Anna King

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 snowboarding, clam digging, hiking and wine tasting with friends. She lives in Richland with her husband Andy Plymale.

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the business of biofuels
3:26 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

How Drones And Satellites Can Boost The Biofuel Crop

High-tech cameras, sensors, aircraft and satellites could more accurately predict crop yields and increase the cost-effectiveness of biofuels. Dan Long holds the small aircraft equipped with cameras, while John Sulik holds the controls.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 9:47 am

Northwest farmers are trying to get into the business of biofuels.

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NPR Story
10:53 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Yakama Tribes Take Pot Stand On Traditional Lands

File photo of a of a cannabis plant.
Wikimedia

Originally published on Mon January 13, 2014 5:50 pm

Leaders of the Yakama Nation in central Washington say they see little benefit to sales or farming of legalized marijuana on their traditional lands.

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numbers released by the state of Oregon
3:29 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Northwest Craft Distilleries Hung-over After Washington Liquor Privatization

Mikel, a distiller at Dry Fly Distilling in Spokane, checks quality levels during the process.
Dry Fly Distilling

Originally published on Mon January 6, 2014 5:22 pm

A Hood River distillery has the top selling brand of liquor according to sales numbers released by the state of Oregon. But other craft distillers say those hot numbers don’t reflect their experience.

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Environment
11:48 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Numbers Debate Rages Over Northwest Nuclear Plant

The Columbia Generating Station in southeast Washington is battling for public opinion.
Energy Northwest

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 4:02 pm

There’s a new debate raging over the Northwest’s only commercial nuclear power plant. But it’s not about safety or how to dispose of nuclear waste.

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effort to bring grain back
3:33 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Could Wheat Farming Return To West Of The Cascades?

Brook Brouwer Washington State University

Originally published on Fri January 3, 2014 5:21 pm

A lot of grain used to be grown West of the Cascades -- and might be again.

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killed nine people at Dead Man’s Pass
3:33 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

One Year Later Lawsuits Stack Up On Deadly Pendleton Bus Crash

Emergency personnel at the scene of the deadly bus crash on Interstate 84 east of Pendleton in January 2013.
Oregon State Police

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 3:27 pm

Several lawsuits are stacking up across the Northwest and in Vancouver, B.C. against the driver and tour company of a bus that crashed near Pendleton, Ore. a year ago Monday.

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deeper meaning of the season
3:50 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Massive Nativity Collection Represents More Than Just The Christmas Story

Neil Allen, the interim pastor at Northwest United Protestant Church in Richland, holds one of his most prized crèche, a wood carving from Ecuador.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 4:06 pm

At a small Presbyterian church in Richland, Washington, one pastor has been trying to spread a little solace with an unusual exhibit.

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Not clear how much damage cold will cause
2:42 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Northwest Wine Grape Growers Brace For Cold Damage

Snow partially covers the groud at Pepper Bridge vineyard nearr Walla Walla, Wash.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri December 6, 2013 2:50 pm

Northwest wine grape growers expect this week's cold weather to do some damage to their vineyards. But it’s not clear yet how much of next year’s fruit might be affected.

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ranchers taking extra care with their livestock
4:06 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Cold Weather Challenges Ranchers, Dairies

Len McIrvin checks on his Herford cattle in the cold weather in southcentral Washington outside of Patterson.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu December 5, 2013 8:36 am

The region’s cold snap has many dairy operators and ranchers taking extra care with their livestock. When it’s cold, cattle and other types of livestock tend to eat more to stay warm.

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Not clear when the vehicle will move again
3:37 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Foul Weather, Not Protesters, Cause Latest Delay For Megaload

File photo. The The megaload being moved by Omega Morgan takes up two highway lanes and stretches 380 feet.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed December 4, 2013 3:14 pm

A so-called megaload is stuck just a few miles south of Pendleton on it’s winding route through the Northwest.

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