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NPR Story
7:24 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

The Landslide Statistic Everyone's Using Is From 1985

Aerial photo of the mudslide in Snohomish County, Wash.
Office of the Governor Flickr

The massive landslide in Oso, Wash., has shined a national spotlight on the damage this kind of natural disaster can cause.

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NPR Story
4:21 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Bureaucratic Snafu Delays Vietnam Vet's Medals For 44 Years

Leon Strigotte of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

A Vietnam vet from north Idaho on Friday received nine military honors more than four decades overdue.

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NPR Story
5:04 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

How More People Buying Guns Equals More Money For Wildlife

The Pittman-Robertson Act sets an excise tax on rifles, pistols, bullets, and archery equipment to help pay for maintaining healthy wildlife populations.
U.S. Fish

The run on firearms last year is turning into a windfall for conservation programs in the Northwest.

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Wildlife
6:35 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Study: Sage Grouse Habitat Slow To Rebound After Fire

File photo of a Greater Sage-Grouse
U.S. Fish and WIldlife Service

A new study suggests creating livable habitat for the dwindling sage grouse may be trickier than originally thought.

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Religion
6:43 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Legal Groups See Church-And-State Battleground In Idaho Town's Park

A newspaper clipping from 1972 shows the placement of a 10 Commandments monument in Sandpoint, Idaho.
City of Sandpoint

A little-known display of the 10 Commandments in north Idaho has attracted the attention of a couple of national legal organizations.

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Policy
4:49 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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Lawsuit
5:47 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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Idaho Legislature
9:52 am
Tue March 18, 2014

A Session Of Civil Disobedience, 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.
Credit 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.

Pressure through civil disobedience

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NPR Story
9:34 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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Idaho Legislature
6:28 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Idaho Students Make Last-Ditch Effort To Kill Guns-On-Campus Bill

File photo of the campus of Boise State University
Laura Gilmore Flickr

Originally published on Tue March 11, 2014 5:13 pm

Idaho university students are making a last-minute attempt to stop a measure that would allow people to carry concealed weapons on campus.

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Transportation
7:04 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Passengers Wait Hours For Empire Builder, America's Least Reliable Train

Amtrak's Empire Builder rolls past the Izaak Walton Inn in Essex, Mont.

Originally published on Fri March 7, 2014 11:00 am

The worst train in America is right here in the Northwest: the famed Empire Builder.

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NPR Story
6:46 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Exposed Shoreline Behind Damaged Wanapum Dam Closed To Public

Grant County engineers have lowered water behind the Wanapum Dam to ease pressure on the crack in part of its spillway.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Officials in Grant County, Wash., are asking the public to stay away from the shoreline behind the damaged Wanapum Dam.

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Economy
5:03 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

National Parks Report: Nearby Towns Lost Nearly $500M In October Shutdown

File photo of an entrance to Mount Rainier National Park
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

According to a National Park Service report, towns around national parks lost an estimated $414 million during the partial government shutdown last October.

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NPR Story
5:55 pm
Sat March 1, 2014

Spud Snub? Potato Growers Steamed Over Exclusion From Nutrition Program

USDA

Originally published on Sun March 2, 2014 11:19 am

Northwest potato growers say they've been snubbed in a federal nutrition program.

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Idaho Legislature
6:49 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Idaho Colleges Ask Lawmakers To Consider Fiscal Side Of Guns On Campus

Administrators at North Idaho College, a community college in Coeur d’Alene, have joined other state colleges and universities in opposing a proposal to allow guns on campus.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 7:32 am

State colleges and universities across Idaho are appealing to state lawmakers' fiscally conservative side in an attempt to sideline a proposal to allow guns on campuses.

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Idaho News
7:56 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Death Of Northwest Family Shows Hazards Of Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide detector
Judy van der Velden Flickr

Local officials say the deaths of a Pocatello, Idaho, couple and their teenage sons is one of the worst tragedies in recent memory in the southeast Idaho community.

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Hate Groups
5:58 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Report: Neo-Nazis, Skinheads And Other Hate Groups Down In Northwest

Members of the Aryan Nations march in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho in 2004.
holotone Flickr

An annual count released Tuesday by the Southern Poverty Law Center revealed that the number of active hate groups in the Northwest dropped dramatically in 2013.

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Wildfires
5:41 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Obama Backs Northwest Senators' Plan To Fund Firefighting Like Disaster Aid

The Beaver Creek Fire near Sun Valley, Idaho, covered more than 100,000 acres in 2013.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 8:22 am

Fighting wildfires would be funded more like hurricane and flood response under a proposal out of the Northwest that won President Obama's endorsement.

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Health Insurance
7:09 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

High Enrollment In A State With No Love For Obamacare

Stethoscopes/Wikimedia

The latest figures on who's signing up under the federal health care law tell a surprising story about one of the most conservative states in the country.

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Idaho Legislature
8:41 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Idaho Bill Banning Secret Video Of Farms Moves Ahead

U.S. Agricultural Research Service

A measure that seeks to bar animal rights activists from making undercover video in Idaho dairies is moving ahead in the state House.

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