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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Budget crisis
9:20 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Special legislative session to begin in Olympia

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Lawmakers return to the state capital for the start of a 30-day special legislative session called by the governor to address a projected $1.4 billion deficit.

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K-12 Education
9:10 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Teachers across state to protest budget cuts as special session begins

Teachers across the state plan to protest cuts to public schools on the first day of the legislature’s special session to shore up the budget.

Hundreds of educators will rally in Olympia on Monday, Nov. 28. Even more teachers will deliver their concerns virtually.

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Higher Education
9:08 am
Mon November 28, 2011

College students to rally against budget cuts in Olympia

Members of Seattle Central Community College's associated student council prepare to take at least two busloads of students to Olympia to protest budget cuts.
Richard Wohl-Corbin

"...There are ideas out there other than cutting.”

College students will descend on Olympia today as the legislature kicks off a special session to tackle the state’s budget shortfall. Nearly a dozen schools have banded together to send busloads of students to the capitol. 

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8:51 am
Sun November 27, 2011

zoe | juniper is wild, theatrical dance

Raja Kelly in Seattle-based dance company zoe|juniper's "A Crack in Everything."
Photo by Christopher Duggan

Here’s what a performance by  zoe|juniper won't look like:

"Predictable and controlled," says company dancer Christiana Axelsen.

"Having the music play. Having everyone dance. Having the lights go on and then having the lights go out," says sound designer Matt Starritt.

"I wouldn’t expect it to be simple. I wouldn’t expect to see anything I’ve seen before," says dancer and company manager Raja Kelly.

Critics have described the Seattle-based company as "visually arresting" and "a feast for the senses."

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Wolf Hunting
9:00 am
Sat November 26, 2011

The art of trapping Idaho’s wolves

Idaho is the first state outside of Alaska to regulate a trapping season for wolves. It came after the animal was removed from the Endangered Species List this spring. Trappers who are hoping to snare a gray wolf are required to take a mandatory class.

If anyone can tell you how challenging it is to trap a wolf, it’s Rick Williamson.

Williamson is a carnivore biologist with Idaho’s Department of Fish and Game. He recently retired from his position as a wolf management specialist with the federal government. He’s is teaching a class of about 25 people how to set a foothold trap.

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Law and order
9:00 am
Fri November 25, 2011

Jurors and smart phones, a troubling mix for courtroom judges

What potential jurors will be seeing from now on in Washington courtrooms.

'OMG! Finalst 4 jury - just like American Idol! ;)'

In the age of the smart phone, courts throughout the state (and around the world really) are grappling with serious problems caused by jurors using social media sites or other online services during trials.

Now, Washington’s courts are trying new tactics to stop jurors from over-sharing.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
8:30 am
Fri November 25, 2011

Rain, rain going away ... but what a wet week!

... boy did we see a lot of this over the past week! Cliff Mass says we'll be seeing drier days ahead.
Alex Galkin Flickr

It may be drying out this weekend and into next week ... but this past week brought some serious rain.

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