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Oregon Petitions
5:50 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Oregon Signature Collectors Near Deadline

Some Oregon petitions have gained enough signatures but others still need more to be put on the ballot this fall.
Wikimedia user M.O. Stevens Wikimedia Commons

Signature gatherers will be out in force in Oregon in the next few weeks. Groups are racing to beat a deadline early next month to submit enough names to get initiatives on the ballot this fall.

The man with a clipboard gathering names on this downtown Salem street corner offers passersby a preview of what could be on their ballot this fall:

"Do you think marijuana should be legalized, ma'am?" he asks.

In fact, pro-pot groups are on track to get not one, but two marijuana legalization measures on the Oregon ballot.

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Superfund Cleanup
5:09 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Work Begins On Central Washington Superfund Site

The Moses Lake Wellfield Contamination Superfund Site is located in the City of Moses Lake in eastern Washington.
EPA Northwest News Network

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has started the cleanup of a superfund site near Moses Lake in central Washington. As correspondent Anna King reports, this restoration has been in the works for decades.

The contaminated area is made up of an old Air Force airport, a county airport and some adjacent lands. Dumpsites there are loaded with chemicals like PCBs, lead and petroleum. The EPA has started testing and designing a treatment system to remove trichloroethylene from the groundwater at the superfund site.

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Idaho Inmate Execution
5:00 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Leavitt Faces Execution Tuesday Morning

Idaho will execute 53 year-old Leavitt Tuesday by lethal injection.
Idaho Dept. of Corrections

In 1985, a jury convicted Richard A. Leavitt of the brutal first-degree murder of Danette J. Elg a year earlier. Elg of Blackfoot, Idaho had been stabbed more than a dozen times and her body was mutilated. The state will execute 53 year-old Leavitt Tuesday by lethal injection unless there’s a last minute stay. .

Male death row prisoners are housed in the Idaho Maximum Security Institution, or Idaho Max. Guards moved Leavitt to a lone cell last month after the state Department of Correction served him with a death warrant.

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Wash. Crime Sweep
4:51 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Eastern Wash. Crime Sweep Rounds Up More Than 200 Felons

Deputy U.S. Marshal Beatrice Bravo says the felon roundup took a lot of advance planning.
U.S. Marshals

Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies say they’ve swept up more than 200 violent felons in Eastern Washington. So-called 'Operation Scattergun II' focused on wanted offenders in the Spokane, Tri-Cities and Yakima regions last week. Beatrice Bravo is a Deputy U.S. Marshal based in Spokane. She says the felon roundup took a lot of advance planning.

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University Of Oregon President
4:44 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Michael Gottfredson Picked As Finalist For UO President

Dr. Michael Gottfredson has served as Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost at the University of California Irvine since 2000.
University of California Irvine

Dr. Michael Gottfredson has been selected as the finalist for the new president of the University of Oregon.

Gottfredson has served as Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost at the University of California Irvine since 2000. He is an expert in criminology. Oregon University System Chancellor George Pernsteiner calls Gottfredson an academic leader of distinction.

"That's a great combination for Oregon," Pernsteiner says. "Somebody who is committed to higher education and has a track record of real success and is able to work collaboratively with the other elements of education in this state for the betterment of the state and its citizens."

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Wash. Governor Debate
4:37 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Washington Gubernatorial Candidates Debate In Spokane

Wash. gubernatorial candidates Jay Inslee and Rob McKenna will face off in their first debate on Tuesday in Spokane.
Northwest News Network

Republican Rob McKenna and Democrat Jay Inslee sparred in an hour-long debate heard on Northwest Public Radio this afternoon, and again at 7 PM Tuesday. Listen to the debate.

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Tsunami Dock
7:04 am
Mon June 11, 2012

No Decision Yet On The Fate of Tsunami Debris

Oregon Parks officials are still weighing their options for the giant piece of tsunami debris that washed up on the Oregon coast this week. The Japanese dock continues to draw onlookers to the beach near Newport.

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Political Advertising
6:52 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Washingtonians Disappointed By Negative Political Ads

Washington voters find it hard to determine if political campaign ads are accurate, according to a survey by the AARP of Washington. Paige Browning reports, the organization hosted an event in Spokane Thursday to share the results and educate their members.

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U.S. Open Hopeful
6:48 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Despite Jitters, Casey Martin Looks Forward To Competing In The US Open

This week has been a rollercoaster of media attention for Casey Martin. The Oregon men’s golf coach was a surprise qualifier for the U.S. Open at the Olympic Golf Course in San Francisco next week. KLCC’s Rachael McDonald reports from a press conference Friday at the University of Oregon.

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Undersea Volcano
6:45 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Caught On Tape! Undersea Volcano Erupts Off Northwest Coast

Hydrophone deployed at Axial Seamount.
Photo by Bill Chadwick OSU

For the first time, we're getting to listen to the eruption of an undersea volcano off the Northwest coast. Correspondent Tom Banse got a hold of unusual recordings made at a place called Axial Seamount. It's about 300 miles out to sea from Cannon Beach, Oregon.

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