Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

New WSU coach Mike Leach brilliant but controversial

Mike Leach celebrates after Texas Tech beat Minnesota 44-41 in overtime in the Insight Bowl in 2006. Leach took the Red Raiders to a bowl game in each of his 10 years there. WSU officials hope he'll bring his winning ways to Pullman.
Ross D. Franklin AP Photo

He coached Texas Tech to 10 bowl games in 10 years. That's the winning record that Mike Leach brings to Washington State University as the new head football coach.

But KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says he also comes with controversy.

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Gun laws
5:19 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Seattle wants gun ban reinstated by state high court

The city of Seattle is asking the Washington Supreme Court to determine whether municipalities can ban people from carrying guns in local parks and community centers where children gather.

Seattle instituted its ban in 2009. Several individuals with concealed weapons permits challenged the ban, and a King County Superior Court judge struck down the ban as preempted by state law governing firearms regulation.

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Budget crisis
3:47 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Olympia eyes new plan as Wenatchee agency defaults

OLYMPIA, Wash. — A Wenatchee-area agency is defaulting on its debt but still may get support from the state Legislature.

Democratic Rep. Ross Hunter said Thursday that his committee will consider a measure that would make a belated payment on the $42 million bond debt.

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Other News
3:34 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

UO Faculty Express Anger at Higher Ed Board

The University of Oregon Statutory Faculty formally condemned the State Board of Higher Education Wednesday for firing President Richard Lariviere. The statutory faculty consists of tenured and non-tenured professors. Students, staff and members of the public also attended the special meeting.

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Other News
3:31 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

UO Faculty Condemns Higher Ed Board

EUGENE, Ore. - At a special meeting of the University of Oregon faculty Wednesday, the State Board of Higher Education and Chancellor George Pernstiener were blasted for firing U of O president Richard Lariviere. Lariviere got a standing ovation from about one thousand faculty and students when he walked into Mac Court.

Sounding choked up, Lariviere spoke very briefly before the statutory faculty assembly, transferring his authority to Professor Robert Kyr, head of the U of O Senate.

Lariviere: "And to say thank you, I love you, thank you."

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Other News
3:29 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Spokane tribe proposes new casino and resort

SPOKANE, WA - Spokane County could have another casino if all goes as planned for the Spokane Tribe of Indians. The Spokane Tribe wants to build on 145 acres of ancestral land in Airway Heights, but they must pass several levels of approval first, including that of wary public citizens.

The Spokane tribe created The Spokane Tribe Economic Project, STEP for short, in order to bring an economic boost to their tribe and community.

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Economy
3:26 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

When 'Made In...' Means Something Else

There are nine Made in Oregon stores, including this location in Salem. Photo by Chris Lehman

Originally published on Wed November 30, 2011 5:40 pm

SALEM, Ore. - Many holiday shoppers this year plan to "buy local." For decades, two Northwest retail chains have pitched themselves as the source for locally produced goods. But not everything you find at "Made in Oregon" or "Made in Washington" is actually... well... made in Oregon or Washington.

Walk into a Made in Oregon store and you're surrounded by iconic Oregon products: Myrtlewood bowls. Marionberry jam. And of course, lots of wine. The store appeals to people like Jane Botchin, strolling through the Salem Center mall.

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News
3:24 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Court Documents Reveal Evolution Of MLK Day Bomber's Racist Beliefs

Recently unsealed court documents show photos on Kevin Harpham's camera of himself and Spokane parade participants last Martin Luther King Day. Photo courtesy of U.S. District Court of Eastern Washington

Originally published on Thu December 1, 2011 3:00 pm

SPOKANE, Wash. - It took white supremacist Kevin Harpham a few months to collect bomb materials. But newly unsealed documents show he was mired in the Neo-Nazi movement for more than a decade.

Harpham is the man who pleaded guilty to planting a bomb at Spokane's Martin Luther King Day parade last January. A federal judge set a sentencing hearing for Dec. 20.

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Other News
3:20 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Early Warning, Preparing Could Curb NW Megaquake's Wrath (script)

Participants in the 'Portland In Pieces' workshop by the Portland City Club strategize about disaster response. By
Bill Lascher Northwest News Network

PORTLAND - The massive earthquake that struck Japan in March of this year devastated that country. But it could have caused even more damage if Japan didn’t have a high-tech early warning system. Now, Northwest scientists are beginning to install a network of sensors that could send out alerts when a megaquake is on its way. As journalist Bill Lascher found, North America’s first earthquake alert system would be more sophisticated than the one in Japan.

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