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April 23, 2014 at 10:34 PM

Waste-to-power facility may have used fetal tissue

PORTLAND (AP) — An Oregon commission has ordered a waste-to-power facility to stop accepting boxed medical waste after learning it might be using the remains of aborted fetuses from British Columbia to generate electricity. Sam Brentano, chairman of the Marion County board of commissioners, said late Thursday the board is taking immediate action to prohibit human…

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April 18, 2014 at 8:18 PM

High-surf advisory issued for Washington coast

The Associated Press Clam diggers on the Washington coast this weekend should be alert for big waves. The National Weather Service forecasts a high surf Saturday night into Sunday, with 16- to 19-foot waves. Forecasters say the waves could race up beaches farther than normal and surprise diggers. The state Fish and Wildlife Department has approved More

0 Comments | More in General news, Weather Beat | Topics: clam digging, Copalis, Long Beach

April 17, 2014 at 9:21 PM

No charges planned in fake child-abduction in Sequim

SEQUIM (AP) — No charges are planned against twin brothers who say they’re responsible for staging a fake child abduction in a park that terrified onlookers who thought it was real, a prosecutor said Thursday. “Scaring the hell out of people is not, as far as I can determine, a crime,” City Attorney Craig Ritchie told…

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April 16, 2014 at 8:22 PM

Man uses Portland reservoir as toilet; city plans to flush it

PORTLAND (AP) — Portland officials are once again preparing to flush millions of gallons of treated water because someone urinated in a city reservoir. Water Bureau Administrator David Shaff said 38 million gallons will be discarded after a 19-year-old was videotaped in the act Wednesday. Three years ago, the city drained a 7.5-million-gallon reservoir at the same…

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0 Comments | More in General news | Topics: Mount Tabor reservoir

April 15, 2014 at 9:58 PM

Obama signs legislation to protect Green Mountain Lookout

SEATTLE (AP) — Members of Washington’s congressional delegation say President Obama has signed legislation protecting the popular Green Mountain Lookout in the Glacier Peak Wilderness. A federal judge had ordered the lookout removed after an environmental group sued. U.S. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, as well as Reps. Suzan DelBene and Rick Larsen say the legislation…

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April 15, 2014 at 9:29 PM

Tribe decides to reopen Lake Quinault to nontribal use

TAHOLAH, Grays Harbor County (AP) — The president of the Quinault Indian Nation says the tribe has decided to reopen Lake Quinault to nontribal use under new regulations. The tribe closed the Olympic Peninsula lake last June, citing pollution problems, unsafe activities, invasive species issues and diminished fish runs. President Fawn Sharp said Tuesday the tribe will…

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0 Comments | More in General news | Topics: travel, weekend getaways

April 15, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Dish Network agrees to reimburse ‘Washington surcharge’

SEATTLE (AP) — Dish Network will reimburse Washington state customers about $2 million for a surcharge officials called deceptive, but the satellite TV provider denied wrongdoing in the agreement announced Tuesday by the state Attorney General’s Office. The Colorado-based company also will give existing customers who were charged the fee cash credit or access to free…

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April 11, 2014 at 6:18 PM

CenturyLink blames Thursday’s 911 outage on a 3rd-party vendor

The statewide 911 outage in the early hours of Thursday morning was caused by an unnamed, third-party vendor, according to a news release CenturyLink put out today. The release offers little more explanation that that, saying: The 911 outage which occurred in Washington on April 10 was not related to CenturyLink’s network, but due to a technical…

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March 21, 2014 at 9:20 PM

NTSB issues initial report into Tuesday’s fatal helicopter crash

The National Transportation Safety Board tonight released its preliminary report into the crash of the KOMO news helicopter in Seattle on Tuesday morning. The report can be found here. The safety board says a prelimary review of three security-camera recordings show the helicopter began rotating counterclockwise during its takeoff sequence and rose  slightly before it pitched…

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