Budget crisis
3:26 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

Protesters disrupt start to Washington special session

Protesters demonstrate against budget cuts, Monday inside the House chamber at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash., on the first day of a special legislative session. ---------------------------------------------------
Ted S. Warren The Associated Press

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Protesters disrupted the start to Washington's 30-day special session. Lawmakers have returned to the Capitol to deal with a $1.4 billion budget shortfall.

Students and others associated with the Occupy movement took over the House and Senate galleries and delayed a budget committee hearing.

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Budget crisis
12:20 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

Washington Poll: Majority inclined to support sales tax hike

A new poll shows that 64 percent of Washington voters are likely to support a temporary sales tax increase to mitigate cuts to education and social services.

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British Columbia high court
12:16 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

Ban on polygamy upheld in Canada; investigations under way

New evidence in Canada point to polygamist religious leader Warren Jeffs, seen here arriving at a courthouse escorted by a law enforcement officer in San Angelo, Texas, earlier this year. Jeffs was convicted in August and sentenced to life.
Associated Press

The Supreme Court of British Columbia has ruled that the ban on religious sects having polygamous marriages will stand because the harm inflicted outweighs religious freedom.

In a 335-page decision, Chief Justice Robert Bauman wrote that the ban on polygamy violates Canada’s Charter of Rights of Freedoms but is constitutional because the practice causes harm to women and children.

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Military service
10:55 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Military's brain-testing program a debacle

Dr. Alex Dromerick co-directs the Brain Research Center at the National Rehabilitation Hospital. Here he observes Stephen Jones, a policeman who was involved in a motorcycle accident.
Becky Lettenberger NPR

Originally published on Fri December 2, 2011 1:20 pm

The U.S. military has spent more than $42 million to test every service member's brain to find out who suffered a traumatic brain injury, or TBI, during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. But an investigation by NPR and ProPublica has found that military leaders are refusing to carry out the testing program as Congress ordered. Partly as a result, the program that was supposed to fix things has hardly helped any of the troops.

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Other News
9:32 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Line-cutters Get Just Deserves

We've all experienced it.

You're going somewhere busy so there's a long tail-back at the exit. You dutifully take your place at the back of the line, only to watch other drivers zip-up to the front, and squeeze in at the last moment.
State Police Lieutenant Greg Hastings, says it's dangerous and that troopers issued dozens of $142 dollar citations hours after Thanksgiving dinner was finished.

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9:30 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Research: Mental self-control key to resisting impulse purchases

Originally published on Sat November 26, 2011 9:05 pm

This holiday season, retailers are counting on a phenomenon they've seen before: Customers tend to buy more than they planned. But pocket-book conscious consumers try their hardest to resist the lure of buying those extra items. New research suggests that you can actually train yourself to resist those impulse urges.

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9:27 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Kitzhaber: 'I will not allow further executions to take place'

Governor John Kitzhaber's death penalty announcement was somber. Courtesy Oregon Legislative Media

Originally published on Tue November 22, 2011 4:26 pm

SALEM, Ore. - Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber made a stunning announcement Tuesday: He's calling off the execution of two-time murderer Gary Haugen , which was scheduled for two weeks from Tuesday.

In a somber press conference in Salem, Kitzhaber went even further: He said as long as he's governor, no inmate will be put to death in Oregon.

Gary Haugen had dropped all remaining appeals and was scheduled to die by lethal injection on December 6th. That execution is now canceled.

Governor John Kitzhaber says it wasn't a decision he made lightly.

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9:26 am
Mon November 28, 2011

D.B. Cooper sleuths still searching 40 years later

Author Geoffry Gray is organizing what he says is the largest symposium of D.B. Cooper sleuths ever. By Colin Fogarty.

Originally published on Wed November 23, 2011 4:16 pm

PORTLAND - It's been 40 years since the most famous airplane hijacking in Northwest history. D.B. Cooper enthusiasts still hope for a breakthrough in the unsolved case. November 24th is the anniversary of the high altitude heist. Saturday , a group of amateur sleuths will gather in Portland for a D.B. Cooper symposium.

The hijacking of Northwest Orient Airlines flight 305 was big news in November 1971.

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9:23 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Bell ringing fills need for jobless woman

Kari Turner is a Salvation Army bell ringer in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Photo by Jessica Robinson

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 11:06 am

COEUR d’ALENE, Idaho - One of the traditional sounds of the season also represents a job opportunity for many unemployed workers. Last year, Salvation Army bell ringers collected $142 million in spare change in those little red pots. One bell ringer has found that every little bit helps.

“My name is Kari Turner, and I'm a bell ringer.”

Kari stands just inside the sliding doors at the K-Mart in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

“When the doors open it gets a little breezy, but I bundle up pretty good.”

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