Washington State Parks Funding
6:15 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Wash. Lawmaker: Discover Pass For State Parks Should Be Temporary

Sales of the new $30 annual Discover Pass have not met early projections.
Washington State Parks

Washington’s new Discover Pass for state parks might end up being a temporary budget fix, rather than a long-term solution. At least that’s the hope of one key statehouse Democrat.

Representative Larry Seaquist remembers well when two of the state parks in his district were on the chopping block. That was a few years ago. So far, Washington has managed to avoid closing parks despite the after-effects of the Great Recession. That’s largely because of the new $30 annual Discover Pass. But sales did not meet early projections. Seaquist says ultimately he doesn’t think charging park-goers is the solution.

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Northwest Tribes Court Ruling
5:27 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Supreme Court Rules Feds Must Pay Up On Contracts With Tribes

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the government must uphold contracts with American Indian tribes.
Franz Jantzen supremecourt.gov

Northwest tribes stand to receive big payments from the federal government after a U.S. Supreme Court decision Monday. Here’s the upshot of the ruling: the government has to uphold contracts with American Indian tribes, even if Congress shortchanges those deals.

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Tsunami Debris Tested
5:18 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Tsunami Debris That Washes Ashore Tested For Radiation

Lynn Albin with Washington's Dept. of Health tests a piece of foam insulation of unknown origin for radiation.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Oregon State Parks managers have two new Geiger counters to scan possible tsunami debris that floats in from Japan. On the Washington coast, state health department scientists are now regularly checking marine debris and fish for possible radiation from last year's Japanese nuclear meltdown. The testing is mostly just to reassure the public, not out of grave concern that radiation will get here.

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Tsunami Debris
4:30 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Wash. And Oregon Say Federal Dollars Needed To Handle Tsunami Debris

Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire spoke in Ocean Shores on Monday.
Office of the Governor Wikimedia Commons

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire said her state doesn't have enough money to clean up tsunami debris that started washing ashore. And she wants the federal government to chip in. Gregoire made the remarks Monday during a news conference in Ocean Shores.

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Oregon Marine Reserves
3:58 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Oregon Releases Fishing Rules For New Marine Reserves

Cape Perpetua, the home of one of the new marine reserves approved by the Oregon State Legislature.
Gene Daniels Wikimedia Commons

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has released rules for three new marine reserves on the Oregon Coast. The state Legislature approved the reserves at Cape Perpetua, Cascade Head, and Cape Falcon. The reserves will protect species like rockfish, shrimp, and sardines that live near the shore.

A total fishing ban would apply in the core areas of the reserves. In other protected areas, the new rules would allow some salmon fishing and crabbing.

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The Two-Way
3:42 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

From Our Readers: The Buckeye Is Only The Beginning

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 3:40 am

Jim Flechtner's satirical letter to The Courier (Findlay, Ohio), pointed out irreconcilable differences between the Holy Bible and the "bisexual" Buckeye and called for grassroots campaign to remove the "shameful" state mascot.

Without reading too much into the author's original intent, the letter does connote a bit of Jonathan Swift's Modest Proposal in 1729 and the rich history of subsequent modest proposals since.

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The Two-Way
3:31 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Prosecution Rests In Jerry Sandusky Trial

The prosecution presented its last witness today in the trial against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. The New York Times reports the witness was the mother of one of the eight boys who accused Sandusky of sexually abusing him.

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Law
3:29 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Supreme Court Sides With Illinois In DNA Case

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 3:56 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court, headed into the homestretch of its term, once again weighed into the question of whether lab technicians must testify in criminal cases about test results. But in four separate opinions that spanned 92 pages, the justices were anything but clear.

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Shots - Health Blog
2:29 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Scientists Find New Wrinkle In How Cholera Got To Haiti

A Haitian protester in Port-au-Prince last year spray-paints a wall, equating the UN mission in Haiti (abbreviated here as MINISTA) with cholera.
Thony Belizaire/AFP/Getty Images

Most researchers currently believe that United Nations peacekeeping soldiers introduced cholera to Haiti in October of 2010.

After all, Haiti hadn't recorded cholera for as long as a century, Nepal had experienced a cholera epidemic in the months preceding the soldiers' arrival, and the Haitian and Nepalese cholera strains were found to be nearly identical.

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Law
2:22 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Baseball Legend Clemens Found Not Guilty Of Perjury

Former pitcher Roger Clemens, center, and his attorneys Rusty Hardin, right, and Michael Attanasio arrive on the courthouse steps after Clemens was found not guilty on all charges in his perjury trial at U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., on Monday.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 4:52 pm

A federal jury acquitted pitching ace Roger Clemens of all charges on Monday. The jury found Clemens not guilty of lying to Congress and obstructing a congressional investigation into performance-enhancing drugs.

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