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Investigation Will Determine If Klamath Irrigators’ Group Misused Federal Funds

OPB/EarthFix | July 2, 2015 3:45 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

The U.S. Interior Department has been ordered to investigate alleged misuse of federal funds that were earmarked to benefit fish and wildlife habitat.

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Blueberry Farm Workers File Lawsuit For Unpaid Wages

AP | June 19, 2015 9:23 a.m. | Snohomish, Washington

About 35 immigrant farm workers have filed a class action lawsuit against Golden Eagle Farms in Snohomish, claiming they planted blueberries last fall but haven't been paid.

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Drought Forces Eastern Oregon Farmers To Adjust

AP | June 16, 2015 1:57 p.m. | Ontario, Oregon

Water is scarce this year, and local farmers are adjusting their crops to accommodate the drought.

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Farmers Make More Land Fallow As Oregon Drought Spreads

OPB | June 15, 2015 2:31 p.m.

More than half of Oregon’s counties are now officially in a state of drought – 19 of them, at last count, compared to nine last year.

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Drought Allows A Salmon-Killing Parasite To Thrive In The Klamath

OPB/EarthFix | June 9, 2015 1:15 p.m. | Klamath Falls, Oregon

Scientists say there’s not enough water flowing in the Klamath River. What water is there is too warm, allowing a salmon-killing parasite to thrive.

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Oregon Lawmakers Getting Closer On Shaping New Pot Industry

AP | June 9, 2015 7:24 a.m.

Marijuana will become legal July 1, but legislators are still working on the regulations that will govern the industry.

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New WSU Wine Center Named For Ste. Michelle Wine Estates

AP | June 5, 2015 11:15 a.m.

The company didn't ask for naming rights, but WSU decided to call the building the Ste. Michelle Wine Estates WSU Wine Science Center in recognition of 25 years of support.

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Apple Company To Pay $2.25M In Immigration Penalty

AP | June 4, 2015 10:30 a.m.

An Eastern Washington apple company will pay $2.25 million in civil penalties to the federal government for violations of a law requiring it to verify the eligibility of people to work in the United States.

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Pendleton Grain Growers Loses $7.9 Million In 2014

AP | June 2, 2015 10:48 a.m.

Pendleton Grain Growers general manager said the board of directors will downsize in an attempt to stop the financial bleeding.

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Washington Farmers Are Dumping Unprofitable Apples

AP | May 29, 2015 7:29 a.m.

A record crop of apples, coupled with the West Coast port slowdown earlier this year, is taking a toll on Washington apple growers.