Northwest News

Higher Gas Prices Predicted
6:24 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

California Refinery Fire Could Cause West Coast Gas Price Hike

Northwest drivers could be paying more at the pump.   That’s because this week’s refinery fire in California is likely to affect gas prices.  Ruby de Luna has more.

Analysts say get ready to pay as much as four dollars or more per gallon. You can blame the refinery fire in California for the spike. But what does that have to do with fuel prices here?

Overstreet: “We’re locked together at the hip by refinery system on the West Coast.”

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No Welfare ATM Fee
6:07 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Wash. Welfare Clients Will No Longer Pay 85-Cent ATM Fee

JPMorgan Chase will no longer charge Washington welfare clients $.85 to withdraw cash at an ATM under a renegotiated contract.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

JPMorgan Chase will no longer charge Washington welfare clients $.85 to withdraw cash at an ATM. That fee is abolished in a renegotiated contract the state has signed with the New York-based bank to continue providing cash benefits electronically.

A Washington cash assistance client named Therese McLeod first brought the ATM fee to our attention in May of last year. She was outraged that JPMorgan didn’t disclose the fee at the ATM.

“Sounds like a racket to me. Don’t we have laws against that?” McLeod asked.

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Captive Idaho Soldier
5:18 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Report Renews Hopes For Release Of Captured Idaho Soldier

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl went missing June 30, 2009 in Afghanistan and was later reported captured by the Taliban.
U.S. Department of Defense

A report this week from Reuters news service raises hopes there may be progress in efforts to get an Idaho soldier in Taliban captivity back onto U.S. soil. But the news about renewed negotiations also shows Bowe Bergdahl’s freedom is a key part of peace talks in Afghanistan.

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State Officials Kill Wolf
4:33 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Washington Officials Kill First Wolf Over Livestock Loss

State officials killed a female wolf in northeastern Washington Tuesday.
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

For the first time, state officials have killed a female wolf from a pack in northeastern Washington after repeated incidents with livestock on nearby ranches.

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Sikh Vigil
7:13 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Oregon Sikhs Remember Those Killed In Shooting

Sikhs gather for a candlelight vigil in Salem.
Photo by Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Hundreds gathered in Salem Tuesday evening to remember victims of the recent mass shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin. Sikh and non-Sikh speakers at the candlelight vigil emphasized peace and unity. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman spoke with some of those who attended the vigil.

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Malheur County
7:03 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Malheur County: Lots Of Land, Very Few Jobs

Malheur County, in southeast Oregon, is one of the poorest counties in the country.
Photo by David Benbennick Wikimedia Commons

Malheur County has the highest poverty rate in Oregon and the tenth highest in the U.S. Oregon Public Broadcasting's Amanda Peacher spoke with some of the county’s low-income residents, and filed this report on how they’re making ends meet.

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Washington Secretary of State
6:53 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Wyman, Drew Appear Headed For November Secretary Of State Contest

Kathleen Drew is running for Secretary of State in Washington as a Democrat.
Photo courtesy Kathleen Drew For Secretary Of State

The race for Washington secretary of state this November appears to be a battle between Republican Kim Wyman and Democrat Kathleen Drew. Wyman, the only Republican in the race, swept the map with 39 percent of the vote in Tuesday night’s primary. Democrat Drew pulled in 21 percent at last count. Correspondent Jessica Robinson has more.

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Washington Supreme Court
6:48 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Washinton Supreme Court Race Could Be McCloud, Sanders

Early primary totals indicate that two advocates for defendants’ rights could compete for the open seat on the Washington supreme court: Sheryl Gordon McCloud and Richard Sanders. KUOW’s Amy Radil reports.

Four candidates had sought to replace retiring supreme court justice Tom Chambers. They included longtime King County Superior Court judge Bruce Hilyer, and former Pierce county executive John Ladenburg. But primary night totals showed appellate defense lawyer Sheryl Gordon McCloud and former state supreme court justice Richard Sanders in the lead.

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Washington Governor's Race
6:45 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Inslee, McKenna Advance To November Election

Democrat Jay Inslee (left) and Republican Rob McKenna (right) move on to the November election. Photos courtesy the candidates' campaigns.

Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna will advance to the November election, after winning the top two spots in [last night’s] Tuesday's primary for Washington governor. At last count, Inslee won 47 percent of the vote to McKenna’s 43 percent. Colin Fogarty reports on what the primary results might or might not mean for November.

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10th District Race
6:42 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Denny Heck And Dick Muri Will Face Off In New 10th District

Dick Muri gives a speech in Pierce County in 2010. Muri will run against Democrat Denny Heck in Washington's new 10th District.
Photo by Brettdr Wikimedia Commons

In the newly created Tenth Congressional District, Democrat Denny Heck will face Republican Dick Muri in the general election. Pollsters say the district skews slightly Democratic. But Muri says his military experience will help balance that. KUOW’s Amy Radil reports.

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