Northwest News

Crime, Law And Justice
5:11 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Seattle's King County To Study Jury Diversity

File photo of City Hall Park and King County Courthouse in Seattle
Joe Mabel Wikimedia

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 4:31 pm

King County, Washington, is more than 30 percent non-white. But juries in the state’s most populous county often don’t reflect that diversity.

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Crime, Law And Justice
5:02 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Northwesterners Protest Ferguson Decision

A rally was held in Salem to protest the grand jury's decision in the Michael Brown case.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 3:41 pm

People in several Northwest cities raised their voices in protest Tuesday over a grand jury's decision not to indict a Ferguson, Missouri, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown an unarmed black 18-year-old.

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Mumps Outbreak
8:36 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Mumps Has Hit The Northwest. Here's What You Need To Know

Credit Jennifer Morrow / Flickr

The University of Idaho recently confirmed ten mumps cases and is investigating 20 more.

Washington State University is advising students to update their MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccine over the holiday break. Students who have not yet been vaccinated should receive two vaccines, 28 days apart. If you've only had one MMR vaccine, get a second.

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Prison Rehab
6:36 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Prison Inmates Enlisted To Restore Threatened Species

Oregon State Correctional Institution in Salem is growing Kincaid’s Lupine and Golden Paintbrush, flowers relied upon by the rare Fender’s Blue and Taylor’s Checkerspot butterflies.
Credit Captain Chad Naugle / ODOC

In a growing number of Northwest prisons, inmates are rearing endangered plants, butterflies, turtles and frogs for release in the wild.

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Coal Exports
6:32 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Locke On Coal Exports: Set Rules For How China Uses It

An operating coal-fired power plant in China.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Coal export terminals are in the permitting process in both Washington and Oregon, but they face heavy opposition.

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Measure 92
6:27 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Oregon Food Labeling Measured Headed For Likely Recount

Measure 92 would require food manufacturers and retailers to label genetically engineered foods sold in Oregon.
Credit dmmd303 / Flickr

The most expensive initiative in Oregon history appears headed for a recount.

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Transgender Rights
8:01 am
Mon November 24, 2014

End Of Life Brings Legal Complications For Transgender People

Jennifer Gable
Credit Twitter

Over the weekend, the story of a transgender woman in Idaho whose family had her buried as a man lit up social media. LGBT legal advocates say there continues to be a gap in how end-of-life issues are handled, even for people who have legally changed their gender.

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Campaign Fundraisers
7:56 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Washington Legislative Caucuses Race Freeze On Fundraising

Invitations to legislative caucus fundraisers in Olympia before the December 13 campaign freeze takes effect.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

The election is over, but not the political fundraising. Washington state lawmakers are racing the clock to replenish their coffers before the freeze.

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Hanford Vapors
7:54 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Senators, Congressman Pile On To Call For Hanford Vapor Fix

Credit Tobin Fricke / Wikimedia Commons

For the third time this week there are calls to protect workers from hazardous vapors at Hanford. This time from Washington’s congressional delegation.

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Cover Oregon Lawsuit
5:46 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Oregon, Oracle Tangle In Federal Court

A federal court judge in Portland said Friday that for now, Oracle can’t have its way and keep its suit against the state of Oregon.

The case and a counter suit are about the failed health insurance exchange website called “Cover Oregon". Oracle was the chief technology firm that put it together. The website never really worked as it intended to, so the state wanted to get some compensation for all the money it sent to the site. 

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