Anna King

Richland Correspondent

Anna King calls Richland, Washington home and loves unearthing great stories about people in the Northwest. She reports for the Northwest News Network from a studio at Washington State University, Tri–Cities. She covers the Mid–Columbia region, from nuclear reactors to Mexican rodeos.

The South Sound was her girlhood backyard and she knows its rocky beaches, mountain trails and cities well. She left the west side to attend Washington State University and spent an additional two years studying language and culture in Italy.

While not on the job, Anna enjoys trail running, clam digging, hiking and wine tasting with friends. She's most at peace on top a Northwest mountain with her husband Andy Plymale and their muddy Aussie-dog Poa.

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Disasters and Accidents
3:31 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Giant Filter From Richland, Washington, Treats Leaking Radioactive Water In Japan

Kurion's new water filtering system has arrived in Japan. It will help filter radioactive particles out of contaminated ground water at the earthquake-struck Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant.
Kurion

An environmental cleanup company with engineering headquarters in Richland, Washington, has just flown its second water treatment system to Japan with a massive plane.

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Food, Agriculture, and Animals
3:08 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Polar Express For Grown-Ups: Washington Wine Shipments Frantic Before Holidays

Jim Kleist runs the west coast for a large wine and produce shipping company called RailEx. The Wallula, Washington, wine facility is as big as 11 football fields under one roof.
Anna King Northwest News Network

For the Northwest wine industry this is crunch time. A massive rail and trucking facility in southeast Washington is pushing its final shipments out to arrive on store shelves before the New Year.

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Food, Agriculture, and Animals
10:33 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Port Slowdowns Keep Northwest Farm Exports Stuck On The Ranch

Broetje Orchards, of Prescott, Washington, has 24,000 boxes of apples coming off its two massive packing lines each day. But it's running out of cold storage to put them because of the slow down of exports out of Western sea ports.
Anna King Northwest News Network

A slowdown at Western ports is now aggravating farmers across the Northwest.

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Environment and Planning
10:00 am
Wed December 17, 2014

GAO Report Says Hanford Radioactive Waste Tanks Need New Plan

File photo. There are 177 underground radioactive waste tanks at Hanford.
Anna King Northwest News Network

A new report by the federal Government Accountability Office calls for a better plan for leaking tanks of waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state.

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History and Culture
3:51 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Congress Approves Nuclear History Park At Hanford

File photo of the exterior of the Hanford B Reactor.
Billatq Wikimedia

Congress has approved a new national park in Washington state that commemorates the Manhattan Project at Hanford.

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Environment and Planning
3:25 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

National Defense Bill Includes Museum At Hanford's B-Reactor

File photo of Hanford's B Reactor, the world's first, full-scale nuclear reactor
U.S. Department of Energy

A bill that passed Thursday in the U.S. House includes big changes for the Tri-Cities. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 would create a new set of national parks in honor of the top-secret Manhattan Project.

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History and Culture
8:24 am
Fri December 5, 2014

It's Christmas: Get Out Your Lighted Tractors And Pesticide-Sprayers

The Sunnyside Lighted Farm Implement Parade kicks off Saturday, Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m. There will be holiday events all day.
Kilian Family

Farmers in Eastern Washington are busy festooning their dusty machines with thousands of Christmas lights for the annual Sunnyside Lighted Farm Implement Parade.

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Health and Medicine
5:29 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Inslee Wants To Cut New HIV Infections By Half In 2020

The red ribbon is the global symbol for solidarity with HIV-positive people and those living with AIDS.
Wikimedia

Washington Governor Jay Inslee says by the year 2020, he wants to cut the number of new HIV infections in half.

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Economy, Business, Finance, and Labor
3:23 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Christmas Trees Delayed At Northwest Ports

Tedder Wikimedia

Several Northwest Christmas tree growers are trying to push containers full of evergreens through the Northwest’s delayed seaports.

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Food, Agriculture, and Animals
3:46 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Northwest Cranberry Farmers Struggle From North American Fruit Oversupply

File photo of a cranberry harvest.
WSU Long Beach Research and Extension Unit

Northwest cranberry farmers are struggling from a North American oversupply of the fruit.

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