Liqour Privitization Hearing
6:11 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Wash. Supreme Court Hears Challenge To Liquor Privatization

Costco Officials Leave The Washington Supreme Court Following Oral Arguments In A Lawsuit To Repeal I-1183 Privatizing Liquor Sales.
Photo credit: Austin Jenkins] Northwest News Network

Washington state has auctioned off its liquor stores. And private retailers are set to take over the sale of spirits June 1st. But Thursday the state Supreme Court heard arguments in a lawsuit aimed at putting a halt to the changeover.

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5:18 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Clemens' Former Trainer Admits Changing Testimony

Brian McNamee, Roger Clemens' one-time trainer, leaves federal court in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Fri May 18, 2012 1:49 pm

The prosecution's star witness underwent a withering cross-examination on Thursday at Roger Clemens' perjury trial. Clemens, a seven-time Cy Young Award winner, is charged with lying to Congress when he testified that he never used performance-enhancing drugs. Brian McNamee, his one-time trainer, is the only witness who has firsthand evidence that contradicts the baseball-pitching ace.

Earlier this week, guided by the prosecution, McNamee testified in agonizing and repetitive detail about how he injected Clemens with steroids and human growth hormone between 1998 and 2001.

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Indian Mascot Ban
5:17 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Oregon Bans American Indian Sports Mascots In Schools

Se-ah-dom Edmo (left) with the Oregon Indian Education Association talks with Oregon Board of Education chair Brenda Frank after the board voted to ban Native American-themed mascots in Oregon schools.
Photo Credit: Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

Native American-themed sports mascots will no longer be allowed in Oregon public schools. That's the decision Thursday by the state Board of Education. The vote was 5 to 1.

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Northwest News
5:03 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Fire Outlook Just A Flicker In Northwest

Looking down a forest fire break.
Photo credit: David Johnson Wikimedia Commons

Agriculture officials say fire season looks mild this year for Washington and Idaho, but that doesn’t mean they’re taking a backseat on preparedness.

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Northwest News
4:42 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Memorial Service Is May 23rd For Slain UI Football Player

Ken McRoyal
Photo courtesy of University of Idaho

The memorial service for University of Idaho football player Ken McRoyal is next Wednesday in Carson, California. McRoyal was shot to death last weekend in the Lincoln Heights section of Los Angeles. Northwest Public Radio’s Glenn Mosley has more.

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Northwest News
4:38 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Hanford Contractors Work Toward Moving Dangerous K-Basin Sludge

A worker observes a specially engineered container that was designed to receive sludge underwater in the K Basin.
Photo courtesy U.S. Dept. of Energy Northwest News Network

A new $11 million contract moves plans ahead to clean up radioactive sludge at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. It’s in an area called the K-West Basin just 400-yards from the Columbia River.

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Counting Write Ins
4:27 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Write In Count Continues In Tuesday's Oregon Primary

The hand count continues for the wave of write-in ballots Republicans cast in Oregon's Attorney General and Treasurer's races. The party was not able to find a candidate willing to run in the primary, but suggested voters write in Tom Buchalfor AG and Tom Cox for Treasurer. Nineteen thousand Republican voters ultimately threw their support behind write-ins. Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown says the counties have twenty days to finish their tallies.

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4:16 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

New Documents Released In Trayvon Martin Case

Documents have been released in the investigation of George Zimmerman's shooting of Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain, shot Martin, an unarmed teen. He's claiming self-defense. Robert Siegel talks to Greg Allen.

The Fracking Boom: Missing Answers
3:01 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Pennsylvania Doctors Worry Over Fracking 'Gag Rule'

Plastic surgeon Amy Pare says it's important for doctors to know what kind of substances patients she's treating might have been exposed to.
Susan Philips WHYY

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 4:30 pm


A new law in Pennsylvania has doctors nervous.

The law grants physicians access to information about trade-secret chemicals used in natural gas drilling. Doctors say they need to know what's in those formulas in order to treat patients who may have been exposed to the chemicals.

But the new law also says that doctors can't tell anyone else — not even other doctors — what's in those formulas. It's being called the "doctor gag rule."

'I Don't Know If It's Due To Exposure'

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From Murrow College
2:36 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Hispanics Are America’s Fastest Growing Aging Population


In 1972, Raul Soto immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico, expecting to work for only a few years before returning to his home country. Forty years later, the 69-year-old former fruit picker – like millions of other migrant workers – is growing old in America.

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