Northwest News

Social Media Use In Voting
4:17 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Social Media Gains Bigger Role In Wash. Election Process

Eligible voters in Washington state can now register through Facebook.
Facebook

It’s election time again: the Washington state primary is Tuesday. And the election process is changing. Every county in the state uses mail-in ballots now. And social media is gaining a bigger role in the election process.

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Seattle Olympic Boxer
4:04 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Seattle Boxer Takes Historic Step Into Ring, If Not The Gold

Seattle boxer Queen Underwood.
Team USA

Fans of Seattle boxer Queen Underwood hope a disappointing outcome in London won’t keep her from trying again at the 2016 Olympics. Underwood lost her opening bout Sunday in the first Olympics to open up boxing to women.

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Online Restaurant Reviews
6:47 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Online Reviews Make Big Difference To Small Businesses

Yelp reviewer Sherry Secreast is one of Portland’s most prolific restaurant critics.
Photo by Julia Flucht. Northwest News Network

Northwest cities, including Seattle and Portland, are awash in great restaurants. And these venues must compete for attention from a highly discerning crowd. Online rating sites such as Yelp, Google and FourSquare are making those customers even more discriminating. You can even pick up those reviews as you walk down the street. That’s great for some small business, but as journalist Julia Flucht reports, there are some downsides.

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Oregon Death Penalty
6:40 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Judge Says Haugen Can Reject Execution Reprieve

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber will likely appeal a decision made Friday that a death row inmate can reject a reprieve. Last fall Kitzhaber issued a temporary moratorium on executions in Oregon just two weeks before two-time murderer Gary Haugen was scheduled to die. Haugen challenged the reprieve in court, saying he wants to be put to death.

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Olympic Runner
6:37 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Galen Rupp Takes Silver in the Olympic 10k

Galen Rupp after the US Olympic Trials in Eugene.
Photo by Jes Burns KLCC

Good news for Northwest track athletes at the London Olympics. U of O grad Galen Rupp made history Saturday in the men's 10,000 meters, winning silver. KLCC’s Jes Burns has the story.

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Susan Powell's Family Suing DSHS
5:27 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Susan Powell's Family Plans To Sue DSHS Over Boys' Deaths

Susan Powell's parents Judy and Chuck Cox at a press conference in Olympia in February.
Azusa Uchikura

The family of Susan Powell plans to sue the state of Washington for negligence. They blame state workers for the fact that Josh Powell was able to kill himself and his two sons in Pierce County last February.

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Oregon Governor's Execution Reprieve
4:51 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Judges Overturns Kitzhaber's Reprieve Of Haugen

Death row inmate Gary Haugen.
Oregon Department of Corrections

An Oregon judge says death row inmate Gary Haugen has the right to reject a reprieve from Gov. John Kitzhaber. Circuit Court Judge Timothy Alexander's ruling Friday paves the way for a possible new execution date for the two-time murderer.

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Wastewater Heat
6:12 am
Fri August 3, 2012

King County Opens The Door For Heat Energy From Wastewater

This sewage pipe was installed in 1905 near Discovery Park. King County wants to partner with the private sector to harness the heat energy from wastewater for use in buildings.
Photo by Ashley Ahearn Northwest News Network

The Department of Energy estimates that 350 billion KWH of energy are flushed down drains in the form of heated water. King County is one of the first counties in the nation to try to do something about all that wasted heat energy. EarthFix’s Ashley Ahearn reports.

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PTSD Diagnosis Investigation
6:42 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Army Gives Few Details On Investigation Into PTSD Diagnoses

A special psychiatry unit at Madigan Army Medical Center will no longer evaluate soldiers with PTSD.
Madigan Army Medical Center press office

This week the Army announced that it will no longer use a special psychiatry unit to evaluate soldiers with PTSD at Madigan Army Medical Center in Lakewood. Thursday, Army leadership from Madigan met with reporters.

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Warrantless Searches In Schools
5:57 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Wash. Supreme Court Blocks Warrantless Searches By School Cops

The Washington Supreme Court ruled that police officers working in schools can't search students without a warrant.
Washngton Courts website

A teacher or principal doesn’t need a warrant to search a student. But a police officer working in a school does, according to a new ruling from the Washington Supreme Court.

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