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Army Veteran
6:03 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Combat Vet With PTSD Booted From Army, Barred From Healthcare

Army veteran Jarrid Starks, with his medications to treat PTSD and a hat that reads “Warning this vet is medicated for your protection."
Photo by Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

SALEM, Ore. – In Salem, a former Army staff sergeant named Jarrid Starks has run out of the medications that keep him stable. He has severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other mental and physical wounds of war. But he’s currently not eligible for veterans’ health benefits that would include prescription refills. That’s because Starks was kicked out of the Army for bad behavior. He’s far from alone. Correspondent Austin Jenkins has this story in collaboration with the Seattle Times.

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Marijuana Legalization
5:58 am
Mon August 13, 2012

What Are The Budget Impacts Of Legal Marijuana

This fall Washington voters will consider an initiative that would allow the growth and sale of marijuana. Friday, the Washington State Office of Financial Management issued its report on how Initiative 502 would affect the finances of state and local governments. KUOW’s Phyllis Fletcher has more.

The gist of the report is “we don’t know.”

The Office of Financial Management uses the phrase “indeterminate, but non-zero” several times in the report. That’s because of what could be called “known unknowns.”

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World War II Flag
5:55 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Washington Veteran Having Difficulty Repatriating Captured War Flag

Close-up of "good luck flag," known as hinomaru yosegaki in Japanese.
Photo by Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Wednesday will mark the 67th anniversary of the Japanese surrender to end World War Two. With each passing anniversary, there are fewer and fewer living witnesses to the event. Correspondent Tom Banse reports time is also running low for an aging U.S. Marine veteran who wants to return a captured Japanese war flag.

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Oregon GOP Resignation
5:52 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Fall-Out From Topless Bar Visit Not Clear

State representative Kevin Cameron.
Photo courtesy the Oregon Legislature

Reaction has been muted to news that several high-ranking Oregon House Republicans visited a topless bar while on vacation. It does explain why one GOP leader stepped down mysteriously. But as Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports, additional implications are not yet clear.

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Olympic Goalie
6:04 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Washington’s Hope Solo Makes Big Stops To Earn Team USA Gold

Washington-born and raised goalkeeper Hope Solo saved the day, quite literally, according to her teammates in the Olympic women’s soccer final Thursday. Team USA held on for a 2-1 victory over Japan to win the gold medal. When the final horn sounded, U.S. goalie Solo was mobbed by her fellow players. Solo says she knew the game was on the line when she made a dramatic lunging save in the waning minutes of the game.

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Episcopal Latinos
5:58 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Nothwest Episcopal Churches Court Latinos

The Reverand Kurt Neilson leads communion at a Spanish language mass at Saints Peter and Paul Episcopal Church in Portland.
Photo by Chris Lehman. Northwest News Network

In Oregon, the number of Latino Episcopalians has increased more than five-fold over the past decade. Church leaders say the influx is, in part, because the denomination's worship services look and sound familiar to Hispanics raised in the Catholic Church. But as Correspondent Chris Lehman reports, Northwest Episcopal Churches are luring Latinos with a focused marketing campaign.

The 10 o'clock high mass at Saints Peter and Paul Episcopal Church in Portland, Oregon probably sounds a lot like it did when the congregation was founded nearly a century ago.

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Cougar Hunting Controversy
6:05 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

California Cougar Hunt Controversy 'Ridiculous' In Eyes Of Idaho Hunters

This photo of Dan Richards, the former California Fish and Game Commission president, appeared in Western Outdoor News.
Western Outdoor News

A controversy over a California wildlife official has Idaho hunters shaking their heads. The California Fish and Game commission stripped its president of his title for hunting a cougar in Idaho – which is legal in the Gem State, but not in California.

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Oregon Decathlete Wins Gold
5:40 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Oregon's Ashton Eaton Wins Gold In Men's Decathlon

At the London Olympics today, Oregon's own Ashton Eaton placed first in the Men's Decathlon, coming in just shy of the Olympic record. That achievement earned the 24-year-old Eaton not only a gold medal, but also the ceremonial title of "World's Greatest Athlete."

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Northwest Olympic Soccer Fans
5:16 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

USA-Japan Match Draws Northwest Soccer Fans

Megan Rapinoe, a University of Portland alum, is a member of USA's gold-medal winning women's soccer team.

Scores of people watched at the University of Portland Thursday as the American women’s soccer team defeated Japan for the Olympic gold medal. USA star Megan Rapinoe is a UP graduate. But another player with Northwest ties might’ve been more critical to the win.

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Wash. Senate Candidate Threatened
5:09 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Wash. Man Arrested For Threatening Legislative Candidate

Eileen Qutub, a Republican candidate for Washington State Senate, received threatening emails.
Northwest News Network

A Vancouver, Wash., man has been arrested for allegedly threatening a state Senate candidate. The Clark County sheriff's office took Gary Owen into custody Thursday on charges of sending two threatening emails to Eileen Qutub , a Republican. She described the letters as "vile" and "sexually perverted" and said that Owen threatened to shoot her in the head.

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