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6:47 am
Thu November 22, 2012

Union Raised Staffing Questions Before Murder at Hospital

The man killed at Eastern State Hospital early Tuesday morning died from strangulation according to the medical examiner.  The local union who represents the workers raised questions about staffing levels months before the man was killed.

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Northwest News
6:41 am
Thu November 22, 2012

More Time To Comment On Morrow Pacific Coal Terminal

The public is getting thirty more days to comment on a proposal to move coal through the Northwest.

The new public comment period begins December first for the Morrow Pacific coal project. It would transport coal by train to Boardman, Ore. From there, the coal would be loaded onto barges and shipped down the Columbia River.

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Northwest News
6:38 am
Thu November 22, 2012

WA Supreme Court Issues New Jury Rulings

The Supreme Court of Washington issued a series of rulings  on jury selection, isssuing opinions on four cases in one day. They all had to do with how courts and judges interact with jurors.

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Reindeer Protected Habitat
5:48 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Northwest's Remaining Reindeer Butt Heads With Snowmobilers

Credit Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho - The last herds of reindeer in the continental United States are found in the Northwest. But even here, there aren't very many left. Next week , federal wildlife authorities are expected to designate the animal's high-elevation stomping grounds as protected “critical habitat.” The move has riled another winter visitor to the area –- snowmobilers.

Reindeer — or caribou — used to be found along the northern tier of the U.S., from Washington, to Maine. But that is changing according to Bryon Holt, a biologist with U.S. Fish & Wildlife.

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Road Use Tax
5:31 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Oregon Begins Mileage Tax Pilot Project

A Chevy Volt plugs in to a public charging spot in Olympia.
Credit Photo Credit: Tom Banse

About 40 Oregon drivers are spending this fall measuring their miles on the road. It’s part of a pilot project

to study alternatives to the gas tax.

Oregon lawmakers ordered the research out of concern that gas tax revenue will decline as more drivers switch to hybrid or electric vehicles. That could reduce funding for road maintenance.

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Skiing Safety
6:35 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Ski Industry Veterans Are Trying to Keep People Safe In the Back Country

Stevens Pass was the site of a fatal accident earlier last February.
Credit Photo by Derek Ramsey / Wikimedia Commons

The holiday season is upon us. And along with that comes ski season. Snow is falling in the Cascades. Wednesday is opening day at Crystal Mountain and Mount Baker. Tuesday Stevens Pass opened.

But giddy enthusiasm from skiers and snowboarders’ throughout the region is overshadowed by an accident at Stevens Pass last February. It was big.

News Report: “We’re gonna begin with those deadly avalanches. A deadly avalanche near Stevens Pass /We are gonna begin with the breaking news: that deadly avalanche in Washington state.”

Three people were killed that day.

Now, as KUOW’s Sara Lerner reports, ski industry veterans are trying to come up with new ways to keep people safe in the back country.

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Juniper Lumber
6:20 am
Wed November 21, 2012

How Creating a Market For Juniper Could Help Oregon’s High Desert

Juniper growing in a desert.
Credit Photo courtesy Creative Commons

You can stroll into any Home Depot in the northwest and walk out with a load of pine, fir, cedar, or maple lumber.

Ask for juniper, and you’ll probably get a blank look. But that may change. Juniper trees have overpopulated in eastern Oregon, and scientist say they are sucking the high desert dry.

A group of environmental entrepreneurs thinks the best way to restore the desert is by creating a commercial market for juniper. Amelia Templeton of EarthFix Reports.

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Psychiatric Patient Death
6:06 am
Wed November 21, 2012

One Patient Dead, Another Arrested At Eastern State Hospital

A patient was found dead early Tuesday at a psychiatric hospital in eastern Washington, leading to the arrest of patient in the same unit. The woman in custody is suspected of murder.

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Lakewood Shootings
6:02 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Former Lakewood Officer Recalls Outpouring Of Support After Officer Slayings

The Lakewood Police Department Fallen Officer Memorial, which honors the victims of the November 29, 2009 Lakewood police officer shooting.
Credit Photo by Marques Hunter / Wikimedia Commons

This Thanksgiving weekend brings back memories of one of the most horrific police shootings in Washington history. This will be the third anniversary since four Lakewood police officers were gunned down in a coffee shop. Correspondent Austin Jenkins spoke with one of the first officers to arrive at the scene of the café shootings.

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Lakewood Shooting Anniversary
5:59 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Three Years Later, Former Officer Recalls Lakewood Shootings

Three years ago this Thanksgiving weekend, an Arkansas parolee named Maurice Clemmons shot and killed four Lakewood police officers in a coffee shop. Chris Sorrells was one of the first officers at the scene. In the years since, his life has changed dramatically.

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