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Father James Poole was accused of sexually abusing at least 20 women over the course of his life.

Gonzaga University President Responds To Investigation Into Abusive Jesuit Priests

Gonzaga University President Thayne McCulloh said in a written statement to faculty, staff and students that he knew Jesuit priests accused of sexual abuse were living in a Jesuit residence on campus, but he had not been aware that any of them might be a threat to students. Continue Reading Gonzaga University President Responds To Investigation Into Abusive Jesuit Priests

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Fish advocates say sending water through spill bays is the best way to ensure fish survival through dams in the Columbia and Snake rivers. CREDIT: CASSANDRA PROFITA

Agreement On Dams Aims To Help More Salmon Survive Columbia And Snake River Journey

A new agreement aims to help more young salmon make their way past dams along the Columbia and Snake rivers. The agreement, reached this week, spells out new strategies for spilling more water over the dams — and sending less water through power-generating turbines — each spring. Continue Reading Agreement On Dams Aims To Help More Salmon Survive Columbia And Snake River Journey

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No passengers were injured Monday when an Amtrak Cascades train derailed while slowly backing into the station in Vancouver, Canada. CREDIT: FILE PHOTO BY ERICVNTR / WIKIMEDIA COMMONS TINYURL.COM/Y9ULXW5W

Another Amtrak Cascades Train Derailed Almost Exactly One Year After I-5 Wreck, No Injuries

An Amtrak Cascades train arriving in Vancouver, B.C., from Seattle derailed at low speed Monday. Nobody was hurt, but the timing was unfortunate: The derailment occurred almost exactly one year after last December’s deadly derailment south of Tacoma, which killed three people and injured dozens more. Continue Reading Another Amtrak Cascades Train Derailed Almost Exactly One Year After I-5 Wreck, No Injuries

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The Cardinal Bea House sits on the campus of on Gonzaga University. It played host to at least 20 Jesuit priests accused of sexual abuse. CREDIT: EMILY SCHWING/N3

After Years Of Sexual Abuse In Native Communities, Jesuits Sent Many To Retire On Gonzaga’s Campus

A 20-month investigation shows the extent the Catholic Church’s order of Jesuits, aka Society of Jesus, used Northwest Native reservations and Alaska Native communities to shuffle clergy with credible accusations of sex abuse. Instead of being prosecuted or removed from ministry, many were sent to other remote assignments, and housed in a retirement community on the Gonzaga University campus in Spokane. Continue Reading After Years Of Sexual Abuse In Native Communities, Jesuits Sent Many To Retire On Gonzaga’s Campus

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Groundfish trawlers will soon be allowed to catch more fish as depleted populations recover from overfishing. CREDIT: MICHAEL BENDIXEN/OPB

West Coast Fishery Rebounds After Years Of Conservation Efforts

Federal fishery managers are increasing the catch limits for several West Coast species that were overfished and severely restricted for years. Surveys show depleted populations of yellow eye and bocaccio rockfish, cow cod and ocean perch — all classified as groundfish — are rebounding decades ahead of schedule. Continue Reading West Coast Fishery Rebounds After Years Of Conservation Efforts

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Ryan Zinke at a May 2018 Senate Appropriates subcommittee meeting. CREDIT: Jacquelyn Martin/AP

Ryan Zinke Stepping Down As Interior Secretary Amid Ethics Investigations

Ryan Zinke is out as secretary of the Interior. Zinke will be leaving the Trump administration at the end of the year; his successor is expected to be announced next week. Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers was considered a top candidate for the job before Zinke was named in 2017. Continue Reading Ryan Zinke Stepping Down As Interior Secretary Amid Ethics Investigations

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