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3:49 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Death Penalty Costs In Idaho Difficult To Pin Down

File photo of Idaho's execution chamber
Idaho Department of Correction

Death penalty cases take longer to work through Idaho's court system, but it's hard to put a dollar figure on the extra expense, according to a new report.

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3:31 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Unemployment Rate Holds Steady In Washington, Dips In Oregon

Washington Employment Security Department

Washington state's unemployment rate held steady in February at 6.4 percent according to fresh numbers from the state Employment Security Department.

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8:56 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Tribes Push To Restore Salmon To Upper Columbia River

A pre-conference tour of Grand Coulee Dam on Monday kicked off a conversation about restoring salmon to the Upper Columbia Basin.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 4:00 pm

Once upon a time, salmon and steelhead swam over a thousand miles upriver to the headwaters of the mighty Columbia River, at the foot of the Rockies in British Columbia.

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5:19 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Oregon Housing Agency Must Pay Settlement In Disability Discrimination Case

The Housing Authority of Douglas County must pay a $167,000 settlement after evicting a family with a disability service dog.

An Oregon housing agency must pay up after evicting a family with a disability service dog.

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4:47 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Lawsuits Charge 'Ag-Gag' Laws Violate Free Speech

The group Mercy for Animals released video in 2012 of workers at Bettencourt Dairy in Idaho abusing cows. The incident led Idaho lawmakers to outlaw surreptitious video at farms.
Mercy for Animals

A lawsuit led by the ACLU is challenging Idaho's brand new, so-called “ag-gag” law aimed at stopping undercover animal rights activists from making videos of abuse at farms and slaughter houses.

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3:07 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Washington State Ferries Chief To Resign

David Moseley, the head of Washington State Ferries, with Washington Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond.
WSDOT Flickr

David Moseley, the head of Washington State Ferries, announced Tuesday that he will step down on April 15 after six years on the job.

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8:34 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Protests And Arrests, But Is Idaho Any Closer To Gay Rights Law?

Add the Words protesters encircle the upper level of the rotunda at the Idaho Capitol. They put a hand over their mouth to symbolize how they've been "silenced" by lawmakers.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

This winter, protests hit the Idaho Capitol at a level rarely seen in Boise. Gay rights activists blocked entrances and were marched away in handcuffs.

They want Idaho's Republican-controlled legislature to pass an anti-discrimination law similar to those in Oregon and Washington. It would make it illegal for employers, landlords and most businesses to discriminate based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

But lawmakers plan to wrap up the session this Friday without ever printing the bill.

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4:58 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Oregon Panel To Look At Ways To Increase Rates Of Retirement Savings

401(K) 2013 Flickr

Originally published on Mon March 17, 2014 5:01 pm

The responsibility of saving for retirement is falling more and more on the shoulders of employees.

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2:51 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Energy Secretary Meets With Inslee On Hanford

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee met with Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz on Monday.
Office of the Governor

Washington Governor Jay Inslee says the U.S. Department of Energy is failing to provide him a “comprehensive” Hanford clean-up plan.

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4:54 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Canada, U.S. Disagree Over Value of Columbia River Treaty Benefits

File photo of the Columbia River's Chief Joseph Dam near Bridgeport, Washington. The dam is operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Digital Visual Library

Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 7:12 pm

British Columbia has staked out a negotiating position on a cross-border water treaty that puts it at odds with public utilities and ratepayers in the U.S. Northwest.

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