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8:37 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Five Hospitals In Washington And Oregon Among Victims Of Computer Hack

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 10:56 am

A national hospital chain says it suspects Chinese hackers breached its computer system earlier this year. Patients whose doctors work with any of five hospitals in the Northwest might have had financial data stolen.

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4:22 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Washington Legislative Ethics Panel To Consider Free Meals Rule

File photo of the Washington State Capitol building in Olympia.

Washington law allows lawmakers to accept gifts of food and drink on infrequent occasions. But that word “infrequent” has never been defined.

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12:42 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

What Happens When 911 Callers Don't Speak English?

Dispatch supervisor Brenda Faxon and director Mark Buchholz in the Willamette Valley 911 Communications Center in Salem.

Originally published on Mon August 18, 2014 9:04 pm

In an emergency, the last thing you want to hear is, "I can't understand you." The reality is emergency dispatchers in the Northwest generally speak one language, English. But in our increasingly polyglot society, some people in distress inevitably can't communicate in English.

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10:16 am
Mon August 18, 2014

How Northwest Emergency Dispatchers Get Help To 911 Callers Who Don't Speak English

Dispatch supervisor Brenda Faxon and director Mark Buchholz in the Willamette Valley 911 Communications Center in Salem.
Credit Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

In an emergency, the last thing you want to hear is, "I can't understand you." The reality is emergency dispatchers in the Northwest generally speak one language, English. But in our increasingly polyglot society, some people in distress inevitably can't communicate in English.

A recent emergency call came in to the Willamette Valley 911 Center in Salem, Oregon where the caller didn't speak the same language as the dispatcher. This call could have happened anywhere in the West. A call in a foreign language is a near-daily occurrence in this region's urban counties.

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4:37 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Oregon's Citizens' Initiative Review Could Expand To Other States

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This week, a group of Oregonians will meet in Salem to figure out where they stand on an upcoming ballot measure. It's called the Citizens' Initiative Review and it's been a part of the Oregon election process since 2010.

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5:12 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Washington Races The Clock To Find New Beds For 200 Psychiatric Patients

The state of Washington is scrambling to find beds for an estimated 200 mental health patients by August 27. That's when the state must comply with a Washington Supreme Court ruling that said detaining psychiatric patients in emergency room beds is unlawful.

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4:53 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Radio Station For The Visually Impaired Fades To Quiet This Week

Volunteer Richard Berndt will read the Evergreen Radio Reading Service's last Seattle Times on Friday at noon, 6 and 11 p.m.

For more than 40 years, a radio station called the “Evergreen Radio Reading Service” has been broadcasting all day, everyday across Washington State for the "print disabled" -- people who are visually impaired or unable to hold or turn a page.

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3:47 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

U.S. Highway 12 Through Washington's Cascades Reopened After Mudslide

Slides happen nearly every year on this highway known as 'White Pass.'

A section of U.S. Highway 12 in Washington state has reopened after a large mudslide hit Wednesday. But state workers are concerned about more possible slides there.

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3:39 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Oregon Treasurer Can't Seek Re-election

Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler

Oregon's attorney general issued an opinion this week that says Democrat Ted Wheeler is not eligible to win election to a second four-year term.

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8:42 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Seattle Runner Smashes Speed Record For Full Length Of Pacific Crest Trail

Seattle native Joe McConaughy reached the northern terminus of the Pacific Crest Trail in record time Sunday.

Originally published on Mon August 11, 2014 11:23 am

A 23-year-old Seattle man has smashed the speed record for hiking the full length of the Pacific Crest Trail. Recent college grad Joe McConaughy crossed into Canada on Sunday, exactly 53 days, 6 hours and 37 minutes after leaving the Mexican border on the storied trail.

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6:36 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Is Wildfire Severity Really Getting Worse?

File photo. Is this year's fire season the worst it has ever been? New research suggest it is not.

Originally published on Mon August 11, 2014 11:21 am

It might seem like fire season is as bad as it's ever been. But there's a group of researchers who question that prevailing wisdom.

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3:58 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Active Fire Seasons Puts A Strain On Northwest Fire Resources

ODF Klamath Unit personnel prepare to protect the area around the Parker Mountain RAWS station and lookout tower on August 2, 2014.

This summer's active wildfire season is stretching fire crews to the limit. This week, virtually every available wildland firefighter in the Northwest is on the scene of a blaze.

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1:49 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Democrat Challenging Walden On Health Care

Democrat Aelea Christofferson is challenging Republican Greg Walden for Oregon’s 2nd Congressional seat.

Aelea Christofferson, the Democrat taking on Greg Walden, Oregon's only Republican member of Congress, released an attack ad Friday blasting Walden's opposition to the Affordable Care Act.

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1:49 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Would-be Day Of Celebration In Bergdahl's Hometown Passes Quietly

This tree was one of four planted for an event last year in Bowe Bergdahl’s hometown. The trees marked his then four years in captivity.

A day of planned celebration of Bowe Bergdahl in his Idaho hometown turned out to be a pretty uneventful one. Hailey, Idaho, cancelled Saturday’s event after the city received threats.

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1:49 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

SeaTac Minimum Wage Fight In Hands Of Washington Supreme Court

Prior to a Washington Supreme Court hearing, Sea-Tac Airport workers and others rally at a union-organized event in favor of the City of SeaTac’s $15 an hour minimum wage law.

Voters in SeaTac, Washington, narrowly approved a $15 per hour minimum wage. Now, the state Supreme Court will decide whether that law should stand, and if so, whether it should apply to workers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Currently it does not.

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5:28 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Oregon Court Backs Warrantless Rescue Of Sick Horse

This photo of 'Grace' was taken shortly after she was rescued.
Strawberry Mountain Mustangs

An Oregon police officer was justified in seizing someone's horse without getting a warrant first. The Oregon Supreme Court ruled Thursday that warrantless searches are allowed when the life of an animal is on the line.

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Wildfires
5:13 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Northwest Cattle Ranchers Struggling With Wildfires

File photo of cattle receiving fresh water and feed after being stressed by fire.

Northwest cattle ranchers are struggling to get their herds out of the way of raging wildfires. Some herds have been lost, others badly injured.

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3:53 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Washington Supreme Court Outlaws Mental Health 'Boarding'

File photo of the Temple of Justice in Olympia, Washington.

Originally published on Thu August 7, 2014 6:26 pm

The Washington Supreme Court unanimously ruled Thursday that the practice of "boarding" mental health patients in hospital emergency rooms is unlawful.

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6:11 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Oregon Will Consider Washington's Top Two Primary System

Washington voters got another chance this week to take the state's relatively new Top Two primary system for a spin. This year Oregon voters will choose whether to shift to a similar method of choosing candidates.

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4:27 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Protest Over Closed-Door State Labor Negotiations

Tim Welch of the Washington Federation of State Employees tries to hand out cups of tea to protesters from the Freedom Foundation.

Originally published on Wed August 6, 2014 5:31 pm

The state of Washington resumed bargaining sessions Wednesday with its unionized employees. Protesters showed up to criticize the secret nature of the meetings.

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