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As the Trump Administration works to repeal the Affordable Care Act, in Oregon, Governor Kate Brown is trying to expand health care to all children.

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Why are dystopian novels back on best sellers lists? Recently, 1A discussed renewed interest in George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, and wondered if this development was in response to legislative uncertainty and fears of an atypical administration?

Opening Arguments Get Underway In Second Refuge Trial

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Opening arguments get underway today in the trial for a second group of defendants charged in connection to last year’s armed occupation of an Oregon wildlife refuge. Opening arguments are expected to last about two and a half hours. The trial is expected to last about four weeks.

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Oregon Senator Ron Wyden touched on the Trump Administration’s recent attacks on the media. Wyden also touched on the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's funding and whether or not it is on the chopping block.

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The Oregon Governor’s office says the state military is not permitted to arrest or detain people based on their immigration status. 

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Former Washington state Sen. Don Benton said he’s “very excited” about the confirmation of Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Benton is a senior adviser to the White House at the EPA.

WSU President: Student Athletic Fee May Be Withdrawn

Feb 17, 2017

Washington State University President Kirk Schulz said a proposed fee to alleviate the  athletic department’s $13 million debt may not be on the student ballot.

The WSU athletic department has been $13 million in debt since 2014. To help balance the budget the Board of Regents proposed an extra $50 fee on Pullman undergraduate students.

Washington Supreme Court Rules Against Richland Florist

Feb 16, 2017
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The Washington State Supreme Court affirmed that an eastern Washington florist cannot refuse to sell wedding flowers to a same-sex couple.

WSU President Commits To Diversity

Feb 16, 2017
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Washington State University President Kirk Schulz packed an auditorium Wednesday at his first State of the University address. He highlighted the university's accomplishments since his presidency began last June.

Jurors Seated For Second Malheur Trial

Feb 15, 2017
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Jurors were seated Wednesday for the second trial stemming from last year’s armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. The U.S. Attorney’s Office used a consulting firm to help select jurors for this trial.

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An immigrant in Seattle protected by the so-called “DACA” or “dreamer” program is currently being held in a Tacoma detention center. It’s believed to be the first immigration arrest of its kind under the Trump administration.

Oregon's State Forest Sale Moves Closer

Feb 14, 2017
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Two new members of Oregon’s State Land Board voted Tuesday to move forward with the controversial sale of a state forest. The vote came in spite of opposition from Gov. Kate Brown.

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Reports of raids carried out by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in at least six US states have people in eastern Washington on edge. As Correspondent Emily Schwing reports, what started as a rally in support of immigrants and refugees Sunday afternoon, ended in a wild goose chase at Spokane’s bus station.

Honey Bee Dangers Posed By Fungicides

Feb 13, 2017
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Researchers studying honeybee die-offs have found a whole new class of chemicals that could be harming these crucial pollinators. That has serious implications for apple growers and other farmers of the Pacific Northwest.

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Reintroducing grizzly bears to Washington’s North Cascades has been hotly debated for decades. Now, the federal government has put forth a draft of several plans to recover the population. People can voice their concerns or support at a series of public meetings that start today.

It starts with thirst. Your dog begins drinking more and urinating more often. They get hungrier, develop a pot belly, and their fur begins to fall out. It could be Cushing’s disease, which affects about 100,000 dogs a year.

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Drivers and professional lobbyists for the ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft are urging state lawmakers to replace what they call a "patchwork" of city regulations with uniform statewide rules for their industry. They testified Wednesday that this would expand the availability of the smartphone-based ride-booking services.

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A House committee will re-open the issue of gaming machines in tribal casinos in Idaho. It’s a contentious issue that has a long history in the state.

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With a shortage of foster parents in Idaho, state auditors describe Idaho's child welfare system as overwhelmed and overworked.

A trend over the last 13 years show a decline in the number of licensed foster parents. There were 974 licensed foster parents last year, a drop from 2014’s number of 1,062. Foster parents reportedly quit almost as fast as new ones signed up, according to the study.

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The lawsuit brought by 21 youth plaintiffs against the federal government over climate change could go to trial this summer. Tuesday, Eugene Federal Magistrate Judge Thomas Coffin met with attorneys in a pre-trial conference. The courtroom was packed with local climate activists.

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The last immigrant turned away at Sea-Tac airport last month arrived back in Seattle today ... welcomed by his family and elected leaders.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee thanked the lawyers and customs officials who worked to bring him back.

Oregon U.S. Senator Ron Wyden spoke with an overflow crowd at a town hall meeting in Albany Saturday. Hundreds came to hear what their senior Democratic senator had to say about what was going on in Washington D.C. 

Inslee Stumps for Planned Parenthood in Spokane

Feb 3, 2017
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Washington Governor Jay Inslee came to Spokane Friday to offer public support for Planned Parenthood and send a message to Congressional Republicans.

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A federal court judge in Seattle has ordered a temporary halt to the President Donald Trump’s immigration ban -- nationwide.

The restraining order is part of the lawsuit filed by Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson. U.S. District Judge James Robart issued the ruling Friday afternoon.

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The state of Oregon needs to prepare for the human health risks that come along with climate change. That’s the message Oregon Health Authority delivered in a plan released Thursday.  In recent years, Oregon has seen the warmest year on record and the lowest snowpack. It’s had one of the most severe fire seasons and declared widespread drought emergencies.

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Thursday is the 21st anniversary of a deadly school shooting at Frontier Junior High in Moses Lake, Washington. To mark the anniversary, the sister of one of the victims plans to ask state lawmakers to make it a crime to not safely store guns.

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Less than a week before their first performance, the Washington Idaho Symphony starts rehearsal for their 40th Annual Domey/Gillespie Young Artist Concert. The concert is a major event, but a professional symphony is too busy to spend more time rehearsing.

For the past 45 years, the Washington Idaho Symphony has brought music to eastern Washington and northern Idaho.

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It’s too hard to keep cops accountable when it comes to using deadly force in Washington state. That’s what citizens supporting a pair of bills said at a hearing in Olympia Tuesday. But some officers who showed up to testify said a change of training, not legal language, is needed.

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The 79th session of the Oregon legislature kicks off Wednesday with a flurry of activity. It's the first day of a session that's expected to last through early July.

Bill Would Raise Penalties For Toking In Public

Jan 31, 2017
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It’s legal to consume marijuana in Washington, but you can’t use it just anywhere. The law confines the legal use to people’s homes. Some would like to see that changed to allow some sort of public use. But for now, a Kennewick legislator proposes to go the other direction and increase the penalties for public use.

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