Environment
9:45 am
Tue December 6, 2011

Jordan Cove : Decision On Gas Export License Could Come This Week (script)

The boom in natural gas drilling in the U.S. has led a handful of companies to propose liquefying the gas for export. one project in Oregon could be close to a decision on its export license.

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Park rules
9:30 am
Tue December 6, 2011

Vancouver, Wash., council bans tobacco in city parks

The freedom to smoke no longer includes parks in Vancouver, Wash.
Simen Svale Skogsrud Flickr

VANCOUVER, Wash. — The Vancouver City Council voted Monday to ban tobacco from city parks and recreation centers.

The council heard from at least one speaker who called the ban a form of discrimination.

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Law
9:07 am
Tue December 6, 2011

Novice rustlers may have shot Woodland cattle

WOODLAND, Wash. — Woodland rancher Bob Smith says he's selling off the 25 cattle remaining in his herd because of recent attacks that may be the work of novice rustlers.

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Budget crisis
9:04 am
Tue December 6, 2011

Washington parks face emergency budget cuts

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington’s state park system is facing an emergency funding crisis. The Parks Commission will meet Tuesday to vote on a plan to immediately cut $11 million from the budget.

The crisis comes as sales of the new Discover Pass lag.

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Books
4:30 am
Tue December 6, 2011

Gerry Hadden covers his years as an NPR foreign correspondent

Central American migrants wait for nightfall just south of the U.S. border outside Sasabe, Mexico.
Gerry Hadden

Any dedicated public radio listener has probably wondered what it's like to be a foreign correspondent for NPR. Reporter Gerry Hadden gives us a glimpse into that world in his memoir, Never the Hope Itself.

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Street Cents
4:28 am
Tue December 6, 2011

For some, the gamble of an adjustable-rate mortgage pays off

Low interest rates making headlines. That's good news for adjusting or locking in a mortgage.

KPLU's John Maynard bought a condo in 2007 – at the height of the market. He took out an adjustable-rate mortgage that's "adjusting" in June.

That's turned out to be good news for Maynard, who's mortgage payment will go down considerably since interest rates are low right now and expected to be so for quite some time.

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Other News
4:48 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

Postal Service changes mean earlier deadline to mail ballots in Oregon

SALEM, Ore. - Oregon vote-by-mail system will be affected by plans to cut next-day delivery of first class mail. The US Postal Service announced that change in service Monday.

Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown says once the new delivery standard takes effect, voters should mail their ballots by the Thursday prior to a Tuesday election, just to be safe.

But Brown says she still wants voters to have enough time to make up their minds. So she says she'll ask lawmakers to approve an earlier date for county elections offices to mail out ballots.

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Environment
3:41 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

Federal nuclear watchdog says Hanford safety culture still an issue

Originally published on Mon December 5, 2011 3:18 pm

RICHLAND, Wash. – A report last week says the safety culture at Hanford's waste treatment plant is largely OK. But now, a federal nuclear facilities watchdog says he sees it differently.

Hanford's waste treatment plant contractor Bechtel commissioned the report. It was carried out by a small cadre of nuclear experts. It found that Hanford's waste treatment plant had, overall, a good safety culture.

That's been the subject of much debate ever since a high-level whistleblower came forward criticizing the $12 billion project.

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Law
3:30 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

Amanda Knox hires top literary agent

Amanda Knox is surrounded by family members shortly after her arrival at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in October in Seattle.
Associated Press

Amanda Knox says she's hired a Washington, D.C., lawyer to help her land a book deal after an Italian court cleared her and her ex-boyfriend in the killing of her British roommate.

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Welcome Home
3:11 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

JBLM soldiers returning from Iraq

As of Tuesday, nearly all of Joint Base Lewis McChord's soldiers will have left Iraq. 

A group of 170 soldiers is returning to JBLM on Tuesday. It includes members of the 17th Fires Brigade and 62nd Medical Brigade. Their charter flight arrives at McChord Field at 4 p.m.

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