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Video by Jeff Fairbanks and Joe Carreras/Murrow News Service By Kaitlin Gillespie Murrow News Service OAKESDALE, Wash. – This farming town south of Spokane, population 420, has suffered through the slump of other rural communities across America. A restaurant bought out by a California developer stands empty across from City... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2012 at The Murrow News Service
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Whitman County health officials have issued a health advisory and encouraged people with health issues to stay indoors. Joe Carreras, Murrow News Service By Bill McKee and Ian Ogburn Murrow News Service PULLMAN _ A smoky haze continues to hang over much of eastern and central Washington, prompting health warnings... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2012 at The Murrow News Service
By Rochelle Adams and Joe Utter Murrow News Service Student journalist Mohammed Bahashwan had a first-hand view of Thursday’s protest at the U.S. Embassy in Yemen, using his cell phone to capture video of the chaotic scene. “The situation escalated little by little,” said Bahashwan, a 24-year-old journalism student who... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2012 at The Murrow News Service
By Kaitlin Gillespie Murrow News Service Washington State University President Elson S. Floyd said summer tuition may be reduced by 16 percent next year. “What we’re trying to do is figure out more ways to get more students to participate in our summer session,” Floyd said in an interview Friday.... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2012 at The Murrow News Service
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Yakima Valley's agriculture industry offered employment for a generation of Hispanic workers. Now, the Hispanic population represents the fastest-growing segment of America's elderly. Josh Pflug, Murrow News Service By Andrea Castillo and Josh Pflug Murrow News Service YAKIMA, WASH. _ In 1972, Raul Soto immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico,... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2012 at The Murrow News Service
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Scott Jones, 25, plans to use his master's degree in architecture to build community centers in Kenya. Photo courtesy Scott Jones. By Mallory Bouchee Murrow News Service Scott Jones won’t be using his graduate degree in architecture to find a high-paying job. After graduating on Saturday, he will be starting... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2012 at The Murrow News Service
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A puppy receives treatment at World Vets' surgical training center in Granada, Nicaragua. Andrea Castillo/Murrow News Service By Andrea Castillo Murrow News Service GRANADA, NICARAGUA -- The German Shepherd staggered into the veterinary clinic. A large bandana – wrapped around its belly – hung low, almost touching the ground. The... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2012 at The Murrow News Service
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Outfielder Derek Jones is one home run short of Washington State University's career record. Photo by Derek Harrison, Murrow News Service. By Ryan Burnett Murrow News Service Outfielder Derek Jones is chasing Washington State University’s career record for home runs this season. But the senior slugger will have to do... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2012 at The Murrow News Service
By Jared Brickman Murrow News Service Organic farmer Brad Jaeckel carries a razor-sharp, seven-inch blade and trowel with an exotically wicked name: the Hori-Hori. The Hori-Hori, “a pretty common tool,” is just one item in a toolbox for organic agriculture that’s always growing, said Jaeckel, Washington State University’s organic farm... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2012 at The Murrow News Service
By Stephanie Schendel, Murrow News Service In partnership with MSNBC.com The election of President Barack Obama in 2008 triggered an explosion in the number of militias and so-called patriot groups in the United States, the Southern Poverty Law Center reported in its annual tally of such anti-government organizations. There were... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2012 at The Murrow News Service
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By Stephanie Schendel When Hearts in Motion medical staff told 70-year-old Herminia that she needed to go to the doctor, she nodded, and said she would go as soon as she could. The volunteer staff knew she wouldn't. Her blood pressure was extremely high --- 210/100 -- and with that... Continue reading
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By Stephanie Schendel ZACAPA, GUATEMALA _ Estefani was silent as she lay on the surgery table. She was still wearing her street clothes and shoes: white sandals decorated with rhinestones and metal studs. Estefani had a lump in her cheek that doctors thought was likely a benign growth, and they... Continue reading
By Andrea Castillo MANAGUA, NICARAGUA _ A thin, brown dog cowered between a bench and a palm tree. It stood on three legs; the fourth, hanging limp, was slashed open at the paw and swollen. The dog was tied to the tree with a thick metal chain. Every so often,... Continue reading
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Posted Mar 6, 2012 at The Murrow News Service
By Tom Creighton Murrow News Service TEKOA, WASH. _ The seats are torn up, the floorboards creak, and the welcome lights in the lobby are fading, but that hasn’t stopped The Empire Theatre from entertaining people more than 70 years after it first opened. “We feel so fortunate that we... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2012 at The Murrow News Service
By Ryan Burnett Murrow News Service Since the hiring of new football coach Mike Leach, more than $1 million in annual giving has been pledged to the athletic fund at Washington State University, putting it on pace for a record year. “As of Jan. 30th, we have seen $1.1 million... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2012 at The Murrow News Service
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Paul Kies, a Washington State University professor who died in 1971, collected hundreds of letters, autographs, and other materials from leading figures from the 19th and 20th century. Photo courtesy of Washington State University. By Andrea Castillo Murrow News Service Some might consider the late Paul Kies a hoarder of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2012 at The Murrow News Service
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By Anna Marum Murrow News Service LONGVIEW, WASH. _ As Cowlitz County’s blue-collar industry struggled in recent years, students poured into the local community college in record numbers. Now, those former students are defaulting on their loans at surprisingly high rates, sometimes within nine months of graduating. “People came back... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2012 at The Murrow News Service
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Holocaust Remembrance Day is January 27. During World War II, Sweden offered asylum to more than eight thousand Danish Jews. Kerstin Ringdahl, born in in Sweden in 1935, tells her friend Fran Lane Rasmus about her own family's experience taking in a Jewish refugee. Giving Shelter to Refugees: Kerstin Ringdahl... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2012 at StoryCorps: Northwest Public Radio
The following schools are closed UPDATE: Wahluke Sch. Dist.: is canceled due to winter road conditions. Wenatchee School District Closed ice conditions East Valley SD The following schools are on 2-hour delays: Eastmont SD Highland SD Naches Valley SD West Valley SD The following schools have limited bus services: Granite... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2012 at School Delays and Closures
The following schools are on 2-hour delays: North Thurston SD --No A.M. Kindergarten Tumwater SD - No A.M. Kindergarten or preschool The following schools are delayed or on limited bus service: East Valley SD -- Operating on time using alternate bus routes. The bus pick up for students East of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2012 at School Delays and Closures
The following schools are closed: Highline SD - Madrona Elementary and Big Picture High School closed due to power outages. Kent SD - School closed, administrative offices open. North Thurston SD - Schools closed due to power outages: Lacey, Olympic View, and River Ridge. All other schools are 2 hours... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2012 at School Delays and Closures
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In the United States there are an estimated 5.4 million people with Alzheimer's disease. Two thirds of those are women over the age of 65. Dorothee Lundgren was diagnosed with the disease at much younger age, she was 49. In this StoryCorps excerpt, her husband, Richard Lundgren talks with their... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2012 at StoryCorps: Northwest Public Radio
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Growing up with an alternate gender or sexual identity isn't easy for many young people. Oasis, a GLBTQ youth group in Tacoma, Washington, provides support and assistance. Lori Bundrock is the Prevention Director for the Pierce County Aids Foundation, and former director of Oasis. She spoke to her best friend... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2012 at StoryCorps: Northwest Public Radio
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Have you or a loved one struggled to overcome illness? Walla Walla teacher Deborah L. Smith watched her husband Troy battle brain cancer for several years. Smith tells Troy's childhood friend, Jack Tollefson, about Troy's efforts to be part of the 2002 Olympic torch run despite his cancer, and the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2012 at StoryCorps: Northwest Public Radio