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Warrantless Searches In Schools
5:57 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Wash. Supreme Court Blocks Warrantless Searches By School Cops

The Washington Supreme Court ruled that police officers working in schools can't search students without a warrant.
Washngton Courts website

A teacher or principal doesn’t need a warrant to search a student. But a police officer working in a school does, according to a new ruling from the Washington Supreme Court.

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Puget Sound Resident Orcas
5:09 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Farmers Challenge Resident Orca Endangered Species Status

California farmers are challenging the federal government’s decision to list Puget Sound’s southern resident killer whale as an endangered species. These whales have been on the list since 2005. There are 86 left.

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Oregon Student Imprisoned
4:50 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Springfield, Ore., Student Imprisoned In Sudan

Rudwan Dawod was arrested and imprisoned last month in Sudan.
Sudan Sunrise

A Lane Community College student was arrested last month in Sudan during a peaceful student protest. The President of LCC is urging public support to help get him out of prison and back home to Oregon.

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Washington Murder Review
4:42 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Powell Murder Review Urges More Communication and Vigilance

A Pierce County Sheriff's deputy stands guard outside the house where Josh Powell killed himself and his two young sons in February.
Asuza Uchikura

A new report on a high profile Pierce County, Wash., murder-suicide concludes that cops and social workers should communicate better. Washington state's social service agency says the child fatality review, released Thursday, supports its belief that no one could have anticipated Josh Powell would kill his two young sons and himself.

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Hanford's "Black Cells"
4:17 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Energy Secretary, Experts Take Closer Look At Hanford's Black Cells

A new research panel, which includes Secretary Steven Chu himself, is aimed at ensuring problems inside "black cells" can be detected and fixed.
Department of Energy

The Hanford Nuclear Reservation’s so-called “black cells” are getting another look from a new high-level group of experts. The announcement today from the U.S. Department of Energy comes just as the southeast Washington nuclear site implements new safety standards for non-radioactive risks.

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Survival Realty
5:56 am
Thu August 2, 2012

One Housing Sector That’s Booming: Survival Realty

This pyramid shaped home in north Idaho was built out of concrete and steel beams, entirely underground. In this picture, an open hatch above the kitchen allows natural light in.
Photo by Jessica Robinson Northwest news Network

The housing market in the Northwest is finally showing signs of recovery. But there’s one sector of real estate that never let up during the economic downturn. Real estate agents who sell what’s known as “survival realty” are experiencing boom times. As Jessica Robinson reports, a remote corner of the Northwest has become a hotspot for home buyers wanting to ride out disaster – natural or otherwise.

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Immigrant Education
5:49 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Undocumented “Dreamers” Focus of Statewide Forums

Immigrant advocates are kicking-off a series of statewide forums Thursday night about Obama’s new policy for so-called “dreamers”. The measure gives temporary legal protection to some undocumented immigrants who came here as children. Federal officials plan to open up the application process later this month, as KUOW’s Liz Jones reports.

In June, federal officials announced a new policy aimed to halt the deportation of some young immigrants. It’ll allow qualified young people to apply for a renewable, 2-year legal protection… and a work permit.

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New Oregon Trains Behind Schedule
5:40 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Delivery Of Oregon's New Trains Running Months Behind Schedule

Oregon's two new train sets are months away from completion at a Wisconsin factory.
Oregon Department of Transportation

Two passenger trains commissioned by the state of Oregon are months behind schedule. The trains were due to arrive nearly two months ago and enter service this fall at a cost of $36 million. But they haven't even left the factory in Wisconsin yet.

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Oregon State Police Memorial
5:32 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Oregon State Police Break Ground On New Memorial

Oregon State Police officers perform a "ceremonial flag fold" at the future site of the Oregon State Police memorial.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

The Oregon State Police broke ground on a memorial Wednesday to honor fallen Oregon state troopers. A crowd of dignitaries listened somberly as the officers’ names were read aloud.

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Hanford Waste Tanks Cleanup
5:25 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Three Hanford Tanks Could Be Cleaned Out By End Of Summer

The Mobile Arm Retrieval System (MARS) arm stretches into a huge tank that simulates the nuclear waste found inside a Hanford storage tank.
Department of Energy

Washington environmental regulators are hoping that crews at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation will clean out three more aging tanks of radioactive waste by the end of summer. A federal judge has ordered that ten tanks in an area known as “C-Farm” have to be closed by September of 2014.

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