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Bank Tax
5:16 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

In Wash. A “Hollow” Victory For Tax Break Foes

For liberal activists in Washington, it has become the Holy Grail of tax breaks. We’re talking about a deduction banks can claim on some mortgages. Last week, the Washington legislature voted to end this tax exemption for large, out-of-state banks. But now some on the left are calling it a “hollow” victory.

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NW Farmers Bullish
4:23 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

NW Farm Economy Described As Mostly Bullish Entering Spring

Whitman County, WA farm
Photo Credit: Tom Banse Northwest News Network

A new market survey finds many of the region's farmers in an optimistic mood because demand is strong and commodity prices are high. Exceptions to the overall trend include dairy and onion farmers.

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Resevoir Draining
4:16 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Army Corps Getting Ready For "Big Water"

The Grand Coulee Dam is one of many dams being "drafted" to release water.
Photo Credit: United States Bureau of Reclamation

GRAND COULEE DAM, Wash. -- Federal water and dam managers are draining reservoirs in the Columbia and Snake River basins to get ready for "big water" coursing downriver. In recent weeks, the Army Corps of Engineers has called for bigger drawdowns, or as the agency calls it "drafting", to protect against flooding. Supervisory engineer Peter Brooks says more room is needed to catch runoff from the bountiful snows of March.

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From Murrow College
11:00 am
Mon April 16, 2012

Vets Without Borders

Lassi in for treatment.
Andrea Castillo Murrow News Service

GRANDADA, NICARAGUA -- The German Shepherd staggered into the veterinary clinic. A large bandana – wrapped around its belly – hung low, almost touching the ground.

The dog, named Lassi, winced as veterinarians checked her body, her cries suppressed with a muzzle. When the veterinarians removed the bandana, they discovered a ruptured,five-pound tumor.

“When Lassi suffers, I suffer,” said the dog’s owner Ana Goussen. “I was going to have her put down even though it would hurt from the bottom of my heart.”

Accessible Veterinary Care

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Hanford Occupy Protests
6:10 am
Mon April 16, 2012

Occupy Portland People Bus To Richland For Anti-Nuke Rally

RICHLAND, Wash. – Occupy Portland activists took to the road this weekend. About 100 protesters showed up in sunny downtown Richland Sunday afternoon. They were there to rally against nuclear power and in favor of cleaning up the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. Correspondent Anna King was there.

On a large stage Native Americans and Occupy coordinators like Mirium German voiced their concerns.

“Hanford is an environmental tragedy waiting to happen,” German said.

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Curry County Budget
6:08 am
Mon April 16, 2012

Curry County Paves Own Path On Insolvency

GOLD BEACH, Ore. -- Curry County Commissioners have rejected the state's plan to help put the county on a path to fiscal stability. From Oregon Public Broadcasting, April Baer reports the Commissioners say they can't support spending  $75,000 to pay for the committee that would work out a restructuring plan. 

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Idaho Representative/Tax Evader
6:31 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Idaho Lawmaker Is Tax Crusader To Some, Tax Dodger To Feds

Idaho Representative R- Phil Hart is in danger of the U.S. Justice Department foreclosing on his home near Athol, Idaho.
Photo credit: Idaho House of Representatives Northwest News Network

ATHOL, Idaho -- Tax evasion will get you into hot water with the IRS. But in north Idaho, it won’t necessarily spell the end of your political career. A Republican state legislator who believes the federal income tax is unconstitutional is battling charges of tax evasion, even as he seeks reelection.

The federal government says Phil Hart owes more than $500,ooo in unpaid taxes, interest and penalties. The U.S. Justice Department is threatening to foreclose on his home near Athol, Idaho if he doesn’t pay up. Meanwhile, Idaho tax collectors say Hart owes the state another $53,000.

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B.C. Pipeline Expansion
6:22 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Washington Not Ready For Implications Of B.C. Pipeline Expansion

In a typical crude oil spill floating boom is used to corral the oil, which collects in a sheen on the surface. But what happens if the oil sinks?
Photo credit: Ashley Ahearn KUOW

VANCOUVER, B.C. -- Canadian pipeline operators are considering expanding the line that brings oil from the Alberta Oil Sands to western British Columbia. Environmentalists and others say that raises the potential for oil spills in Northwest waters and, it involves a different type of oil.

Right now the Trans Mountain pipeline moves 300,000 barrels of oil per day to an export terminal near Vancouver, B.C. If the Canadian government approves the expansion that amount could almost triple. More oil in the pipeline means more oil loaded onto large tanker ships. Those ships will eventually head out the Strait of Juan De Fuca to the Pacific.

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Washington Liquor Curfew
6:08 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Wash. State Liquor Board Holds Final Hearing On Sales Curfew

SPOKANE -- The state liquor board visits Spokane Monday for a hearing about the hours of alcohol sales. SPR’s Paige Browning tells us some think 2:00 am is too early to shut off the taps.

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Barred Owl Diet
6:14 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Broad Diet Helps Barred Owls Thrive

The invasive barred owl is believed to out compete the native, pickier eater, spotted owl.
Photo credit: D. Gordon E. Robertson Wikimedia Commons

MEDFORD, Ore. -- Researchers say they have learned why invasive barred owls are thriving while native spotted owl populations are slowly disappearing.

The barred owl and the spotted owl are like a pair of siblings. They’re closely related species, and they compete over everything. They compete over the best trees to roost in. And for the best food source too, juicy flying squirrels. But barred owls are less picky. And that gives them an edge.

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