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Northwest Climate
7:50 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Here's Why It Will Be A Bad Year For The Northwest (Or Maybe Not)

Mt. Rainier seen in October 2014.
Credit louelke / Flickr

It was a warm winter in the Northwest this year. It certainly rained, and it was plenty gray, but there wasn’t much snow. And that means low snowpack. The Washington Department of Ecology says Washington snowpack is at 21 percent of normal levels.

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Town-To-Town Hiking
7:49 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Town-To-Town Trekking Vision For Columbia River Gorge Inches Forward

Jean Akers and Tom Griffith scouted routes for a new trail from Lyle, Washington to adjacent public lands earlier this month.
Credit Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

Hut-to-hut or village-to-village trekking is a popular vacation pursuit in regions as diverse as Europe, New Zealand, the Himalayas and Vietnam. It's not much heard of in the U.S. Now some hikers, businesses and nonprofits are promoting a vision of walking holidays right here in the Northwest - in the Columbia River Gorge. But the town-to-trails hiking concept clashes with some old-timers' visions for the Gorge.

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Northwest News
7:31 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Idaho To Join Handful Of States That Charge Electric Car Owners Extra

A Tesla Model S.
Credit Ryan Block / Flickr

The federal government and many states have offered car buyers incentives to venture into the electric car market. But now some states are going in a different direction -- they’re charging owners more.  Idaho recently approved one of the country’s highest fees for electric cars.

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Northwest News
7:21 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Group Hikes 14-Miles Across Tri-Cities To Protest Pasco Shooting

Jeremy Peterson, left, walking across the Cable Bridge that spans the Columbia River from Kennewick to Pasco. He led a small group on a 14-mile walk to protest the police shooting of Antonio Zambrano-Montes.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 5:30 pm

A group of Tri-Cities, Washington, residents hiked 14 miles across Richland, Kennewick and Pasco Tuesday to protest the shooting of Antonio Zambrano-Montes by police officers.

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Unemployment Rate
5:27 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Oregon's Jobless Rate Falls Below National Average

Oregon's unemployment rate has fallen below the national average making it the first time since 1996.
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Oregon's unemployment rate has fallen below the national average and it's the first time that's happened in 19 years.

The last year has been good to Oregon's economy.

The unemployment rate has plummeted from more than 7 percent to 5.4 percent. That's one-tenth of a percentage point below the national average.

State economist David Cooke said the last time Oregon had a lower unemployment rate than the nation, was in 1996, the height of the dot-com boom.

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School Immunizations
5:08 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Student Expulsions Continue In Spokane Over Lack Of Immunization Documentation

Washington state law says before a child can attend school, parents need to provide proof of immunization status or have signed a certificate of exemption form.
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More students are complying with state law in the Spokane School District when it comes to immunizations.

Washington state law says before a child can attend school, parents need to provide proof of immunization status or have signed a certificate of exemption form.

The Spokane School District started enforcing that rule in earnest this week.

District spokesman Kevin Morrison said a number of students were sent home on Monday, for at least one classroom period.

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Women's World Cup
4:41 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

U.S. Women's World Cup Squad Includes Four Northwest Soccer Pros

The U.S. Women's National Team has called up Portland Thorns teammates Alex Morgan, left, and Tobin Heath for the FIFA Women's World Cup. Christine SInclar, far right, will play for Team Canada.
bellyflopz Flickr

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 8:45 am

The U.S. Women's National Team coach has named four soccer pros from the Northwest to the World Cup roster Tuesday.

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Gun Rights
4:35 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Oregon Senate Approves Background Check Measure

Augustas Didzgalvis Wikimedia

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 4:27 pm

People who buy guns from private sellers in Oregon would have to clear a background check under a bill moving through the legislature.

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Killer Released
4:22 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Driver Who Fled To Ireland After Deadly WSU Crash Released From Prison

Frederick David Russell was convicted in 2007 of killing three fellow students in a deadly drunk driving crash.
Washington DOC

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 4:20 pm

A former Washington State University student who fled to Ireland after a deadly drunk driving crash has been released from prison.

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Pasco Shooting
7:18 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Pasco Shooting: City, Activists, Lawyers Amp-Up Their Public Relations Game

News reporters crowded in for the first press conference of a group called Tri-City Community Solutions at a small family bakery in Pasco. It happened very near where Antonio Zambrano-Montes was shot two months ago. Activists, lawyers and the City of Pasco are all working to tell thier own stories around the death of the farmworker.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

In Pasco, it’s been more than two months since the police shooting of Antonio Zambrano-Montes. Officials say the full police report will be complete in several weeks, and will be made public a month later. It’s sure to make big national news, again. Another major Pasco shooting protest event is happening today. It includes a 14-mile walk from Richland to Kennewick and ending up in Pasco. Battle plans for how that report’s findings will be interpreted are growing more sophisticated.

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