Washington http://nwpr.org en Federal Investigation Seeks To Find Accountability In Explosion http://nwpr.org/post/federal-investigation-seeks-find-accountability-explosion <p>It was Washington state’s worst industrial accident in nearly 50 years.</p><p>“Skagit 911. What’s your emergency?” “I’m trying to find out what's going on at the refinery.” “You know, we don’t know at this point, sir.” “Well, all I can tell you is I live two and a half miles from it, and the explosion was hard enough to rock my house, and there’s one hell of a fire going there.”</p><p>That explosion in 2010 at the Tesoro refinery in Anacortes killed seven workers.</p><p>Four years later, no one has been held publicly accountable for the seven deaths. As John Ryan reported, state efforts to penalize Tesoro have stalled. To improve worker safety, the federal government is wielding a tool it rarely uses: criminal prosecution of one of the nation’s largest corporations.</p><p>Here’s John Ryan with part two of our investigation. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:09:51 +0000 John Ryan 48731 at http://nwpr.org Federal Investigation Seeks To Find Accountability In Explosion Pot Stores Open Around Washington http://nwpr.org/post/pot-stores-open-around-washington <p>Washington’s recreational marijuana market is open for business. From Seattle to Bellingham to Prosser, marijuana stores opened for business Tuesday. Excited customers lined up, dressed up and celebrated the end of pot prohibition. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins has this wrap-up. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 13:58:00 +0000 Austin Jenkins 48730 at http://nwpr.org Pot Stores Open Around Washington As Washington Pot Goes On Sale, Idaho Cops Worry About Cross-Border Shopping Trips http://nwpr.org/post/washington-pot-goes-sale-idaho-cops-worry-about-cross-border-shopping-trips <p>Recreational marijuana goes on sale Tuesday in Washington state. But police across the border in Idaho and Oregon say that doesn't mean the pot will stay there. Law enforcement worry people will try to sneak pot products across the border – or worse, the legal market in Washington will seep into the black-market. Correspondent Jessica Robinson reports from Idaho, where the contrast in pot laws is especially stark. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:58:09 +0000 Jessica Robinson 48669 at http://nwpr.org As Washington Pot Goes On Sale, Idaho Cops Worry About Cross-Border Shopping Trips In Refinery Explosion, Who's Accountable? http://nwpr.org/post/refinery-explosion-whos-accountable <p>It's been four years since a deadly explosion at an oil refinery shook the town of Anacortes, Washington. The question of who's responsible for seven workers' deaths still hasn't been answered fully. Refinery owner Tesoro agreed to pay millions to families of the dead, but the company is fighting accusations that it willfully put its workers in harm’s way. With multiple legal proceedings continuing to swirl around the accident, it remains unclear whether anyone will be held accountable for the human cost of Tesoro gasoline. John Ryan brings us part one of this KUOW investigation. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:43:16 +0000 John Ryan 48668 at http://nwpr.org In Refinery Explosion, Who's Accountable? Legal Pot Prices May Be High To Start http://nwpr.org/post/legal-pot-prices-may-be-high-start <p>Marijuana users may pay some high prices to get high when Washington’s legal pot market launches the week of July 7. The initial price-per-gram could be nearly double what medical marijuana card-holders pay. Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 13:54:58 +0000 Austin Jenkins 48510 at http://nwpr.org Legal Pot Prices May Be High To Start Washington Prisons Will No Longer Punish Inmates For ‘Self-Harm’ http://nwpr.org/post/washington-prisons-will-no-longer-punish-inmates-self-harm <p>Washington’s prison system has announced a major policy change when it comes to inmates who harm themselves. The Department of Corrections said Thursday that it will no longer sanction inmates for cutting or other acts of self-injury.</p><p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 00:16:58 +0000 Austin Jenkins 48493 at http://nwpr.org Washington Prisons Will No Longer Punish Inmates For ‘Self-Harm’ Washington Plans To Issue About 20 Pot Retail Licenses Monday http://nwpr.org/post/washington-plans-issue-about-20-pot-retail-licenses-monday <p>Washington’s Liquor Board plans to issue about 20 marijuana retail licenses next Monday, July 7th. The first pot stores could open the next day – after a 24-hour waiting period. But the state cautions many stores may not be ready yet for customers and marijuana could be in short supply. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins has this update. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 14:24:31 +0000 Austin Jenkins 48452 at http://nwpr.org Washington Plans To Issue About 20 Pot Retail Licenses Monday Washington Voters May Decide Class Size And Money In Politics Measures http://nwpr.org/post/washington-voters-may-decide-class-size-and-money-politics-measures <p>This is the season for summer concert lineups. But there’s another lineup coming this fall - the one on your ballot. Thursday is the deadline for initiative sponsors in Washington and Oregon to submit their petitions to qualify for the November election. Pot legalization and GMO-labeling are among the issues likely to make the ballot in Oregon. In Washington, it’s guns, money and class-size.</p><p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 23:43:04 +0000 Austin Jenkins 48376 at http://nwpr.org Washington Voters May Decide Class Size And Money In Politics Measures Independence Day Celebrations Across The Northwest http://nwpr.org/post/independence-day-celebrations-across-northwest <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6EPBKP5yFk</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>There are many July 4th celebrations across the northwest: everything from parades and classic car shows to beer and fireworks. Here are a few you can find on the <a href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/nwpr/events.eventsmain">NWPR Events Calendar</a>.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 14:32:00 +0000 Max Bartlett 48340 at http://nwpr.org Independence Day Celebrations Across The Northwest Schools Grapple With Linking Student Test Scores To Teacher Evaluations http://nwpr.org/post/schools-grapple-linking-student-test-scores-teacher-evaluations <p>It's summer vacation for students - and teachers - across the country. Administrators often use the summer to take a bigger look at how schools are doing, and that can mean a critical look at teachers. Oregon Public Broadcasting's Rob Manning looks at evaluations for current teachers - and the role of student test scores in those evaluations. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 14:11:51 +0000 Rob Manning 48342 at http://nwpr.org Schools Grapple With Linking Student Test Scores To Teacher Evaluations