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New Coastal Bulk Terminals Bring New Spill Risks

May 25, 2014

Elected and civic leaders in Washington State are increasingly concerned about huge increases in the quantity of oil and coal being hauled across the state. A new study by the Puget Sound Partnership suggests they may have good reason to fret.

El Nino Awakening After Long Hiatus

May 23, 2014

Members of an obscure state agency - the Water Supply Availability Committee - thought their work was done last week after hearing about a late winter onslaught of snow, meaning normal snowpacks and good spring runoff. 

But wait a minute there. They reckoned without a revived El Nino.

If you're not a fan of Washington State's annual 30-dollar Discover Pass to get into state parks, there's a way to beat the fee. The Department of Natural Resources is willing to swap sweat equity for cash.

Clover Sprouts Causing Illness in Northwest

May 21, 2014
Paige Browning / Spokane Public Radio

Health officials have advised people not to eat clover sprouts until further notice because of a possible link to E. coli. 10 people have become ill from E. coli in Washington and Idaho since May 1st, and half of them were hospitalized. 

A well-organized and financed drive to create a national monument in Idaho's scenic Boulder-White Clouds backcountry is generating some push-back from a grassroots g roup. Patrick and Jenny Seefried live in MacKay Idaho on the eastern boundary of the proposed 570,000 acre national monument. They're opposed to any new protections for the rugged area.

Oregon Member of Congress Wants to Trash Reports

May 20, 2014

In the name of oversight, Congress demands thousands of reports each year from hundreds of federal agencies. But at least one Oregon member of Congress thinks it's silly to waste money on reports that are often never read, much less acted upon.

Coal-fired Power Plants in Governor's Crosshairs

May 19, 2014

Another round is beginning in the fight over clean-energy versus cheap-energy in the northwest. Washington Governor Jay Inslee is arm-twisting utilities - including Avista - to wean themselves off coal-generated power over the next several years.

The local race for Spokane county prosecutor includes a man who has worked as a lawyer for the past 24 years, and says it’s  time serious reforms of the system takes place. Breann Beggs says it’s time the status quo in the county justice system be shaken up.

Train derailments are not common in Spokane- the last major one happened in 1991. But in preparation for the worst, emergency managers did an exercise Monday to practice responding to a train derailment that involves hazardous materials.

Spokane will have its first charter school, Pride Prep, in 2015. It’s a major talking point among teachers and parents, but charters are just the tip of the iceberg for options in Spokane Public Schools. The district wants all parents to know the options, and is hosting a public meeting Monday.