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'Sexualized Culture' Investigation At WDFW Leads To Firings

Northwest News Network | Aug. 16, 2017 9:36 a.m.

Four Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife employees were fired this month after an investigation found an “extremely sexualized culture” at a fish hatchery on the Columbia River.

Science | Environment

Study: Probiotics Can Help Trees Clean Up Toxic Waste

KUOW/EarthFix | Aug. 15, 2017 3:17 p.m.

Humans like their yogurt and new research indicates the trees that clean up toxic waste stand to benefit from probiotics too.

History | local | NW Life

200 Years Later, Centralia Celebrates Its Very Own George Washington

OPB | Aug. 11, 2017 4:18 p.m. | Centralia, Washington

The town of Centralia, Washington, is gearing up to celebrate the 200th birthday of the city’s founder. His name will sound familiar, but his story is likely one you’ve never heard.

Recreation | Environment | Technology | News

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.

local | News | Environment | Nation

Plutonium Detected In Air At Hanford Nuclear Site

AP | Aug. 8, 2017 5:15 p.m. | Richland, Washington

Radioactive plutonium and americium have been found in air samples collected where workers enter the secure area of the Hanford nuclear reservation in southeastern Washington.

local | Transportation | News

TriMet Again Waives Ticket Fees, But Heat Delays Still Likely

OPB | Aug. 3, 2017 2:39 p.m. | Portland

For the second day in a row, TriMet users can expect another day of free rides. The transit agency said it will again waive ticket charges Thursday but riders could see more delays.

Fish & Wildlife | local | Environment | News

Tagging Tiny Fish: Scientists Aim To Learn More About Lamprey Migration

Northwest News Network | July 28, 2017 5:18 p.m.

If Northwest fish were stand-up comics, the salmon would be the headliner. And the fish that get's "no respect" would be the lamprey, an eel-like...

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WSU's 1st Day Back Overshadowed By Solar Eclipse

Northwest News Network | July 28, 2017 4:51 p.m.

Go to class or witness a once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse? Washington State University students will have to decide on Aug. 21.

Recreation | local | Environment | News

Outdoor Recreation A 'Growing Economic Force' For NW Economies

Northwest News Network | July 27, 2017 4:20 p.m.

Outdoor recreation generates more than $3 billion in state and local tax revenue in the Northwest. That’s according to a report out this week from the Outdoor Industry Association.

local | Environment | News

Washington Wasp Populations Low This Summer, But Don't Celebrate Yet

Northwest News Network | July 27, 2017 12:07 p.m.

Entomologists have noticed a drop-off in Washington state and wasp populations are lower than usual.

Animals | NW Life | News

Washington To Kill Members Of Wolf Pack In Stevens County

AP | July 20, 2017 10:44 a.m. | Spokane, Wash.

The state of Washington plans to kill some members of the Smackout wolf pack, which has repeatedly preyed on livestock in Stevens County.

Think Out Loud

SW Washington Homelessness | For-Profit Colleges | Seattle Income Tax

OPB | July 19, 2017 noon

On today's show, a look at homelessness in Southwest Washington. Also, a local woman who is suing the U.S. Department of Education over a loan forgiveness program. And an income tax in Seattle.

Politics | local | News

Washington Sues Union, Accusing Unreported Political Contributions

Northwest News Network | July 11, 2017 6:06 p.m.

The lawsuit announced late Tuesday accuses SEIU’s State Council of making more than $5 million in unreported campaign contributions.

NW Life | local | News

Western Washington Getting New 564 Area Code

AP | July 11, 2017 10:15 a.m. | Olympia, Wash.

Western Washington residents will soon have to punch in the area code along with the telephone number in order to make a local call.

Business | local | Arts | State of Wonder

Erika Bartlett At Angst Gallery: Mixing Nature And Business

OPB | July 7, 2017 10:40 a.m. | Vancouver, Washington

Vancouver artist Erika Bartlett has an eye for nature and a mind for business.

Politics | local | Food | News

Brewers Toast Herrera Beutler For Backing Beer Tax Overhaul

OPB | July 7, 2017 9:44 a.m. | Vancouver, Washington

Washington Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler is working with local craft breweries to streamline the business of beer making.

Politics | NW Life | local | News

Washington State Will Guarantee Paid Family, Medical Leave

Northwest News Network | July 5, 2017 3:26 p.m. | Olympia, Washington

Beginning in 2020, workers in Washington will be eligible for paid family and medical leave through a new state program funded by employee and employer contributions.

Energy | local | Climate change | Environment | News

Study: Climate Change Could Benefit Pacific Northwest Economies

KUOW/EarthFix | June 29, 2017 2:02 p.m. | Seattle

If the world does nothing to limit carbon emissions, the U.S. economy will suffer — but the Pacific Northwest might actually benefit.

Politics | local | News

Washington Reaches Budget Deal To Avert Government Shutdown

Northwest News Network | June 28, 2017 10:07 a.m. | Olympia, Washington

Legislative negotiators in Olympia have reached an "agreement in principle" on a two-year budget that would avoid a partial government shutdown on...

local | NW Life | Arts | Education | State of Wonder

Jordan Schnitzer Reveals Museum Funding For 2 More Northwest Universities

OPB | June 9, 2017 4:50 p.m. | Portland

Schnitzer is giving $5 million to the fundraising campaign for Portland State University’s new art museum. This means, within the next few years, four regional academic museums will bear his name.