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9:36 am
Wed October 24, 2012

WSU Coach Leach Bans Players from Tweeting

Washington State University Football Coach Mike Leach
WSU Athletics

By Joe Utter and Adam Lewis

Washington State University Coach Mike Leach banned players from using Twitter on Tuesday evening after a series of messages on the social media website was brought to his attention.

“Twitter is now banned around here so don’t expect anything on Twitter,” Leach said after Tuesday’s practice. “Twitter’s banned and quite frankly if after today you see anything on Twitter from our team-- and I don’t care if it says ‘I love life’-- I would like to see it because I will suspend them.”

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History Of Washington Tsunamis
6:42 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Coastal Marshes Yield Up History Of Great Northwest Quakes And Tsunamis

PSU archaeologist Sarah Sterling (right) and Simon Fraser University Prof. Ian Hutchison examine possible tsunami deposits near the mouth of Salt Creek, Clallam County, WA.
Photo Credit: Brian Atwater

Researchers have found fresh evidence of 26-foot-high tsunami waves that washed more than three miles in to the Olympic Peninsula.

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Washington Governor Strategy
6:22 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Even With No Electoral College, Statewide Races Have Math To Victory

Photo of Washington State Seal.
Photo Credit: U.S. Government/Wikimedia Commons

In the presidential race, we hear a lot about the electoral map and the math to winning the presidency. It’s all about swing states like Ohio and Florida. At the state level, there’s no electoral college. The candidate with the most votes wins. But there’s still a formula for victory.

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HP Laptops For Idaho Students
6:06 am
Wed October 24, 2012

HP Will Supply Every Idaho High School Student A Laptop

Photo of women with HP laptop.
Photo Credit: Matthew Bowden/Wikimedia Commons

Hewlett Packard now has an eight year 180 million dollar contract to get laptops into the hands of Idaho high school students and teachers. This meets part of the requirements outlined in the Students Come First education laws.

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Concerns Over Governor's Appointment
6:07 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Wash. Governor Appointed State Senator Despite Staff Concerns

Washington Republicans have released documents that show Gov. Chris Gregoire appointed a state senator to a $92,000-a-year job, despite concerns that the senator wasn’t qualified for the position. This is just the latest development in a political drama touched off by the appointment.

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Wild Mushroom Supply
5:27 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Northwest Wild Mushrooms In Short Supply

Wild mushrooms are in short supply.
U.S. Forest Service

Northwest wild mushrooms are in short supply this year. That’s had a big impact on the region’s lucrative mushroom hunting industry. It’s also changed what’s on fall restaurant menus in the Northwest and across the nation.

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Oregon Liquor Chief
4:09 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Oregon Liquor Chief Announces Retirement

Steve Pharo, the director of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, announced his retirement.
Northwest News Network

The embattled director of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission announced Tuesday that he'll retire next month. Gov. John Kitzhaber pressured Steve Pharo to step down earlier this year. But the liquor agency head refused until now.

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Purple Hearts Awarded
6:46 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Five Wash. Soldiers With Brain Injuries Receive Purple Hearts

Five Washington soldiers with brain injuries are awarded a Purple Heart in a ceremony at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
Photo by Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Five Washington-based soldiers with Traumatic Brain Injuries have received the Purple Heart. They were honored Monday at a ceremony at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. In 2011, the Army issued new standards for awarding Purple Hearts to soldiers with brain injuries. Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports.

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Hanford Radiation Leak
6:40 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Radioactive Hanford Waste Tank Has A Confirmed Leak

Routine periodic visual monitoring (via camera) of the AY-102 annulus found material that was never before seen.
Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Energy

Managers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation have confirmed that a radioactive waste tank has a slow leak. That waste isn’t getting into the environment. Richland Correspondent Anna King reports.

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Eugene City Council
6:37 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Eugene City Council: Yes On Bag Ban, No On Coal Trains

The Eugene City Council approved an ordinance banning single-use plastic bags. The vote Monday night also imposes a 5-cent minimum fee for paper bags at the check-out. KLCC’s Jes Burns reports.

The new law is intended to encourage the use of reusable bags at grocery and other retail establishments in Eugene. Councilors, with a tie breaking vote from Mayor Kitty Piercy, voted down an amendment that would have made the fee on paper bags optional. Councilor Alan Zalenka argued the change would not have created the same outcome.

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