Investigation

Toxic Chemical Reveal
7:18 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Testing Reveals Banned Toxic Chemical In Everyday Products

New testing shows low levels of the banned toxic chemical PCB in everyday consumer products such as newspapers, magazines and food packaging.
Credit Jon S / Flickr

New testing shows low levels of a banned toxic chemical are still showing up in a variety of everyday products. For EarthFix, Cassandra Profita reports.

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NWPR Books
11:24 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Hard-Boiled Hero Jack Irish Lives, And Drinks, In A Shadowy Melbourne

Jack Irish makes a living, of sorts, in Melbourne, Australia.
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Peter Temple writes prize-winning thrillers, four of them about his sometimes hapless investigator, Jack Irish. The books capture Melbourne, Australia: its pubs, racetracks, big boulevards rattling with traffic, and narrow alleys — called lanes — painted with graffiti.

Jack Irish was headed for a life as a successful suburban solicitor, or lawyer, when one of his criminal clients murdered Jack's wife, and Jack dropped the law to become a drunk. The novels — some are now TV movies — begin with his surfacing and looking around for his life.

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Child Trafficking
7:02 am
Wed July 31, 2013

FBI Sweep Helps Rescue Northwest Children Forced Into Prostitution

Over the last few days you may have heard about the rescue of 105 children from sex trafficking. the FBI – in cooperation with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and local tasks forces conducted the sting. The FBI also worked with local police agencies- and helped recover victims who have been forced into prostitution and made arrests.

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Ricin Letters
6:33 am
Tue June 11, 2013

CIA-Bound Ricin Letter Found In Spokane

The 5th letter in a ricin-poisoning investigation, addressed to the Central Intelligence Agency, has been retrieved in Spokane. Paige Browning reports.

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Confessed Alaksan Killer
6:47 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Alaska Murder Suspect Commits Suicide, Confessed In Other Crimes

Confessed killer Israel Keyes.
Credit Photo courtesy Anchorage Police Department

Investigators in Alaska are looking into whether a confessed killer has connections to murders in the Northwest and around the country. Israel Keyes died Sunday of an apparent suicide in an Anchorage jail cell after admitting to murdering a barista named Samantha Koenig and a Vermont couple. Daysha Eaton reports from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

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Psychiatric Patient Death
6:06 am
Wed November 21, 2012

One Patient Dead, Another Arrested At Eastern State Hospital

A patient was found dead early Tuesday at a psychiatric hospital in eastern Washington, leading to the arrest of patient in the same unit. The woman in custody is suspected of murder.

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Child Sex Trafficking
6:12 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Senator Wyden Asks FBI For Sex Trafficking Data

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden is asking the FBI to release data that some say could shed light on the murky world of child sex trafficking. Wyden made the request in letter addressed to FBI Director Robert Mueller. The Senator wants the FBI to release data on nearly 500 murders committed along the nation's highways. Most of the victims were women. Half of them are believed to have been prostitutes.

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Western State Hospital
6:29 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Western State Hospital CEO Resigns

The head of Washington's largest psychiatric hospital is stepping down. Western State Hospital CEO Jess Jamieson announced his resignation to hospital staff Tuesday. The announcement came as the Tacoma-area hospital deals with the aftermath of two patients' violent deaths in April. KUOW's John Ryan has the story.

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Fish Investigation
6:23 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Fish Fraud Sweep Mostly Good News For Consumers

Dozens of state Fish and Wildlife officers fanned out to seafood retailers, wholesalers and exporters late last week. It was a coordinated West Coast sweep. The cops were looking for mislabeled fish, poached product and banned seafood. Correspondent Tom Banse reports if you're a fish consumer, the results are mostly encouraging.

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Animal Rescue
6:18 am
Mon February 27, 2012

After Investigation, Rescue Specialists Work To Save Animals

The logo of Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service, an animal rescue service involved in the investigation.
Photo courtesy SCRAPS

ELK, Wash. -- A team of national animal rescue specialists have flown into Spokane to help relocate and treat about 75 horses, goats, and other animals. Paige Browning has more on a search warrant that led to a dire farm discovery.

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