Safety equipment shortage sends Hanford workers home

About 65 building trades workers have been sent back to their union halls as some work has been cut back at the Hanford nuclear reservation tank farms, a fallout of a new policy to protect workers from chemical vapors. Washington River Protection Solutions is requiring workers to wear supplied air respirators inside all Hanford tank farms in response to a stop work order issued by the Hanford Atomic Metal Trades Council. With too few respirators available, subcontractors have let construction workers go.

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Matt Damon brings 'Jason Bourne' to Idaho

Actor Matt Damon and "Jason Bourne" producer Frank Marshall walk the red carpet as shouting fans ask for selfies recently in Meridian, Idaho. The duo brought the fifth film in the black-ops thriller series to Meridian for an advance screening, and to help raise money for the local YMCA.
Darin Oswald The Idaho Statesman
Matt Damon brings 'Jason Bourne' to Idaho 3:25

Matt Damon brings 'Jason Bourne' to Idaho

Congressman Dan Newhouse holds election rally in Pasco 0:39

Congressman Dan Newhouse holds election rally in Pasco

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz heckled at Florida delegation breakfast in Philadelphia

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Bernie Sanders supporters are restless in Philadelphia