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Wash. to sue over tank vapors

SPOKANE, Wash. — Washington plans to sue the U.S. Department of Energy and its contractor to protect workers from hazardous vapors at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the nation's most polluted nuclear site, state Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Wednesday.

Rural economies still struggling

Some rural areas yet to recover from economic downturn

Home construction fell last month

WASHINGTON — Construction of new homes fell slightly in October after a big surge in the previous month, but the weakness was largely driven by the volatile apartment sector.

Oregon adds 9,900 jobs in October

SALEM — Oregon employers went on a hiring spree this fall, adding nearly 10,000 jobs in October and producing the largest one-month gain in nearly two decades, the state Employment Department said Tuesday.

Court asked to end GMO ban

MEDFORD (AP) — Two southern Oregon farms are asking a court to end Jackson County’s voter-approved ban on genetically modified crops or force the county to pay the farms $4.2 million.

Wind farm sues to block release of bird-death data

Company seeks to keep information from press

Plan for Painted Hills wilderness wins broad support

BEND (AP) — A proposed federal wilderness area encircling Oregon's Painted Hills has won the backing of local leaders, but a lot more needs to happen for it to be created. The Wheeler County Court and the city of Mitchell recently voted to support the Sutton Mountain Wilderness. The federal designation of a wilderness, however, requires an act of Congress and approval by the president.

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Study finds likely cause of starfish wasting disease

GRANTS PASS — Scientists have isolated a virus they are pretty sure is causing the mysterious disease that has killed millions of sea stars on the Pacific Coast from Southern California to Alaska by causing them to lose their limbs and eventually disintegrate into slime and piles of tiny bones.

Tacoma Art Museum opens expanded wing

TACOMA, Wash. — When Tacoma Art Museum throws open the doors to its new Haub Family Galleries wing next weekend after 11 months of construction, there will be a lot to celebrate beyond the first exhibit: "Art of the American West: The Haub Family Collection."

Wyden pushes to boost OR logging

GRANTS PASS — Sen. Ron Wyden moved forward Thursday on his plan to get two top-priority bills — one to implement Klamath Basin water agreements and the other to boost logging in Western Oregon — through the lame-duck session of Congress before Democrats lose their majority in the Senate.

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Winter arrives in gorge with a flurry

A WINTER storm warning remains in effect through Friday afternoon

Cold arrives

SEATTLE (AP) — The National Weather Service says Arctic air blowing into the Northwest on gusty winds Tuesday will drop temperatures below freezing in many locations.

The Dalles could attract pot grows

GRANTS PASS — It will be nearly two years before Oregonians can drop by the corner marijuana store to pick up some bud for the weekend, but growers are already gearing up to meet the increased demand of the coming Green Rush.

Escaped Goldendale inmate captured in Portland

PORTLAND (AP) — Authorities say an inmate who escaped from a jail in Goldendale, Washington, has been captured in Portland, Oregon.

More are targeted by PUD scam

Local businesses seem to be the focus

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