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Robert Bales Pretrial Hearing
4:37 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Pretrial Hearing For Staff Sgt. Bales Concludes

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

A pretrial hearing for Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales has concluded at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Bales is the soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians earlier this year – most of them young children. The defense is focused on Bales’ state of mind.

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WSU Athletics Probe
6:11 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Sports Ethics Expert Praises Ex-WSU Footballer For Speaking Out

A view of Washington State University's Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash.
Credit Photo by Bobak Ha'Eri / Wikimedia Commons

A Pac-12 spokesman Monday said the athletic conference does not have a timeline for completing a review of the WSU football program. Over the weekend, university president Elson Floyd asked for outside help to investigate claims by a player of abusive behavior by the coaching staff. Meanwhile, a sports ethics expert is praising the player for speaking out. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.

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Oregon Gold Medalist
6:08 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Oregon's Gold Medalist Eaton Wins Another Honor

Olympic Decathlon gold medalist and world record holder Ashton Eaton.
Credit Photo by Tom Banse / Northwest Public Radio

Eugene-based track star Ashton Eaton already has a world record to his name and a gold medal in decathlon from this year's London Olympics. Monday, the central Oregon native got to add another honor to his crowded shelf. The sport federation USA Track & Field named Eaton as its male athlete of the year.

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Idaho Teachers Bonuses
5:56 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Idaho AG: Teachers Can Get Bonuses Earned Under Rejected Law

Idaho teachers who earned bonuses last year will still receive their checks, even though voters overturned performance pay in Idaho. The state attorney general's office made the call in a legal opinion released Monday. Jessica Robinson explains why it got so complicated.

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Bales Hearing
5:53 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Closing Arguments Tuesday in Bales Preliminary Hearing

Closing arguments are scheduled Tuesday in the preliminary hearing for a US Army soldier accused of murdering 16 Afghan civilians and wounding six others. The hearing is to determine whether the case advances to Court Martial. KUOW's Patricia Murphy Reports

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Symphony Strike
6:55 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Concerts Canceled As Spokane Symphony Strikes

Musicians of the Spokane Symphony strike over salary cuts.
Credit Photo Credit: Jessica Robinson

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Classical musicians in Spokane stood outside their theater this weekend, lifting picket signs instead of instruments. Musicians with the Spokane Symphony are entering week two of a strike over pay cuts. Five concerts have been canceled so far.

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New Washington River
6:40 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Undammed White Salmon River Opens To Paddlers

Photo of the Condit Dam before it was blown up.
Credit Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

A new stretch of whitewater opened this month on the White Salmon River in Southwest Washington. It’s a river that used to be blocked by the Condit Dam.

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Army Hearing
6:27 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Afghan Survivors And Witnesses Testify At Army Hearing

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales
Credit Photo Credit: Maj. Brent Clemmer

Witnesses and survivors recounted a horrific scene following a massacre at two villages in Kandahar Province that killed 16 civilians and wounded 6. They testified via live video from Afghanistan during a pretrial hearing for Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales at Joint Base Lewis McChord.

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Northwest Coal Export
6:19 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Coal Export Opponents Seek Broader Environmental Impact Study

Photo of a coal conveyor.
Credit Photo Credit: Richard Webb/Wikimedia Commons

Government regulators want to know how exporting coal from Northwest ports could affect the environment. They are looking at several projects individually. A lot of people want them to conduct one big study. They want to know how the entire region would be affected if all the coal export terminals are built.

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Farmer Descrimination
6:08 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Women And Hispanic Farmers Say Discrimination Continues In Settlement

Hispanic and women farmers have been combined in the USDA's final settlement over discrimination in farm loans.
Credit Photo Credit: HispanicFarmerJustice.com

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has a long history of discriminating against farmers who are women, Hispanic, Native and African American. Numerous lawsuits have cost the government several billion dollars. The latest legal settlement is for women and Hispanic farmers who can prove they were discriminated against in the 1980s and ‘90s. But some of these farmers say the deal to make amends for discrimination is itself discriminatory.

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