Colin Fogarty http://www.kplu.org en Historic Site, Rock Art Cave Delay Transmission Line http://www.kplu.org/post/historic-site-rock-art-cave-delay-transmission-line <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Northwest history is colliding with the need to upgrade the region’s electric transmission grid. It’s happening on a windblown patch of riverfront property at the east end of the Columbia River Gorge.</span></p><p>The Bonneville Power Administration is trying to build a new transmission line across that land. But conflicts over historical preservation have increased the cost of the project to $185 million and stalled progress for more than a year.</p><p> Sat, 03 Aug 2013 14:01:00 +0000 Colin Fogarty 9502 at http://www.kplu.org Historic Site, Rock Art Cave Delay Transmission Line Washington Supreme Court tosses out supermajority tax vote requirement http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-supreme-court-tosses-out-supermajority-tax-vote-requirement <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/02/022813AJ_SuperMajority_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington Democrats say it’s a victory for democracy. Republicans call it a defeat for taxpayers. In a major decision Thursday, the Washington Supreme Court tossed out the state’s two-thirds </span>supermajority<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> requirement for raising taxes. Fri, 01 Mar 2013 01:05:26 +0000 Colin Fogarty 7878 at http://www.kplu.org Washington Supreme Court tosses out supermajority tax vote requirement Kitzhaber Proposes 'Education Investment' Spending Plan http://www.kplu.org/post/kitzhaber-proposes-education-investment-spending-plan <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2012/11/113012CF_Kitzhabercut_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">SALEM, Ore. - Oregon Governor John </span>Kitzhaber<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"> is asking state lawmakers to cap cost of living pay increases for public sector retirees.&#160;</span><p> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 20:37:04 +0000 Colin Fogarty 7249 at http://www.kplu.org Kitzhaber Proposes 'Education Investment' Spending Plan Last stretch of Taylor Bridge fire hard to contain; local economy boosted http://www.kplu.org/post/last-stretch-taylor-bridge-fire-hard-contain-local-economy-boosted <p>Fire crews in central Washington say they’ll need a couple more days to contain the last 10 percent of the Taylor Bridge fire.</p><p> Wed, 22 Aug 2012 19:04:57 +0000 Colin Fogarty 6066 at http://www.kplu.org Last stretch of Taylor Bridge fire hard to contain; local economy boosted Portland judge: Vatican did not 'employ' abusive priest http://www.kplu.org/post/portland-judge-vatican-did-not-employ-abusive-priest <p>PORTLAND, ore. - Attorneys for an Oregon victim of clergy sex abuse say they will appeal a new decision that frees the Vatican from a lawsuit. That ruling came down Monday in federal district court in Portland. The 10-year-old lawsuit aims to link the Holy See in Rome to abuse by American priests.</p><p> Tue, 21 Aug 2012 00:39:31 +0000 Colin Fogarty 6033 at http://www.kplu.org Washington liquor prices up 17 percent over last year http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-liquor-prices-17-percent-over-last-year <p>Washington liquor prices were 17 percent higher on average in June, compared to the same month a year ago.</p><p>The state Department of Revenue also reported sales declined in the first month private retailers could sell spirits in Washington.</p><p> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 22:38:51 +0000 Colin Fogarty 5968 at http://www.kplu.org Washington liquor prices up 17 percent over last year U.S. Supreme Court: Idaho couple can take EPA to court http://www.kplu.org/post/us-supreme-court-idaho-couple-can-take-epa-court <p>A north Idaho couple is still a long way from breaking ground. But Mike and Chantell Sackett have won the right to go to court over their property in Priest Lake, Idaho.</p><p>The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the Sacketts can challenge a decision by federal regulators that their lot is in a protected wetland. The ruling was relatively narrow.</p><p> Thu, 22 Mar 2012 00:00:37 +0000 Colin Fogarty 4513 at http://www.kplu.org U.S. Supreme Court: Idaho couple can take EPA to court Research into rat emotions could help develop human drugs http://www.kplu.org/post/research-rat-emotions-could-help-develop-human-drugs <p>A Washington State University researcher says new findings about the emotions of rats could lead to treatments for mental illness in humans. Jaak Panksepp writes in the latest issue of the journal, Science.