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Hockey Player Wages
6:07 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Northwest Hockey Teams Targeted By Lawsuit Over Player Wages

This map shows the five U.S. based teams in the Western Hockey League.
Credit Kevin Mooney / Northwest News Network

The pay and treatment of top Northwest hockey players is the subject of a new class action lawsuit. It commenced earlier this week in Canada against the Western Hockey League and its sister leagues. 

Affected teams include the Seattle Thunderbirds, Spokane Chiefs, Tri-City Americans, and Everett Silvertips. 

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Campaign Finance
5:08 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

From Advertising To Nail Care, Washington Campaigns Spend Bucks

The Washington State Legislative building in Olympia.
Credit Wikimedia

Political campaigns and committees in Washington have spent nearly $70 million so far this year. That includes statewide initiatives and legislative races.

So where’s all the money going? It’s everything from address labels to Zipcar rentals.

The single biggest category of spending this year is campaigns contributing to other campaigns. Political money has a tendency to move around a lot before it actually gets spent on something tangible.

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Government And Politics
4:34 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Richardson Asks For Federal Investigation Of Kitzhaber

Oregon gubernatorial candidate Dennis Richardson.
Credit Campaign photo

Dennis Richardson made the request Thursday in a letter to the U.S. Attorney's office in Portland. The campaign for Richardson's general election opponent dismisses the request as a waste of time.

Incumbent Democrat John Kitzhaber has come under fire for allegedly looking the other way while his fiancée, Cylvia Hayes, secured lucrative consulting gigs purportedly by using her role of first lady.

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Sexual Assault Prevention
6:41 am
Thu October 23, 2014

UO Task Force Offers Sweeping Sexual Violence Recommendations

University of Oregon campus
Credit Rick Obst / Flickr

A University of Oregon task force on sexual violence proposed 23 recommendations at a university senate meeting Wednesday.

The task force report is called "Twenty Students Per Week." That refers to about how often undergraduate women at U of O experience unwanted sexual contact. The same survey with those numbers also found most student-victims don't report being sexually assaulted.

"The University of Oregon can become a leader in addressing this problem," Carol Stabile said.

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Sea Stars
5:36 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Amid a Mass Die-Off Thousands Of Young Sea Stars Found

A team of divers has discovered thousands of young sea stars off the Oregon coast near Florence
Credit Alexandra MacKenzie / Flickr

A team of divers has discovered thousands of young sea stars off the Oregon coast near Florence. Some say it could be a sign of recovery from a disease that's been wiping out sea stars all along the Pacific coast.

At first, the dive team thought they were barnacles.

But a closer look revealed they were actually thousands of little sea stars covering the rocks.

Divers with the Oregon Coast Aquarium counted more than 200 sea stars in one square meter.

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Columbia River Treaty
5:21 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

B.C. Energy Minister Says U.S. Has A Good Deal In Columbia River Treaty

The Columbia River at Rowena, Oregon.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

A little-known fact about Columbia River dams is that a valuable chunk of the power generated on the U.S. side goes to Canada under an international treaty. Northwest utilities say your power rates would be lower if that electricity could be sold to California instead of being delivered to Canada for free. This week in Spokane, the biggest players in the trans-national river basin are debating whether to extend that 50-year-old treaty.

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Health and Wellness
5:20 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Oregon Congressman Pushes End-Of-Life Conversations

Legislators are working to try to allow doctors to bill health insurance companies for end-of-life conversations.
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Currently, if a doctor wants to talk to a patient about dying, he or she has to do it off-the-clock. They can't bill insurance companies for the time.

Portland Democrat, Earl Blumenauer, says he has 60 co-sponsors for his bill to allow such conversations to be covered by Medicare and Medicaid.

"It will pay for a 93-year-old woman with terminal cancer to have her hip replaced, but it won't pay a couple of hundred bucks for the doctor to have a conversation with this woman and her family to find out what her wishes are," he said.

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Washington Gun Initiatives
8:26 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Faith Community Weighs In On Gun Initiatives

Washingtonians will vote on two opposing initiatives on background checks for firearms: 591 and 594. Religious organizations are some of the leading voices on the gun rights debate.
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This November, Washingtonians will vote on two opposing initiatives on background checks for firearms: 591 and 594. Some of the leading voices on the gun rights debate have come from religious organizations. Reporter Ryan Katz tells us how communities of faith have been viewing this issue.

On a Friday evening in late September, a couple hundred people arrive at the United Methodist Church in Queen Anne to listen to some classical music. But this particular event was not supposed to happen here, and not now. It was meant to happen at Seattle Pacific University, in June.

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Orca Calf Missing
7:43 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Newest Endangered Orca Calf Missing, Presumed Dead

A calf born this year to a resident Puget Sound orca has not been seen recently and scientists think it may have died.
Credit EarthFix

Orca enthusiasts rejoiced when a newborn calf was spotted seven weeks ago. But as of this morning the endangered killer whale calf has not been seen.

L120 was the first calf born in the past two years. Over the weekend, the calf’s mother was spotted three times, without her baby. Orca experts believe the calf is dead, though no carcass has been found and it's unclear how it died.

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Ashland Divestment
7:31 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Ashland City Council Passes Fossil Fuel Divestment Resolution

File photo of a truck at a Wyoming coal mine. Ashland has become the second Oregon city to formally come out against the investment of its dollars in coal and other fossil fuel industries.
Credit Katie Campbell

The city of Ashland passed a resolution Tuesday night supporting divestment from the fossil fuel industry. It joins Eugene as the only other Northwest city to take this kind of action to fight climate change.

The scope of the resolution is limited.

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