Is the eighth time the charm? Tim Eyman's back with another proposed $30 car tabs initiative

Nearly 20 years after Washington voters passed Initiative 695, which repealed Washington's motor vehicle excise tax, anti-tax activist Tim Eyman said Wednesday that he's close to qualifying a new initiative to repeal taxes to support Sound Transit and restrict car tabs to $30.

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November Membership Drawing: Mark O'Connor and Friends

This month, SPR members will have FIVE chances for tickets to a unique holiday concert by Mark O'Connor and Friends.

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It sounds like a simple question for a police department. How many Native American women have gone missing or been murdered in a given city? In Seattle, say. Or Albuquerque. Or Salt Lake City. Or Baltimore.

But when researchers Abigail Echo-Hawk and Annita Lucchesi asked 71 cities across the U.S. for the answer, they found more silence and confusion than answers.

One of the legends of country music, guitarist and singer Roy Clark, has died. Clark, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry, was beloved by generations of fans for his work on the TV show Hee Haw, which he joined in 1969, acting as joyful co-host for nearly a quarter century.

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Elena Passarello is a writer and actor and author of two books, Let Me Clear My Throat (Sarabande, 2012) and Animals Strike Curious Poses (Sarabande 2017), a collection of essays which investigate and mediate on famous animal named and immortalized by humans throughout history. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her writing including a 2015 Whiting Award, and in 2014, she was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. She lives in Corvallis, Oregon where teaches at Oregon State University.

Dr. Pierre Rollin is an expert on Ebola with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Two and a half weeks ago he returned from the Democratic Republic of Congo, which is now in the fourth month of an Ebola outbreak.

It's not the first time the disease has struck in Congo. Rollin has been visiting for more than 20 years to respond to periodic Ebola outbreaks. And he says there's a pattern to these eruptions.

Idaho Freedom Foundation

Idaho’s Medicaid expansion, just approved at the polls, may soon face a legal challenge.

By a 60 percent majority, Idaho voters supported proposition 2 at the polls. The measure directed state lawmakers to approve expansion of the Medicaid program in the gem state.

Now a group that was opposed to that expansion says they may mount a legal challenge.

Updated at 2:06 p.m. ET

A House Republican who represents the northern part of Maine became the latest incumbent to be unseated as the Democrats' blue wave continues more than a week after Election Day.