law and justice

Class-action Bank Suit
4:36 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Oregon seeks to recover $15.7 million invested with New York Bank

Old Bank of New York Mellon building, New York.
Photo by Wikimedia User Jim.henderson Wikimedia Commons

Oregon seeks to co-lead a class action lawsuit against Bank of New York Mellon. The bank was allegedly involved in a foreign currency exchange manipulation scheme.

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Oregon Prison Cuts
5:42 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Lane County Cuts Jail Beds, Deputies

Lane County Sheriff's Office (Eugene, Oregon)
Photo by Wikimedia User Visitor7 Wikimedia Commons

EUGENE, Ore. -- The Lane County Sheriff plans to lay off up to 90 people and close more than one hundred jail beds. That's because the county is losing $14 million in federal timber payments.

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Mine suit
6:20 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Investors Sue Idaho Mining Company On Heels Of Accidents

The Lucky Friday Mine in Mullan, Idaho is closed while workers make federally mandated repairs.
Photo Credit: Jessica Robinson

The company that owns the troubled Lucky Friday Mine in north Idaho is now the subject of a new round of investigations. Only these don't come from mine safety inspectors. They're from the company's own investors. One group is even suing for what it calls “fraudulent conduct.”

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Harris-Moore stole airplanes, weapons.
6:53 am
Mon January 30, 2012

'Barefoot Bandit' Sentenced To More Than Six Years In Prison

A judge in U.S. District Court in Seattle sentenced Colton Harris-Moore, also known as the “Barefoot Bandit,” to six-and-a-half years in prison Friday. Speaking before the judge, Harris-Moore expressed remorse, said he’s lucky to be alive, and told other young people not to follow his example. KUOW’s Amy Radil reports.

Colton Harris-Moore was sentenced on seven federal counts including thefts of airplanes and weapons during his cross-country spree. He’s also been sentenced to more than seven years for state charges.

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Our Northwest Economy
10:26 am
Tue April 27, 2010

Wash. Governor Signs Law Ordering State Furloughs

OLYMPIA, Wash. – It will be lights out at the Washington governor's office, drivers' license offices and other state agencies on Monday, July 12th. That's because of legislation signed [today] Tuesday by Governor Chris Gregoire. But under the new furlough law, many other Washington state services will remain open that day. The legislation requires a series of furloughs, but also includes many exceptions. At the least, Gregoire hopes state employees and their unions agree to take the same day off each month.

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Our Northwest Economy
1:35 pm
Tue March 30, 2010

Wash. Corrections Secretary Demands Changes To Parolee Compact

OLYMPIA, Wash. –Washington's Secretary of Corrections will make the case Wednesday for permanent changes to the interstate compact on parolees. This stems from the murders of four Lakewood police officers last November by Arkansas parolee Maurice Clemmons.

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Our Northwest Economy
1:46 pm
Mon March 29, 2010

Idaho Lawmakers Adjourn; Fail To Ban Texting While Driving

The Idaho legislature adjourned for the year last night. Lawmakers spent much of the final day on a last-minute attempt to ban texting while driving. But in a surprise, the bill failed.

Supporters of a texting ban thought they had a compromise that would satisfy members of the House and the Senate. Each chamber had easily approved a bill that would have set fines at 50-dollars for the first texting ticket and 100-dollars for each subsequent one.

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Our Northwest Economy
1:38 pm
Fri March 26, 2010

Washington: New Cell Phone Ban Takes Effect June 10th

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Starting June 10th, police officers in Washington will be able to pull over drivers who've got a cell phone pressed to their ear. Same goes for people who text while behind the wheel. Governor Chris Gregoire [today] Friday signed legislation making it a primary offense.

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Our Organic Northwest
12:53 pm
Thu January 21, 2010

WA Outlaws Cigarette Company

OLYMPIA,Wash. -- Wrangler cigars, Bronco cigarettes and other products by the firm General Tobacco, will be prohibited in Washington state beginning in February. The company owes the state millions in late payments.

In 1998, Washington signed on to a national tobacco settlement agreement. One of the outcomes: tobacco companies compensate states for money spent on patients with tobacco-related illnesses.

Washington state attorney, David Hankins says General Tobacco hasn't paid up since July of 2009.

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