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Voting App
6:44 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

New App Lets You See If Your Facebook Friends Have Voted

A new app allows Oregon voters to see if their friends have voted via Facebook.
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Here's the latest get out the vote tool: A new app lets Oregonians see if their Facebook friends have voted yet. If they haven't, the app lets the user badger them until they do.

The app is called Did They Vote.

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NWPR Books
6:39 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Downwinder Book From Seattle Author Tackles Western Nuclear Contamination

Hear a reading by author Sarah Alisabeth Fox at 7 p.m. Nov. 7, at Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 Tenth Avenue in Seattle.
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You might have heard of “Hanford Downwinders.”

Now, a new book penned by a Northwest author tackles the stories of nuclear “downwinders” in the broader West. It hits the market in November. 

Sarah Aliabeth Fox found that radioactive contamination came from unexpected places. It would get onto workers’ clothes, it got in the air and it settled on crops hundreds of miles away. Crops that were served up on America’s dinner tables.

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Government And Politics
6:10 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Washington School Shooting Comes As Voters Decide Gun Measures

Initiative 591 and Initiative 594 are competing gun measures to be voted on by Washington voters.
Credit Colin Fogarty / Northwest News Network

The shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School Friday comes as Washington voters are about to decide two competing gun related ballot measures.

In fact, next week two parents who lost children in the Sandy Hook school shooting are scheduled to be in Seattle. They will campaign for Initiative 594 to expand background checks.

The background check campaign put out a statement shortly after the shooting. It said, in part: “While the facts of today’s shooting are still unclear...It is up to all of us to come together and work to reduce gun violence.”

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Marysville Shooting
5:57 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Marysville Student and Stepmom Recall Chaos Of School Shooting

A student opened fire in a high school cafeteria north of Seattle Friday morning. One female classmate is dead and four other students are seriously injured. Police in Marysville, Washington, say the shooter turned the gun on himself and is also dead.

Freshman Tanner Ratynski walked toward the main cafeteria at Marysville-Pilchuck High School when the gunfire erupted.

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Marysville Shooting
5:48 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Students Describe “Terrifying” Wait After Shooting In Marysville High School Cafeteria

Friday shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Washington has two students dead with four others severely injured .
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One student was killed and four others are being treated at area hospitals after a school shooting north of Seattle. Police in Marysville, Washington, confirmed the gunman was a student. He died at the scene from a self inflicted gunshot.

Emmanuel Chavez de la Cruz attends Marysville-Pilchuck High School. He said the shooting happened in the school cafeteria near his world history classroom. The sophomore said an alarm went off. His teacher locked the door and darkened the classroom while the students hid.

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Marysville Shooting
3:25 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Two Dead, Four Injured, In Marysville High School Shooting

Parents and students move under police tape at a church where students were taken following the shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School.
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  A student gunman opened fire in a high school in Marysville, north of Seattle, this morning, killing one student and injuring at least four others--three of them critically--before killing himself. Police say the dead student was a female.


Witnesses say the gunman, who has not been officially identified, opened fire in the Marysville-Pilchuck high school cafeteria shortly after 10:30 this morning.

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Tripe Recipe
8:36 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Oregon Chef Asks If You Have The Guts To Celebrate World Tripe Day

Chef Bennett's Cowboy Calamari.
Credit Sybaris Bistro / Northwest News Network

An Oregon chef is asking if you have the guts to celebrate World Tripe Day on Friday. What is tripe? It's the lining of the cow's stomach.

Matt Bennett is the owner of Sybaris Bistro in Albany. He volunteered to promote consumption of beef stomach on behalf of the British-based Tripe Marketing Board.

"They had good luck with calling it Lancashire calamari, Bennett said. "It is very similar in texture. So they said, 'Well, maybe you could do a Portland calamari or Tillamook,' which was funny because they were apparently just looking at a map."

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Gay Marriage
8:22 am
Fri October 24, 2014

City Says Hitching Post Is Exempt From Gay Rights Law

The Hitching Post Chapel is located across the street from the court house.
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Leo Morales of the ACLU of Idaho says the exemption makes sense as long as the Hitching Post primarily performs religious ceremonies.

“However, if they do non-religious ceremonies as well, they would be violating the anti-discrimination ordinance,” Morales says. “It's the religious activity that's being protected."

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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.
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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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