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Charter Schools
6:14 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Idaho Students Looking At A Re-do After Charter School Falls Short

An annual survey by the National Association of Charter School Authorizers found that the closure rate for charter schools in 2013 was 3.3 percent.
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About 30 high school freshmen and sophomores who attended a charter school in eastern Idaho may have to repeat classes, or even an entire grade, next year. A state commission found their fledgling school failed to measure up.

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Oregon Equal Rights
5:10 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Equal Rights Amendment On Oregon's November Ballot

A vintage Equal Rights Amendment pin from the 1970s.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

Oregon voters will get to decide whether to grant equal rights to women this fall. If that sounds like a blast from the past, it's because the proposed amendment to the state constitution is nearly identical to the version that failed nationally in the 1970s.

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Military Training
5:01 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

NW Soldier Death in California Highlights Training Accidents

Private First Class Andrew Sass was killed in a training incident at Ft. Irwin, Calif.
Credit U.S. Army

The death of a Washington-based soldier over the weekend highlights the danger of training for war. Private Andrew Sass was killed Saturday in an incident at the National Training Center in California.

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Oil Train Regulation
4:58 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

BNSF Won’t Stop Release Of Oil Train Info By Seeking Injunction

Today is the deadline for railroads to try to stop Washington state from sharing oil train delivery information with the public.
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The federal Department of Transportation has required railroads to notify states when they're shipping more than 1 million gallons of North Dakota crude oil by rail.

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Reimbursing Volunteer Drivers
11:19 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Why A Volunteer for DSHS Was Paid $10,000

Longtime foster youth Andre Fayette poses with his foster mother Mary-Jeanne Smith. For five years, a volunteer driver for the Washington Department of Social and Health Services shuttled Andre to visits with his biological sisters in Spokane.
Credit Photo courtesy: Mary-Jeanne Smith

Imagine driving your personal car for work so much that your boss cuts you a $10,000 mileage reimbursement check. That’s what happened recently at Washington’s Department of Social and Health Services. Only the person who got the check isn’t an employee. And she’s not the only one who’s logging high miles and collecting large reimbursements from DSHS. Who are these road warriors? Austin Jenkins finds out.

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Darrington
10:50 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Rodeo Helps Town And Cowgirl Heal From Landslide

Alexis Blakey of Oso helped rescue horses and search for survivors after the landslide earlier this year. She says running barrels with her horse, Tax, helps her hit the pause button on memories of the landslide for a few brief moments.
Credit Anna King

In the Darrington, the Timberbowl Rodeo saw some of its largest crowds ever this past weekend. Neighbors gathered at the event to hug, shake hands and heal up from this year's nearby terrible Oso landslide. One rodeo cowgirl, Alexis Blakey, knows nearly everyone here. She’s 20, and today is her hometown rodeo. She’s working on achieving her pro-rodeo status for barrel racing. And Alexis wants this win.
 

Announcer: “Ok, we’re ready to go with our first barrel racer … Alexis Blakey!”

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Rogue Wilderness
9:54 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Why Is It Taking So Long To Expand The Rogue Wilderness?

On the Rogue River politics seems far away. But if this wilderness is to expand it must overcome political hurdles.
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On the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, the Rogue River in Southern Oregon welcomes a busy summer season of rafters, kayakers and fishers.

The Rogue is one of the West’s most iconic rivers. And many conservationists are calling for Congress to expand the wilderness area surrounding it.

Robyn Janssen is with Rogue Riverkeeper. She helped organize a recent trip down the Rogue to highlight the river’s environmental issues.

Janssen: “So we are just entering in the actual wilderness section of the wild and scenic Rogue Wilderness.”

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Snohomish County Mudslide
5:54 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

After The Landslide: Darrington Rodeo Starts Up Saturday

A bull ride from the 2012 Darrington Rodeo.
Credit S. Parker / Flickr

The town of Darrington, Wash., is hustling to get everything in place for the annual Timberbowl Rodeo this weekend. The community was pitched into chaos by the Oso landslide earlier this year. But major work on the community’s rodeo grounds is boosting the spirits of this tight-knit logging community.

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Northwest Agriculture
5:35 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Northwest Wheat Harvest Could Be Down This Summer

Northwest farmers are expected to harvest less wheat this summer.
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Northwest farmers are expected to harvest less wheat this summer. The projections indicate a down year in Oregon, Idaho and Washington.

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Idaho Unemployment
5:12 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Idaho's Unemployment Rate Continues To Fall

From April to May, the state says Idaho's unemployment rate fell from 5 percent to 4.9 percent
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From April to May, the state says Idaho's unemployment rate fell from 5 percent to 4.9 percent. It marks the first time in nearly six years the jobless rate has been that low. It's the ninth straight month total employment set a record.

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