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The call is going out again to the operators and pilots of big ships to slow down in the shared border waters between Washington and British Columbia. The idea is to reduce underwater noise that could bother endangered killer whales.

Wasco County’s top prosecutor lied to investigators looking into whether he’d improperly investigated a county official, and should be suspended from practicing law for a month, a trial panel has found.

Portland-Area Shelter For Immigrant Kids Opens Its Doors

Jun 22, 2018

Images of migrant children kept in detention centers near the border have stirred strong feelings around the country. But the Portland-area shelter where federal officials send immigrant children is very different.

Salem's Water Advisory 'Unlikely' To Be Lifted Monday

Jun 22, 2018

A drinking water advisory for the city of Salem doesn’t look like it’s going away just yet.

After extending the advisory over potentially harmful cyanotoxins for two weeks on June 11, city officials now say it’s unlikely the warning will be lifted June 25.

Inland Journal, June 21, 2018

Jun 22, 2018

Inland Journal for June 21, 2018

    ▪    For the last month or so, advocates for poor people nationwide have reprised Dr. Martin Luther King’s Poor People’s Campaign. This week we talk with local activists who have worked to call attention to the plight of people in poverty.
    ▪    Now that the state of Idaho has its first medical school, we talk with a state senator who wants the Gem State to take the next step and increase the number of places where medical school graduates can continue their training.
    ▪    Wildland firefighters are training this week in Deer Park before they’re sent out to fires around the region. We’ll learn more about that.
    ▪    And we’ll look at how drought this early in the summer is affecting the way cattlemen in eastern Oregon are operating their ranches.

Idaho Democratic Caucus

Medical education is undergoing a renaissance in the Inland Northwest.

For years, the University of Washington controlled medical education opportunities in the five-state region consisting of Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. It had the only med school in the region, allowing first-year students from those states to study close to home before recalling them to Seattle.
Now, Washington State University — focused on Washington students — has its own medical school with its second class about to start in August. The privately-funded Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine in Meridian will welcome its first class in September.

But medical school is only half of the doctor training equation.

Phase One of Poor People's Campaign Finishes This Week

Jun 22, 2018
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

This week marks the end of the 40-day national Poor People’s Campaign. The program is a revival of the work done by Martin Luther King during the last months of his life.  

For six weeks, people in communities all over the U.S., such as Liz Moore in Spokane, have been holding rallies and drawing attention to issues such as poverty and racism.

Earlier this week in Tacoma, Washington, police tactical squads staged coordinated raids on middle class homes converted into indoor pot farms. What the authorities found follows a recent pattern in West Coast states: all of the marijuana growers arrested were immigrants from China who spoke little or no English.

Days before a landmark Supreme Court decision is expected, Oregonians are launching an attack on a large public employee union.

Seven state, county and city employees filed suit in U.S. District Court earlier this week, claiming the state has infringed on their constitutional rights by forcing them to pay for collective bargaining and other services.

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Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart says Greyhound bus lines is violating the city’s municipal code

 Stuckart says he sent Greyhound corporate officials a letter, saying he has concerns with the company allowing Customs officials to go on board their buses while they are parked at the city’s Intermodal transit Center, to question people about their immigration status.

Stuckart says such actions violate the city code, and targets people of color.

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