Northwest News

Same-Sex Health Coverage
7:45 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Washington AG Puts Health Plans On Notice To Cover Same-Sex Spouses

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson
Credit Photo courtesy Washington Attorney General's office

Washington’s attorney general is reminding employers they may not discriminate against same-sex spouses when it comes to health coverage. That warning Thursday follows a discrimination complaint earlier this year against O’Reilly Auto Parts. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports.

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Diesel Ownership
7:34 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Northwest Diesel Ownership Among Tops Nationally, Still Lags Behind Europe

A truck carrying diesel fuel.
Credit FlickrLickr / Wikimedia Commons

Northwesterners love their diesel pickups. A new report by a diesel industry group shows Oregon and Idaho are in the top ten when it comes to highest rates of diesel vehicle ownership in the nation. But the overall rate pales in comparison to other parts of the world. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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Seattle Pacific Univeristy Shooting
5:54 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Shooting At Seattle Pacific University's Campus

There was a shooting at Seattle Pacific University this afternoon. As of 5pm Seattle Police believe a lone gunman shot four people before being disarmed by a University staff member. There are reports one person is dead, another is in critical condition and two others sustained less serious injuries.

Bergdahl Release
6:38 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Citing Safety Concerns, Hailey, Idaho Cancels Bergdahl Celebration

An annual rally turned homecoming celebration for released POW Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been canceled in his hometown of Hailey, Idaho. Boise State Public Radio’s Emilie Ritter Saunders explains the event is off because of safety concerns.

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Hanford Waste Cleanup
6:08 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Federal and Washington State Court-Ordered 40-Day Negotiations Are Up

This week is the deadline for the state of Washington and the federal government to reach an agreement on how to clean up radioactive tank waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
Credit Tobin Fricke / Wikimedia Commons

This week is the deadline for the state of Washington and the federal government to reach an agreement on how to clean up radioactive tank waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The two sides can’t agree on a timeline. But with this week’s 40-day deadline it seems the state and the U.S. Department of Energy have very different views of where things are.

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Oregon Prisons
5:39 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Oregon Has Highest Rate Of Prisoners With Post-Prison Supervision

Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution in Pendleton, Ore.
Credit Sam Beebe / Flickr

Fewer prisoners serve their entire prison sentence behind bars in Oregon than in any other state. That's according to a study released Wednesday from the Pew Charitable Trusts. Oregon also supervises its newly released inmates more than any other state.

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Same-Sex Marriage
4:36 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Won't Block Oregon Same-Sex Marriage

The U.S. Supreme Court won't block same-sex marriages in Oregon.
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The U.S. Supreme Court won't block same-sex marriages in Oregon. The high court Wednesday turned down a request to halt gay marriages in the state.

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Wildfires
4:25 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Northwest Fire Season Ramps Up East Of The Cascades

A 2013 wildfire near Goldendale, Washington.
Credit Washington Incident Management Team #2 / InciWeb

Workers in the Tri-Cities, Wash. area got notice Wednesday of tinder-dry conditions at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation and were advised to practice fire safety at work and at home. It’s about four weeks ahead of schedule for these types of fire-weather alerts and a sign of a long, hot summer ahead.

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River Safety
8:33 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Before You Go For A Swim, Read This!

Even on a cloudy day, the Columbia River looks like a great recreational destination.
Credit Allen Johnson / First Impression Photography and Video

The weather might be nice this time of the year, but the water is not.

Rivers and lakes are connected to mountains. Common knowledge, right? But what people don’t think about is the snowmelt from mountains that runs into our rivers and lakes. Not only does this runoff cause the water levels to rise, but it also lowers water temperatures. Recent open-water temperatures in the Spokane valley were averaging around 50 degrees, but some creeks and rivers are as cold as 36 - not the best conditions for a leisurely swim. In fact, these are perfect conditions for hypothermia.

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Bergdahl Release
6:49 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Idaho Town That Waited 5 Years For Bergdahl Now Must Defend Its Support

Jane Drussel's store, Jane's Artifacts, in downtown Hailey, Idaho.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

Almost immediately after the jubilant response to Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s release from the Taliban on Saturday, the story took a very different turn. First, there was criticism of the Obama administration exchanging five Taliban detainees for Bergdahl. Then, some soldiers from his former unit started speaking out against the freed POW. Josh Korder told CNN earlier this week that he believes men lost their lives searching for him.

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