US Supreme Court

Abortion Clinics
5:57 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Abortion Seekers Still Protected At NW Clinics After Supreme Court Ruling

Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho CEO Karl Eastlund stands in the parking lot of the Spokane clinic.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

Abortion services providers say the Supreme Court’s ruling on 35-foot “buffer zones” around Massachusetts clinics won’t have much effect in the Northwest. Neither Washington, Oregon nor Idaho has the kind of law that the high court deemed unconstitutional. Clinics here rely on other measures aimed at protesters.

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Labor Dispute
5:08 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Yakima Labor Dispute Led To Presidential Powers Ruling

Thursday's U.S. Supreme Court decision on presidential powers stems from a labor dispute in Yakima.
Credit Daderot / Wikimedia

A decision by the U.S. Supreme Court Thursday stemmed from a labor dispute in Yakima, Wash. The court's ruling narrowed the president's power to make recess appointments when the Senate is not in session. 

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Oregon Gay Marriage
6:19 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Could Examine Oregon Gay Marriage Case

The U.S. Supreme Court is deciding whether to issue a stay on a federal judge’s recent ruling that overturned Oregon's same-sex marriage ban.
Credit Daderot / Wikimedia

The issue of whether gay marriage is legal in Oregon may not be settled after all. The U.S. Supreme Court is deciding whether to issue a stay on a federal judge’s recent ruling that overturned Oregon's same-sex marriage ban. Supporters of gay marriage have until Monday to submit briefs in the case.

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NWPR Books
6:28 am
Sat April 26, 2014

Justice Stevens: Six Little Ways To Change The Constitution

In a new book, former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens says we should rewrite the Second Amendment, abolish the death penalty and restrict political campaign spending.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Sat April 26, 2014 8:30 am

Just a few words can hold a world of meaning. John Paul Stevens, the retired Supreme Court justice, has written a short new book in which he proposes a few words here and there that would create some sweeping changes.

The book, Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution, details the half-dozen ways Stevens thinks the Constitution could be improved, changes that he says are worth the trouble of the arduous amendment process.

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Gene Patents
8:40 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Seattle Scientist Says Patenting DNA Was Becoming Obsolete

The Seattle-area scientist who led the team that first automated the sequencing of DNA says he’s pleased with the U.S. Supreme Court decision Thursday.

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Logging Roads
5:53 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Supreme Court Rules Logging Roads Don’t Violate Pollution Law

The Supreme Court decided 7-1 in favor of the timber industry.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The Supreme Court today decided in favor of the timber industry in a case about the regulation of muddy waters that flow off logging roads. In a surprising move, one of the court’s conservative justices dissented, and sided with the environmentalists.

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River Mining
5:53 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Supreme Court Lets Limits On River Mining Stand

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday makes it harder for miners to gain access to Northwest rivers. Environmental groups hailed the decision as a major victory.

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Same-Sex Marriage
5:02 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Oregon, Washington File Briefs In Support Of Same-Sex Marriage

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 4:43 pm

SALEM, Ore. – The top state prosecutors in Oregon and Washington have filed briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court in support of same-sex marriage. The high court is expected to take up the cases later this month.

The first case involves an effort to strike down California's Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage. The second case involves efforts to overturn the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

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Gay Marriage Cases
5:00 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Implications Unclear For Supreme Court Gay Marriage Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court will review a ban on same-sex marriage in California, as well as a federal law that prohibits gays and lesbians from receiving federal spousal benefits.
Credit Franz Jantzen / Supreme Court website

 Supporters of same-sex marriage in the Northwest are at once celebrating and downplaying the latest news from the U.S. Supreme Court. The high court announced Friday that it would review a ban on same-sex marriage in California, as well as a federal law that prohibits gays and lesbians from receiving federal spousal benefits.

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Health Care Ruling Reaction
6:48 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Wash. Governor Applauds Health Care Ruling

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire comments on the Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

“Happy and relieved.” Those are the words Washington Governor Chris Gregoire uses to describe the Supreme Court’s decision on health care. The Democrat Thursday told a personal story about a health scare in her own family.

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