Worker Training Program
8:19 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Idaho Revamps Often-Criticized Worker Training Program

Idaho's Labor Dept. Director Ken Edmunds highlights details of the revamped program with Governor Butch Otter at his side.
Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

One of Idaho’s only business incentive programs is getting a facelift.

Emilie Ritter Saunders explains the nearly 20-year-old program was meant to lure businesses to the state, now, that focus is changing.

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Criminal Justice
6:00 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Inslee Launches Review Of Prison Population Growth

Governor Jay Inslee meets with his newly appointed Justice Reinvestment taskforce. It will look at evidence-based ways to reduce the growing need for prison beds
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

Washington’s prison system is projected to need 1,000 new beds by 2018. That growth has Governor Jay Inslee concerned. The Democrat Tuesday announced a Department of Justice-backed review of the state’s criminal justice system. The goal is to look for ways to save money without jeopardizing public safety.

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No-Fly List
5:55 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Federal Judge In Portland Orders Changes To No-Fly List

Thirteen U.S. citizens challenged the no-fly list rules four years ago after being denied boarding at various airports.
Credit xlibber / Flickr

A federal judge in Portland Tuesday ordered the U.S. Justice Department and FBI to come up with new rules for the government's no-fly list. The court found travelers labeled as potential terrorists had been deprived of their constitutional rights to due process.

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Immigration
5:12 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

JBLM Eyed As Possible Shelter for Immigrant Kids

Joint Base Lewis McChord is being considered as a temporary shelter for immigrant children.
Credit mcchord air museum

A flood of immigrant children arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border could spill over into Washington state. For some of these undocumented kids, their journey north could lead to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, near Tacoma.

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Marijuana Regulation
5:08 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Wash. Officials: We're Focused on Keeping Pot Out Of Hands Of Minors

Governor Jay Inslee says state agencies are focused on keeping pot out of the hands of those under the age of 21.
Credit Brett Levin / Flickr

The open era of recreational marijuana is about to start in Washington state. And Governor Jay Inslee says state agencies are focused on keeping pot out of the hands of those under the age of 21.

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Tacoma Pinball Show
9:49 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Pinball In America - From A New York Ban To Northwest Fans

A Pac-Man arcade cabinet, made by Midway in 1980.
Credit Max Bartlett

When you first walk in to the annual Northwest Pinball and Arcade Show in Tacoma, you’re greeted by a wall of sound. It’s the loud rocket-engine hum of hundreds of people, pinball machines and arcade cabinets.

Get up close and you’ll pick up some familiar sounds – Ken’s cries of “Shoryuken!” in Street Fighter, Shao Khan’s laughter in Mortal Kombat, Mario’s famous jump and even the “wakka wakka wakka” of Pac-Man devouring pellets. And of course the sounds of flippers flipping, spinners spinning, and silver balls hitting bells.

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Oregon Primary System
7:08 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Oregon Voters Could Decide On "Top Two" Primary System

Chief petitioner Jim Kelly turns in six boxes of signatures for the Top Two primary initiative.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

Oregon voters might have the chance to overhaul the state's primary voting system this fall. Sponsors of an initiative to create a so-called "Top Two" primary turned in six cases of signatures to the Oregon Secretary of State's office Monday. The measure would let people vote in primaries even if they don't belong to a major political party. The top two vote-getters would advance to the general election, regardless of party. Chief petitioner Jim Kelly says it will give more Oregonians a part in the process.

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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.
Credit dcJohn / Flickr

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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