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Zehm Settlement
7:28 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Spokane City Council Approves Zehm Death Settlement

The Spokane City Council Monday night voted unanimously to approve a $1.67 million settlement between Otto Zehm’s family and the city. Paige Browning reports.

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New Bus Service
7:25 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Low Fares Won’t Lure Some Train Riders To New Bus Service

Passengers board a Boltbus headed to Seattle outside a parking garage in downtown Portland.
Photo by Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

A new bus service in the Northwest makes some eye-catching promises: Extra legroom, non-stop service between major cities, and fares starting at just a dollar. Boltbus could change the way people travel between Portland, Seattle and Vancouver, BC. Correspondent Chris Lehman wanted to see which is better: Boltbus or an Amtrak train.

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Land Auctions
7:22 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Natural Gas Industry Eyes Mineral Rights In Idaho Wildlife Reserve

The natural gas industry is interested in mineral rights in a Northwest wildlife area. Aaron Kunz explains.

This month, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission authorized the state to auction off the mineral rights for nearly 400 acres in the Payette River Wildlife Management Area. The auction could take place in late July.

Suzanne Budge is with the Idaho Petroleum Council. She explains why the company, Snake River Oil and Gas, is interested in the mineral rights.

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Lane County Budget
7:17 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Lane County To Cut Budget By More Than 15 Million

Like many Northwest counties, Lane County is experiencing a budget shortfall. The county Budget Committee has approved more than 15 million dollars in cuts to youth services, the sheriff's office and medical examiner among others. Desmond O'Boyle has more.

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Water Shortage
7:13 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Fast Snowmelt Could Spell Water Shortage For Klamath Farmers

The bureau of reclamation is predicting a water shortage in Oregon’s Klamath basin. The federal water agency has asked Klamath farmers to consider idling their land. Amelia Templeton reports.

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Drake Monument
7:10 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Drake Landmark Designation Sparks Debate

Garry Gitzen stands over Oregon's Nehalem Bay, which he claims is where Sir Francis Drake spent five weeks in 1579.
Photo by Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

Oregon and California are locked in a dispute over something that happened 433 years ago. That’s when Sir Francis Drake became the first British explorer to make contact with Native Americans. It happened on what is now the American West Coast. The question is where. Oregon or California? The National Park Service is poised to officially recognize one state’s claim and not the other’s.

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Hanford Reservation Safety
7:07 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Bechtel Releases Its Plan To Improve Safety Culture At Hanford

A major government contractor on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation has a new plan to improve its safety culture. Bechtel has come under sharp criticism by federal nuclear watchdogs. Correspondent Anna King has more.

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Oregon Jobs Gains
4:53 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Oregon's Recovery Uneven Around The State

Oregon's economy is recovering slowly but steadily according to the latest forecast from state economists.
Photo credit: Wikimedia user M.O. Stevens Wikimedia Commons

Oregon's economy is recovering slowly but steadily according to the latest forecast from state economists. But not all parts of the state are along for the ride.

Some economic indicators are looking up in Oregon. That's according to state economist Mark McMullen. But he told state lawmakers that even though the pace has been slow statewide, it's even worse once you get away from the Willamette Valley and the Columbia Gorge.

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Cougar Shot By Boise PD
4:45 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Boise Police Kill Cougar On Boise State Campus

A cougar was shot and killed by Boise Police on the BSU campus.
Photo credit: Wikimedia user Mike Searson Wikimedia Commons

Early Tuesday morning a Boise police officer shot and killed a mountain lion on the Boise State University campus.

Idaho Fish and Game Senior Conservation Officer Matt O’Connell says it’s likely the same cat that was first spotted in an east Boise foothills neighborhood Friday and seen several times Monday morning near downtown. O’Connell says police responded to calls from Boise State staffers who saw the lion eating from a dumpster near the student union building.

He says that’s unusual behavior for this species.

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Oregon Revenues uneven
4:30 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Oregon Revenue Forecast Mostly Flat

Combined general fund and lottery fund revenue forecasts from Dec. 2010 - June 2012.
Graph by Oregon Office of Economic Analysis

Oregon lawmakers got so-so news from the state's economist Tuesday. Revenues are predicted to remain mostly steady over the rest of the budget cycle.

The latest projection of state income tax collections is down slightly since the last forecast. But the drop was offset by a series of budget actions that lawmakers took earlier this year.

State economist Mark McMullen told a legislative panel that Oregon's economic recovery is still on track. It's just slow.

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