Northwest News

Bear Dog Force
3:48 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Wildlife Police Acquire Special Dogs To Handle Bear Complaints

Officer Dustin Prater and his new partner Spencer. Yes, Spencer has a stuffed bear in his mouth.
Photo credit: WDFW Photo courtesy WDFW

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has increased its Karelian Bear Dog force by fifty percent. This breed of working dog has proven effective against nuisance bears. Correspondent Tom Banse says the idea is to re-instill fear of human neighborhoods.

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Gingrich in Olympia
3:36 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Newt Gingrich Talks Gay Marriage On Stop At Wash. Capitol

Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich speaks with statehouse reporters in Olympia, Wash.
Photo credit: Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says he opposes gay marriage, but is comfortable letting voters decide the issue for their own state. Gingrich made his comments Friday during a visit to the Washington capitol. It’s the second time in two weeks a Republican presidential candidate has campaigned under the dome.

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Native American Language
6:22 am
Fri February 24, 2012

"Talking Dictionaries" Help Preserve Endangered Tribal Languages

iPhone apps for learning the Canadian Inuit language Inuktitut (left) and Tuvan (right), a tongue spoken by a nomadic people of Mongolia.
Photo Credit: K. David Harrison Northwest News Network

VANCOUVER, Canada - Usually it is good news when the Northwest appears on a top five list. But this one is not. Our region ranks near the top of a list of global hotspots for disappearing languages. The reason is that speakers of Native American languages are dwindling. Correspondent Tom Banse reports on how digital technology is coming to the rescue of some ancient tongues.

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Gingrich Rally
6:04 am
Fri February 24, 2012

Gingrich Attracts North Idaho Voters Still On The Fence

Newt Gingrich and his wife Callista attended a campaign rally in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Thursday evening.
Photo credit: Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho - Newt Gingrich was in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Thursday night to fund raise and rally voters before the state’s Super Tuesday caucus.

Newt Gingrich: “Barack Obama is, in national security terms, the most dangerous president in our lifetime.”

Gingrich called it “disgraceful” that President Obama apologized to Afghan authorities for Qurans accidentally burned on a U.S. military base.

Correspondent Jessica Robinson talked to voters at the north Idaho event … and found that for many, the race for the Republican presidential nomination is between two candidates.

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Gingrich Criticizes Obama
5:50 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Gingrich Astonished By President Obama's Apology To Afghan Officials

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.
Photo credit: Wikimedia user Gage Skidmore Wikimedia Commons

Newt Gingrich told fans in Spokane today he’s astonished President Obama apologized to Afghan authorities for the burning of Muslim Holy Books by U.S. soldiers. Obama expressed remorse this morning that a military base burned copies of the Quran in a garbage pile.

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Grandmother Urges CPS Changes
5:20 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

New Task Force Will Investigate Powell Deaths

Judy Cox (left) with her husband Chuck at the press conference in Olympia.
Photo credit: Azusa Uchikura. Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. – It’s been two weeks since Josh Powell allegedly killed himself and his two children in a house fire near Graham, Washington. A new task force announced Thursday will investigate the deaths. Meanwhile, the grandparents of the two Powell boys are pushing for changes in Child Protective Services.

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Seda to Prison Pending Appeal
4:31 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Seda Must Go To Prison During Appeal Process

Pete Seda, (center) and his attorney Steven Wax (left) leave the Federal Courthouse in Eugene following his sentencing hearing. (2010)
Photo credit: Rachael McDonald KLCC

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled an Oregon man must report to prison next week for a money laundering conviction. The case centered around a defunct Ashland Islamic charity.

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Governor Pressures Oregon Lawmakers
4:06 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

With Adjournment Looming, Kitzhaber Pushes Lawmakers

Governor John Kitzhaber speaks at a state capitol press conference.
Photo credit: Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

SALEM, Ore. – With less than a week to go in the legislative session, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is stepping up the pressure on lawmakers to act soon on his major policy proposals. At least one of his key initiatives gained final approval Thursday, but three more are stalled.

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Trooper Shooting Suspect Dead
3:53 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Man Sought In Trooper Shooting Dies Of Self-Inflicted Wound

Washington State Trooper Tony Radelescu.
Photo Credit: Washington State Patrol Photo courtesy Washington State Patrol

Police say the driver suspected in the overnight shooting of a Washington State Trooper has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Kitsap County Sheriff's sergeant Ken Dickinson says Joshua Blake shot himself as a SWAT team surrounded a mobile home south of Port Orchard. A tipster told officers the alleged shooter might be hiding in there.

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Drunk Driving
5:56 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Wash. Lawmakers Propose New DUI Penalties

The Washington Capitol Building
Photo credit: Wikimedia User Jay8g Wikimedia Commons

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington lawmakers are taking a multi-faceted approach to crack down on drunk driving. These proposals would increase jail time and other penalties. Another measure could require a drunk driver who kills a parent to pay child support for the surviving children. That proposal had a hearing Wednesday. Azusa Uchikura has more from Olympia.

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