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10:34 am
Mon November 24, 2014

End Of Life Brings Legal Complications For Transgender People

Jennifer Gable shared self-portraits with her friends to document her transition from a man to a woman.
Courtesy Emilie Jackson-Edney

Over the weekend, the story of a transgender woman in Idaho whose family had her buried as a man lit up social media.

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5:10 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Northwest Trails Expect Rush Of 'Wild' Hikers -- And Those Trying To Avoid Them

Reese Witherspoon stars in "Wild."
Fox Searchlight

The movie “Wild” hits select theaters Friday, December 5. It's based on a memoir by a Portland author who made a life-changing trek on the Pacific Crest Trail.

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Wildlife
9:49 am
Mon November 17, 2014

One Side Effect Of Hunting Wolves? They're Having More Sex

Credit Jim Peaco / Yellowstone National Park

A new study out of Canada reveals a surprising side-effect that hunting may have on wolves.

Researchers wanted to compare the hormone levels in wolves that often deal with hunters’ fire, versus wolves that are hunted very little. They were able to measure levels of progesterone, testosterone and the stress hormone cortisol by looking at samples of wolf hair from different parts of northern Canada.

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8:20 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Study: Heavily Hunted Wolves Stressed Out And Having Lots Of Sex

Gray wolf

A new study out of Canada reveals a surprising side-effect that hunting may have on wolves.

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4:09 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Luxury Car Part Factory Shut Down 3 Days As Materials Stalled In Tacoma

The SGL carbon fiber plant in Moses Lake, Washington.

A slowdown at West Coast ports is beginning to stifle the flow of goods in and out of the Northwest.

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Economy
5:58 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Northwest Apples, Hay And Potatoes Caught Up In Port Slowdown

Port of Seattle

A slowdown in operations at ports up and down the West Coast is choking off the flow of apples, Christmas trees, potatoes and other Northwest products to foreign markets.

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Music
4:15 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Nez Perce Drummers' Mix Of Old And New Earns Music Award Nod

Lightning Creek are from Lapwai, Idaho.

The Native American Music Awards recognize indigenous musicians from the U.S., Canada and Latin America. It is considered to be the Grammys of Native American music.

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5:52 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Northwest Cities Celebrate Veterans Day

The Gonzaga University ROTC color guard opened a Veterans Day ceremony at Felts Field in Spokane, Washington.

Communities around the Northwest Tuesday honored the men and women who’ve served in the nation’s armed services.

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Crime
6:04 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Overall Crime On The Decline, But Watch Your Car

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 9:26 am

New statistics out Monday from the FBI show violent crime continues to decrease in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

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Politics
5:26 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Gay Marriage May Have Rallied Idaho Republicans Around Otter

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter talks with supporters at a campaign stop in Post Falls in October.

A federal appeals court Thursday upheld gay marriage bans in Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio and Michigan. It’s a break with the trend in most courts.

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4:55 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Why The State Superintendent Race Outcome Matters In Idaho

Sherri Ybarra

The position of Idaho state superintendent of public instruction rarely makes the holder a household name. But it's an office that's expected to play a key role in Idaho over the next several years.

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7:40 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Northwest Election Summary: Guns, Governors And Pot

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 8:47 am

The Republican capture of the U.S. Senate was the big national news last night. But in the Northwest, the toughest fights weren’t over Senate seats but ballot initiatives – on guns, pot and genetically engineered foods.

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Environment
6:02 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

'Soil Burritos' Hold Together Northwest River Banks More Like Nature Does

Soil wrapped in biodegradable coconut fiber is layered on willow branches at the Kahnderosa Campground in north Idaho.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

The Environmental Protection Agency is testing out a new technique for keeping heavily-used river banks from eroding into the water.

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Television
3:59 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

HBO Searches Tribal Communities For Actress To Play Sacagawea

Donna Reed played Sacagawea in the 1955 film 'The Far Horizons.'

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 5:13 pm

HBO is planning a new six-hour miniseries on the Lewis and Clark expedition.

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6:15 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Transportation Officials Say 3,000 Rail Crossings In Washington Go Un-Inspected

Washington’s rail safety regulator says there are about 3,000 rail crossings in the state that inspectors have never looked at. That's because they're on private land.

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Election 2014
7:10 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Idaho's GOP Governor Faces Two Hurdles: A Wealthy Democrat And Fed-Up Republicans

Gov. Butch Otter, with First Lady Lori Otter, spoke at the Republican Party's "unity rally" in May.
Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

A favorite joke in Idaho -- at least among Republicans -- is that Idaho's Democrats could hold their convention in a phone booth.

Republicans have held the Idaho governor's office for 20 years and are easily the state’s ruling party. But this year, Republican governor Butch Otter doesn't face the easy ride back to office you might expect.

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Election 2014
4:04 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

National GOP Group Drops $500K Into Idaho Governor's Race

TV cameras focus on Idaho Governor Butch Otter (top left) and Democrat A.J. Balukoff (top right) at the gubernatorial debate in Coeur d'Alene on October 3.

New campaign finance reports show a national Republican group has spent more than $500,000 trying to re-elect Gov. Butch Otter in Idaho.

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Gay Marriage
8:38 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Coeur d'Alene Says Hitching Post Is Exempt From Gay Rights Law

The city of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, says the Hitching Post, a for-profit wedding chapel owned by two ministers, doesn't have to perform same-sex marriages.

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 12:11 pm

The city of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, said a for-profit wedding chapel owned by two ministers doesn't have to perform same-sex marriages.

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5:46 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

B.C. Energy Minister Says U.S. Has A Good Deal In Columbia River Treaty

The Columbia River at Rowena, Oregon.

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 8:44 pm

A little-known fact about Columbia River dams is that a valuable chunk of the power generated on the U.S. side goes to Canada under an international treaty.

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Gay Marriage
9:38 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Idaho Wedding Chapel That Refuses To Marry Gays Sets Off Conservative Alarm Bells

The Hitching Post in Couer d'Alene has filed a preemptive lawsuit against the city.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

Religious conservatives around the country are rallying to the defense of a wedding chapel in north Idaho whose owners don’t want to perform gay marriages.

The mayor of Coeur d’Alene and governor of Idaho are being inundated by hundreds of calls and thousands of emails even though neither has taken any action against the wedding chapel.

The quaint Old West style wedding chapel called the Hitching Post is just across the street from the county courthouse in Coeur d’Alene.

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