Jessica Robinson

Regional Correspondent
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A school district in Sweet Home, Oregon is considering whether to pull a book by Northwest author Sherman Alexie from junior high classrooms.

“The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” is frequently targeted for removal from school reading lists for its language and depictions of violence and sexuality.

Jessica Robinson

Gay rights advocates say legislation introduced this week in Idaho would undermine local anti-discrimination ordinances passed in seven Idaho cities. The new bills are aimed protecting religious people from activities they say violate their beliefs.

Republican Idaho lawmakers are responding to incidents elsewhere in the Northwest. A florist in Richland, Wash., faces lawsuits for refusing to provide the flowers for a same-sex wedding. In Oregon, investigators found a baker in Gresham who made a similar stand violated the state's civil rights laws.

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The U.S. military has obtained a new video showing captured Army soldier Bowe Bergdahl alive. The Idaho native has been a prisoner of the Taliban for the last four and a half years, and his parents in Hailey, Idaho are asking for his safe return.

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Researchers at Washington State University say the same kind of self-tracking technology that's become popular among smartphone users could also help police officers stay safer on the job.

A criminal justice professor will debut an app that monitors alertness at a White House conference Tuesday.

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Two airmen from the Northwest were killed in a helicopter crash in England this week. The Pave Hawk helicopter went down in a marshy nature preserve in eastern England, killing the entire four-member crew.

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Beginning Wednesday, visitors at schools in Idaho’s Coeur a’Alene School District will be required to check in by video and be buzzed in. It’s one of many security measures parents and students are seeing across the Northwest as a result of the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012.

But one of the most talked about changes — arming teachers — has failed to materialize.

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Local health officials are urging people of all ages to get vaccinated against the flu, which has already claimed four lives in King County alone this season.

In addition to the deaths, the number of positive tests has doubled since mid-December, according to Dr. Jeff Duchin with Public Health – Seattle & King County. And this year's most prevalent strain, the H1N1 virus, is one that hits younger people especially hard.

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Jan. 1 marked the end of the era of your standard, soft white Edison-designed incandescent bulb in the U.S. — at least in theory.

Loopholes in the law will make the incandescent still widely available if you really want it.

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Northwest banks say 2014 may be the year consumers start to see a new generation of credit cards that are less prone to fraud. The cards are already in use in Canada, Mexico and countries in Europe and Asia. Experts say they could have protected U.S. consumer data in the recent security breach at Target stores.

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The same shiny gift wrap and bright bows that make Christmas presents so enticing are exactly what give recycling centers headaches the day after Christmas.

At the Kootenai County Solid Waste Department in north Idaho, the day after Christmas has two distinctions: it's one of the busiest days of the year by volume, and one of the lightest days by weight. The reason: wrapping paper, says Roger Saterfiel, who oversees the department.

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New federal data show Idaho leads the country in something you might expect more from Seattle, Portland or Silicon Valley.

The state has the highest portion of adults who have switched over entirely to cellphone.

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Portland and Spokane have been trying to prevent people from jumping off the cities' iconic bridges. In the last few weeks, police in both cities have responded to suicides or attempted suicides.

Many people believe the gloomy weather this time of year increases the suicide rate. But it turns out that’s just not true.

Jessica Robinson

The huge piece of oil equipment winding its way through eastern Oregon is expected to cross over into Idaho early Saturday.

Meanwhile, another so-called “megaload” project has emerged farther north. And the proposed extra-heavy haul is making some homeowners nervous in a north Idaho resort town.

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Supporters of a captured soldier from Idaho are urging people to add one more name to their holiday mailing list.

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been a prisoner of the Taliban since 2009.  And organizers in his hometown of Hailey, Idaho are trying to get Christmas cards to him and to send a message to the White House.

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A set of lawsuits winding its way through federal court in Idaho combine a couple phrases you might not expect to find together: massive international cartel and potato.

According to a group of grocers, the innocuous-looking potato on your plate got there through a conspiracy involving price-fixing, coercion and aerial surveillance. But potato growers counter there is no cartel; just a co-op.

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