OPB Headlines for Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012

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DA, Defense Attorney Face Charges In Washington County Case

Sept. 27, 2012 8:45 p.m.

A judge, a district attorney, and a defense attorney are facing charges in an unusual case involving the commitment of a mentally ill man in Washington County.

Successful Seniors Start Out As Playful Preschoolers

Sept. 27, 2012 7:25 p.m.

Oregon’s latest education reform effort is focused on making sure all seniors in the Class of 2025 graduate from high school. Those are today’s kindergartners.

Columbia River Spill Comes During Oil Spill Readiness Hearings

N3 | Sept. 27, 2012 5:17 p.m.

Just as Washington environmental regulators finish up a series of meetings on oil spill readiness, a half-mile sheen ...

Court Upholds Damage Award In Farm Guest Workers Case

N3 | Sept. 27, 2012 4:18 p.m.

The Washington Supreme Court weighed in on case that has implications for labor shortages at Northwest farms and orchards.

SoloPower Opens Portland Manufacturing Plant

Sept. 27, 2012 3:19 p.m.

San Diego-based SoloPower celebrated the opening of its new flexible solar panel manufacturing plant in Portland Thursday.

Newberry Geothermal Project Will Use Hot Rocks To Make Steam

Sept. 27, 2012 3:11 p.m.

Backers of an experimental geothermal project in Central Oregon say they're ready to begin the next phase of a plan to create a more cost-effective way of turning underground heat into electricity.

Alpha Male Wolf In Wedge Pack Killed, Ending State Hunt

Northwest News Network | Sept. 27, 2012 2:52 p.m.

Washington wildlife managers say the hunt for a pack of grey wolves is over. A state marksman killed the alpha male of the pack Thursday in far northeast Washington. The department has killed a total of seven wolves from the Wedge Pack since August.

Columbia River Spill Comes During Series Of Oil Spill Readiness Hearings

Northwest News Network | Sept. 27, 2012 2:44 p.m.

Just as Washington environmental regulators finish up a series of meetings on oil spill readiness, a half-mile sheen appeared on the Columbia River near Longview. Contractors quickly contained the diesel spill this week. It's one of about 1,800 spills in Oregon and Washington each year.

Deployment of Nation's First Big-Scale Wave Project Delayed On Oregon Coast

EarthTechling | Sept. 27, 2012 2:08 p.m.

Citing weather concerns, Ocean Power Technologies pushes deployment of the first commercial utility-scale wave generating device in the U.S. from October to next spring. The project remains destined for a spot near the Oregon coastal town of Reedsport.

Businesses Use Portland's 'Weird' Vibe To Attract Businesses

Sept. 27, 2012 1:59 p.m.

The greater Portland area is seeing an up-tick in economic activity. Businesses that need qualified employees are using the city's reputation as "weird" to attract talent.

Poll Shows Strong Support For Wave Energy on Oregon Coast

OPB | Sept. 27, 2012 1:11 p.m.

Residents along the Oregon Coast are big supporters of wave energy, according to survey results released Thursday. Developers have identified Oregon as one of the best places in the United States to install wave energy buoys.

Our Town: La Pine

Sept. 27, 2012 10:56 a.m.

The Central Oregon town of La Pine is the most recently incorporated city in the state. We're in town to find out more about the community, and how to build a city from scratch.

Coast Guard Responds To Boat Leaking In Columbia

Sept. 27, 2012 7 a.m.

The Coast Guard and Washington Department of Ecology worked Wednesday to patch a vessel that was leaking diesel fuel in the Columbia River near Longview, Washington.

Number Of Eligible Latino Voters Increasing, But Will They Vote?

NNN | Sept. 27, 2012 6:23 a.m.

The DREAM Act has created a path to citizenship for children of undocumented immigrants, but young people -- not matter what their ethnicity -- are much less likely to vote than older people.

Wolf Kills Create Blowback For State, Conservation Group

Northwest News Network | Sept. 27, 2012 5:04 a.m.

Washington wildlife officials killed three more grey wolves near the Canadian border Wednesday. That brings the total kill to five this week.

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