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Wash. Legislature Update
3:39 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Wash. Legislature: “Progress,” But No Deal As Midnight Deadline Looms

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Marathon negotiations over state spending continued Tuesday in Olympia. This is the last day of the 30 day overtime legislative session. Lawmakers are up against a midnight deadline to complete their unfinished business. Governor Chris Gregoire gave this short status update as she passed through the senate wings.

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Washington Budget Battle
6:00 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Wash. Gov: Progress, But No Deal As Final Day Of Special Session Arrives

OLYMPIA, Wash. – It’s the final day of Washington’s 30-day special session. But still no deal on a plan to rebalance the state budget and pass a series of government reform measures. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports closed door talks broke up late Monday night.

A weary Governor Chris Gregoire held a news conference just before midnight.

Gregoire: “We’ve made progress over 11 hours, but we’re not done and everybody’s still working.”’

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Northwest Immigration
5:58 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Even In Down Economy, Northwest Draws New Residents

Forest Spiritdancer, Ted Layman and Marie Montalbano moved to Portland last year from the Midwest.
Photo by Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

PORTLAND - The Northwest has long been a draw for people moving here from other parts of the United States. That continues to be a key driver of the region’s economy. Despite high unemployment rates, Oregon and Washington still lure folks from the Midwest and elsewhere. And they bring in new money and job skills. In a collaboration with public radio's Changing Gears, Chris Lehman introduces us to some rust belt transplants to the Northwest.

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No Budget Yet
5:45 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

Wash. Gov Tries To Negotiate Eleventh Hour Go-Home Deal

Still no Washington State budget during overtime session.
Photo credit: wikiuserJay8g Wikimedia commons

Tuesday to rebalance the state budget. That’s when the clock runs out on the 30-day overtime session. Legislative negotiators huddled behind closed doors for several hours Monday with the governor.

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Cheese Recall
5:26 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

FDA Shuts Down Del Bueno Cheese Producer

Del Bueno’s queso fresco was recalled in 2010.
Photo Credit: FDA.gov

The Food and Drug Administration has shut down a family-owned Mexican style cheese producer in Washington. FDA inspectors say Del Bueno isn’t doing enough to prevent Listeria contamination in its products, even after several recalls. Del Bueno distributes a variety of cheeses to Hispanic food stores across Eastern Washington, the Seattle area, and parts of Oregon.

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Anti-Coal
3:52 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

Anti-Coal Protesters Take Message To Top Oregon Officials

Andy Harris with the group Physicians for Social Responsibility speaks at a rally against coal export terminals outside a meeting of the Oregon State Land Board in Salem.
Photo Credit: Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

SALEM, Ore. – Environmental groups are mobilizing against proposals to export coal through Northwest terminals. Protesters rallied outside a land use meeting in Salem Monday. They're asking Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber to block permits for several coal terminals.

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Moscow Actor
5:46 am
Mon April 9, 2012

In Moscow, Actor Bill Fagerbakke Says The Arts Are A Neccessity

MOSCOW, Idaho -- The actor Bill Fagerbakke is perhaps best known for his comedic roles on the television series Coach and Spongebob Squarepants. But in Moscow, Idaho, last week, he was also talking about serious issues, like the role of the arts in our culture. Northwest Public Radio’s Glenn Mosley reports.

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Evergreen Prof Flees
6:53 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Elusive Professor Sells Condo Before State Can Seize It For Ethics Fine

The job of recovering the largest ethics fine in Washington state history just got tougher. State officials have been unable to locate a former Evergreen State College professor who skipped out on his six-figure fine. Even though Jorge Gilbert's whereabouts are unknown, he managed to sell off his condominium in Olympia last week before the state could seize it.

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Oregon Business Investing
5:07 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Oregon Investment Act signed

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber has signed the 'Oregon Investment Act' into law Friday.
Photo credit: Oregon Office of the Governor Oregon Office of the Governor

Monica Enand runs the Oregon start-up 'Zapproved,' which makes legal software.  She thinks the 'Oregon Investment Act' will be a shot in the arm for new small businesses.

Monica Enand: "In the very beginning, especially in Oregon, it's tough to get any kind of investment dollars to get things rolling and get off the ground."

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Washingtonian Hunts for Earhardt
4:43 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Wash. Forensic Analyst Aids Search For Amelia Earhart

A forensic imaging specialist from Woodinville, Washington is lending his analytic skills to the latest search for the pioneer aviator Amelia Earhart. This analyst discovered a possible upturned landing gear in a historic photo of a tropical atoll. A two million dollar expedition to that South Pacific location takes place this summer.

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