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Nike Store Passes Okay'ed
4:55 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Oregon Ethics Panel Okays Nike Discounts For Public Officials

Entrance of the Nike Employee Store at the company's headquarters in Beaverton, Ore.
Photo credit: Wonderlane/ Flickr Northwest News Network

Elected officials in Oregon are not violating ethics rules if they shop for discounted shoes and apparel at a store meant for Nike employees. That’s the ruling Friday from Oregon Government Ethics Commission.

Nike runs a store just for employees at its Beaverton headquarters. The shop features popular Nike products at wholesale prices. Last month a lobbyist for Nike wrote the Ethics Commission to ask whether government officials would run afoul of state ethics laws if they accepted passes to visit the store.

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Wash. State GOP Convention
4:48 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Ron Paul Supporters Keep Wash. GOP Convention Lively

Ron Paul supporters said they are not going to unify behind Romney.
U.S. Congress

Both the Washington state Republicans and Democrats are gathering at state conventions today.

The Republican state convention is being kept lively by supporters of Ron Paul for president. They seem to make up about one third of the crowd here.

One of Mitt Romney’s sons, Josh, spoke this morning and asked for support for his father.

He was followed by Matt Dubin for the Ron Paul campaign. Dubin said Ron Paul’s supporters are not going to unify behind Romney.

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Oregon Tuition Increases
4:40 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Oregon Higher Ed Board Raises Tuition For Most Students At State Schools

Oregon's Board of Higher Education voted Friday to raise tuition for most students at state supported schools. The increases vary from place to place. And for Portland State University, for example, the adjustment means a 1.4 percent reduction in tuition and fees. But for Southern Oregon University, it's a 9.9 percent increase in tuition.

University system staff pointed out that the state has cut funding for higher education by 16 percent for the coming fiscal year.

Board members like Lynda Ciafetti say they saw few options.

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Liquor Privatization
6:37 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Washington Hands Off Liquor Sales To Private Sector

Spokane Costco manager Kelly Frisina looks up at the pallets of liquor ready to be lowered after midnight on Friday morning.
Photo by Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Washington is witnessing a major shift in a multi-million dollar business. Starting Friday, hard liquor will be right there on the shelf at supermarkets, big box stores and privately-run liquor shops. It’s Day One of a new voter-passed law that takes Washington liquor sales out of the hands of the state.

Oregon lawmakers may consider a similar proposal next year and it could affect liquor sales along Idaho’s north-western border. We sent correspondent Jessica Robinson out to see how a government-run industry goes private.

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Border Patrol Translators
6:32 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Forest Service Ordered To Stop Using Border Patrol As Interpreters

The U.S. Forest Service can no longer use Border Patrol agents as interpreters. That’s according to an order from the federal agriculture department that was made public this week.

The issue stems from a case on the Olympic Peninsula near Forks last year. A Latino man and woman were picking salal … that’s shrub used in floral arrangements.

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Sunken Boat
6:29 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Sunken Vessel Off Whidbey Island To Be Removed Sunday

A 140-foot fishing boat has been leaking oil from the bottom of Penn Cove off Whidbey Island for almost three weeks now. The ship caught fire and sank on May 13th. Local shellfish beds have been closed as agencies prepare to remove the ship. Ashley Ahearn reports.

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Seattle Shooting
6:25 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Seattle Police Describe Shooting Video

Seattle police have released more details about Wednesday’s shootings, including what they saw on the security video from Café Racer. KUOW’s Ann Dornfeld reports.

In a Thursday news conference, Deputy Chief Nick Metz said reviewing the evidence was chilling work.

Metz: “I had the, I guess the unfortunate opportunity this morning to see the video of what happened at Café Racer. And in my almost 30 years in this department, I’ve never seen anything more horrific and callous and cold.”

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Black-Tailed Deer Research
6:23 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Managing Black-Tailed Deer Through Their Diets

A black-tailed deer grazes on the Palouse.
Photo by Courtney Flatt Northwest News Network

PULLMAN, Wash. – Black-tailed deer roam forested areas of western Washington and Oregon, but some say their numbers are declining. Scientists suspect that’s because these deer are having trouble finding food to eat. Correspondent Courtney Flatt spoke with researchers who are studying black-tailed deer’s diet. Once they know what deer like to munch on, wildlife managers can make sure those plants keep growing in the wild.

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Historic Ranch
6:16 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Historic Southeast Washington Ranch Goes Up For Sale

A sprawling, historic ranch in southeast Washington goes up for sale Friday. Conservationists and the state of Washington are hoping to keep the 14,000 acre property out of the hands of developers.

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Logging Roads Case
6:12 am
Fri June 1, 2012

DOJ Advises Supreme Court to Pass On Oregon Logging Roads Case

An active logging road on federal land in the Applegate Valley, in Southern Oregon.
Photo by Amelia Templeton Northwest News Network

The Supreme Court is being advised not to take on a controversial logging pollution lawsuit that began in Oregon. Amelia Templeton explains.

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