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Nat'l Gaurd Discrimination
5:39 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Oregon Alleges City Of Salem Discriminated Against Guard Members

Salem Oregon settles in National Gaurd discrimination suit.
Photo Credit: M.O. Stevens Wikimedia commons

SALEM, Ore. – The state of Oregon says one of its largest cities discriminated against fire fighters because they were National Guard members. The Oregon Department of Justice announced a settlement Wednesday with the City of Salem that puts the city under close federal scrutiny for the next three years.

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PTSD
5:01 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Army Secretary: Nationwide Inquiry Underway After Madigan PTSD Scandal

US Senator Patty Murray
US Senate

A scandal over PTSD diagnoses at Madigan Army Hospital has triggered an Army-wide Inspector General investigation. That’s according to the Secretary of the Army, John McHugh.

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Wash. Unemployment
4:50 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Wash. Unemployment Rate At 8.2%

Improvements to Washington’s job market will likely mean a shrink in unemployment benefits. Last month the state added an estimated 4,200 jobs, improving the unemployment rate by .2% since January. It’s now at 8.2%.

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EPA Lawsuit
4:10 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

North Idaho Couple Celebrates Court Victory

Chantell and Mike Sackett say the EPA violated their right to due process when it said they were building a house on a wetland and ordered them to restore the land.
Photo Credit: Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

A north Idaho couple is celebrating a major legal victory at the nation's highest court. Justices on the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that Mike and Chantell Sackett have the right to challenge a decision by federal regulators that their property is a protected wetland.

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Hanford Cleanup
8:00 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Hanford’s Work With Robotic Arm Slow And Halting At Tank Farms

Washington River Protection Solutions workers cover a broken tank farm pump with yellow plastic to shield the radiation. The pump is part of the MARS operating system that’s been shut down since last December at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
Photo by Anna King Northwest News Network

RICHLAND, Wash. – At the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington, the race is on to clean up radioactive sludge buried in aging underground tanks. Some of that waste has already leaked into the soil not far from the Columbia River. But attempts to use high-tech robotics to hose out waste tanks haven't gone as planned. And an important federal cleanup deadline is fast approaching. Correspondent Anna King visited one Hanford tank farm to see what’s causing the delays.

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StoryCorps Northwest
6:20 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Friendship During Wartime: Deborah Ranniger

Deborah Ranniger
Photo courtesy StoryCorps Northwest

Late in his life, Leonard Cornell developed Alzheimer’s.  As his condition deteriorated, he told one story again and again to his daughter Deborah. Here, for StoryCorps Northwest, she shares that story. It's of an unlikely friendship and how it shaped her father's life.

 

 

Bellingham Export Terminal
5:34 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Review Process Kicks Off For Gateway Pacific Terminal In Bellingham

Some protestors wore gas masks in opposition to a proposed bulk export terminal in Bellingham.
Photo by Ashley Ahearn Northwest News Network

BELLINGHAM -- SSA Marine has submitted a permit application to build a bulk export terminal in Bellingham.

If approved, the terminal will be large enough to handle up to 54 million metric tons per year.

That could include wheat and grains but the majority will be coal. It will be delivered by train from mines in Wyoming and Montana – and then shipped out of Washington to Asian markets.

Ashley

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Juvenille Life Sentences
5:29 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Oregon Teen Killers Get New Chance At Parole

The U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, DC. The Court heard arguments Tuesday about life imprisonment, without parole, for minors.
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SALEM, Ore. – The U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday heard arguments about whether killers in their early teens can receive life sentences without the possibility of parole. Meanwhile, in Oregon, five teenage murderers are getting a chance at an earlier release date. The first of those young killers went before the Oregon Parole Board Tuesday. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman was there.

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Parole For Teen-Murderers
4:38 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Convicted Teen Murderers Get Earlier Possible Parole

Conrad Engweiler addresses the Oregon Board of Parole during a hearing at the Oregon State Correctional Institution.
Image courtesy of pool video feed

SALEM, Ore. – Five Oregon murderers are getting a chance at an earlier parole date. They are inmates who are serving life sentences for crimes committed when they were teens. Two of the killers went before the Oregon Parole Board Tuesday. It’s the latest step in an ongoing controversy over how to treat these offenders.

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Oregon Jobs
4:33 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Oregon Loses Jobs, Unemployment Rate Flat

Oregon State Capitol - despite “surprising” job losses, the employment picture is slowly improving.
Photo credit Wikimedia user M.O. Stevens Wikimedia Commons

Oregon's unemployment rate remained unchanged last month, according to new numbers from the state Tuesday. Officials say the 8.8 percent  jobless rate is the lowest in Oregon since November 2008. Employment department economist Nick Beleiciks says the non-farm payroll lost 6,400 jobs. But he says despite what he called “surprising” job losses, the employment picture is slowly improving.

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