Environmental groups sued this week over a federal decision allowing two Eastern Oregon ranchers to graze cattle on the same land they were convicted of burning in 2012. Prison sentences for ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond sparked protests, leading to the 2016 standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Continue Reading Environmental Groups Sue Over Restored Grazing Rights For Oregon Ranchers Pardoned By Trump
The lawsuit alleges that sometimes one company would decide to raise prices on a particular drug, and other companies would follow suit. Other times, companies would agree to divide up the market rather than competing for market share by lowering prices. Continue Reading States Sue Drugmakers Over Alleged Generic-Price-Fixing Scheme
Washington is poised to become the first state in the nation to offer a public health insurance option, as well as a new, employee-paid long-term care benefit. Continue Reading Washington Becomes First State To Offer Public Health Insurance Option, Long-Term Care Benefit
The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued the green finding after an inspection. Essentially the agency found that Columbia Generating Station operators monitored but didn’t ultimately fix a low oil reading on a transformer for too long. Continue Reading Northwest’s Only Nuclear Plant Dinged For Low-Level Infraction In Federal Inspection
Democratic leaders in the Oregon Senate have agreed to give up high-profile bills on gun control and vaccines in exchange for the end of a Republican walkout. Continue Reading Oregon Democrats Give Up Gun Control, Vaccine Bills To Get Republican Members Back
At the same time Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson is suing three Fortune 15 pharmaceutical distributors for allegedly “fueling the state’s opioid epidemic,” majority Democrats in the Washington Legislature this year left intact a generous tax break for distributors of opioids and other prescription drugs while raising taxes on other business sectors. Continue Reading Opioid Manufacturers Sued By Washington State Get To Keep Their Big Tax Break
Fleming Begaye Sr., one of the last remaining Navajo Code Talkers from World War II, has died at the age of 97. Begaye died Friday in Chinle, Ariz., according to a statement from the Navajo Nation. The group’s president, Jonathan Nez, called him a “brave and selfless” warrior. Continue Reading World War II Veteran And Navajo Code Talker Fleming Begaye Sr. Dies At 97
Sada Jackson lost her mother, Ileana Watson, to breast cancer in 2016. There are many things Sada, now a mother herself, wonders about her late mom. So at StoryCorps, she sat with Ileana’s best friend, Angela Morehead-Mugita, to learn more. “I want to know more about my mom, as a woman, because I only knew her as Mom,” Sada says. Continue Reading Mother’s Day StoryCorps: A Daughter Learns More From Her Late Mom’s Best Friend
Washington state lands officials are warning people working and playing outdoors to be mindful of higher wildfire danger. They’ve elevated the wildfire danger status in most of eastern and central Washington from low to moderate. Continue Reading Northwest Fire Danger Increases Early In Season As Temperatures Rise Above Normal
In the Northwest, some of the oldest wind farms were built in the early 2000s. When the turbines get too old, wind farm owners can either upgrade to newer technology or shut down the farms. Those processes are called re-powering or decommissioning, respectively. How do you recycle wind technology? Continue Reading Wind Power Is Renewable, Turbines Aren’t: Recycling Technology That Gets Too Old
In Oregon, GOP senators, solidly in the minority, left the Capitol this week before lawmakers could approve House Bill 3427, which would inject schools with billions in new funding to lower class sizes and boost graduation rates. The move denied Democrats a 20-member quorum, halting business in the Senate. Continue Reading Oregon Senate Republicans Have Literally Left The Building. How Do They Come Back?
If you just take a snippet out of a gene without inserting anything new, though, the product falls into a gray area. The European Union has decided that it’s still a GMO. The U.S., however, says it’s not. In fact, you may not need explicit government approval to sell that product. Continue Reading Will Gene-Edited Food Be Government Regulated?
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