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Oregon Marijuana Convictions
7:58 am
Wed April 29, 2015

With Legal Pot On The Way, Oregon Considers Clean Slate For Marijuana Convictions

Tim McClure was convicted of a felony drug charge in connection to a marijuana grow operation near this spot on his Wasco County ranch.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

Starting in July, adults in Oregon can legally use recreational marijuana. But thousands of Oregonians will still have criminal records for marijuana offenses that would have been legal under the new law. Now, there are efforts in the Oregon legislature to let some people wipe the slate clean when it comes to pot convictions. Chris Lehman spoke to some who are involved.

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Gun Safety
5:01 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Washington Governor Signs Gun Notification Bill 'Sheena Henderson Act'

Governor Jay Inslee signed into law a measure that allows family members to request notification from police when confiscated guns are returned.
Credit Rachel La Corte / Associated Press

Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed a bill Tuesday to help prevent gun violence in mental health emergencies. It allows families to request notification when police return guns to loved ones.

It’s called the Sheena Henderson Act and it’s named for a Spokane woman.

Sheena’s husband Chris had been making suicidal threats before police confiscated his gun.

The day after they returned it, he fatally shot his wife and himself.

Friend Kristin Otoupalik said Sheena should have been told about the gun. 

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Pintak From Islamabad
6:16 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

How Nepalese Earthquake Affects Orphans

An injured child lies on the ground outside the Medicare Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal, Saturday, April 25, 2015. A strong magnitude-7.9 earthquake shook Nepal's capital and the densely populated Kathmandu Valley before noon Saturday.
Credit Niranjan Shrestha / Associated Press

Lawrence Pintak, dean of WSU’s Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, reports from neighboring Pakistan that the earthquake creates special dangers for Nepal’s children.

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“The babies are safe.” That was the good news that greeted me Saturday after a 24 hour flight from Seattle to South Asia. While I was in the air, Nepal had been devastated by the earthquake.

“The babies” were the kids at a Kathmandu orphanage where my 20-year old daughter volunteered last fall. She had planned to go back this month. Luckily she didn’t.

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Public School Funding
6:16 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Lawmakers On Track To Fulfill School Funding Ruling

Justices of the Washington State Supreme Court told lawmakers they need to finish a school funding plan by the end of this upcoming legislative session.
Credit Harvey Barrison / Flickr

The Washington Legislature has laid enough groundwork to comply with a state Supreme Court ruling on education funding. That’s the opinion of the lawyer charged with representing state lawmakers in the ongoing McCleary Case.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed that progress report with the court Monday.

Justices held the Legislature in contempt for failing to do enough to address the McCleary ruling. But Ferguson’s memo claimed lawmakers have filed bills that would satisfy the Court — if they’re passed into law during an upcoming special session. 

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School Evacuation
5:57 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Threat Forces Marysville-Pilchuck High School To Evacuate

Students at Marysville-Pilchuck High School evacuated for the day after receiving a threat Monday.
Credit HighSchoolWatch / Wikimedia

Marysville-Pilchuck High School students were forced to evacuate their campus minutes before school was supposed to let out Monday.

District spokesperson Anna Boone said students evacuated after the school received a threat — even though the threat might not have been credible.

“They’re unsubstantiated threats at this point, so the police department is investigating to see if this is a hoax or not,” Boone said.

A post on the Marysville Police Department’s Twitter account Monday said the threatening call was similar to other recent hoax calls.

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Saying Goodbye
9:27 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Bruce Bradberry Retires (Again)

A warm and cheery voice familiar to millions is going away. Bruce Bradberry is retiring. Bradberry, who has been a fixture on NWPR's Weekend Edition for 20 of the last 26 years (he retired a few times before), will turn off the mic for probably the last time on April 26 to take up the next chapter of the Book of Bradberry, whatever it may be.

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Pintak From Islamabad
6:59 am
Mon April 27, 2015

In Pakistan, All Eyes On Nepal After Quake

An aerial view of tents setup by residents in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday, April 27, 2015. Shelter, fuel, food, medicine, power, news, workers — Nepal's earthquake-hit capital was short on everything Monday as its people searched for lost loved ones, sorted through rubble for their belongings and struggled to provide for their families' needs.
Credit Altaf Qadri / Associated Press

Around the world this weekend, all eyes were on Nepal. But nowhere more so than on the Indian sub-continent. Lawrence Pintak reports from Islamabad.

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Standardized Testing
5:52 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

As Students Refuse Tests, Washington Superintendent Warns Of Consequences

Washington superintendent Randy Dorn said low participation rates of standardized tests could cost schools federal money.
Credit Benjamin Chun / Flickr

The top education official in Washington State said teachers could face investigation and schools could lose funding - if the number of students refusing standardized tests keeps rising. 

Washington superintendent Randy Dorn doesn't like the phrase "opt-out."

"It's really a refusal to take an assessment that's required by the federal government," Dorn said.

He said low participation rates could cost schools federal money.

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Pakistani Classical Music
11:22 am
Fri April 24, 2015

The Push To Revive Classical Music In Pakistan

Asad Ali, 63, was unemployed for four years when Pakistan clamped down on live music in 1977. He now plays the guitar for Sachal Studios Orchestra around the globe and in his hometown, Lahore.
Credit Mobeen Ansari / http://www.npr.org/

Imagine your life if attending a concert were against the law. Now imagine trying to bring the music back to life, in a country where the skills to play it have been almost lost. A new documentary takes you to Pakistan, where it's more than just an imaginary scenario.

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Women Composers
11:17 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Julia Wolfe's Oratorio: A Win For Women Composers

Composer Julia Wolfe has won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for music for Anthracite Fields, an oratorio about coal miners and their families.
Credit Peter Serling / http://www.npr.org/

Northwest Public Radio's classical music programming staff has lately been making sure to include women composers on our playlists. Here's one you might not have heard of -- but now you will. Julia Wolfe has received the Pulitzer Prize for her oratorio about coal miners and their families.

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