Blue Alert
4:34 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Wash. Governor Signs Blue Alert Law For Cop Killers

Washington will have a so-called "Blue Alert" system to enlist the public's help in looking for cop killers. Governor Chris Gregoire signed the alert bill into law Thursday. The new system is similar to the Amber Alert for abducted children.

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Sea Lion Killing
4:27 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Death Penalty Returns For Bonneville Sea Lions

California sea lion feasts on a salmon.
Photo courtesy of CRITFC Northwest News Network

The federal government has reauthorized the death penalty for the most troublesome California sea lions which congregate at Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River.

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Wash. Budget
3:39 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Wash. Governor Refuses To Sign Bills, “Mad” Over Pace Of Budget Talks

State Sen. Rodney Tom, one of three break-away Democrats, speaks about a new budget proposal from the Senate’s “philosophical majority
Photo credit: Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Nearly a week into Washington’s special session and there’s no sign of a budget deal. Now, an angry Governor Chris Gregoire is refusing to sign dozens of bills in protest over the pace of negotiations.

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Wolf Conservation Appeal
5:10 am
Thu March 15, 2012

Whats Next for Wolves After Court Decision

BOISE - The wolf hunt in Idaho will continue through June in part of the state. That’s because the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday upheld Congress’s decision to strip federal protection for wolves in Idaho and Montana. Aaron Kunz has reaction to the decision.

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Oregon Timber Payments
5:04 am
Thu March 15, 2012

Walden: GOP Leaders Back Timber Payment Extension

A group of loggers listen to a visiting delegation at an active logging site on federal land in Southern Oregon.
Photo by Amelia Templeton Northwest News Network

SALEM, Ore. -- Congress may be close to funding county timber payments for one more year. The senate passed a transportation bill Wednesday that included an extension of the rural aid program.

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Northwest News
6:13 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

Richland, Wash., Student Wins Second Prize In National Science Talent Search

Andrey Sushko, 17, of Richland, far left, recently competed against more than 1,000 students in the Intel Science Talent Search 2012. He took home second prize, a $75,000 award for college.
Northwest News Network

RICHLAND, Wash. – A Richland, Washington student has won the second prize in a national science fair talent search. That means 17-year- old Andrey Sushko has won $75,000 that will be applied to the high school senior’s upcoming college expenses. Sushko developed a tiny motor that could fit inside a shampoo bottle cap. It’s powered on the surface tension of water.

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Idaho Resources
5:22 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

Idaho Lawmakers Okay State Control On Gas Developments

Idaho State to take control of all oil and gas developement.
Photo credit: Wikimedia user Elwood J Blues Wikimedia Commons

BOISE – Idaho lawmakers signed off Wednesday on a plan that limits local control of oil and natural gas development. Even supporters say this legislation isn’t perfect.

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Green Jobs
4:15 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

West Coast Governors Predict Massive Uptick In "Clean Economy" Jobs

More "clean economy" jobs expect for the West.
Photo credit: Harvey McDaniel Wikimedia commons

The west coast is poised for a dramatic uptick in so-called "clean economy" jobs. That's the prediction issued Wednesday by the leaders of Oregon, Washington, California and British Columbia. But as Correspondent Chris Lehman reports, it's not clear if the region can actually pull it off.

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Workplace Deaths
3:49 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

Washington Workplace Fatalities Fall To Lowest In Decades

Fifty-three people died on the job in Washington state last year. It was the least deadly year in Washington workplaces in three decades.

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StoryCorps Northwest
6:44 am
Wed March 14, 2012

StoryCorps Northwest: Surviving the Khmer Rouge

Fauluaina Pritchard and Sinoun Hem

Millions died under Cambodia's communist regime. Sinoun Hem, of Tacoma, was a young girl when the Khmer Rouge came to power. She tells her friend Fauluaina Pritchard her about how she was taken from her family and forced into a child work camp.