Wanapum Dam
5:02 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Wanapum Dam’s River Drawdown Churns Up Old Bones, Inundates Guards

Miles of rocky shoals and sand along the Columbia River shore has been exposed behind Wanapum Dam. Now, Washington State official are worried over the safety of newly-found human remains and artifacts on miles of riverbank.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

State officials are reporting Thursday the discovery of a second set of human remains near the cracked Wanapum Dam on the Columbia River.   More than 50 years ago, the Wanapum Dam’s pool cloaked scores of culturally significant sites, petroglyphs and graves deep under water.

But now these important Native Americans artifacts and remains have been uncovered with the drawdown of the river water behind the damaged dam. Protecting wide expanses of river shore is taxing a small band of Native Americans and county and state guards.

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Washington Budget
4:47 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Budget Deal Struck In Washington Legislature

This budget deal represents a compromise between the Democratically-controlled Washington House and mostly Republican majority in the state Senate.
Credit Tradnor / Wikimedia Commons

Washington public schools will get an additional nearly $60 million, but teachers will not get a cost of living raise this year. That’s the upshot of a budget deal that’s being announced at this hour at the Capitol in Olympia.

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Idaho Campus Guns
6:41 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Idaho Gov. Signs Controversial Guns on Campus Bill

Credit Idaho Statesman

Idaho’s governor has signed a controversial bill Wednesday allowing concealed carry permit holders to bring their guns on college and university campuses.

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Bond Hearing Ruling
4:56 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Federal Ruling: Immigrants at NW Detention Center Entitled to Bond Hearings

As a hunger strike continues at an immigration detention center in Tacoma, a new federal court ruling coincidentally meets one of the protesters demands. 

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Family Escapes Homelessness
6:42 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Family Escapes Homelessness Thanks to McCarver Elementary Housing Pilot Program

In Washington State, there are over 30,000 homeless children. The McCarver Special Housing Program is working to combat that number.
Credit Deadly Sirius

Across the country more than one million kids may not know where they’re going to sleep tonight. It could be in a car, on a friend’s couch, in a homeless shelter, or even on the street. In Washington state alone there are more than 30,000 homeless children and for these kids getting their homework done is the least of their problems. Now a unique program out of Tacoma is trying to help those kids do better in school, one family at a time.

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Hunger Strike Day 5
6:16 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Hunger Strike Continues at NW Detention Center

The Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington is currently experiencing a five-day long hunger strike with more than 100 people refusing to eat.
Credit Seattle Globalist

More than a hundred detainees at an immigration lockup in Tacoma are entering their fifth day without food. The hunger strike began Friday, with about 750 people refusing to eat. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has stepped up medical observations of the protesters.

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Hunger Strike
4:19 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Day 4 of Hunger Strike at Tacoma Detention Center

Immigration officials say a lockdown has been lifted at a Tacoma detention center where hundreds of detainees are involved in a hunger strike.
Credit U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement website

Immigration officials say a lockdown has been lifted at a Tacoma detention center where hundreds of detainees are involved in a hunger strike.

As of Monday morning, 154 detainees were refusing food.

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Science correspondent Geoff Brumfiel's reports on physics, space, and all things nuclear can be heard across NPR News programs and on NPR.org.

Brumfiel has carried his microphone into ghost villages created by the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan. He's tracked the journey of highly enriched uranium as it was shipped out of Poland. For a story on how animals drink, he crouched for over an hour and tried to convince his neighbor's cat to lap a bowl of milk. He became a full-time correspondent in March of 2013.

Paralympics
7:01 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Legally Blind Shoot Targets In Paralympic Biathlon

2014 Paralympian Omar Bermejo trained for biathlon in Sun Valley, Idaho.
Credit Tom Banse

A legally blind skier from Sun Valley, Idaho finished in 14th place in the opening biathlon competition at the Paralympic Winter Games this weekend. Rookie Paralympian Jake Adicoff missed multiple rifle targets to take himself out of contention in the 7.5 kilometer event held in Sochi, Russia. This combination of cross country skiing and marksmanship unfolded on the same course used for the Winter Olympics last month.

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