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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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Spittle-Covered Hamburger
4:32 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Wash. Court Finds Spittle-Covered Burger Could Produce “Emotional Distress”

Edward Bylsma discovered “a glob of spit” under his Burger King hamburger bun.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Under Washington law, is a consumer entitled to emotional distress damages when a fast-food employee spits in his or her hamburger, even though the consumer did not eat the hamburger? The Washington Supreme Court Thursday said the answer is possibly “yes.”

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Crude Oil Exports
6:33 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Northwest On Verge Of Becoming Pacific Crude Oil Gateway

Westway Terminals VP Robbie Johnson and regional manager Ken Shoemake discuss the proposed expansion of this Aberdeen facility to receive crude oil by rail and transfer it to oil tankers or barges.
Credit Photo by Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

The Northwest is on the verge of becoming a gateway for crude oil. Three different developers have plans to use docks on Grays Harbor, Washington to transfer crude oil from trains to ships. Other projects are getting off the ground in Tacoma, Vancouver, BC and on the lower Columbia River. There was a huge turnout Wednesday night at an introductory public workshop in Aberdeen, Washington. Correspondent Tom Banse reports the response indicates crude-by-rail may be the region’s next big environmental controversy.

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Idaho Water Quality
6:27 am
Thu January 31, 2013

How Much Fish You Eat Determines Water Quality In Idaho

How much fish do you eat every week? That’s a question Idaho’s Department of Environmental Quality wants to answer. As Samantha Wright reports, the agency has asked state lawmakers for funding to study that question.

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