Jessica Robinson

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Endangered species
11:53 am
Mon July 25, 2011

Endangered pygmy rabbits finally breed like ... bunnies

The pygmy rabbit, at less than a pound, is the smallest rabbit in North America.
Photo courtesy of Oregon Zoo

Biologists say the endangered Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit is breeding for the first time in a decade in its native habitat.

Wildlife managers are re-introducing the tiny rabbit on a wildlife reserve near Ephrata in Central Washington. They've confirmed several litters in a six-acre enclosure there.

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Environment
8:06 am
Tue July 19, 2011

Idaho lab wants emissions permit for radiation

One of the objectives of the Idaho National Laboratory is to develop new technology and materials that can be used in future nuclear power facilities.
Idaho National Lab Flickr

A new facility at the Idaho National Laboratory would test the effects of radiation on the materials that could be used to build future nuclear reactors. The lab is requesting a permit from the state of Idaho and the federal EPA to allow low levels of radiation emissions.

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Business
8:44 am
Fri July 8, 2011

Northwest farmers hope to regain Mexican market

U.S. produce is about to get cheaper in Mexico. That includes apples, pears and potatoes from the Northwest.

Mexico has agreed to lift a tariff it added three years ago in retaliation over a dispute with the U.S. Northwest farmers are now working to win back their customers south of the border.

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Business
8:38 am
Thu July 7, 2011

Seattle tech moguls likely to shape Skype-Facebook deal in Idaho

Media moguls gather in Sun Valley, Idaho this week at a summit known for producing major business deals.
Steve Platzer visitsunvalley.com

Some of the biggest names in media and technology converge on Sun Valley, Idaho this week.

They're attending an annual retreat known to produce major industry-shaping business deals – one of those deals likely to be shaped involves Microsoft, Facebook and Skype.

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Environment
8:51 am
Wed July 6, 2011

As Idaho plans wolf hunt without quotas, new pack confirmed in Cascades

DNA tests confirm that a wolf captured on film by Conservation Northwest volunteers is part of a new wolf pack in the Teanaway area east of Seattle.
Conservation Northwest

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is developing a proposal that could make this year's wolf hunting season even more controversial. It would allow wolf hunting in most parts of Idaho without a cap on the total number of wolves being killed. As correspondent Jessica Robinson reports, that news from Idaho comes on the same day Washington announces some new wolf numbers of its own.

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High Tech Bigfoot
11:30 am
Wed June 1, 2011

Sasquatch sightings keep up with the times

A Spokane-area woman identified only as Samantha captured a video of what she claims is Bigfoot on her iPhone.
Image via YouTube samantha13950

The Northwest's favorite mythical creature has entered the era of the smart phone. A Spokane-area woman claims to have used her iPhone to catch Bigfoot on video.

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Catholic Sex Abuse Scandal
9:39 am
Thu May 26, 2011

Clergy abuse case becomes spiritual struggle for attorney

Leander James
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

One of the largest clergy sex abuse cases in the country has turned into the case of a lifetime for one Northwest attorney.

The settlement between the Northwest Jesuits and abuse victims will soon go before a federal judge in Portland for confirmation. The north Idaho attorney who helped negotiate this $166 million deal says he was a small town “nobody” before the case.

KPLU’s Jessica Robinson tells the story of how going up against the Catholic church shook up his own long-held beliefs.

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Military Justice
5:59 pm
Tue May 17, 2011

Sixth western Wash.-based soldier charged in Afghan murder case

Jeremy Morlock, right, poses with Staff Sgt. David Bram with weapons that they have allegedly taken from dead Afghans.
Rolling Stone

The Army has charged a sixth soldier based in western Washington in the murder of three Afghan civilians last year. The accused soldiers have become known as the "Kill Team" for allegedly killing unarmed Afghans for sport.

Twenty-seven-year-old Staff Sgt. David Bram of Vacaville, Calif., already faced a series of lesser charges in the case. The new charges include solicitation to commit premeditated murder, engaging in murder scenario conversations with subordinates and planting evidence near the body of an Afghan civilian.

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K-12 Education
5:10 pm
Mon May 2, 2011

Northwest high school in top three in Obama commencement contest

Bridgeport High School is one of just three schools left in a contest to have President Barack Obama speak at graduation. 

Shortly after the announcement came from the White House this morning, principal Tamra Jackson jumped on the intercom to let her students know:

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Endangered Species
2:50 pm
Thu April 14, 2011

Environmentalists fear wolf rider would open pandora's box

A provision of the compromise budget deal in Congress would take the gray wolf off the endangered species list.
Gary Kramer USFWS

Environmental groups say a provision in the compromise budget deal in Congress sets a dangerous precedent for endangered species. Congress expects to vote on the bill today. It includes an amendment to remove gray wolves from the endangered species list in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana.

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Living in Gangland
5:00 am
Thu April 14, 2011

Former Idaho gang member makes new life

Alfonso Santos points to one of the bullet holes left in a fence from a drive-by gang shooting he was the target of in Caldwell, Idaho.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

This week we're taking a look at what police say is a resurgence of gang activity - especially in rural areas. In part four of our series "Living In Gangland" we learned how one Idaho man got out of a gang - and stayed out.

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Northwest Cultures
6:16 am
Thu March 31, 2011

Tribe wants apology from Fox News for anchor remarks

The head of the Coeur d'Alene tribe in North Idaho is demanding an apology from Fox News. Today he learned he won't get one.

Last week on the morning show "Fox & Friends," Fox Business anchor John Stossel questioned the need for the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

"There's no Bureau of Puerto Rican Affairs or Black Affairs or Irish Affairs. And no group in America has been more helped in by the government than the American Indians. Because we have the treaties, we stole their land. But 200 years later, no group does worse," says Stossel.

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Northwest Cultures
1:35 pm
Wed March 30, 2011

Radiation and climate change drive Marshall Islanders to Northwest enclave

Most schools are used to working with children whose native language isn't English. In most of the Northwest and the nation, that means Spanish.

But in Spokane, immigrants from a remote set of South Pacific islands have sent schools scrambling to find translators for a language most of us have never heard of. It's called Marshallese. Turns out,  people from the Marshall Islands are leaving their tropical home for the Northwest in large numbers.

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Case Brought by Native Groups
3:17 pm
Fri March 25, 2011

Jesuits settle Northwest sex abuse claims, will pay $166 million

Updated 3:17 p.m., Friday, Mar. 25th

Northwest Jesuits have agreed to pay $166.1 million 450 American Indians and Alaska Natives who were abused at the Catholic order's schools around the region.

The Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus runs schools in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. The claims are from victims who were students at schools in all five states.

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Law & Justice
5:44 pm
Wed March 23, 2011

Spokane backpack bomb suspect plea: not guilty

FBI evidence photo of backpack found on a downtown Spokane street corner bench.
FBI

The Colville man accused of planting a bomb along Spokane’s Martin Luther King Day parade route pleaded not guilty today.

It was Kevin Harpham’s second appearance in federal court. The 36 year old wore a tan Spokane County Jail uniform and ankle shackles. His plea means the case is now headed to trial.

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