Jessica Robinson

N3 Reporter


STD detective
5:01 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Meet the Woman Who Tells Your Exes They May Have an STD

Anna Halloran
Jessica Robinson

Public health officials are trying to stop a series of gonorrhea outbreaks in the Northwest. And they’re offering a service to infected patients: anonymous notification of former sexual partners.

That's right. There is a government worker out there whose job it is to call, text, Facebook or track down your exes to let them know they might have an STD. The job has become a key part of controlling disease outbreaks.

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5:00 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Limited Alternative Routes for General Electric’s ‘Megaloads’

A subsidiary of General Electric says it’s looking for alternative options for moving huge water purification equipment from the Northwest to Alberta, Canada. A route through the middle of Idaho turned into a legal battle with the Nez Perce Tribe, and the alternatives are limited.

Resources Conservation Company International, the GE subsidiary, decided to withdraw a federal appeal that sought to reopen Idaho's Highway 12 to so-called “megaloads.” A judge had ordered the Forest Service to close the wild and scenic corridor to the shipments.

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health alert
2:03 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Health Officials Perplexed by Spike in Number of Gonorrhea Cases

Steven Hurd Flickr

Health officials officials across the Northwest are trying to figure out why they’re seeing a big upswing in the number of people with gonorrhea this year. Washington announced Thursday five counties are in the midst of an outbreak of the infection.

The Washington outbreaks are in Spokane, Benton, Yakima, Kitsap, and Thurston counties. Overall, the state has seen a 34 percent increase in gonorrhea cases over this time last year.

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3:39 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Former Titan of Northwest Politics Tom Foley Dead at 84

In this June 1989 file photo, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Tom Foley poses in his office in Spokane.
AP Photo


Former U.S. House Speaker Tom Foley has died of complications from strokes. He was 84.

The Democrat served nearly 30 years in Congress before being defeated in the Gingrich Revolution of 1994.

Foley had the distinction of becoming the first, and so far only, Speaker of the House from the Northwest. He was also the first Speaker defeated at the polls since the Civil War.

Foley grew up on Spokane’s South Hill, the son of a prominent judge. As a politician, he described himself as a “peace maker, not street fighter.” It might have been his Achilles heel.

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GMO Labeling
2:41 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Will GMO Labels Alter Consumers' Perception Of Specialty Foods?

Litehouse Foods, based in Sandpoint, Idaho, produces more than 400 salad dressings and dips found in grocery stores and delis.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed October 16, 2013 7:19 am

In the food business, everything comes down to that moment when a shopper studies a label and decides whether to buy or move on. That’s why food producers have a big interest in Washington’s Initiative 522 on the ballot next month.

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government shutdown
7:01 am
Sat October 12, 2013

Shutdown Halts Logging on Northwest's National Forests

U.S. Forest Service

Loggers are packing up and leaving timber sales uncut across the Northwest as a result of the partial federal government shutdown. Timber companies say even if a deal is reached soon at the nation's Capitol, the effects from the logging hiatus could be felt all the way into next spring.

Timber companies received letters from the U.S. Forest Service telling them to cease operations after employees who oversee and inspect timber sales were furloughed.

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NSA surveillance
8:01 am
Sun September 29, 2013

Report: NSA Spied on Idaho Senator During Vietnam War

A declassified internal history of the NSA revealed the names of people under surveillance in the Vietnam Era. Highlight added.
National Security Archives

A U.S. Senator from Idaho who once warned about misuse of government surveillance was himself the subject Vietnam Era domestic wiretapping. That's one of the revelations in a newly de-classified NSA document. The security agency itself described the program as “disreputable ... if not outright illegal.”

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3:35 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

North Idaho Schools Launch Effort to Change Bullying Culture

Some parents have complained about bullying going un-checked in Coeur d'Alene schools.
Jessica Robinson

A north Idaho school district is launching a campaign to curb bullying.

School officials in Coeur d’Alene announced Wednesday the effort includes curriculum changes and focus groups with a cross section of student cliques. It’s a response to a spate of recent complaints from parents and students.

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tribal casinos
9:00 am
Sun September 22, 2013

Tribal Casinos Move into New Territory: High-End Luxury

The hotel pool at the Kalispel Tribe’s Northern Quest Resort & Casino near Spokane.
Jessica Robinson

Tribal casinos are trying to appeal to a new kind of customer—one who may not even gamble at all.

Across the Northwest, one-time no-frills casinos are expanding into resort-style destinations and adding high-end amenities like spas, fine dining, and luxury hotels. The tribes are hoping to give Las Vegas a run for its money.

Let's face it: there's not much ambiance in a room with a thousand slot machines. Or maybe it's really that there's too much ambiance.

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3:35 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Federal Judge Halts ‘Megaloads’ on Idaho Highway

A 255-foot-long piece of water purifying equipment bound for Canada waits on Highway 12 near Lewiston, Idaho for transport.
Jessica Robinson

A federal judge has halted so-called “megaload” traffic through a wild and scenic corridor in Idaho. The ruling issued Friday orders the Forest Service to close a section of highway to an Oregon company trying to move oil equipment to Canada. 

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Small Town Northwest
7:01 am
Sun September 8, 2013

Former Railroad Town Struggles to Keep Last 25 Residents

The town of Avery, Idaho, once reached a population of 1,100 people. It’s now down to its last 25.
Jessica Robinson

Take a drive down any highway in the Northwest, and you'll pass signs for dozens of small towns.

There are more than 700 cities with fewer than 10,000 people in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Many of these towns came about because of railroads or timber or mines and now they’re trying to figure out what comes next.

Today, we begin an occasional series on Northwest small towns, and head to a tiny town in north Idaho that's getting even tinier.

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Fairchild Air Force Base
8:01 am
Sat September 7, 2013

NW Military Band's History Comes to End as Air Force Shifts Focus

The Band of the Northwest had a variety program from 1951-52 on KING-TV.
Photo courtesy of the Washington Air Guard.

A military band that entertained Northwest troops heading off to the Korean War and played the dedication of Grand Coulee Dam will close their music books for good this weekend.

The military is deactivating the Spokane-based 560th Air Force Band, which made its last public appearance at a wind-swept ferry christening ceremony on the Columbia River last month.

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U.S. soldier held captive
3:19 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Idaho Soldier's Captor Reportedly Killed in Drone Strike

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and Sangeen Zadran appear together in a 2010 Taliban video.
IntelCenter via AP Photo

A U.S. drone attack has reportedly killed the militant commander believed to be holding Idaho soldier Bowe Bergdahl captive, according to news reports out of Pakistan.

The strike dealt a blow to the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani Network.

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slain veteran honored
4:40 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Spokane Honors Slain WWII Veteran at Memorial Service

Michael Brown, 16, stands with his mom, Kim Brown, at the memorial for Delbert Belton. The Browns knew Belton for years and had custom T-shirts made in his honor.
Jessica Robinson

More than 300 people gathered in Spokane Thursday for the burial of World War II veteran Delbert Belton. The 88-year-old was robbed and beaten to death last week while he waited in his car.

Scores of veterans honored Delbert Belton at a cemetery in west Spokane. Friends and family remembered a man who loved to repair cars by day and go out dancing at night, and went by the nickname “Shorty.”

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3:24 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Two Teens Arrested, Charged in Beating Death of WWII Vet

World War II veteran Delbert Belton was 88 years old. This photo is part of a memorial created for Belton at the Eagles Lodge in Spokane.

Police have arrested the second teenager accused of beating to death an 88-year-old World War II vet in Spokane.

The two 16-year-old boys have been charged with first-degree robbery and first-degree murder in the case that has attracted national attention.

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