Environment
11:39 am
Mon December 5, 2011

Elk hunt on Hanford Reach controversial with tribes

Elk on the Hanford Reach National Monument in southeast Washington. Photo courtesy Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Originally published on Fri December 2, 2011 3:54 pm

RICHLAND, Wash. – A plan to allow elk hunting on the Hanford Reach National Monument is getting mixed reviews from Northwest tribes. The highly-protected area in southeast Washington used to be part of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation and much of it has been long closed to the public.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife's elk hunting plan calls for killing about half the herd to bring it down to 350 animals. The aim is to protect fragile sagebrush wildlands.

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Shots - Health Blog
11:17 am
Mon December 5, 2011

Teens aren't the rampant sexting maniacs we thought

They're probably just texting their moms.
Mark Rose iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Mon December 5, 2011 9:47 am

Teens sharing totally inappropriate naked photos on their phones: Sexting sounded so plausible, it just had to be true.

But now it turns out that's the vast majority of teenagers aren't sexting at all.

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Other News
11:16 am
Mon December 5, 2011

Some doctors turn their backs on insurance (script)

Doctor Manya Helman runs a small clinic in a Salem office building. After 20 years in practice, she recently decided not to accept insurance payments anymore.

Manya Helman: "I'm actually enjoying practicing medicine for the first time since I started practice."
She says she can take as much time as she wants with a patient and her business doesn't have to deal with all the paperwork.

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News
10:40 am
Mon December 5, 2011

Oregon Prison guard's death ruled 'line of duty'

Officer Buddy Herron. Photo courtesy Oregon Sept. of Corrections

Originally published on Fri December 2, 2011 2:46 pm

Corrections officers and state officials will gather in Pendleton Monday to give full honors to an eastern Oregon prison guard who was murdered. Buddy Herron was killed last week when he stopped to help what he thought was a stranded motorist.

Herron was on his way to a night shift job at the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution when he was killed. Prosecutors have charged 22-year-old Joshua Weeks with murder.

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Economy
10:36 am
Mon December 5, 2011

European Union complies with WTO Airbus ruling

An Airbus A380. European officials say they've now dropped all illegal subsidies for the Boeing rival. Photo by Kentaro Iemoto/Flickr

Originally published on Fri December 2, 2011 3:01 pm

European officials say they've now dropped all illegal subsidies for Boeing rival Airbus. That's after the World Trade Organization ruled the EU had given billions of dollars worth of improper aid to the European aircraft builder.

This is the latest installment of the seven-year-long saga between the world's two largest makers of jetliners. The Europeans have grudgingly enacted a package of changes that withdraw the supports they gave Airbus.

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Transportation
4:30 am
Mon December 5, 2011

520 tolls could push traffic into towns north of Lake Washington

SR 520 toll rate sign installation on the eastbound lane this past summer.
WSDOT

It’s not yet clear exactly when, but sometime in December, the state Department of Transportation is due to start collecting tolls on the 520 Bridge.

Cities along the northern edge of Lake Washington have been bracing themselves for the change. 

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Artscape
7:00 pm
Sun December 4, 2011

'Promising Objects' offers interactive art in Victoria

Alison MacTaggart's demonstrates how her giant gourd emits spooky sounds when somebody comes near.
Katherine Banwell KPLU

Eerie sounds from vegetables and sculptures that look like happy caterpillars. Those are some of the "promising objects" you'll find in an exhibit of the same name. The show is at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and features the art of Alison MacTaggart.

MacTaggart likes creating art that has a familiar aspect to it but something unfamiliar as well. The results are quirky sculptures that are cheerful and noisy. They encourage all sorts of communication and show visitors her sense of humor.

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Business
9:00 am
Sat December 3, 2011

Cyber sales tax has winners and losers in Northwest

Amazon is eager to cast the sales tax net over all but the smallest online retailers.
Associated Press

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This holiday shopping season, buying online is bigger than ever. That’s got Congress taking a new look at an old fight: Internet sales tax.

One Oregon lawmaker – and Washington's state online giant – are front-and-center in the debate.

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Protesting Wall Street
5:04 pm
Fri December 2, 2011

Seattle college can evict Occupy protesters, judge rules

A camper at Occupy Seattle pulls on a jacket and walks among the dozens of tents there at Seattle Central Community College Nov. 15. A judge says they all have to go.
Associated Press

A Thurston County Superior Court judge says Seattle Central Community College can evict Occupy protesters who have been staying on campus.

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Festivals and Events
3:48 pm
Fri December 2, 2011

3 things this weekend: Jazz and holiday celebration

Dance Victoria

Thanksgiving is over, but the holiday season is just beginning. This weekend has some exciting stuff in store. Legendary Jazz pianist Chick Corea is in town and much, more!

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