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Sea Lion Killing
4:57 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Tribal Group Claims Sea Lions Munch More Salmon Than Previously Thought

A California sea lion feasts on a salmon.
Photo courtesy of CRITFC

A coalition of tribal groups says sea lions are eating far more salmon along the Columbia River than previously thought. The claim comes in a legal fight over whether wildlife officials should be killing some of the hungry sea lions.

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Inmate Murder
4:26 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Apparent Murder Of Patient First At Western State In Almost 20 Years

A fight over unwanted sexual behavior may have led to the apparent murder of a patient at Washington’s Western State Hospital. Prosecutors have not yet filed charges in connection with the death last Friday.

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Liqour Store Bids
3:27 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

State Liquor Store Auction Rakes In Nearly $31 Million

This state-run liquor store in downtown Olympia was among those auctioned off.
Photo Credit: Tom Banse Northwest News Network

This month's auction of state-run liquor stores in Washington raked in nearly $31 million. The state liquor control board revealed the winning bidders Monday.

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Northwest Olympic Hopefuls
5:57 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Olympic Hopefuls Get Creative To Finance Road To London Games

Olympian Nick Symmonds sports the results of an eBay auction on his left shoulder.
Photo courtesy Hanson Dodge Creative

Some Olympic hopefuls are lucky. They have six-figure endorsement contracts and can concentrate solely on training for peak performance. More commonly, dreams of Olympic glory mean scrounging for dollars. One runner from Eugene even auctioned his left shoulder on eBay recently. Correspondent Tom Banse reports on some creative personal fundraising by elite local athletes.

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Jellyfish Populations
5:53 am
Mon April 23, 2012

New Report: Jellyfish Populations Increasing Globally

Jellyfish populations are on the rise, globally. That’s according to a new study from the University of British Columbia. But, as Ashley Ahearn reports, it’s too soon to say if that’s the case in the Northwest.

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Oregon Attorney General
5:50 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Democrats Vie For Oregon Attorney General's Job

Ellen Rosenblum and Dwight Holton took part in a debate at the Salem City Club.
Photo by Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Oregon Democrats will once again be virtually assured of choosing the next state Attorney General during their primary next month. That's because for the second election cycle in a row, no Republicans entered the race.

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Oregon Taxes
5:34 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Corporate Kicker Opponents Collect Initiative Signatures

Oregon initiative activists begin gathering signatures this weekend for a measure to do away with a corporate tax rebate.
Photo credit: Elizabeth Jenkins/ Flickr Northwest News Network

Oregon initiative activists begin gathering signatures this weekend for a measure to do away with a corporate tax rebate. It's known as the kicker because it's triggered when tax revenues exceed projections by more than two percent.

There's also a personal tax kicker, which this initiative would not touch. The labor-backed group, Our Oregon is sponsoring the ballot measure. The proposal would send money from the corporate kicker to schools. Spokesman Scott Moore says currently most of the refunds go to companies headquartered outside of Oregon.

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Oregon Sues BP
4:45 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Oregon Sues BP Over Lost Investments

BP deep water oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico.
Photo credit: © BP p.l.c. BP

Oregon has filed a securities lawsuit against the petrochemical giant, BP.  The state wants to recover investment losses triggered by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill two years ago.

The lawsuit alleges that investors, like the state, were misled about the safety of deep water drilling. Lawyers say BP made 'materially false' and 'misleading' statements. James Sinks of the Oregon State Treasury says state lawyers did their due diligence before filing, and are confident.

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NW Nuclear Power
4:06 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Northwest's Only Commercial Nuclear Plant Launches Publicity Campaign

The Columbia Generating Station in southeast Washington.
Photo courtesy of NRC.gov

The utility Energy Northwest is launching a new TV ad campaign to improve the image of nuclear power. But as correspondent Anna King reports, the ads touting nuclear energy as green might be a tough sell.

Energy Northwest operates the only commercial nuclear power plant in the region. It’s called the Columbia Generating Station in Richland.

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Cold Water Risks
3:58 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Sunshine Brings Recreational Water Use On Deathly Cold Water

Kayakers near the Deception Pass Bridge.
Photo credit: KUOW Northwest News Network

Gorgeous weather is on its way to the Puget Sound region, for the third weekend in a row. That means, kayakers and canoers are eager to get back out on the water. But officials warn that high air temperatures can be misleading, because the water in rivers and lakes is so much colder.

Ted Buehner with the National Weather Service says six people drowned in Washington in the last month in accidents involving non-motorized boats.

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