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Ovarian Disease
6:43 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Study: Chemicals In Great-Grandma’s Life May Promote Disease In You

The chance of a woman getting ovarian disease may be tied to the toxic chemicals her great-grandmother was exposed to. That’s according to a new study by researchers at Washington State University. As Jessica Robinson reports, the study could help explain the role of environmental factors in inherited diseases.

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Hanford Whistleblower
6:41 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Hanford Whistleblower May Not Get Jury Trial

Walt Tamosaitis and his wife outside the federal courthouse in Yakima, Wash. Thursday.
Photo by Anna King Northwest News Network

A Hanford whistleblower lawsuit is underway in federal court in Yakima. A former high-level manager on a nuclear treatment project is asking for a jury trial, but the judge hearing the case said Thursday that’s unlikely. Correspondent Anna King was there.

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Tsunami Drill
6:38 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Coastal Schools Drill For Tsunami, Would Rather Relocate

Seaside High School students and staff flee to higher ground during a tsunami evacuation drill Wednesday.
Photo by Tom Banse Northwest News Network

A pair of U.S. Geological Survey studies counted 14 schools in Oregon and 48 in Washington that could be underwater after a major tsunami. Administrators and parents in some of those places are talking about relocating their vulnerable schools. The Seaside, Oregon school district has the largest number of students in the tsunami zone along the Oregon coast. Correspondent Tom Banse reports on a drill there that shows why some school districts want to rebuild on higher ground.

At 11 o'clock sharp, students at Seaside High School get the order to evacuate.

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JBLM Helicopter Crash
5:08 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Grieving Mother Calls JBLM Midair Helicopter Crash “Preventable”

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Frank Buoniconti Deployed To Iraq and Afghanistan And Was The Recipient Of The Distinguished Flying Cross.
Photo Courtesy: Silvia Buoniconti Northwest News Network

“Heartbreaking” and “Preventable.” That’s how the mother of an Army helicopter pilot describes the midair crash that killed her son and three others last December. It happened during a nighttime training exercise at Washington’s Joint Base Lewis-McChord. A report released this week finds that commanders knew about radar and radio limitations in the training area where the crash happened. But apparently those communication gaps went unresolved – despite other near misses.

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Oregon Medicare
4:53 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Oregon Leaders Celebrate Federal Money For Medicaid Overhaul

The federal government has agreed to pump nearly $2 billion into Oregon's experiment at changing the way it delivers health care to low income people. The news Thursday came after Governor John Kitzhaber and three other state officials flew to Washington to personally lobby for the cash.

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Whooping Cough
4:43 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

State Takes Emergency Action To Fight Wooping Cough Epidemic

Gov. Chris Gregoire is reaching into emergency funds to help contain the state's whooping cough epidemic.

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Brown Won't Run
4:37 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Wash. Senate Majority Leader Stepping Down, May Run Statewide In Future

Wash. Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown.
Courtesy Brown's office Northwest News Network

One of the most powerful members of the Washington state legislature won’t seek re-election this year. Senate Democratic Leader Lisa Brown made her surprise announcement Thursday at the Capitol. But she didn’t rule out a future run for statewide office.

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Western State Violence
6:46 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Violence On The Rise At Western State Hospital

Three employees at Western State Hospital near Tacoma were attacked by a patient Wednesday morning. Officials say the three were taken to the emergency room but could not provide more details.

Western State Hospital is Washington's most violent workplace. 335 assaults were reported there in the past 12 months. That’s a slight increase from the year before but lower than prior years.

One nurse at Western told John Ryan what it's like to become a statistic.

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Washington Assisted Suicide
6:39 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Search For Jazz Singer’s Roots Brings Together Two Julias

Mildred Bailey, 1947, New York City.
Photo courtesy of the William P. Gottlieb Collection

In the late 1930s, a sweet-voiced singer from the Northwest helped propel the nation into a new era of music, known as swing. Her name was Mildred Bailey -- sometimes called the “Rockin’ Chair Lady,” for her signature song ...

Bailey went down in history as a white vocalist who helped popularize jazz singing. Except, she wasn’t white. Bailey was half Coeur d’Alene Indian – a fact that received little attention, until recently. Correspondent Jessica Robinson has this story of two women, both named Julia, who Mildred Bailey brought together decades after her death.

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Washington Assisted Suicide
6:15 am
Thu May 3, 2012

One Story Behind Washington 2011 Death With Dignity Act Statistics

Meg Holmes and Andrew Taylor at Lake Washington.
Photo courtesy Andrew Taylor

Seventy. That's how many terminally people hastened their deaths in 2011 with the help of a doctor’s prescription in Washington, according to a report out Wednesday from the state Department of Health. Since 2009, a total of 255 terminally ill adults have ended their lives in this way. One of them was Meg Holmes.

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