Northwest News

Zehm Case Sentencing
5:59 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Former Spokane Police Officer Sentenced In Federal Court

Thursday marks the beginning of the end in a six-year-long court case involving a former Spokane police officer and the death of a Spokane man. Karl F. Thompson faces sentencing Thursday morning in Spokane’s federal court. Paige Browning reports from Spokane.

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Leaky Tank At Hanford
6:01 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Hanford Managers Mull Solutions For Leaky Tanks

Workers empty a radioactive waste tank at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
Credit Washington River Protection Solutions

Some of the decisions made over the last 40 years at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation are coming back to haunt the site’s current managers. A new report out this week examined why a double-hulled tank of radioactive waste recently sprung a leak in its inner shell. That has raised the possibility of having to pump out the waste from the tank.

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Wild Turkeys
5:28 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

A Plumaged Pilgrimage: How Wild Turkeys Came To The Northwest

Male turkeys are known as “toms.”
Credit John Hafner / National Wild Turkey Federation

The turkey is a quintessentially American bird, exported from the New World like corn and potatoes. But the turkey is not native to the Pacific Northwest. The wild turkeys you may have seen here are part of the bird’s comeback story.

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Washington State Budget
4:46 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Practicality Of 'No New Taxes' Pledge Debated In Olympia

Washington State Rep. Ross Hunter, the chief budget writer for House Democrats.
Credit Northwest News Network

In Olympia, a new revenue outlook shows a shortfall in the next state budget cycle. That is putting renewed attention on promises not to raise taxes.

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Inslee Backing Marjiuana Law
4:05 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Inslee To Back Will Of Voters On Marijuana Legalization

Governor-elect Jay Inslee at a news conference in Seattle to announce his transition co-chairs.
Credit Austin Jenkins

Washington Governor-elect Jay Inslee says states are the incubators of new ideas – and that should extend to marijuana legalization. Inslee Wednesday said he’s hopeful Washington’s new recreational pot law can take effect without federal interference.

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Idaho Wolf Trapping
7:13 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Idaho Opens Wolf Trapping Season

Photo of a wolf.
Credit Photo Credit: U.S. Fish & Wildlife

The gray wolf remains on state endangered species lists in Oregon and Washington. But in Idaho, the state opens wolf trapping season Thursday Nov. 15. In fact, Idaho plans to offer more tags than last year.

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Hanford Tank Leak
7:07 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Preparing For The Worst; Hanford Officials Deal With Leaking Tank

Now to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington. Workers are readying pumping equipment at a slow-leaking radioactive waste tank in case the leak gets worse. A newly released report details why the tank became unstable.

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Pollution Battle
6:57 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Rancher Brings Pollution Battle To WA Supreme Court

Photo of cattle.
Credit Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

The Washington Supreme Court heard arguments today Tuesday that will decide how much control environmental regulators have over runoff pollution.

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New White Salmon River
6:51 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Paddlers Explore Lower White Salmon River, Blocked For 100 Years

Photo of a salmon swimming upstream.
Credit Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Last week, power company PacifiCorp quietly announced it had finished removing the Condit dam in southwest Washington. It’s the second largest dam removal ever in the United States, and it’s revealed a stretch of the White Salmon River that was lost for 100 years.

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Bales War Crime Case
6:34 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Sgt. Bales' State Of Mind Is Key To His Defense In War Crime Case

Robert Bales wife Karilyn, middle, listens as her sister reads a family statement to reporters at the conclusion of the pretrial hearing.
Credit Photo Credit: Austin Jenkins

In eight days of hearings, Army prosecutors outlined in grisly detail the case against Staff Sgt. Robert Bales. He’s the Washington soldier charged with killing and wounding 23 Afghan civilians in a rampage this past March. Bales’ pretrial hearing concluded Tuesday at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Now the Army will decide whether the evidence supports a full court martial and, if so, whether the death penalty is appropriate in this case.

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