Northwest News

Murder Suspect To Be Retried
4:24 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Wash. Supreme Court Orders New Trial For Darold Stenson

Darold Stenson will remain in prison while awaiting his trial.
Washington Department of Corrections

The high court says that Darold Stenson’s rights were violated. In their ruling the justices say the state wrongfully suppressed photographs that raised questions about mishandling of evidence as well as an FBI file.

Sheryl Gordon McCloud is Stenson’s attorney.
“The photograph, which we didn’t discover until a few years ago shows the lead detective on the case with his bare ungloved hands holding those pants with those pockets turned out shortly before the gunshot residue test was taken. A picture is worth a thousand words cops carry gun, guns leave gunshot residue, he’s holding the pants with his ungloved hands."

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Oregon Representative race
6:03 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Oregon Democratic State Representative Faces Serious Challenge From Within Party

Jeff Reardon knocks on doors in southeast Portland.
Photo by Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

There’s a lot of news lately about conservative challengers to Republican “establishment” candidates. This week, Indiana Senator Dick Lugar lost to a Tea Party backed opponent.

But it’s not just a Republican phenomenon. In next week’s Oregon primary election, a Democratic state representative is facing a serious challenge after frequently riling members of his own party. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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Full Term Births Increase
5:24 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Fewer Pre-Term Babies In Washington

Premature births add increased risk of lifelong complications.
USAID USAID

Mothers in Washington are carrying their babies longer in the womb to protect against complications. Just a few years ago, if a baby was born at 37 weeks which is two weeks early it was still considered full-term. Now, research has shown babies born two weeks early are more likely to have medical problems.

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Referendum 74
4:24 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

R-74 Campaign Hopes For Boost From President's Marriage Comments

President Barack Obama endorsed same sex marriage in an interview with Robin Roberts of ABC's Good Morning America.
Photo courtesy of the White House Northwest News Network

Northwest gay rights supporters are cheering President Obama’s comments that he thinks same sex couples should be able to marry. But organizers of a petition drive to repeal Washington’s new marriage equality law hope to capitalize on the President’s new stance.

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Idaho P.O.W.
4:10 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Parents Of Captured Idaho Soldier Want Prisoner Swap

A Taliban video from December 2010 appears to show Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in captivity.
Northwest News Network

The Idaho parents of the only U.S. soldier in Taliban captivity say they want the Obama administration to negotiate a prisoner swap to bring their son home. Bob and Jani Bergdahl broke their long silence in new interviews, hoping to build public pressure for a deal.

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Chinese Massacre Memorial
6:19 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Chopper Delivers Memorial Marker To Massacre Site

A memorial to Chinese gold miners massacred in Hells Canyon.
Photo by Lyle Wirtanen Northwest News Network

A granite memorial arrived by helicopter Tuesday at a remote cove in Hells Canyon on the Idaho-Oregon border. The stone will mark the site where a large group of Chinese gold miners was massacred way back in 1887. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.

Private contributions paid for the engraving and transportation of the 1,100 pound granite marker. Memorial project treasurer Lyle Wirtanen says the stone was inscribed in English, Chinese and the native Nez Perce language.

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Columbia River Contaminants
5:41 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

'Personal Care Products,' Pharmaceutical Toxics Found In Columbia River

The Dalles Dam on the Columbia River near the west end of the Columbia River Gorge.
Photo courtesy of USGS

Giant smoke stacks and industrial dump sites are no longer the only water quality problem on the Columbia River. a recent study has found that our day to day life has a major impact as well.

U.S. Geological Survey researchers looked at nine cities along the river, from Wenatchee to Longview, Wash. They detected hundreds of contaminants flowing from wastewater treatment plants and stormwater runoff.

Hydrologist Jennifer Morace says the toxic contaminants included things like shampoo and pharmaceuticals.

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Nuclear Monitoring Grant
5:34 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Northwest Universities Garner Nuclear Energy Grants

Washington State University’s nuclear reactor in Pullman while operating.
Photo credit: Donald Wall Northwest News Network

The nuclear industry faces a generation gap. A lot of the people who run nuclear power plants are nearing retirement. Now the Obama Administration has awarded $6.3 million to Northwest universities to help train the next generation of nuclear leaders.

Donald Wall directs Washington State University’s Nuclear Radiation Center in Pullman. The reactor is surrounded by the university’s golf course.

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Mt. St. Helens Visitor Center Reopening
4:56 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Coldwater Ridge Center At Mount St. Helens Reopens With New Mission

View of Mount St. Helens from Coldwater Ridge.
Photo credit: Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Just in time for another anniversary of the catastrophic Mount St. Helens eruption, the U.S. Forest Service is reopening an architecturally striking visitor center. The Coldwater Ridge facility has been closed for the last four seasons. the center reopens next week with a new mission and purpose.

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NW Painkiller Prescription Reduction
4:41 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Northwest Hospitals Battle Prescription Pain Overdoses

Matt Harp describes his former addiction to prescription painkillers during a news conference at Salem Hospital.
Photo credit: Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

More people are dying from overdoses of prescription painkillers. Some Northwest hospitals say they're combating the problem by drastically reducing the amount of prescriptions they write for the medications. Salem Hospital is the latest.

Experts say many users become addicted after initially taking painkillers for legitimate medical reasons. That's what happened to Matt Harp. He hurt his back playing college baseball. His doctor realized Harp was becoming addicted, but the Oregon man told a Salem news conference he simply visited different doctors and hospitals.

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