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Local Valley Fever fungus poses new health risk to Washington
Since discovering the fungus that causes Valley Fever in South Central Washington last year, health officials have been monitoring for disease and conducting environmental testing to determine how widespread the fungus may be.
Local Killing of cormorants to lower consumption of salmon begins Killing of cormorants to lower consumption of salmon begins
Armed with rifles equipped with silencers, government hunters have started shooting seabirds on an uninhabited island at the mouth of the Columbia River, to reduce their consumption of juvenile salmon migrating to the ocean.
Local State officials issue window warning State officials issue window warning
KENNEWICK, Wash -- A warning from state health officials to parents as the warm weather sets in; if you open upstairs windows, put a lock on them. At least 3 children have fallen out of upstairs windows in our area in the past few years.
Local Man who leaked Kitzhaber emails goes public Man who leaked Kitzhaber emails goes public
The man who leaked thousands of emails from the personal account of former Gov. John Kitzhaber to a Portland newspaper is coming forward publicly.
Local RHS Senior teaches classmates how to do open heart surgery RHS Senior teaches classmates how to do open heart surgery (Video)
Open heart surgeries are usually left to surgeons with 10-plus years of education....you'd think. But we found someone in our community capable of the skill, who's still in high school. KEPR's Gina Lazara got a lesson from the wunderkind.... and we want to warn you, if you have a weak stomach, this video is not for you.
Local Feds: Indicted state auditor paid stolen money to law firm Feds: Indicted state auditor paid stolen money to law firm
Federal prosecutors say indicted Washington state Auditor Troy Kelley paid more than $900,000 in stolen money to the high-priced law firm representing him, and they want a judge to look into whether that creates a conflict of interest for his attorney.