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Lakewood Officer Embezzlement
6:42 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Lakewood Officer Receives Federal Embezzlement Sentence

A former police officer in Lakewood, Washington will spend 2 years, 9 months in federal prison, and pay immediate restitution. That was the sentence handed down in federal court today after he pleaded guilty to embezzlement. Amy Radil of KUOW reports.

In federal court in Tacoma, former Lakewood police officer Skeeter Timothy Manos faced the anger of the people he stole from.

Manos has admitted to embezzling over $150,000 from his police officer’s union and the families of fallen officers.

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Water Pollution
6:39 am
Mon July 2, 2012

High Bacteria Levels in WA Waters, Not Found In OR, ID

Environmental regulators have detected high levels of fecal coliform in one of the Northwest's most important areas for growing food. Reporting for EarthFix, Courtney Flatt has more.

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Forest Fire Warning
6:37 am
Mon July 2, 2012

First Forest Health Hazard Warning For Wash. Expected

Washington’s Lands Commissioner is expected to declare the state’s first ever forest health hazard warning Monday. The formal declaration comes amid growing concern about the potential for a catastrophic fire – not unlike what we’ve seen in recent days in Colorado. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports.

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Olympic Trials
6:34 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Disproportionately High Number Of Northwest Runners On Team USA

Historic Hayward Field in Eugene hosted the 2012 Olympic Track & Field Trials.
Photo by Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Two more runners and two javelin throwers from the Northwest claimed spots in the London Olympics on the final scheduled day of competition at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials.

Runners, jumpers and throwers from the Northwest performed well in these Olympic Trials. In fact, more than 20 percent of the athletes on the U.S. Olympic track and field team have ties to our region. Correspondent Tom Banse looked for reasons behind the disproportionately high local representation.

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Captive Idaho Soldier
5:48 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

'Quiet, Thoughtful' Soldier From Hailey, Idaho Enters Fourth Year In Captivity

Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey, Idaho went missing in June 2009, just a year after he entered the Army. He’s shown here at his graduation from Basic Training.
the Bergdahl family

Saturday marks three years since a Northwest soldier was captured by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl -- now 26 years old -- is the nation’s only soldier known to be in enemy hands.

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Lane County Public Safety
5:26 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Public Safety In Lane County Will Get Worse

Lane County District Attorney Alex Gardner talks with reporters Friday.
Rachael McDonald KLCC

This week, the Lane County Sheriff released nearly 100 prisoners from jail, including three homicide suspects. Friday nearly 30 sheriff's employees were laid off. The District Attorney has to lay off at least 14 from his office. The county has a bare bones budget due to loss of timber funding and low property tax revenue.

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Youth Care Shelter
7:38 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Wash. Youth Shelter Policy To Change On July 1st

In Washington State, when a child runs away and goes to a shelter, the shelter has 3 days before it must legally contact parents or the police. But on Sunday, that will change. KUOW’s Kate Elston explains.

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Public Defender Caseload
7:34 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Wash. Public Defender: New Caseload Standards “Absurd”

Shocking cases of inadequate public defense in Washington have led the state Supreme Court to take an unusual step. The high court has imposed a mandatory cap on the number of cases lawyers for the poor can take. You might assume public defenders would be cheering – finally they’re going to get relief. But in fact some lawyers are downright offended and angry. Correspondent Austin Jenkins profiles one.

It’s a Wednesday afternoon at Lewis County District Court. Out in the hallway, attorney Joseph P. Enbody is meeting with clients.

Enbody: “Are you Ms. Tran?”

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Olympic Pole Vaulter
7:32 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Second Time The Charm For Washington’s Olympic Pole Vaulter?

A pole vaulter with roots in Seattle and Spokane hopes the second time will be the charm at the Olympics. Brad Walker secured a return trip to the Summer Games with a first place finish at the U.S. Track and Field Trials in Eugene Thursday night. Back in 2008, the former University of Washington Husky set a new American record, qualified for the Olympic team, but then didn’t clear a single height at the Beijing Olympics. Walker says he wants “redemption” very badly this summer.

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Tsunami Debris
7:29 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Oregon Sets Out Dumpsters For Tsunami Debris Clean-up

Oregon is putting out dumpsters at coastal parks for beachgoers to throw away tsunami debris. Governor John Kitzhaber announced Thursday he’s appointed an interagency team to coordinate efforts to dispose of materials washed up from last year’s Japanese tsunami.

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