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Seal Sitters
7:01 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Seal Sitters Ask Beach-Goers To Share The Shore

This young seal pup named Lucy was so thin and sickly looking that she was nearly taken in to a rehab center.
Credit Photo by Katie Campbell / EarthFix

It's common for people strolling the beaches of Puget Sound to encounter a gray lump that turns out to be a seal pup. It's also common for well-meaning people to want to shoo them back into the water -- but this can do more to harass than help. A band of volunteers is making sure that doesn’t happen. Reporting for EarthFix, Katie Campbell explains.

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Idaho Teachers
6:56 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Report: Idaho Teachers Feel “Strong Undercurrent Of Despair

Teacher morale is low throughout Idaho. And school administrators have serious concerns about recruiting and retaining teachers. As Adam Cotterell reports, those are some of the findings from a new study presented to lawmakers Tuesday.

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Arctic Oil Drilling
6:54 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Interior Dept. To Probe Shell’s Arctic Drilling Mishaps

Shell's Kulluk oil rig, which washed aground on Sitkalidak Island, Alaska last week.
Credit Photo by Jon Klingenberg / U.S. Coast Guard

The Obama Administration announced a sweeping inquiry into Shell Oil’s Arctic drilling program yesterday. The 60-day probe will look at the company’s mishaps in Alaska and here in Puget Sound. KUOW’s John Ryan reports.

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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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