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Grandmother Urges CPS Changes
5:20 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

New Task Force Will Investigate Powell Deaths

Judy Cox (left) with her husband Chuck at the press conference in Olympia.
Photo credit: Azusa Uchikura. Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. – It’s been two weeks since Josh Powell allegedly killed himself and his two children in a house fire near Graham, Washington. A new task force announced Thursday will investigate the deaths. Meanwhile, the grandparents of the two Powell boys are pushing for changes in Child Protective Services.

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Corinna Nicolaou
5:04 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Money State Of Mind

Commentator Corinna Nicolaou
Photo credit: Corinna Nicolaou Northwest Public Radio

In today's economy, many Americans have to get by on less.  That means learning new strategies for saving money and living without.  NWPR commentator Corinna Nicolaou talks about growing up poor, and the ways in which wealth may really be a state of mind.

You can read more of Corinna's commentary at her blog

Seda to Prison Pending Appeal
4:31 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Seda Must Go To Prison During Appeal Process

Pete Seda, (center) and his attorney Steven Wax (left) leave the Federal Courthouse in Eugene following his sentencing hearing. (2010)
Photo credit: Rachael McDonald KLCC

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled an Oregon man must report to prison next week for a money laundering conviction. The case centered around a defunct Ashland Islamic charity.

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Governor Pressures Oregon Lawmakers
4:06 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

With Adjournment Looming, Kitzhaber Pushes Lawmakers

Governor John Kitzhaber speaks at a state capitol press conference.
Photo credit: Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

SALEM, Ore. – With less than a week to go in the legislative session, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is stepping up the pressure on lawmakers to act soon on his major policy proposals. At least one of his key initiatives gained final approval Thursday, but three more are stalled.

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Trooper Shooting Suspect Dead
3:53 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Man Sought In Trooper Shooting Dies Of Self-Inflicted Wound

Washington State Trooper Tony Radelescu.
Photo Credit: Washington State Patrol Photo courtesy Washington State Patrol

Police say the driver suspected in the overnight shooting of a Washington State Trooper has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Kitsap County Sheriff's sergeant Ken Dickinson says Joshua Blake shot himself as a SWAT team surrounded a mobile home south of Port Orchard. A tipster told officers the alleged shooter might be hiding in there.

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Drunk Driving
5:56 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Wash. Lawmakers Propose New DUI Penalties

The Washington Capitol Building
Photo credit: Wikimedia User Jay8g Wikimedia Commons

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington lawmakers are taking a multi-faceted approach to crack down on drunk driving. These proposals would increase jail time and other penalties. Another measure could require a drunk driver who kills a parent to pay child support for the surviving children. That proposal had a hearing Wednesday. Azusa Uchikura has more from Olympia.

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Inland Northwest Music
5:48 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival Returns To Moscow

John Clayton is artistic director of the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival.
Photo courtesy University of Idaho

MOSCOW, Idaho -- The Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival is back for another year at the University of Idaho in Moscow. Now ten years after the death of its namesake, the festival, like many such celebrations, is challenged by a changing jazz industry. Northwest Public Radio’s Glenn Mosley reports.

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Washington Prescription Law
5:44 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Judge Finds State Pharmacy Rules Unconstitutional

TACOMA, Wash. -- A federal judge in Tacoma has ruled that Washington‘s pharmacy regulations are unconstitutional.

The regulations require pharmacies and pharmacists to fill prescriptions and to do them in a timely manner. The judge found the state’s rules infringe on pharmacists’ right to religious freedom by requiring them to dispense emergency contraception also known as Plan B.

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School Mandates
5:34 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Lawmakers, Education Officials Seek "Mandate Relief"

Oregon schools may soon not have to follow all mandates.
Photo credit: Office of David Wu Wikimedia commons

SALEM, Ore. – If there's one catch-phrase that's popular in the Oregon capitol these days, it's "mandate relief." Specifically, the kind of mandates that apply to cash-strapped school districts. But as Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports, not everyone thinks it's a good idea to do away with the requirements.

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Welfare
4:35 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Wash. Lawmakers Urge DSHS To Drive Down ATM Fees

ATM fees drive up welfare costs.
Photo credit: Nenyedi Wikimedia commons

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A bipartisan group of Washington lawmakers wants JPMorgan Chase to lower the ATM fee it charges cash welfare recipients. Currently these low- income clients pay 85-cents each time they withdraw cash. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports on how the fees add up.

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