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Rainfall Could Oust Eagle Creek Fire — And Start Landslides

OPB | Sept. 16, 2017 2:01 p.m. | Portland

While fire crews are anticipating significant rainfall beginning Saturday evening to help with suppression efforts, they’re concerned for landslides.

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Portland Area Rain Is Making A Comeback Starting Sunday

OPB | Sept. 15, 2017 9:57 a.m. | Portland

The region could see as much as an inch of rain between Sunday and Tuesday.

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Eclipse Road Trip: Madras | Migrant Summer School | Neighborhood Association Vote | Gentrification And Mental Health

OPB | Aug. 16, 2017 noon

Can remembering how a neighborhood used to be help preserve aging minds? Should people be required to have a legal address in order to join a neighborhood association? Also, an update on the "State of Wonder" eclipse road trip and a summer school for migrant students in Medford.

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Rain At Last: Portland’s 57-Day Dry Spell Ends In A Drizzle

OPB | Aug. 13, 2017 8:59 a.m. | Portland

After nearly 60 dry, hot days without a single drop of liquid sunshine, Portland-area residents were greeted with the familiar feeling of a pleasant drizzle early Sunday morning.

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Oregon Eclipse Festival | Eastern Oregon's Music Scene | Robert Michael Pyle

OPB | Aug. 12, 2017 noon

This week on "State of Wonder," Oregon's most audacious eclipse festival, writer Robert Michael Pyle searches for Bigfoot, the descendant of an infamous train robber plays outlaw country and more.

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Country Music Outlaws Head Home For Helix's Wheatstock

OPB | Aug. 11, 2017 1:31 p.m.

Helix natives Tylor & The Train Robbers bring their outlaw honky-tonk and gritty Americana home for the Wheatstock music festival in Helix, Oregon.

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Will Cellphones Upset The Solitude Of Mount Rainier?

KUOW/EarthFix | Aug. 10, 2017 6:15 a.m. | Mount Rainier National Park

Soon, there could be cell service at Mount Rainier National Park.

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Amtrak: Washington Train Derailment Caused By Speed, Human Error

OPB | July 6, 2017 4:33 p.m.

An investigation into a recent passenger train derailment near Steilacoom, Washington, reveals speed and human error are to blame.

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Washington Pushes Deadline On Vancouver Oil Terminal Decision

OPB | July 1, 2017 2:31 p.m.

The deadline to reach a decision on a controversial oil terminal planned for Vancouver has been pushed back again.

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Oregon House To Reconsider Bill Adding Secrecy For Oil Trains

OPB/EarthFix | June 30, 2017 2:42 p.m.

A bill was pulled from the Oregon House floor and returned to committee over concerns about language that would make secret railroad spill contingency plans and financial responsibility documents.

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Officer Shoots Dog At Rainbow Family Festival In Oregon

AP | June 29, 2017 9:33 a.m. | Canyon City, Ore.

A U.S. Forest Service officer shot and killed a pit bull at the Rainbow Family gathering.

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Oregon Lawmakers Advance Measure Aimed At Rail Spill Disasters

OPB | June 27, 2017 5:19 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon lawmakers are moving ahead with a measure that would require railroads to explain how they'd deal with hazardous spills.

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Oregon Utility Board Considers Controversial Sale Of Oil Tanks

OPB/EarthFix | June 12, 2017 4:15 p.m.

Oregon utility regulators are considering a request by Portland General Electric to sell nine oil storage tanks on the Columbia River near Clatskanie.

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Washington State Approves Draft Air Permit For Vancouver Oil Terminal

OPB | May 3, 2017 9:25 a.m. | Vancouver, Washington

Environmentalists are concerned about a draft air permit that has been released for a proposed oil terminal in Vancouver.

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This Winter Was Historically Wet In Seattle, Portland

AP | April 26, 2017 7:01 a.m. | Seattle

Soggy Seattle has broken another rainfall record, and Portland is inching closer to smashing its own record.

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Injured Washington Rail Worker Hopeful For New Safety Rules After 5 Years

Northwest News Network | April 11, 2017 4:57 p.m. | Olympia, Washington

It's taken five years, but injured railroad worker Dwight Hauck sees victory at hand. Washington lawmakers are on the verge of requiring new safety...

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Oregon's Wet Winter Good News For Some, Not So Good For Others

Statesman Journal | April 8, 2017 12:48 p.m.

Hydrologists say this winter was Oregon's wettest winter since 1999. For some, that's reason to celebrate. Others, not so much.

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More Than 23K Defects Found On America's Oil Train Routes

AP | April 6, 2017 10:35 a.m. | Billings, Montana

Data obtained by The Associated Press shows that tens of thousands of safety defects were found when government inspectors checked the rail lines used to haul volatile crude oil across the country.

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Oil Train Bills | Legal Sudafed Again? | Death With Dignity

OPB | March 20, 2017 noon | Portland

Should Sudafed be available without a prescription again? What can states do to limit oil spills from trains? Also, we talk to Matt Witt about his parents' end of life experiences, Oregon's Death With Dignity law, and Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.

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Southwest Oregon Pear, Grape Growers Welcome Wet Winter

Medford Mail Tribune | March 14, 2017 12:42 p.m.

Medford already has exceeded the annual average precipitation total with 21.04 inches since Oct. 1, when the water year began, and is 8.31 inches above the normal count for this time of year.