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[8/19/19] Another Round Of Public Hearings for US 97A

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Travelers who regularly use US Highway 97A can help choose the best times for some rock slope scaling work that’s slated to be done during the 2020 construction season. Lauren Loebsack is with the DOT’s North Central Region. Loebsack said the roadway will have to be closed due to the nature of the work to be performed and […]

[8/19/19] Fire that Burned 45,000 Acres in Mop Up

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Crews are starting mop-up on the Williams Flats Fire near the Colville Reservation and Lake Roosevelt, the largest wildfire currently burning in the state. It’s now 85 percent contained at nearly 45,000 acres. Fire managers said firefighters are holding containment lines, watching for unburned pockets in the fire perimeter. About 500 personnel are working the […]

[8/19/19] Salmon May Return to Upper Columbia

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A fish-propelling tube could restore salmon populations to portions of the Columbia River that have not seen the species in 90 years. If the salmon cannon is approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, it could restore populations to native waters in the Upper Columbia. Officials say the system is expected to give fish […]

[8/19/19] Toxic Sites Cost Billions

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A handful of sites where the United States manufactured and tested some of the most lethal weapons known to humankind are now havens for wildlife. Six obsolete nuclear or chemical weapons complexes, including the Hanford Reach National Monument in Eastern Washington, are home to an astonishing array of animals and habitats because the sites banned […]

[8/19/19] Facial Recognition in Dispute

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Amazon has announced its facial recognition program used by one Washington state police agency can now detect emotion, which has generated concerns from privacy advocates. Amazon announced its Rekognition tool has been enhanced to detect basic emotions, including fear. Officials say the American Civil Liberties Union is seeking a delay on police use of the […]