</p><p>He was reacting to a new study showing that rats demonstrate empathy and altruism toward a fellow rat who was stuck in a trap.</p><p> Mon, 12 Dec 2011 19:33:04 +0000 Colin Fogarty & Anna King 3420 at http://www.kplu.org D.B. Cooper sleuths still searching 40 years later http://www.kplu.org/post/db-cooper-sleuths-still-searching-40-years-later 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.<p>The hijacking of Northwest Orient Airlines flight 305 was big news in November 1971.<p>The question of who jumped out of that plane with $200,000 remains the only unsolved airplane hijacking in U.S. history. Mon, 28 Nov 2011 17:26:19 +0000 Colin Fogarty 3274 at http://www.kplu.org D.B. Cooper sleuths still searching 40 years later Court Martial Of Alleged 'Kill Team' Ringleader Gets Underway http://www.kplu.org/post/court-martial-alleged-kill-team-ringleader-gets-underway Opening statements are expected to get underway Monday in a major court martial at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. At the center is Staff Sergeant Calvin Gibbs, the alleged ringleader of a group of western Washington soldiers accused of war crimes.<p>Gibbs is charged with three counts of premeditated murder in the killings of unarmed Afghan civilians. His fellow soldiers have described him as a "sociopath" who led talks in their platoon about killing noncombatants.<p>He's charged with possessing finger and leg bones and a tooth taken from Afghan corpses. Sun, 30 Oct 2011 23:13:35 +0000 Colin Fogarty 3044 at http://www.kplu.org U.S. Senate approves rapid response to fish-killing virus http://www.kplu.org/post/us-senate-approves-rapid-response-fish-killing-virus <p>Alarm over a potentially deadly salmon virus has reached the halls of Congress. The U.S. Senate has approved an amendment that calls for a rapid federal response. Last week, scientists in British Columbia announced they&#39;ve found the fish-killing virus in wild Pacific Salmon for the first time.</p><p>It&#39;s the second virus suspected in salmon deaths to be discovered this year.</p><p> Mon, 24 Oct 2011 21:45:32 +0000 Colin Fogarty & Robin Cedar 2978 at http://www.kplu.org U.S. Senate approves rapid response to fish-killing virus WSU previews largest collection of internment photos http://www.kplu.org/post/wsu-previews-largest-collection-internment-photos <p>Washington State University in Pullman previewed a photo collection this morning that&#39;s considered to be the largest ever of a World War II internment camp.</p><p>The 2,000 donated images come from the family of a father-son team from Yakima. Frank and George Hirahara took pictures and operated a dark room while they were detained at a camp in Heart Mountain, Wyo. Patti Hirahara says her father, Frank, wanted to depict what life was like at the camp.</p><p> Tue, 13 Sep 2011 17:18:18 +0000 Colin Fogarty 2611 at http://www.kplu.org WSU previews largest collection of internment photos Murray urges supercommittee to not get "boxed in" by pledges http://www.kplu.org/post/murray-urges-supercommittee-not-get-boxed-pledges <p>U.S. Senator Patty Murray has debuted in her newest high profile role. The Washington Democrat co-chairs the so-called supercommittee on federal debt reduction. It held its first meeting today in Washington, DC., and Murray provided opening remarks.</p><p>This fall, the deficit cutting committee will recommend $1.2 trillion in spending cuts over the next ten years.</p><p> Thu, 08 Sep 2011 22:10:25 +0000 Colin Fogarty 2581 at http://www.kplu.org Murray urges supercommittee to not get "boxed in" by pledges Depot burning chemical weapons at quicker pace http://www.kplu.org/post/depot-burning-chemical-weapons-quicker-pace <p>The U.S. Army says its contractors have quickened the pace of weapons incineration at the Umatilla Chemical Depot. Fewer than 400 ton-sized containers of deadly liquid mustard agent remain at the northeast Oregon site.</p><p> Thu, 25 Aug 2011 23:24:16 +0000 Colin Fogarty 2435 at http://www.kplu.org Depot burning chemical weapons at quicker pace Clergy sex abuse settlement includes letters of apology http://www.kplu.org/post/clergy-sex-abuse-settlement-includes-letters-apology <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-982579.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-982579.mp3</a></p><p>Victims of clergy sex abuse will get letters of apology, in addition to checks, from a major bankruptcy case resolved this week. In total, the payments amount to $166 million.</p><p> Thu, 18 Aug 2011 22:07:21 +0000 Colin Fogarty 2366 at http://www.kplu.org