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Marijuana Consultants
6:03 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Marijuana Consultants Offer Advice To Potential Pot Dealers

The Northwest’s budding marijuana industry means opportunity for pot consultants.
Credit United States Fish and Wildlife Service / Wikimedia Commons

The Northwest’s budding marijuana industry means opportunity for pot consultants. Several are offering workshops in the coming months on how to comply with new laws in Oregon and Washington.

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Banned Book
6:03 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Campaign To Get Banned Sherman Alexie Book To Idaho Students

Two women in Washington have raised enough money to send 350 copies of “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" to students in Meridian, Idaho.
Credit Kraemer Family Library / Flickr

Two women in Washington have raised enough money to send 350 copies of a controversial book by Sherman Alexie to students in Meridian, Idaho. It's a reaction to the Meridian school board's decision to suspend use of “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.” Parents complained about profanity and sexual content in the novel.

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Sea Lions
4:56 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

First Nuisance Sea Lions Of 2014 Killed At Bonneville Dam

A sea lion snacking on a salmon near Bonneville Dam.
Credit Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

State wildlife officers trapped and killed six salmon-chomping sea lions at Bonneville Dam earlier this week. It's part of a renewed campaign against nuisance predators who follow the spring salmon run. The Humane Society renewed its objections to punishing the animals for doing what comes naturally.

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Klamath Basin
7:08 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Klamath Basin Restoration Bill Headed To Congress With Support Of Tribes And Ranchers

Before key supporters start lining up votes on Capitol Hill, they’ll make a visit Friday to the Klamath Basin.
Credit Michael McCullough/Flickr

The conflicts over water in the Klamath Basin could get the attention of Congress this year. But before key supporters start lining up votes on Capitol Hill, they’ll make a visit Friday to the Klamath Basin.

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Immigration Detentions
7:02 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Oregon Counties Say No To ICE

A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent arresting a suspect.
Credit Public domain

Five Oregon counties now say they will no longer hold people in jail in response to requests from the federal immigration agency. That’s after a federal district court judge found those detentions violate the constitution.

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Goldmark Campaign Finance
6:14 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Despite Vow, Washington Lands Chief Takes Timber Money

In 2012 Goldmark took in at least $80,000 from the timber industry, about 15% of his campaign funding.
Credit John Ryan

Fundraising for this November's elections is kicking into high gear. That means candidates are cozying up to people with money. Sometimes, elected officials even get friendly with the companies they regulate.

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Washington Unemployment
4:16 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Washington State Unemployment Shows Slow Improvement

The latest figures show the unemployment rate in Washington state is holding steady at 6.3 percent.  The Employment Security Department said the state added an estimated 6,700 jobs in March. 

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Lobbyist-Paid Meals
8:28 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Washington Ethics Board To Consider Crackdown On Lobbyist-Paid Meals

Richard Hodgin of Seattle testified in favor of stricter free meal rules for Washington state lawmakers.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

By next January Washington lawmakers should have clearer guidance on when it’s OK to accept free meals from lobbyists.

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Snohomish County Mudslide
8:19 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Flags Lowered Across Washington To Honor Landslide Victims

Flags fly at half mast in front of Washington State Capitol.
Credit Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

Flags are flying at half mast across Washington state this afternoon to honor victims of last month's deadly landslide.

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911 Outage
8:10 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Washington Utilities And Transportation Commission Investigate 911 Outage

The State Utilities and Transportation Commission has opened an investigation into last Thursday’s 911 emergency line outage. CenturyLink said about 4,500 calls failed to get through during the outage. The telecommunications company said a similar outage that occurred in Oregon around the same time was unrelated

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