OPB Headlines for Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012

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Ore. Republican Party Looks To What's Next

OPB | Nov. 14, 2012 7 p.m.

Republicans in Oregon haven't won statewide office for 10 years, and experienced setback with this year's elections. What does this mean for the future of the party?

Portland Commuters Are Driving More, Taking Transit Less

OPB | Nov. 14, 2012 5:59 p.m.

People working in downtown Portland are driving more than riding transit to their jobs, according to surveys conducted by the Portland Business Alliance.

Wyden Blocks Legislation Aimed At Curbing Leaks

OPB | Nov. 14, 2012 5:54 p.m.

Senator Ron Wyden announced Wednesday that he’s blocking legislation aimed at curbing intelligence leaks.

Ore. Congressman Gets Republican Leadership Post

OPB | Nov. 14, 2012 5:49 p.m.

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives have tapped Oregon Congressman Greg Walden for a top leadership post.

Hanford Managers Mull Solutions For Leaky Tanks

Northwest News Network | Nov. 14, 2012 5:31 p.m.

Some decisions made over the last 40 years at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation are coming back to haunt the site’s current ...

Study: Changing Climate + Grazing Cattle = Bad Combo

OPB | Nov. 14, 2012 5:28 p.m.

An Oregon State University professor is among eight researchers whose new study calls on federal land managers to reduce livestock grazing on public rangeland. The report concludes that the combined effects of climate change and grazing can damage the soil and water.

A Plumaged Pilgrimage: How Wild Turkeys Came To The Northwest

Northwest News Network | Nov. 14, 2012 5 p.m.

The turkey is not native to the Pacific Northwest. The wild turkeys you may have seen here are part of the bird’s comeback ...

Wolf Trapping Season Set To Open In Idaho

Northwest News Network | Nov. 14, 2012 4:13 p.m.

The gray wolf remains on state endangered species lists in Oregon and Washington. But in Idaho, the state opens wolf ...

Portland Changes Police Use-Of-Force Policies

OPB | Nov. 14, 2012 4:10 p.m.

Portland city commissioners voted Wednesday to accept an agreement with the U.S. Civil Rights Division that outlines intended changes to the police bureau's use of force policy.

Bend Leaders Try To Get Water Project Back On Track

OPB | Nov. 14, 2012 3:20 p.m.

City leaders in Bend say they plan to change the scope of a stalled $70 million surface water system in order to get the project back-on-track. 

Practicality Of 'No New Taxes' Pledge Debated In Olympia

Northwest News Network | Nov. 14, 2012 3:14 p.m.

A new revenue outlook in Olympia that shows a shortfall is putting renewed attention on promises not to raise taxes.

Inslee Says He Will Back Will Of Voters On Marijuana Legalization

Northwest News Network | Nov. 14, 2012 2:52 p.m.

Jay Inslee says states are the incubators of new ideas -– and that should extend to marijuana legalization.

Sgt. Bales' State Of Mind Key To Defense In War Crimes Case

Northwest News Network | Nov. 14, 2012 2:01 p.m.

The Army will decide whether the evidence against Staff Sgt. Robert Bales supports a full court martial and whether the ...

Oregon Has 7 Entries In Federal 'Race To The Top'

OPB | Nov. 14, 2012 12:37 p.m.

The federal  “Race to the Top” school district competition has drawn seven applications from Oregon.

Unemployment Rate Continues 'Statistically Insignificant' Moves In Right Direction

OPB | Nov. 14, 2012 11:33 a.m.

Oregon's unemployment rate remained relatively steady last month. Its drop was statistically insignificant.

Hanford Officials Prepare For Worst With Leaking Tank

Northwest News Network | Nov. 14, 2012 8:53 a.m.

Workers at Hanford are readying pumping equipment at a slow-leaking radioactive waste tank in case the leak gets worse.

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