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Tutu's GU Commencement Speech
4:53 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

Archbishop Tutu’s Address At Gonzaga Focuses On Human Equality

Archbishop Desmond Tutu mixed humor with a serious message in his commencement speech for Gonzaga University's the graduating class.
Photo credit: Wikimedia user Elke Wetzig Wikimedia Commons

At Gonzaga University’s commencement, Archbishop Desmond Tutu mixed humor with a serious message to the graduating class.

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Export-Import Bank Bill
4:40 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

Cantwell Hopes Senate Republicans Will Vote To Continue Export-Import Bank

Senator Maria Cantwell said the bank helps fund international trade out of states like Washington.
United States Senate

On Monday the U.S. Senate is expected to vote on the Export-Import Bank bill, which passed overwhelmingly in the House last week. In a trip to Spokane on Friday, Senator Maria Cantwell said the bank helps fund international trade out of states like Washington. She says the bank’s authorization expires at the end of the month.

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Great Wolf Lodge
6:20 am
Mon May 14, 2012

Great Wolf Lodge Tax Exemption Stands Despite Internal Doubts, Court Ruling

Families play in the wave pool at Great Wolf Lodge south Of Olympia.
Photo by Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Since the 1970s, U.S. policy toward American Indian tribes has been to encourage economic independence. Tribal casinos are probably the most visible symbol of that policy. These days, tribes are diversifying into other businesses. In 2005, the Chehalis Indian tribe in southwest Washington partnered with a Wisconsin-based water park chain to build a destination resort. The state of Washington, in turn, granted the project tax exempt status. But now, correspondent Austin Jenkins has obtained internal state documents that question whether Great Wolf Lodge really is a tribal entity and eligible for favorable tax treatment.

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Women's Olympic Basketball
6:15 am
Mon May 14, 2012

U.S. Olympic Women Train In Seattle; Beat China 100-62

The U.S. Women's Basketball Team
Photo by Tom Banse Northwest News Network

The U.S. women's basketball team dominated China in an exhibition game played in Seattle Saturday. Final score: 100 to 62. The prelude to an upcoming Summer Olympics showdown coincided with the U.S. squad's first team training camp. Correspondent Tom Banse reports on why that's in Seattle.

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Salmon Hatcheries
6:11 am
Mon May 14, 2012

New Research: Hatchery Salmon Posing Problems For Wild Stocks

In the early part of the 20th century, when many Northwestern rivers were dammed, fish hatcheries provided a way to keep salmon in rivers. But now an estimated 5 billion hatchery fish are released into the Pacific every year. A collection of research released Monday highlights possible concerns about how all those hatchery fish might be impacting wild stocks. Ashley Ahearn reports.

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Gregoire Supports Gay Marriage
5:35 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Wash. Gov Emerging As Unlikely Gay Rights Activist

Washington Governor Christine Gregoire's role in helping pass a same sex marriage law has made her a sought after spokesperson for the movement.
Washington Office of the Governor

Washington Governor Chris Gregoire is emerging as an unlikely gay rights activist both at home and on the national stage. Her role in helping pass a same-sex marriage law this year has made Gregoire a sought after spokesperson for the movement. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins explains.

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Oregon Attorney General Election
5:01 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Oregon Attorney General Candidates Make Final Push

Candidates for Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and Dwight Holton.
Photo credit: OPB News Northwest News Network

The two Democrats running for Oregon Attorney General are making a final push as Tuesday's election nears. Both of the candidates have raised about $600,000 each, according to the latest figures.

Current Oregon Attorney General John Kroger says he'll step down this summer to take a job at Reed College in Portland. That means whoever wins the Democratic primary could have an inside shot at taking over the job in a matter of months, if they're appointed by Democratic governor John Kitzhaber.

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North Spokane Corridor
4:44 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Cantwell Says Grant Would Give Needed Boost For North Spokane Corridor

Senator Maria Cantwell and Spokane’s Mayor Condon implore the U.S. Department of Transportation to offer a grant for the North Spokane Corridor.
United States Senate

Senator Maria Cantwell and Spokane’s Mayor Condon implore the U.S. Department of Transportation to offer a grant for the North Spokane Corridor.

US Senator Cantwell says the corridor is the missing link in the Eastern Washington transportation system.

“In fact the North Spokane Corridor is my top project priority and so that’s why we are here today, to say that we want to see this funding.”

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Northwest Hay At Premium
4:32 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Hay Farmers Looking To Bale Some Profits This Season

Drex Gaunt is an alfalfa grower near Burbank, Washington, and board member of the Washington Hay Growers Association. This year, demand for Northwest hay should be high because of decreased holdovers from last year.
Photo credit: Anna King Northwest News Network

Hay farmers in Eastern Washington are beginning to cut their fields. It’s the first harvest of the Northwest hay season. New numbers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show there’s less hay left over from last year. As Anna King reports, that’s good news for alfalfa and timothy growers.

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Seattle Obama Address
6:18 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Obama Reaffirms Gay Rights Stance At Seattle Fundraiser

President Obama made a quick fundraising trip through Seattle Thursday. The trip included his first appearances since announcing his support for gay marriage. Democrats at the fundraiser were quick to show their appreciation. But they also predicted that his stance will energize his opponents as well as his supporters. KUOW’s Amy Radil reports.

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