Radioactive waste shipped to Idaho during the Cold War has been compacted and sent out of state for permanent disposal, officials said Wednesday. Continue Reading Radioactive Waste Shipped From Idaho To New Mexico For Permanent Storage
There may be a connection between tougher gun laws and fewer child fatalities from firearms, a new study suggested Monday. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, says states with universal background checks report fewer children’s deaths due to gun incidents. However, more data is needed to understand the relationship between firearms and public health, and to conclude whether such laws save lives, the study maintains. Continue Reading Digging Into Data: Do Gun Safety Laws Decrease Child Deaths?
The Titan arum plant, also known as the corpse flower, began its bloom Monday night just before 8 p.m. The window to smell its signature odor is brief, lasting just 24 to 48 hours. Continue Reading It’s Alive! Corpse Flower Unleashes Rare Bloom, Big Stink At WSU Vancouver
Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens has died at the age of 99. Appointed by President Gerald Ford, he was known for his “crafty and genial hand” and as a “judge’s judge.” Continue Reading Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, A Maverick On The Bench, Dies At 99
The head of the Oregon Republican Party on Monday took a first step toward forcing a recall election of Gov. Kate Brown, whose term expires at the end of 2022. Continue Reading Oregon Republicans Are Trying To Recall Democratic Governor Kate Brown
An environmental nonprofit is gauging interest in the creation of an orca enclosure in Washington’s San Juan Islands. The organization is hosting public outreach meetings over the coming week in six Western Washington locations. Continue Reading Group Gauges Interest In San Juan Islands Sanctuary For Retired Captive Orcas
No figures on wildland firefighter suicides are available because federal agencies often track only fatalities that occur during work hours, and families don’t always release a cause of death. But lang management agencies are concerned about an increasing number of suicides, and seeking to address ways to help. Continue Reading Federal Agencies Boost Efforts To Address Wildland Firefighter Suicides
Hyena-pig. Murder-cow. With no modern analog, scientists have resorted to combinations of common animals to describe it. Dug up decades ago in the Hancock Mammal Quarry near John Day, Oregon, the bone from this prehistoric creature languished, misidentified in museum storage, until Selina Robson pulled it from its drawer. Continue Reading ‘Hyena-Pig’? ‘Murder-Cow’? Scientists Identify Pre-Historic Animal Roaming Northwest
Sun exposure is the leading risk factor for developing melanoma. And there’s evidence that alcohol consumption is linked to an increased risk of skin cancer, too. Continue Reading Mixing Alcohol And Sun? Beware, A Buzz Begets A Faster Burn
A man armed with a rifle threw incendiary devices at an immigration detention facility in Tacoma early Saturday morning, then was found dead after four police officers arrived and opened fire, authorities said. Continue Reading Man Dies After Attack Outside Federal Immigration Detention Center In Tacoma
With the name corpse flower, this rare, tropical plant set to bloom at Washington State University Vancouver has quite the reputation to live up to. “People describe the smell as a mix of rotten fish and dirty socks,” said Steve Sylvester, associate professor of molecular biosciences at the Salmon Creek, Washington, campus. Continue Reading Rare Corpse Flower To Release Its Foul Stench At WSU Vancouver
Seattle is grappling with a crisis of what is sometimes called “visible homelessness” — people who live in the street and struggle with mental illness or drug addiction. It’s a population that often commits small crimes, such as disorderly conduct or shoplifting to pay for drugs. And public frustration is growing. Continue Reading Seattle Faces Backlash After Easing Up On Punishing Crimes Involving Mental Illness
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