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Super Thursday
3:32 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

It'll Be The Smoothest Relationship You've Ever Had!

When you become a first-time member of Northwest Public Radio we promise it will be the smoothest, easiest relationship you've ever had! And when you pledge today your new membership is worth and extra $11,000! If 400 first-time listeners join Northwest Public Radio, members of our Leadership Circle will donate $11,000 to help pay for the programs you use! Join now!

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Music + Culture
2:20 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

It's Easier Than Learning How To Ride A Bike!

Credit Sueann Ramella

When you become a first-time member of Northwest Public Radio during the 2015 spring pledge drive you will be raising even more money! How? If 400 listeners become new members, our Leadership Circle will donate $11,000 to the station. That means your pledge, in any amount, will be worth more! Become a new member today!

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Japanese Flags Returned
7:12 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Aging U.S. Veterans Seek To Return Captured WWII Flags To Japan

U.S. Army veteran Buck Weatherill brought this flag home from WWII.
Rex Ziak

Some aging veterans of World War Two are embarking on one more mission related to that long ago war. In some cases, wives or children are taking on the mission if the vet has passed away. The object is to return Japanese flags taken as war souvenirs from Pacific battlefields.

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Spokane Profiling Commitee
6:58 am
Wed March 25, 2015

No Racial ‘Profiling Problem’, But Spokane PD Forms Committee Anyway

A graph of Spokane police contacts in March of 2015.
Credit Paige Browning / Spokane Public Radio

Spokane police have reacted quickly to a new report that shows racial disproportion in the rate of arrests. The city’s police and committee on multicultural affairs have formed a work-group to address why people of color are arrested at higher rates.

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Timber Payments
5:43 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

County Timber Payments May Get Extension

The Secure Rural Schools Act provides payments in lieu of taxes for timber-dependent counties in Oregon and other states.
Credit Sean Mack / Wikimedia Commons

Oregon's congressional delegation is hoping to secure a two year extension of timber payments to rural counties. The Secure Rural Schools provision is in a bill the U.S. House is voting on this week.

The Secure Rural Schools Act provides payments in lieu of taxes for timber-dependent counties in Oregon and other states.

Oregon Democratic Congressman Peter DeFazio said this bill helps counties while lawmakers try to find a long term solution to funding shortfalls.

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Earthquake Early Warning
5:35 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Democrats Want More For New Earthquake Early Warning System

The warning system uses sensors to detect the initial waves of an earthquake.
Credit Andy Maguire / Flickr

Congressional Democrats from up and down the West Coast are asking the House Appropriations Committee to allocate more money for a new earthquake early warning system.

The warning system uses sensors to detect the initial, less destructive, waves of an earthquake. So it doesn't give much advance notice -- between a few seconds and a minute.

But politicians argued that's enough for a doctor to stop a complicated surgery, a train driver to put on the brakes, or a family to move away from the windows.

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Premera Blue Cross
4:22 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Wash. Insurance Commissioner To Investigate Premera Blue Cross

The multi-state investigation of Premera Blue Cross will be led by Washington state insurance commissioner Mike Kreidler.
Credit TGPRN Premera Blue Cross / Associated Press

Washington state insurance commissioner Mike Kreidler announced Tuesday he’ll lead a multi-state investigation of Premera Blue Cross. That follows the cyber attack that may have compromised the social security numbers and medical information of 11 million customers in January.

Kreidler said Premera owes the public a more detailed explanation.

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Super Thursday
11:52 am
Tue March 24, 2015

We May Be In Radio, But We Love Our Movies...And Our Listeners

A screenshot from the "Famous Thank-Yous" video. Watch the full video below!

We're in radio, but that doesn't mean we don't love our movies. We took some of our favorite movie scenes and made in them into a message specially for our supporters and listeners. Can you tell what movies and characters these are from?

That's not it, though. To make sure you truly understand how much your support means to us...well, heeeeeere's Brett!

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Piece Work Breaks
7:33 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Washington Supreme Court Weighs Changes To Orchard Piece Work Rest Breaks

Workers who brought a case against Sakuma Brothers farms look on as the State Supreme Court hears arguments in Toppenish.
Credit Rowan Moore Gerety / Northwest Public Radio

    

The Washington State Supreme Court is weighing changes to the way farmworkers get paid. At issue are rest breaks, just 10 or 20 minutes out of the workday. The verdict could have far-reaching impacts on the state’s fruit industry.

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Washington Auditor Investigation
8:10 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Plot Thickens In Federal Probe Involving Washington State Auditor

State Treasurer Troy Kelley's Tacoma home was searched by federal agents on Monday. His office was served a federal subpoena earlier this month.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

The plot is thickening in the case of Washington state auditor Troy Kelley. First, federal agents searched his home on Monday. Now, the Democrat’s office confirms it turned over documents to the feds Thursday in response to a subpoena. Meanwhile, Kelley isn’t saying much.

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