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Malpractice Laws
6:00 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Oregon Lawmakers Return To Salem, Will Consider Medical Malpractice Proposal

A long-festering dispute between Oregon doctors and trial lawyers may be closer to a resolution. The two groups have reached a deal aimed at reducing the cost of medical malpractice litigation. It’s one of many subjects of debate when Oregon lawmakers return to the capitol Monday. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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Pesticide Lawsuit
5:54 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Environmental Groups Seek Ban of Common Pesticide Chlorpyrifos

The 9th circuit court of appeals will hear arguments Monday in Seattle in a pesticide lawsuit. Three environmental groups want to force the Environmental Protection Agency to ban a pesticide used on some Northwest crops. Amelia Templeton of EarthFix Reports.

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Legalized Marijuana
5:12 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Former U.S. Attorney Expects Organized Crime Will Target Legal Pot

Former U.S. Attorney John McKay
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

  Fronts for organized crime may try to get a piece of the action as Washington moves to implement legalized marijuana. That’s the prediction of former U.S. Attorney John McKay, a key supporter of Washington’s new pot law.

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Mohamud Verdict
5:05 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Mohamud Jury Alternate Says Verdict No Surprise

Mohamed Osman Mohamud booking photo.
Credit Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

 With sentencing ahead for the man convicted of Portland's holiday tree-lighting bomb plot, those who watched the trial are processing its outcome. One alternate juror says she was not surprised at the verdict.

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Energy Secretary Steps Down
4:55 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu Announces Plans To Leave

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu
Credit Energy.gov

  U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced in a letter Friday he will step down from his position at the end of this month.

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Mohamud Trial
6:35 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Mohamud Guilty: Sentencing Set For May

Mohamed Osman Mohamud booking photo.
Credit Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Sentencing is scheduled for May 14th for Mohamed Mohamud. The young Somali-American man  has been convicted of trying to use a weapon of mass destruction. From Oregon Public Broadcasting, April Baer reports.

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Wash. Embezzlement Case
5:40 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Guilty Plea In Largest Public Embezzlement Case In Washington State’s History

The state of Washington’s largest public sector embezzlement case ever moves forward Thursday with a guilty plea. A public works employee admits he took the money over more than 20 years in Franklin County in the southeast part of the state.

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Greenhouse Gas Emissions
5:26 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Gonzaga University Pledges Zero Emissions As 'Moral Imperative'

Brian Henning is a philosophy professor at Gonzaga and co-chairs the school’s Advisory Council on Stewardship and Sustainability.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

Leaders at Gonzaga University are asking "What Would Jesus Do" about climate change? The Jesuit school has adopted a plan for zero greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2050.

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Wage Theft
5:12 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Washington Legislature Takes Up 'Wage Theft' Bill

A proposed bill in Olympia aims to crackdown on employers who shortchange their workers. The measure would create harsher penalties for businesses that skimp on minimum wage or overtime pay, or just flat out fail to hand over a paycheck.

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Abortion Coverage Bill
5:04 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Debate Over Abortion Coverage Bill Fills Every Seat

Activists filled a hearing room during a tense debate over abortion rights.
Credit Alexandra Kocik / Northwest News Network

The prospect of a tense debate over abortion rights filled every seat of a hearing room in Olympia Thursday. Activists on both sides were there to debate a bill to require insurance companies that cover maternity services to also pay for abortions.

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