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Mental Hospital Museum
6:45 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Museum Opens At "Cuckoo's Nest" Film Site

One section of the museum includes props used in the movie "One Flew Over the Cuckoos's Nest," including this hydrotherapy unit that appeared in several key scenes.
Photo by Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

A 130-year-old mental institution might seem like an odd place for a museum. But historians and mental health advocates have fought to preserve and tell the Oregon State Hospital's long and sordid history.

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Northwest Latinos
6:40 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Data Analysis: Most Northwest City Councils Have No Latinos

Sonia Rodriguez True lost her 2009 race for city council against a well known conservative talk radio host in Yakima.
Photo by Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Nearly nine out of 10 city councils across the Northwest have no Latino members. That estimate comes from a database we assembled of Hispanic officeholders in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. One of the cities with no Latino representations is located in one of the most heavily Hispanic parts of our region. We’re talking about the city of Yakima. The ACLU is suing over the issue. Correspondent Austin Jenkins has our latest story on why the region's largest minority group has so little clout in the political arena.

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Top-Two Primaries
6:30 am
Tue October 2, 2012

7 Years Of Top-Two Primary Litigation In Wash. Comes To An End

It took seven years and hundreds of court filings. Now the legal fight over Washington’s top-two primary is over. The U.S. Supreme Court Monday declined to hear an appeal brought by the state’s Democratic and Libertarian parties. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports.

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Wash. Budget Shortfall
5:06 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Reality Check: New Wash. Governor Faces $1B Shortfall, $1B Education Bill

One of these two men will likely confront a $2 billion problem next January.
Campaign photos

Both candidates for Washington governor have pledged to drive more money into education – without raising taxes. But the state faces a $1 billion shortfall in the next two year budget cycle. Plus, a recent Supreme Court ruling requires the state to come up with another $1 billion for schools.

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Wash. Gubernatorial Debate
4:53 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Wash. Governor Candidates To Meet For Third Debate

Rob McKenna (L) and Jay Inslee will square off in Yakima on Tuesday night for their third official debate.
KATU

The candidates for Washington governor will square off in Yakima Tuesday night for their third official debate. Polls give Democrat Jay Inslee a slight lead over Republican Rob McKenna.

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'Roadless Rule' Appeal
4:29 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Supreme Court Rejects ‘Roadless Rule’ Appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to hear an appeal on the "Roadless Rule" law.
Jarek Tuszynski Wikimedia Commons

The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear an appeal to the so-called Roadless Rule. The law bans development on nearly 60 million acres of national forest land.

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Fish Interbreeding Study
4:23 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Study Suggests Hatchery Fish Don't Harm Native Fish Stock

A new study out today suggests hatchery fish don't necessarily have a negative impact on wild fish when the two interbreed.

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Effects Of Northwest Smoke
4:09 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Northwest Smoke Makes Air In Some Areas Worse Than L.A.

Experts predict few, if any, long-term health effects from the wildfire smoke.
Vince Patton OPB

About a dozen wildfires are still burning in the Northwest, keeping the air hazy and unhealthy. But experts predict few, if any, long-term health effects. Correspondent Anna King reports.

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Lack of Latino Officials
7:46 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Latinos Barely Represented On Elected Bodies

Photo Credit: Chris Lehman

Across the Northwest, Latinos make up nearly 12 percent of the population, but only two percent of the region’s elected officials.

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Bug Increase From Fires
7:25 am
Mon October 1, 2012

After The Fire, Bring On The Bugs

Photo Credit: USDA

Charred Northwest forests are already a-buzz with new life: bugs.

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