Washington State Auditor
4:21 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Troy Kelley Recall Petition Advances To Pierce County Court

The Washington attorney general's office filed a recall petition against State Auditor Troy Kelley Friday.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 4:26 pm

A citizen effort to recall indicted Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley has cleared a key hurdle.

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Washington State Auditor
5:37 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Washington Auditor Proclaims Innocence, Won't Resign After Federal Indictment

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley speaks to reporters after pleading not guilty to federal tax evasion and obstruction charges.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 8:44 am

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley is defending himself in the face of a 10-count federal indictment and shows no sign of resigning. 

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Killer Released
4:22 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Driver Who Fled To Ireland After Deadly WSU Crash Released From Prison

Frederick David Russell was convicted in 2007 of killing three fellow students in a deadly drunk driving crash.
Washington DOC

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 4:20 pm

A former Washington State University student who fled to Ireland after a deadly drunk driving crash has been released from prison.

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NWPR Books
4:03 am
Tue January 6, 2015

'Descent' Is A Twisty Thriller-Plus

The premise of Descent may sound pretty straight-forward: One summer morning while vacationing with her family in the foothills of the Rockies, a young girl, a high-school athlete in her senior year, goes out for a run in the higher altitudes — and disappears.

And Moby-Dick's about the whaling industry.

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Crime Rates
5:44 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Overall Crime On The Decline, But Watch Your Car

Although overall violent crime rates continue to decrease in Washington, Oregon and Idaho, the number of car thefts have increased.
Credit Jon Collier / Flickr

New statistics out Monday from the FBI show violent crime continued to decrease in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. That’s consistent with the general trend in crime rates nationwide. However, there are a few notable exceptions in the Northwest that may be of interest to car owners.

Both Idaho and Washington saw an increase in car thefts in 2013, Idaho in particular. It’s up by 12 percent over the previous year.

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Human Trafficking Lawsuit
6:26 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Washington Supreme Court Hears Arguments In Backpage Case

Anti-human trafficking activists rally at the Washington Supreme Court before oral arguments in a case involving
Credit Northwest News Network


The fate of a human trafficking lawsuit against is now in the hands of the Washington Supreme Court. The justices heard oral arguments Tuesday in a case that involves three underage victims of sex trafficking.

The lawsuit alleges the Washington girls were pimped-out through ads posted to Erik Bauer is a lawyer for the victims. He argues Backpage has created a sex marketplace where human trafficking can flourish.

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NWPR Books
4:03 am
Sat October 18, 2014

300,000,000 Is A Horrific, Poetic Anti-Ode To America

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Harper Collins

Blake Butler's new novel, 300,000,000, is not for the squeamish. Then again, it's hard to imagine anyone whose blood won't curdle reading it. Or their brain. Or possibly their soul.

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NWPR Books
10:43 am
Tue September 30, 2014

In A Desolate Montana, 'The Ploughmen' Unearths Dark Truths

Valentine Millimaki, a sheriff's deputy in central Montana, is the officer who's called upon whenever someone goes missing. In the past, he has found people either safe or clinging to life, if barely. But for over a year, he's only found corpses, dead of exposure or suicide or murder. "Valentine Millimaki did not bring back angels," writes novelist Kim Zupan in The Ploughmen, "No, I did not, he thought. Souls did not aspire on his watch to safety or heaven but came trestled roughly from the dark woods, trapped in the alabaster statuary of rigid flesh."

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NWPR Books
4:03 am
Mon September 29, 2014

'Rooms' Is Haunted By People (And Ghosts) That Can't Let Go

I have a friend whose parents died when she was a teenager, leaving her the house. They had been sick for a long time, and so the accumulation of stuff that generally accompanies any suburban existence was traumatically amplified: the dining room had two sets of furniture, the living room had three.

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NWPR Books
3:39 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

James Ellroy's 'Perfidia' Is A Brutal, Beautiful Police Procedural

Originally published on Mon September 8, 2014 4:32 pm

There are a lot of reasons not to read James Ellroy's newest novel, Perfidia — the opening shot in his proposed second L.A. Quartet. It's a long and sprawling book with about a million pages and 10,000 characters, so if that kind of thing scares you, go back to your Hunger Games and leave the grown-ups alone.

It's a brutal book. More than one person crawls home with a handful of his own teeth. A quick gunshot to the head? That's a merciful way to go in Ellroy's Los Angeles, and not many characters get that kindness.

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