Budget crisis
6:00 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Protesters continue disruptions at Washington Legislature

Washington State Troopers remove members of the “Occupy” movement who disrupted a senate budget hearing in Olympia.
Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. – State troopers arrested ten people at the Washington state capitol Tuesday. Four of them after protesters disrupted a Washington legislative committee.

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Protesting Wall Street
5:41 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Occupy Seattle gets reprieve from eviction, takes up squatting

An Occupy Seattle protester, who declined to be identified, enters a formerly boarded-up duplex Nov. 22 that protesters have taken over in Seattle's Central District to protest foreclosures.
Elaine Thompson Associated Press

Occupy Seattle can occupy the community college campus on Capitol Hill in Seattle at least until Friday, when a court hearing will decide if the college has the right to boot them off campus.

Meanwhile, some Occupy members in Seattle and along the West Coast have shifted from occupying with tents to occupying abandoned houses.

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Environment
4:53 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Feds target wood stove smoke

This is just the kind of wood-burning equipment the government is worried about.
Northwest News Network

TACOMA, Wash. – The cold nights we've been having are leading people to fire up their wood stoves and fireplaces. This also means we're in the season of the dirtiest air of the year in the Northwest.

Wood stoves are one of the biggest – if not the biggest – contributor to this problem in our area. Clean air agencies are going to greater lengths to pry old, polluting, uncertified wood stoves out of the fingers of homeowners.

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Politics
4:28 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Oregon, US Bank Agree To Nix ATM Fees For Benefits

Originally published on Tue November 29, 2011 2:21 pm

SALEM, Ore. - Consumer advocates are declaring victory after the state of Oregon Tuesday announced a new contract with US Bank. The agreement eliminates fees for accessing unemployment and child support benefits via an ATM.

Under the current contract, people who get their benefits through the US Bank's ReliaCard get two free ATM withdrawals a month. After that, the bank charges a $1.50 fee per ATM transaction.

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Other News
4:24 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

WSU fires head football coach Paul Wulff

Paul Wulff is out of his job as head football coach at Washington State University.

When Paul Wulff was hired at Washington State University as head coach of the Cougar football team four years ago, he walked into a program that was in shambles.

He leaves the program now with the thanks of Athletic Director Bill Moos for helping to rebuild the program’s foundation, but in the end that wasn’t enough for Wulff to keep his job.

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Politics
4:21 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Municipal Bond Bill Becomes Legislative Version Of '24'

Originally published on Tue November 29, 2011 3:46 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A municipal bond bill in Olympia is turning into a legislative version of the TV show "24." The State Treasurer and bond market analysts hope the legislature pulls a Jack Bauer-style rescue before Thursday morning. That's when a public events center in Central Washington will default on its bonds.

Town Toyota Center is a 4,300 seat venue in Wenatchee.

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Other News
4:20 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Lariviere firing sparks outrage on U of O campus

Students and faculty rally against the firing of University of Oregon President Richard Lariviere.
Sam Gehrke Northwest News Network

Hundreds of students and faculty crowded together on the University of Oregon campus Tuesday to express their anger and frustration over the firing of President Richard Lariviere.

"The people, united, will never be divided."

Last night, the Oregon board of higher education, led by Chancellor George Pernsteiner, gave president Lariviere his "30-day notice" sparking outrage among the university community.

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News
4:11 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Spokane MLK Day Bomber To Face Sentencing

Recently unsealed court documents show photos on Kevin Harpham's camera of himself and parade participants on Martin Luther King Day. By U.S. District Court of Eastern Washington

Originally published on Tue November 29, 2011 3:55 pm

The man who planted a pipe bomb along the route of Spokane's Martin Luther King Day parade faces sentencing before a federal judge Wednesday. Kevin Harpham could spend between 27 and 32 years in prison under a plea deal reached with prosecutors.

Thirty-seven-year-old Kevin Harpham pleaded guilty to attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and a federal hate crime charge. The FBI arrested him in March in what they deemed a case of domestic terrorism.

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Earthquake warning
4:08 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Work begins on regional earthquake early warning system

USGS map of the earthquakes in the USA from November 22-29, 2011.

Originally published on Tue November 29, 2011 2:35 pm

A research grant announced Tuesday will allow seismologists to take the first steps toward an early warning system for earthquakes in the Northwest. An operational system is still a long way off, but it could eventually resemble the computerized warnings pioneered in Japan.

Back in March, some Japanese residents got an alert via cell phone or a TV screen pop-up. The alert warned them that severe shaking would begin within seconds.

Pacific Northwest Seismograph Network director John Vidale says an early warning, even of less than a minute, gives time to prepare.

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Life in the Northwest
1:52 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Sophia, Jacob are the most popular baby names in Washington

If these babies were in Washington, several of them would be named Jacob and Sophia.
Associated Press

Sophia and Jacob top the list of most popular Washington baby names in 2010. Jacob was also the most popular name for boys nationwide, while Isabella topped the national list for girls (Sophia was #2).

According to the Washington Department of Health, 42,233 girls and 44,247 boys were born in the state in 2010. There were 474 Sophias and 416 Jacobs.

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