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Drunk Driving
5:56 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Wash. Lawmakers Propose New DUI Penalties

The Washington Capitol Building
Photo credit: Wikimedia User Jay8g Wikimedia Commons

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington lawmakers are taking a multi-faceted approach to crack down on drunk driving. These proposals would increase jail time and other penalties. Another measure could require a drunk driver who kills a parent to pay child support for the surviving children. That proposal had a hearing Wednesday. Azusa Uchikura has more from Olympia.

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Inland Northwest Music
5:48 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival Returns To Moscow

John Clayton is artistic director of the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival.
Photo courtesy University of Idaho

MOSCOW, Idaho -- The Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival is back for another year at the University of Idaho in Moscow. Now ten years after the death of its namesake, the festival, like many such celebrations, is challenged by a changing jazz industry. Northwest Public Radio’s Glenn Mosley reports.

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Washington Prescription Law
5:44 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Judge Finds State Pharmacy Rules Unconstitutional

TACOMA, Wash. -- A federal judge in Tacoma has ruled that Washington‘s pharmacy regulations are unconstitutional.

The regulations require pharmacies and pharmacists to fill prescriptions and to do them in a timely manner. The judge found the state’s rules infringe on pharmacists’ right to religious freedom by requiring them to dispense emergency contraception also known as Plan B.

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School Mandates
5:34 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Lawmakers, Education Officials Seek "Mandate Relief"

Oregon schools may soon not have to follow all mandates.
Photo credit: Office of David Wu Wikimedia commons

SALEM, Ore. – If there's one catch-phrase that's popular in the Oregon capitol these days, it's "mandate relief." Specifically, the kind of mandates that apply to cash-strapped school districts. But as Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports, not everyone thinks it's a good idea to do away with the requirements.

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Welfare
4:35 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Wash. Lawmakers Urge DSHS To Drive Down ATM Fees

ATM fees drive up welfare costs.
Photo credit: Nenyedi Wikimedia commons

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A bipartisan group of Washington lawmakers wants JPMorgan Chase to lower the ATM fee it charges cash welfare recipients. Currently these low- income clients pay 85-cents each time they withdraw cash. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports on how the fees add up.

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Washington Prescription Law
7:46 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Federal Court To Rule On State’s Rx Rules

TACOMA, Wash. -- A federal judge in Tacoma is scheduled to rule Wednesday on Washington’s pharmacy regulations. Ruby de Luna reports that the main question before the court is whether the state’s rules violate the religious rights of pharmacists.

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StoryCorps Northwest
7:06 am
Wed February 22, 2012

StoryCorps Northwest: A Boyhood Dream at "Camp"

Imagine an idyllic childhood. You play in the woods and climb trees, or splash in the creek and catch frogs. You're surrounded by a dozen homes that look  just like yours, and inside each one are kids to play with, or adults who give you ice cream. But about 400 yards away is a uranium mill. For StoryCorps Northwest, Doug Sly tells his friend Terry Kinzel about growing up near a yellow cake mill in Ford, Washington.

Forests
6:23 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Secretary Salazar Visits Oregon to Promote Ecological Timber Sales

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar
Photo courtesy U.S. Depatment of the Interior

MEDFORD, Oregon -- Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar was in Southern Oregon Tuesday. He’s asked the Bureau of Land Management to prepare five new logging projects in Oregon that have an environmental twist. Amelia Templeton reports.

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Northwest Republicans
6:11 am
Wed February 22, 2012

GOP Voters Learn The Ropes Of Caucusing

Josh Romney encourages Spokane Valley voters to support his dad on caucus day, March 3, in Washington state.
Photo by Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

SPOKANE, Wash. - Some Republican voters in the Northwest have more to figure out than just which presidential candidate to vote for. They’re figuring out how to vote in a caucus. And as Jessica Robinson reports, the different campaigns want to make sure their supporters know how it works.

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Ship Cleanup
5:54 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Dealing With Derelict Vessels

Melissa Ferris heads the Derelict Vessel Program in Washington. She's standing on the "deck" of a cabin cruiser that was dredged from the bottom of an inlet near Olympia.
Photo by Ashley Ahearn Northwest News Network

COLUMBIA RIVER, Wash. -- There are hundreds of abandoned or sunken ships in Northwest waters. These vessels can threaten navigation, human safety and the environment. But state agencies in the region are only equipped to handle part of the problem. Ashley Ahearn reports.

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