Election coverage
5:54 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

Long-term care initiative is back up for a vote

The Long-term Care Initiative would require the state to boost training for home healthcare workers and implement more rigorous background checks. That’s pretty similar to what was passed but never enacted back in 2008.

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It's All Politics
4:49 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

FCC renews effort to put political broadcast ad disclosures online

Originally published on Thu October 27, 2011 3:55 pm

An antiquated requirement for disclosing the financial source behind political ads may be getting an overhaul.

The Federal Communications Commission wants TV and radio stations to post information about their political advertisers online.

It's an obscure fact that candidates, political parties and advocacy groups have to reveal how much they're paying for ads, when the ads are running and which candidates are being promoted or attacked.

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As NPR's correspondent covering campaign finance and lobbying, Peter Overby totes around a business card that reads Power, Money & Influence Correspondent. Some of his lobbyist sources call it the best job title in Washington.

Overby was awarded an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia silver baton for his coverage of the 2000 campaign and the 2001 Senate vote to tighten the rules on campaign finance. The citation said his reporting "set the bar" for the beat.

In 2008, he teamed up with the Center for Investigative Reporting on the Secret Money Project, an extended multimedia investigation of outside-money groups in federal elections.

Other News
4:46 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

Bellingham police: Man severed own arm with guillotine

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Bellingham police say a man who walked into a medical clinic with his right arm severed has indicated he cut his own limb off with a home-made guillotine.

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Other News
3:33 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

Central Oregon newspaper files suit over open records request

Bend-based Western Communications is suing Deschutes County’s District Attorney alleging that Patrick Flaherty violated the law when he denied a public records request submitted by the company’s flagship paper, the Bend Bulletin.

In a letter sent this past July, Bulletin reporter Hillary Borrud asked the DA for the job applications of two attorneys recently hired by his office. Flaherty’s response came a week later. He denied the request claiming the information was exempt under Oregon law. The lawsuit claims that Flaherty never cited the statutory basis for his denial.

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Winter Weather
3:30 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

Second La Nina in a row brings rain but does that mean floods?

City of Seattle workers clear debris from a mudslide in Seattle's Magnolia neighborhood March 2011, in Seattle. Will La Nina lead to an encore of flooding and slides this year?
Associated Press

Climate experts have predicted a colder and wetter than normal winter on the way for Washington, thanks to a second year in a row of La Nina’s effects. 

While some people in the area will be happy about a surge in showers, a lot more are probably disappointed or worried.

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:00 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

Preview: Sounders FC going for it all in playoffs

Seattle Sounders' Osvaldo Alonso applies a defensive header near the goal during an Oct. 8 match against the Philadelphia Union in Seattle.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

The Seattle Sounders begin playoff play on Saturday night against Real Salt Lake in Utah. The Sounders (18-7-9) earned the second-best record in Major League Soccer this season and are expected to go far in the playoffs.

In fact, the team is expecting to go all the way, after winning the U.S. Open Cup for the third year in a row.

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Budget crisis
11:58 am
Thu October 27, 2011

Gregoire proposes $2 billion in cuts; new taxes still on the table

Wash. Gov. Chris Gregoire Says She’s Open To “Revenues” At Offset Another $2 Billion In Cuts
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington Governor Chris Gregoire says it’s time to look for new sources of funding for the state budget. That’s a major shift from her position a year ago. The Democrat’s comments today came after she proposed another $2 billion in cuts.

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Condit Dam Removal
11:16 am
Thu October 27, 2011

Big bang at dam launches hopes for salmon and kayakers

In this photo provided by PacifiCorp., a hole is breached in the century-old Condit Dam on the White Salmon River near White Salmon, Wash., on Wednesday.

WHITE SALMON, Wash. – Southwest Washington's White Salmon River is running free this morning for the first time in a century.

demolition contractors executed their plan flawlessly yesterday to blast a hole in the base of an aging hydropower dam. Condit Dam is the third large Northwest dam to meet the wrecking ball this year.

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College Athletics
11:03 am
Thu October 27, 2011

WSU Regents considering $80 million Martin Stadium upgrade

The Regents of Washington State University are considering a Martin Stadium upgrade project that would cost an estimated $80 million.

When Oregon State University defeated Washington State University in college football last Saturday, it did so with five team members who had been heavily recruited by WSU.

“They loved Washington State, loved everything about it, their parents were crazy about it. They ended up going to Oregon State—now this is not Oregon, Oregon State, primarily because of their facilities,” says Bill Moos, WSU's director of intercollegiate athletics.

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