Bowe Bergdahl
6:33 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Bergdahl Retains Lawyer For Army Investigation Into His Disappearance

File photo of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl
Credit U.S. Army

The investigation into Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s capture is ongoing.  Northwest Public Radio has learned that Bergdahl has retained a lawyer who will be with him during questioning by Army investigators. In the meantime, the former POW will return to regular duty an Army base in Texas.  The investigation into the circumstances of his capture complicates his release from the military.

The Army says Sgt. Bergdahl, of Hailey, Idaho, has completed the final phase of his medical recovery. He’s being moved to what's expected to be largely administrative work at Fort Sam Houston.

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Northwest News
5:38 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Weekend Lightning Could Lead To 'Sleeper' Fires

Firefighters along Highway 97A are battling the Mills Canyon fire in central Washington state.
Credit InciWeb

Wildfires continue to rage around the Northwest. The Mills Canyon fire in central Washington has charred 35 square miles. In Oregon, the Moccasin Hill Fire has destroyed at least a half-dozen homes near Klamath Falls. Forecasters say weather conditions are ripe for more fires to develop in the coming days.

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Race Relations
5:11 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Idaho Tribe Seeks Information On Vandals Behind 'White Power' Message

Vandals defaced a sign off Highway 95 on the Coeur d'Alene Indian Reservation.
Credit Coeur d'Alene Tribe

The Coeur d'Alene Tribe in Idaho is asking for information that will lead to the person who wrote “white power” and other racist messages on a reservation historical marker over the weekend. The writing was discovered on a sign for a former mission site south of Plummer.

The message also included the words “die … Indians,” an expletive and what appear to be swastikas.

Groups that have worked to drive white supremacist elements out of north Idaho are condemning the act. Tony Stewart is one of the founders of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations.

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Aviation Industry
4:44 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Moses Lake Selected As Test Flight Location For Mitsubishi Regional Jet

Japan-based Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation has announced plans to test its new regional jet in Moses Lake, Washington.
Credit Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp

It won’t just be Boeing jetliners flying lumbering test patterns over Moses Lake, Washington. Mitsubishi  Aircraft announced  Monday it has selected Grant County International Airport as its U.S. test flight center. That means a new high-tech airplane hangar and an estimated 100 jobs for the central Washington community. 

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Music + Culture
12:43 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Join NWPR’s Gillian Coldsnow in Chelan and Leavenworth this Weekend

Northwest Public Radio's Gillian Coldsnow would love to meet you when she emcees at two music festivals this weekend.

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Women's World Cup
5:23 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

World Cup Fans Take Note, 2015 Women's Tourney Final In Vancouver, BC

File photo of BC Place in Vancouver, Canada
Credit Province of British Columbia

Organizers of the next (FIFA) Women's World Cup hope to leverage the unusually high interest in this year's men's tournament in Brazil to their benefit. Northwest sports fans may want to note that group play and the 2015 World Cup final will take place just across the border in Vancouver, Canada. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.

Vancouver is one of six host cities in Canada for the Women's World Cup next summer. Nine matches including the final will be played in BC Place stadium over the span of a month.

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When Police Shoot Dogs
4:45 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

When Police Shoot Dogs, The Constitution Might Have Something To Say About It

Video screengrab from the February dog shooting incident in Filer, Idaho.
Credit Filer Police Department

A handful of recent incidents where police have shot pet dogs in Idaho have angered animal rights advocates. One dog owner in the small town of Filer has issued notice that he intends to sue the city over the death of his dog, Hooch. As Jessica Robinson reports, pet owners do have legal recourse in these situations, and, in fact, a body of federal court rulings to back them up.

One basis for lawsuits like the one in Filer is the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Federal courts have determined dogs are property and killing them may count as unreasonable seizure.

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Wildfires
4:21 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Hot Weather Complicates Fire Fighting Efforts

A view of the Mills Canyon fire, north of Wenatchee, Washington.
Credit InciWeb

Triple-digit temperatures are expected to complicate the effort to battle a large wildfire in central Washington. The Mills Canyon blaze covers about 28 square miles north of Wenatchee. It's threatening hundreds of structures and has led to periodic closures of US Highway 97A. Keith Vradenburg is mayor of the small town of Entiat . He says the town is thick with both firefighters and smoke.

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Stop And Frisk Ruling
6:21 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Washington Supreme Court Says ‘Stop And Frisk’ Went Too Far

File photo of the Washington Supreme Court chambers.
Credit Credit Cacophony / Wikimedia

Police in Washington can “stop and frisk” individuals they have specific reason to believe may be armed. But if that search goes beyond a “brief and nonintrusive” search then it’s unconstitutional. That’s the finding of the Washington Supreme Court Thursday.

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Voter Participation
6:08 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Washington Breaks Own Record For Registered Voters

The Secretary of State's office said the current number of registered voters is even higher than the last milestone set six years ago when there was intense voter interest during the 2008 presidential election.
Credit Christopher Dilts / Flickr

A new record's been set in Washington state for the number of registered voters, 3,922,537. The Secretary of State's office said that's even higher than the last milestone set six years ago when there was intense voter interest.

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