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Winter Traffic Accidents
6:49 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Dozens Crash In Spokane After Snowfall, Speed Biggest Factor

In the past two days, there have been 149 vehicle crashes in Spokane County. Though snow falls in Spokane every year, Police say they still see a rise in car-wrecks on icy winter roads. Paige Browning reports.

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Wash. Correctional Officers
5:35 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Washington Correctional Officers To Protest Following Assaults

Correctional Officer Jayme Biendl was murdered on the job nearly two years ago.
Credit Washington Department of Corrections

It’s been nearly two years since Washington corrections officer Jayme Biendl was murdered on the job. But the union that represents prison guards says safety is still a major concern. The Teamsters plan to rally Thursday at the Capitol to demand safer work conditions. They also want the right to call in an arbitrator to resolve bargaining disputes.

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Wash. Traffic Violations
5:05 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Wash. Reworking Rules For Suspended Driver’s Licenses

In Washington state, your driver’s license can be suspended for about 70 different reasons.
Credit Osvaldo Gago / Wikimedia Commons

Last year, the Washington legislature passed a law that sponsors referred to as “driving while poor." The law aims to help people who end up with a suspended license because they failed to pay a traffic ticket. Now, it’s up to the Department of Licensing to decide which traffic violations no longer warrant a suspension.

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Oregon Employment
4:23 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Gov. Kitzhaber Spends Day In Eugene Discussing Job Creation and Education

Governor John Kitzhaber spent Tuesday in Eugene, Ore.
Credit Orna Izakson / Wikimedia Commons

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber spent Tuesday in Eugene meeting with business, employment and education leaders to discuss efforts to create and retain jobs.

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WSU Football Program
4:09 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Pac-12 Review Clears WSU Football Program Of Abuse Allegations

Washington State University's Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash.
Credit Wikipedia

An investigation by the Pac-12 athletic conference released Tuesday finds no evidence that Washington State University football coaches physically or mentally abused players. WSU's president requested the outside probe. He did so after an athlete who quit and the parent of another former player alleged the coaching staff was "out of control."

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Misconduct Complaint
6:27 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Seven Southern Oregon Fisheries Biologists Allege Censorship, Coercion

Seven fish biologists working in Southern Oregon filed a scientific misconduct complaint Monday. They say the Bureau of Reclamation plans to disband their team because their studies were unpopular. Amelia Templeton of Earthfix Reports.

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Oregon Fire Relief
6:25 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Southeast Oregon Ranchers Still Waiting For Aid, Six Months After Massive Fire

Six months ago Tuesday, Jan 8, a lightning strike ignited one of the largest fires in Oregon’s history. Amelia Templeton of Earthfix reports, ranchers who lost cattle and grazing land still haven’t received federal disaster aid.

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Idaho Education
6:20 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Idaho Governor Not Committed To Education Says Former Adviser

Governor Otter giving annual State of the State address on January 7, 2013.
Credit Photo by Aaron Kunz / Northwest News Network

Eliminate a tax on business, build a new mental health facility for prisoners, start a state run health insurance exchange: all things Governor Butch Otter said he wanted to do in his annual State of the State address Monday. But as Adam Cotterell reports, Otter says one thing trumps them all.

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Idaho Nuclear Waste
6:16 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Idaho Governor Underscores Commitment to Keep Nuclear Waste Out of Idaho

Idaho governor Butch Otter.
Credit Photo courtesy U.S. Congress

Idaho Governor Butch Otter underscored his commitment Monday to keeping more spent nuclear waste from entering Idaho. EarthFix Reporter Aaron Kunz explains.

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Oregon Bus Crash
6:06 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Two Korean Victims File Suit In Deadly Oregon Bus Crash

Two young victims of a deadly bus crash in northeast Oregon that happened just before New Year’s Eve have filed a new lawsuit.  They say the driver was fatigued and going too fast.

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