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9:46 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Other Than Honorable Veteran Gets Benefits, Second Vet Killed By Police

Photo Credit: Phyllis Lewis

A decorated combat veteran who lost his medical benefits when he was kicked out of the Army for misconduct has learned he will, in fact, qualify for health care from the Veterans Administration.

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Northwest News
9:44 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Northwest Soldier Booted From Army Will Recieve VA Benefits

Photo Credit: Austin Jenkins

Former Staff Sgt. Jarrid Starks was initially barred from receiving VA health care. However, he recently learned he will now qualify for veterans’ benefits.

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Energy Efficient Lighting
5:11 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

LEDs: The Light Bulb of the Future?

A new study says that LED bulbs are becoming the best environmental choice for lighting.
Energy.gov

Light bulbs that rely on LED technology may soon be the best way to light your home. Courtney Flatt checked into a study that says LED light bulbs are becoming the best environmental choice.

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Washington's Apple Crop
4:52 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Much Of Washington’s Apple Crop In Danger Of Going Unpicked

Much of this year's apple crop will likely rot, because there are not enough workers to get all the fruit in time.
Anne Burgess Wikimedia Commons

Washington state apple farmers have the second largest crop in history but too few pickers to get it all in this harvest. A worker shortage means there won’t be enough people to get the fruit off the trees quickly enough.

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Captive Idaho Soldier
3:52 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Militants Say Terrorist Listing Will Add To Idaho POW's 'Hardships'

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl went missing June 30, 2009 in Afghanistan, and was later reported captured by the Taliban.
U.S. Dept. of Defense

Commanders of the militant Haqqani Network say the U.S. decision to designate the group as a terrorist organization could have repercussions for a captive Idaho soldier. That’s according to reports out Friday from Reuters and NBC.

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Navy SEAL Book
7:30 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Navy SEALs That Killed Bin Laden Also Searched For Idaho POW

A Taliban video from December 2010 appears to show Idaho native Bowe Bergdahl in captivity.

A new book that documents an attempt to rescue an Idaho soldier in Afghanistan will not likely interfere with efforts to bring him home. That’s according to at least one national security expert. The controversial book is getting attention because it describes the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. It also says in 2009, Navy SEALs went after Bowe Bergdahl’s captors too. Jessica Robinson reports.

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Western State Hospital Safety
7:16 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Safety And Suicide At Western State Hospital

The front entrance of Western State Hospital in Lakewood.
Photo by John Ryan Northwest News Network

Western State Hospital, near Tacoma, is the largest psychiatric institution in the Pacific Northwest. Its mission statement says the hospital--

Actor: "provides a healing environment free from danger, fear, hurt, injury, coercion, or intimidation for people with psychiatric disabilities. … Through vigilant attention and effort, WSH ensures a safe haven."

One week in April, Western failed to live up to those words, and the consequences were dire. Attention was less than vigilant, and two patients wound up dead. In part one of our public radio investigation, KUOW's John Ryan reported on the case of one of those patients. She committed suicide. In part two of our investigation, John looks at the safety improvements Western has, and hasn't, made since April.

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Auditor Allegations
7:00 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Wash. State Auditor Candidate Denies Previous Allegations Of Fraud, Theft

State Auditor Candidate Troy Kelley responds to questions about past allegations of business impropriety against him.
Photo by Austin Jenkins Northwest Public Radio

“Untrue” and “unfounded.” Those are the words the Democratic candidate for Washington state auditor is using to describe past allegation of fraud and theft. Troy Kelley Thursday was forced to address a long list of allegations contained in lawsuits relating to his work in the real estate title and escrow business. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins has details.

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Elk Hoof Disease
6:50 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Unexplained Hoof Disease Spreads Quickly in Southwest Washington Elk

Biologists are asking for help gathering clues about a hoof disease affecting elk in southwest Washington. They say the disease is severe and spreading quickly. Amelia Templeton of Earthfix has the story.

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Gillnet Ban
6:43 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Tribes Oppose Oregon Measure to Ban Gillnetting

Columbia River Indian tribes are opposing a ballot measure that would ban commercial gillnet fishing in Oregon. Reporting for EarthFix, Courtney Flatt has more.

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