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Animal Cruelty
4:04 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Animal Rescuers Say Idaho Bill Does Little To Prevent Cruelty

Tony Mangan of Spirit Lake, Idaho, says Panhandle Equine Rescue removed Maggie from a ranch where she and other horses were starved.
Photo credit: Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

SPIRIT LAKE, Idaho - Idaho is one of only three states that don’t consider animal cruelty a felony. That would change under a bill now in the Idaho House. The measure allows up to a year in jail and a $9,000 fine for the worst types of abuse. Yet the measure hasn’t drawn cheers from animal rescue groups.

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Wash. Budget
3:59 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Wash. Senate Budget Rollout Won’t Be A Bipartisan Affair

Washington Senate members differ over budget.
Photo by: Wikuservisitor7 Wikimedia commons

In the Washington state Senate, a short-lived era of bipartisan cooperation on the budget appears over. Majority Democrats Tuesday will unveil their plan to rebalance the budget. But Republican leaders say they won’t be there.

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Washington Supermajority Rule
7:41 am
Mon February 27, 2012

Wash. Democratic Lawmakers Seek To Overturn Supermajority For Taxes

Washington Representative Laurie Jinkins' official photo.
Photo courtesy Washington State Legislature

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington voters consistently send Democratic majorities to the statehouse. But four times over the past 20 years they’ve also voted to require a supermajority of the legislature to raise taxes. Most recently, in 2010. Now a group of Democratic lawmakers and their allies are challenging the constitutionality of that two-thirds rule. Oral arguments are scheduled for March 9th. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins previews the case.

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Mental Health Care
6:28 am
Mon February 27, 2012

Prison Mental Health Unit Not Designed For Treatment

The Oregon Department of Corrections.
Photo by: Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon is putting the finishing touches on a gleaming new mental health hospital. The Salem facility replaces a crumbling 130-year-old building and is hailed as a new chapter in the state's troubled history of treating people judged guilty but insane. But there are far more mentally ill people in Oregon’s standard prisons. And the inmates with the most severe mental problems are housed in a ward designed for hardened criminals. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman found that facility isn’t designed for treatment.

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Gingrich Rally
6:23 am
Mon February 27, 2012

At Washington Rally, Gingrich Attacks Obama On Oil, Religion

Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich.
Photo courtesy Associated Press

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- Former House Speaker and Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich visited Federal Way, Washington Friday. He blasted President Barack Obama’s energy and tax policies. Some party officials hope to translate Friday's crowds into support for Gingrich at the Republican caucuses March 3rd. KUOW’s Amy Radil reports.

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Animal Rescue
6:18 am
Mon February 27, 2012

After Investigation, Rescue Specialists Work To Save Animals

The logo of Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service, an animal rescue service involved in the investigation.
Photo courtesy SCRAPS

ELK, Wash. -- A team of national animal rescue specialists have flown into Spokane to help relocate and treat about 75 horses, goats, and other animals. Paige Browning has more on a search warrant that led to a dire farm discovery.

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Federal Transportation Grant
5:09 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Federal Grant Money Supports Critical Transportation Studies in Northwest

Seal of the U.S. Department of Transportation
Photo credit: U.S. Department of Transportation U.S. Department of Transportation

Grant money from the U.S. Department of Transportation will help fund ongoing studies looking at critical transportation issues in the Northwest.
Transportation issues affect all of us, whether it’s simply wondering why that red traffic light is blinking, or wondering why the commuter traffic is jammed up again.

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Kitzhaber Key Bills
4:55 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Kitzhaber Continues Public Pressure On Key Bills

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber
Photo credit: Oregon Governors Office Oregon Governors Office

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is keeping up the public pressure on lawmakers to pass some of his major policy proposals this session. For the second day in a row, the Democrat held a state capitol press conference to urge the legislature to pass bills that have been stuck in committee.

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ELF Documentary
4:42 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Best Documentary Oscar Contender Has Northwest Connection

Film maker Marshall Curry at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.
Photo credit: Wikimedia user David Shankbone Wikimedia Commons

One of the movies up for Best Documentary at the Academy Awards Sunday has a strong connection to the Northwest.

"If a Tree Falls: The Story of the Earth Liberation Front" tells of Daniel McGowan, a young man from New York who came to Eugene, Oregon to engage in environmental activism. McGowan was involved in a couple of arson fires sparked in the name of ELF.

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Bear Dog Force
3:48 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Wildlife Police Acquire Special Dogs To Handle Bear Complaints

Officer Dustin Prater and his new partner Spencer. Yes, Spencer has a stuffed bear in his mouth.
Photo credit: WDFW Photo courtesy WDFW

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has increased its Karelian Bear Dog force by fifty percent. This breed of working dog has proven effective against nuisance bears. Correspondent Tom Banse says the idea is to re-instill fear of human neighborhoods.

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