Jessica Robinson

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Technology
9:11 am
Mon January 13, 2014

App By WSU Team Alerts Cops When Their Fatigue Might Impair Judgment

When the user gets fatigued, the BeSharp app sends a message, indicating what their equivalent blood alcohol level would be.
Jessica Robinson

Researchers at Washington State University say the same kind of self-tracking technology that's become popular among smartphone users could also help police officers stay safer on the job.

A criminal justice professor will debut an app that monitors alertness at a White House conference Tuesday.

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Northwest Service Members
4:10 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Two Northwest Airmen Killed In U.K. Helicopter Crash

Capt. Christopher Stover speaks to a second-grade class in Vancouver, Wash., in the spring of 2012.
Courtesy of Evergreen Public Schools.

Two airmen from the Northwest were killed in a helicopter crash in England this week. The Pave Hawk helicopter went down in a marshy nature preserve in eastern England, killing the entire four-member crew.

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School Safety
6:01 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Despite Calls To Arm Teachers, Most Schools Opt For Other Measures

A new controlled entry system in the Coeur d'Alene schools requires visitors to speak to the front office over video before coming in.
Jessica Robinson

Beginning Wednesday, visitors at schools in Idaho’s Coeur a’Alene School District will be required to check in by video and be buzzed in. It’s one of many security measures parents and students are seeing across the Northwest as a result of the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012.

But one of the most talked about changes — arming teachers — has failed to materialize.

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Public Health
9:30 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Four Flu Deaths Reported in King County, Health Officials Urge Vaccination

Matt Rourke AP Photo

Local health officials are urging people of all ages to get vaccinated against the flu, which has already claimed four lives in King County alone this season.

In addition to the deaths, the number of positive tests has doubled since mid-December, according to Dr. Jeff Duchin with Public Health – Seattle & King County. And this year's most prevalent strain, the H1N1 virus, is one that hits younger people especially hard.

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Lighting
1:24 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

The End Of The Bulb As We Know It? Not Quite

Bruce Cudmore is the purchasing manager at Carr Sales & Lighting Center in Spokane, Wash.
Jessica Robinson

Jan. 1 marked the end of the era of your standard, soft white Edison-designed incandescent bulb in the U.S. — at least in theory.

Loopholes in the law will make the incandescent still widely available if you really want it.

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Credit Card 2.0
10:04 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Consumers May Start Seeing More-Secure ‘Chip’ Credit Cards In 2014

David Tulis AP Photo

Northwest banks say 2014 may be the year consumers start to see a new generation of credit cards that are less prone to fraud. The cards are already in use in Canada, Mexico and countries in Europe and Asia. Experts say they could have protected U.S. consumer data in the recent security breach at Target stores.

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Second Use
11:01 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Why Recycling Wrapping Paper Can Be Tricky Business

Most glittery or metallic wrapping paper can’t be recycled.
King County Solid Wast

The same shiny gift wrap and bright bows that make Christmas presents so enticing are exactly what give recycling centers headaches the day after Christmas.

At the Kootenai County Solid Waste Department in north Idaho, the day after Christmas has two distinctions: it's one of the busiest days of the year by volume, and one of the lightest days by weight. The reason: wrapping paper, says Roger Saterfiel, who oversees the department.

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A Sign Of The Times
11:01 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Idaho Tops Nation In Portion Of People Cutting Their Landline

Something you won't see much of in Idaho anymore, a landline.
Celeste Lindell Flickr

New federal data show Idaho leads the country in something you might expect more from Seattle, Portland or Silicon Valley.

The state has the highest portion of adults who have switched over entirely to cellphone.

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Fact Vs. Myth
11:01 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Why George Bailey’s Suicide Attempt Is A Statistical Outlier

George Bailey, played by Jimmy Stewart, rethinks a plan to kill himself in “It’s A Wonderful Life.”
Source: National Telefilm Associates

Portland and Spokane have been trying to prevent people from jumping off the cities' iconic bridges. In the last few weeks, police in both cities have responded to suicides or attempted suicides.

Many people believe the gloomy weather this time of year increases the suicide rate. But it turns out that’s just not true.

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Megaloads
8:24 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

North Idaho Homeowners Uneasy About Lakeside ‘Megaload’ Route

The proposed route would take three megaloads on Coeur d'Alene Lake Drive, known for its lakeside homes and popular recreations areas.
Jessica Robinson

The huge piece of oil equipment winding its way through eastern Oregon is expected to cross over into Idaho early Saturday.

Meanwhile, another so-called “megaload” project has emerged farther north. And the proposed extra-heavy haul is making some homeowners nervous in a north Idaho resort town.

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Prisoner Of War
5:00 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Card Campaign Asks You To Put POW Bergdahl On Your Mailing List

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey, Idaho, appears in a 2010 video from a Taliban-affiliated insurgent group, the Haqqani Network.
Intelcenter

Supporters of a captured soldier from Idaho are urging people to add one more name to their holiday mailing list.

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been a prisoner of the Taliban since 2009.  And organizers in his hometown of Hailey, Idaho are trying to get Christmas cards to him and to send a message to the White House.

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alleged price-fixing
7:01 am
Sat November 30, 2013

You Say Potato Co-Op, They Say Potato Cartel

Matt Jenkins

A set of lawsuits winding its way through federal court in Idaho combine a couple phrases you might not expect to find together: massive international cartel and potato.

According to a group of grocers, the innocuous-looking potato on your plate got there through a conspiracy involving price-fixing, coercion and aerial surveillance. But potato growers counter there is no cartel; just a co-op.

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capitol tree
4:04 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Northwest Christmas Tree Starts Journey to Congress’ Front Lawn

The 2013 Capitol Tree, from the Colville National Forest in northeast Washington, is prepared for loading onto a truck.
Jessica Robinson

The Christmas tree destined for the nation's capital begins a cross-country road trip this week, starting in the Northwest.

This year, the carefully-chosen Capitol Tree is a spruce from Washington's Colville National Forest. And getting an 80-foot tree out of a national forest isn't quite like going to a U-cut.

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Affordable Care Act
11:59 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Amid Online Hiccups, Many Prefer Analog Sign-Up for Health Care

New hires train to take calls at Washington's health exchange call center in Spokane Valley.
Jessica Robinson

It's hard to find anyone who orders anything by phone or through the mail anymore—unless they're signing up for health insurance under the new Affordable Care Act.

With all the online snags in the first month, people are turning to some decidedly old-fashioned methods. And some managers in the Northwest say snail mail and the phone are the best workarounds for the time being.

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Guns In School
3:48 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Idaho School District Dumps Plan to Arm Teachers

Quagmar Flickr

 

Officials at a school district in north Idaho say a plan to arm teachers is off. The proposal has been generating controversy in the Sandpoint area.

But that part of a school safety plan is no longer under consideration.

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