wednesday by state economists.

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6:47 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Kitzhaber Creates Commission To Study Capitol Statue Squabble

A statue of early pioneer missionary Jason Lee stands in the U.S. Capitol Building ... for now.

Each state is represented by two statues in the United States Capitol Building. Some Oregon lawmakers have tried repeatedly to replace one of their state's specimens.

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5:24 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Nearly $9 Million And Counting For Washington Fall Ballot Measures

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 2:08 pm

Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct the aggregate amount of money raised by the campaigns.

Washington’s November election will decide three statewide ballot measures. So far, nearly $9 million has flowed to these campaigns. And it’s still early.

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4:59 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Recall Effort In Southern Oregon City Falls Short

Breeze Botanicals owner Brie Malarkey stands in front of the medical marijuana dispensary at the heart of a recall election in Gold Hill, Oregon.

An attempt to remove most of the city council in the southern Oregon city of Gold Hill has fallen short.

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5:53 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Washington Supreme Court Puts Hospital Boarding Decision On Hold

File photo of The Temple of Justice in Olympia, Washington

The state of Washington will not have to start discharging severely mentally ill patients starting this week. The Supreme Court Monday put a hold on a recent ruling that says it’s illegal for the state to “board” psychiatric patients in non-psychiatric hospital beds.

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5:04 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

After Wildfires, Dams Fail In North Central Washington

Water from thunderstorms last week ran down barren hillsides and funneled into the canyons below.

The State of Washington and residents in Okanogan County are concerned that more small dams could be at risk of failing after three of them burst in a thunderstorm event last week near Twisp in northcentral Washington.

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9:01 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Washington Seeks Emergency Stay On Psychiatric Boarding Ruling

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The Washington Supreme Court recently ruled it’s illegal for the state to “board” mental health patients in emergency rooms and regular hospital beds.

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Voting Rights
8:33 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Federal Judge: Yakima Election System Disenfranchises Latino Voters

File photo. More than four in 10 residents in Yakima are Hispanic, but Sonia Rodriguez True still lost her race for city council in 2009.

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 9:08 am

A federal judge has ruled that the way city council members are elected in Yakima, Washington, disenfranchises Latino voters.

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9:36 pm
Sun August 24, 2014

Twisp Digs Out From Flash Flooding After Carlton Complex Fires

Maggie Garrett's jeans were caked with mud after she went up Finley Canyon Thursday to save her eight horses.

Maggie Garrett’s eight Arabian and Appaloosa horses whinnied and struggled last Thursday night in their pens, mud up to their bellies. Garrett had jumped in a truck with her neighbor to save the horses she calls her babies from drowning in a flash flood.

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5:32 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Wildfires Still Rage Amid Mudslides In Central Washington

Crews build a fire line at the Carlton Complex.

The National Weather Service says slow-moving storms creeping through Central Washington could bring another round of mudslides this evening.

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5:23 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Benson Creek Road Residents Sort Their Life Out Of A Torrent Of Muck

Aaron Dunlap digs his SUV out of sand and mud that washed over his cannabis farm in a flash flood near Twisp, Washington, Thursday night.

Residents are digging out from flooding that looks 300 yards wide in some places after mudslides brought down hillsides and torrents of mud ran down creeks outside of Twisp, Washington, Thursday night.

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4:35 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Comic Book Aims To Boost Earthquake Preparedness

Dark Horse Comics produced a 12-page booklet to educate the public about earthquake preparedness.

Emergency managers in Oregon have a new tool to educate the public about earthquake preparedness. It's a comic book. And it's co-produced by one of the nation's top comic book publishers.

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2:24 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Houses In Mud, Fish On Land After Twisp Landslides

Aaron Dunlap found his car stuck in the sand after flash floods hit his cannabis farm Thursday near Twisp, Washington.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 4:55 pm

Aaron Dunlap started Friday morning with his car stuck in sand and a fish stuck in the dirt outside his cannabis farm. Dunlap is one of many people stuck digging themselves out today after landslides and flash floods near Twisp, Washington.

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8:41 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Marijuana Dispensary Leads To Small Town Political Showdown

Brie Malarkey owns Breeze Botanicals in Gold Hill, Oregon.

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 4:56 pm

The town of Gold Hill, Oregon is in turmoil. Two-thirds of its City Council is the subject of a recall election on Monday.

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2:08 am
Fri August 22, 2014

After The Fire, Landslides Near Twisp

The boot of a rancher as he surveys the damage near Twisp, Wash.

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 5:11 pm

Heavy rains near Twisp, Washingon, have triggered flash floods and landslides on hills and ranches left charred by the Carlton Complex wildfire. Highways have been closed in Okanogan County and traffic has been rerouted.

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6:25 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Washington Supreme Court Sets Standard For Post-Conviction DNA Testing

File of the Temple of Justice in Olympia, Washington.

Washington’s Supreme Court may have just made it easier for prison inmates to try to get their convictions overturned through DNA testing.

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4:25 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

GAO Finds Bergdahl Prisoner Swap Broke Federal Law

File photo of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

An independent government investigation out Thursday finds the Pentagon broke the law when it swapped five members of the Taliban for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl of Idaho.

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9:29 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Major Parties Oppose Oregon's Top Two Primary Ballot Measure

The Citizens Initiative Review, a group of Oregon voters brought together to consider the pros and cons of a Top Two primary system, have issued their recommendation: They're against it.

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9:19 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Can Midwives Help Reduce The Number Of C-Sections?

Sarah Meyer (right), a midwife, was recently hired by Whidbey General Hospital as part of a plan to reduce its C-section rate.

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 12:37 pm

There was a time when midwives delivered most babies. But in recent decades in the U.S., that practice has become the domain of obstetricians.

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Environment
6:13 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

EPA Says Idaho Must Clean Up The Air In The Silver Valley

File photo. Wood stoves are a major contributor to air pollution throughout the Northwest.

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 6:03 pm

The EPA has given the state of Idaho notice that a corner of the Idaho panhandle isn't meeting stricter new air quality standards. The agency intends to change that by forcing the state to reduce what are called “fine particulates” in the air.

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