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Olympic Pole Vaulter
6:57 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Ex-Collegians And Prepsters From Northwest Win Summer Olympic Berths

Former UW Husky and Renton High School grad Aretha (Hill) Thurmond is headed to her fourth Olympics.
Photo by Tom Banse Northwest News Network

A dark horse in the sprints. A mother who’s competed at three prior Olympics. And a former NCAA pole vault champion from the University of Oregon. Those are your three newest U.S. Olympians with Northwest ties. Correspondent Tom Banse has their stories from the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for track and field in Eugene.

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Olympic Sprinter
6:54 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Oregon Sprinter With Turbulent Past Dashes His Way Onto Team USA

Oregon native Ryan Bailey showed early potential on the track. But few would’ve predicted a trip to the Summer Olympics for this formerly troubled football and track athlete from Salem. Yet that’s the unlikely turnabout Bailey can tell you now that’s he sprinted his way onto Team USA. Correspondent Tom Banse reports from the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in track and field in Eugene.

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UW Arson Case Closed
5:07 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Feds Close Case On 2011 UW Horticulture Arson

The last person charged with the 2001 arson of a University of Washington building was sentenced today to four years in prison. Liz Jones has more.

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Hospitals & Health Care Act
4:46 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Washington Hospitals Weigh In On Supreme Court Concerns

The Washington state Hospital association is weighing in on their concerns about the possible aftermath of a US Supreme Court ruling that could overturn all or part of the Affordable care act.  Steve Jackson has more.

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NWPR Books
10:14 am
Thu June 21, 2012

In the Kingdom of Men

In the Kingdom of Men, by Kim Barnes

 

One of the Northwest’s most prominent authors, Kim Barnes, is out with a new novel about power, poverty, oil and oppression.  It’s called In the Kingdom of Men.   Northwest Public Radio's John Paxson has a first look.

Kim Barnes’ new work is a tale of life--and death--in the closed, often claustrophobic compounds of Americans working in the oil fields of Saudi Arabia.  It is also a portrait of a soul in transition.  

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Washington Poet Laureate
6:28 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Washington’s Poet Laureate Reflects On Growing Up Near Hanford In New Book

Washington’s poet lauerate Kathleen Flenniken has released a new book of poetry and remembrances of Richland, Washington and the Hanford Nuclear Reservation called “Plume.”
Photo by Anna King Northwest News Network

There is a lot written about the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in scientific journals, news articles and government reports. Now there is a book of poetry. The State of Washington’s poet laureate recently released a book of remembrances about her hometown of Richland. It’s called “Plume.” Kathleen Flenniken returned to southeast Washington for this visit with our correspondent Anna King.

We’re on the shore of the Columbia River at a Richland park. A flotilla of students, in bright kayaks, paddle against the current.

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Spring Salmon Numbers
6:05 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Spring Chinook Numbers Lower Than Expected

The salmon run on the Columbia River this spring was not as strong as expected.
Riccardo Rossi Wikimedia Commons

You might remember predictions of really high spring Chinook runs this year. But, turns outs, after spring salmon runs wrapped up, the numbers were not as high as everyone had hoped.

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Entrepreneurial Athletes
5:32 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Olympic Hopeful Is Also An Entrepreneur

Lauren Fleshman speaks with reporters in Eugene.
Rachael McDonald KLCC

Two Eugene-based athletes competing in the Olympic Track and Field Trials, which start this week, are also entrepreneurs. Lauren Fleshman and fellow runner Stephanie Rothstein have a two-year-old business making dairy and gluten free energy bars.

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Health Care Ruling
5:22 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

States Brace For Federal Health Care Ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to rule on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.
Franz Jantzen supremecourt.gov

The U.S. Supreme Court could rule any day now on the Constitutionality of President Obama's health care overhaul. The decision could have broad implications for state health care policies in the Northwest.

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Olympic Qualifying Trials
5:15 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Olympic Track Trials Could Stock Team USA With Northwest Athletes

Hayward Field in Eugene is the site of the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials.
Wolfram Burner Flickr

Qualifying action for the 2012 Summer Olympics is happening in three Northwest cities this week. The U.S. Olympic Trials in diving are underway in Federal Way, Wash. Meanwhile, track and field qualifying starts with a hammer throw competition on the Nike campus in Beaverton, Ore., Thursday. The rest of the track team selection unfolds in Eugene starting on Friday. Team USA is likely to be well-stocked with Northwest athletes.

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