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Women's Boxing
6:25 am
Mon February 20, 2012

Northwest Boxer Wins At Olympic Trials

Queen Underwood, in red, fights Mikaela Mayer to win the lightweight championship at the Olympic team trials for boxing in Spokane.
Photo credit Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

SPOKANE, Wash. - A 27-year-old pipe fitter from the Northwest has earned a spot on the USA's first-ever women's Olympic boxing team. Queen Underwood of Seattle is considered to be one of the top contenders for the gold in boxing – male or female – at the 2012 London Games. Correspondent Jessica Robinson has more.

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UI Mission Statement
6:22 am
Mon February 20, 2012

Nellis "Disappointed" In Flagship Decision By Board Of Education

University of Idaho president Duane Nellis.
Photo courtesy University of Idaho

MOSCOW, Idaho -- University of Idaho President Duane Nellis says he’s disappointed in the decision made by the State Board of Education last week to remove the word ‘flagship’ from the university’s proposed mission statement. Northwest Public Radio’s Glenn Mosley reports.

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Wildlife
6:36 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Ringing The Dinner Bell For Wintering Elk

An elk herd seen in late autumn.
Photo credit Wikimedia User Anayst Wikimedia Commons

WildWilTHORP, Wash. – As snow blankets the mountains around Ellensburg, Washington, elk herds traditionally make their way to the valley below. Now that farmers have planted their roots near the Yakima River, elk are not able to graze there during winter months.

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Sunset Falls Hydropower
6:43 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Sun Setting On Sunset Falls?

Jeff Smith and his wife at Sunset Falls.
Photo by Ashley Ahearn Northwest News Network

SKYKOMISH RIVER, Wash. -- The Skykomish is one of the only major rivers in Washington that has not been dammed for hydropower. The river runs from the Cascade Mountains and empties into Northern Puget Sound. It’s a hot spot for wildlife and outdoor recreation. It could also be a hotspot for hydropower. Ashley Ahearn reports.

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Genesis Project
6:31 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Higher Fines On Johns, Pimps Would Benefit Anti-Prostitution Programs

A volunteer shows a girl through the center's bedroom.
Photo courtesy the Genesis Project

SEATAC, Wash. – Critics of backpage.com have accused the classifieds website of promoting child prostitution. The company has defended its policies but lawmakers in Olympia are considering new requirements for the site. They are also considering more funding for anti-prostitution programs. And where do they plan to get this extra money? From the Johns and pimps themselves. Azusa Uchikura has this profile of a program in SeaTac called the Genesis Project.

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Northwest Features
3:42 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

Washington's University Presidents Discuss Higher Ed Funding Cuts

Photo Source: University of Washington

This week, Washington state’s public university presidents met for a Seattle Town Hall discussion on the risks of continued cuts to higher education. The state now ranks 48th in per capita enrollment in public baccalaureate programs. Some say these cuts are permanently undermining our state economy and killing job creation.

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StoryCorps Northwest
6:46 am
Wed February 1, 2012

No Vacation: Amy Buckler and Mina Black

Mina Black and her mother, Amy Buckler
StoryCorps Northwest

Life in Seward, Alaska wasn't easy for English major Amy Buckler and her husband. They had a tough time making ends meet. One day, they decided to leave and start a new life in Oregon with their young daughter. In today's StoryCorps Amy tells her now 10-year-old daughter, Mina Black, about a trip that would prove tougher than they'd ever expected.

Northwest Regional News
8:08 am
Mon January 30, 2012

Tolling Overcharges On Highway 520

Washington State transportation officials say they'll issue refunds after a glitch in the tolling system on the Highway 520 bridge caused drivers to be overcharged twenty-five cents.

Motorists who made the trip between Seattle and Bellevue from January seventeenth to twenty-fifth will get a refund, even those who were billed correctly. The twenty-five-cent transaction fee is charged for those who travel the bridge infrequently and pay by the license plate.

State officials say the billing problem was related to the toll equipment's internal clock.

Northwest Regional News
7:21 am
Mon January 30, 2012

Wash. Lawmakers Consider Budgeting Education First

OLYMPIA, Wash. – For years, Republicans in the Washington legislature have demanded that state lawmakers vote on the education budget first. Democrats have generally rejected that idea. But this week, for the first time, a “fund education first” proposal will get a public hearing. Azusa Uchikura has more from Olympia.

What’s fueling the decision to consider the education budget first is a ruling earlier this month by the Washington Supreme Court. In McCleary v. Washington, the justices said state lawmakers are not adequately funding education.

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StoryCorps
6:15 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Oasis Superstars: Lori Bundrock and Seth Kirby

Seth Kirby - Current Director of Oasis, and Lori Bundrock - Prevention Director for the Pierce County Aids Foundation, and former director of Oasis
StoryCorps Northwest

Growing up with an alternate gender or sexual identity isn't easy for many young people. Oasis, a GLBTQ youth group in Tacoma, Washington, provides support and assistance. Lori Bundrock is the Prevention Director for the Pierce County Aids Foundation, and former director of Oasis. She spoke to her best friend and current Oasis director Seth Kirby about a young man who came to Tacoma from the deep South, and became one of the Oasis "superstars."

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