Environment
4:38 pm
Wed August 17, 2011

Plastic bag opponents make their case city-by-city

NEWPORT, Ore. – Advocates of banning plastic grocery bags are taking their cause to smaller cities. An effort to ban the bags statewide failed in both the Oregon and Washington legislatures this year.

Now, supporters are making their case to city councils across the Northwest.

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Fisheries
3:18 pm
Wed August 17, 2011

Efforts growing to control the smaller fish of the seas

School of Pacific Jack Mackerel at Santa Catalina Island, Calif.
Aleph1 Flickr

WARRENTON, Ore. – Perhaps you've had salmon, tuna or swordfish for dinner recently. Or maybe it's on the menu tonight. Every big fish that lands on your plate got that big by eating lots and lots of little fish.

If you don't have abundant small fish in the ocean, you won't have the big fish. That's why some scientists, fishery managers and advocacy groups are paying more attention to the small prey in the sea.

Some environmental group now also want tighter regulation, and that's making fishermen nervous.

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Environment
3:00 pm
Wed August 17, 2011

Volunteers needed for annual count of bicyclists and pedestrians

Participants in the Cascade Bicycle Club's Chilly Hilly ride, gathering at Seattle's Coleman Dock for the ferry trip to Bainbridge Island. Feb 27, 2011
WSDOT flickr.com

It's become an autumn tradition: the annual survey of bicyclists and pedestrians in Washington. For the fourth year in a row, volunteers are needed to help the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and Cascade Bicycle Club take a statistical snapshot of the number of people who get around by walking and biking.

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War in Afghanistan
12:20 pm
Wed August 17, 2011

U.S. designates Idaho soldier's captor as terrorist

A Taliban video from December 2010 is believed to show captured U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl with Mullah Sangeen Zadran.
courtesy of IntelCenter

The Obama administration has officially designated the man linked with the capture of a Northwest soldier as a terrorist. Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey, Idaho, is the only U.S. soldier in Taliban captivity.

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Wildlife assaults
12:12 pm
Wed August 17, 2011

NW officials: Keep your distance from mountain goats

courtesy of Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife

RICHLAND, Wash. –Wild life officials and park managers are refining a better strategy to keep aggressive mountain goats at bay, but steering clear of goats is a good first step.

A hiker was gored to death by a big mountain goat in the Olympic National Park last fall. And just recently, Wenatchee National Forest rangers fielded multiple complaints about an aggressive goat in the hills near Ellensburg.

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Law
11:58 am
Wed August 17, 2011

Family of Lakewood officer Griswold joins litigation against state

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The family of slain Lakewood police officer Tina Griswold has filed a notice to sue the state of Washington over its handling of Maurice Clemmons. He's the Arkansas parolee who gunned down Griswold and three of her fellow officers in a coffee shop in 2009. Clemmons was later shot dead by Seattle police.

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Insurance fight
11:50 am
Wed August 17, 2011

Regence BlueShield fined $100,000 over IUD removal

OLYMPIA, Wash. – One of Washington’s largest health insurers faces a hefty fine for refusing to pay for the removal of a certain type of birth control device.

Regence BlueShield will pay a $100,000 penalty for improperly denying claims from nearly 1,000 women. The women had their IUDs removed because the device was outdated or they wanted to try to have a baby.

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Pacific laboratory
11:40 am
Wed August 17, 2011

Roman artifact helps nuclear storage research

Denis Strachan, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory fellow, traveled to Italy last summer in search of the corroded glass to study how modern-day glass will hold up when storing nuclear waste.
Northwest News Network

Scientists are experimenting with 1,800-year-old glass to better understand how nuclear waste storage will hold up for millennia to come.

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Seattle History
11:05 am
Wed August 17, 2011

Amazon founder Bezos gives Seattle museum $10 million

An artist's depiction of the armory's interior after renovations are made to house the Museum of History and Industry.
Courtesy of Museum of History and Industry

A Seattle history museum says Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos has given the institution a $10 million gift.

It's the largest donation in the 59-year history of the Museum of History and Industry. The money will be used to establish a "Center for Innovation" at the new home of the museum, which is set to open in fall 2012.

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Economy
10:43 am
Wed August 17, 2011

Wash. jobless rate notches back up to 9.3 percent

Washington's jobless rate is turning back up, reaching 9.3 percent in July after falling to as low as 9.1 percent earlier this year.

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