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03/27 Thursday KOZI News Bites 3/27/2014



The Colville Confederated Tribes plan to build a $40 million casino resort near Omak.

Tribal Chairman Michael Finley says it would be twice the size of the current Mill Bay Casino in Manson and replace the tribes' Okanogan Bingo Casino.

The Wenatchee World reports economic development officials see it as destination resort that would serve as a conference center for the Okanagan area.

Finley says the hotel could serve Canadians who already account for most of the customers at the Okanogan casino.




Two people were killed in a car-truck collision Wednesday night near Mattawa.

The Washington State Patrol says the two were in a car that became disabled in the intersection of Highway 240 and Highway 24, about 28 miles west of Richland.

The car was hit by a semi-truck and the two died at the scene. They've been identified as 32-year-old Claudio Nieves and 30-year-old Lizania Nievesdavila, both of Mattawa.

The truck driver was not hurt.




A Hanford Nuclear Reservation contractor says another six people working at or near waste tank farms have reported symptoms believed linked to chemical vapors from the tanks.

The Tri-City Herald reports that two workers were checked out at a hospital Wednesday while four others were evaluated by Hanford's medical provider.

It was the second day in a row and the third day in the last two weeks that workers have reported symptoms linked to chemical vapors from the underground waste tanks. The newspaper says HEPA filters prevent radioactive particles from venting into the atmosphere at the tank farms, but do not capture many other nonradioactive chemicals.

The tank farm contractor, Washington River Protection Solutions, says it's collecting information to understand what happened and what can be done to prevent more occurrences.

Symptoms reported previously include coughing, burning eyes, headaches, nose bleeds and dizziness.