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Washington Pot Law
4:47 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Inslee Meets With U.S. Attorney General To Discuss Pot Law

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder wants clarification of how pot will be taxed and regulated.
Credit U.S. Department of Justice

Washington Governor Jay Inslee and State Attorney General Bob Ferguson met with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in the nation’s capitol Tuesday.

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Algerian Hostage Standoff
4:11 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Oregon Man Among Americans Dead In Algerian Hostage Standoff

The In Amenas gas facility in Algeria.
Credit Oregon Public Broadcasting

An Oregonian is among the three Americans who died after militants took over a natural gas plant in Algeria, according to federal officials.

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NBA Team
6:21 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Hansen Confirms Deal To Acquire NBA Team For Seattle

After weeks of rumors, it appears Seattle may have a new professional basketball team to replace the SuperSonics. Investor Chris Hansen said his group has entered an agreement to purchase a controlling interest in the Sacramento Kings. Seattle sports fans seemed pleased by the deal, but confessed they don’t know much yet about their new home team. KUOW’s Amy Radil reports.

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Marijuana Laws
6:18 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Can Washington Courts Deny Pot To Offenders On Probation?

Here’s the latest wrinkle in implementing Washington’s new marijuana law: Can courts restrict people on probation from using pot recreationally? That question was the subject of a committee hearing Monday in Olympia. Jessica Robinson has more.

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Gun Rally
6:08 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Armed Gun Rights Advocates Rally At Washington Capitol

Scott Robertson, carrying an AR-15 style rifle. Robertson says military style rifles and clip capacity are not the problem
Credit Photo by Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Netwrk

Several hundred gun rights advocates – many of them armed – rallied at the Washington state Capitol Saturday. Their purpose was to protest any new gun control measures. Similar rallies were organized in Salem, Boise and Coeur d'Alene. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports.

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Maple Theft
6:04 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Massive Big Leaf Maple Theft On Washington State Parks Land

The remains of a big leaf maple tree in southern Puget Sound.
Credit Photo by Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

It could be one of the largest Maple wood thefts from Washington State Parks land. Thieves in search of valuable “figured maple” wood cut down 21 Big Leaf Maple trees on undeveloped property in southern Puget Sound. Park Ranger Mischa Cowles discovered the theft Friday on Harstine Island. She says she first noticed a road had been punched through a wall of ferns, salal, and Huckleberry bushes.

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Voters' Pamphlets
4:54 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Washington's New Secretary Of State Wants Primary Voters' Pamphlets

Secretary of State Kim Wyman
Credit Washington Secretary of State website

Washington’s new Secretary of State Kim Wyman wants printed voters’ pamphlets in statewide and legislative primary elections. She’s asking state lawmakers to pay the $1 million cost. Currently it’s up to county auditors to decide whether to print voters’ pamphlets for those primaries and some choose not to.

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Unhealthy Air
4:39 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Weather Conditions And Fine Particulate Matter Make Unhealthy Air

Unhealthy air quality conditions have led to temporary bans on wood-burning stoves and outdoor fires.
Credit Violetbonmua / Wikimedia Commons

Several areas in the Pacific Northwest are experiencing unhealthy air. Winter weather conditions have trapped air pollution near the ground.

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Robert Bales Trial
4:13 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Government Prosecutors Want Speedy Trial For Soldier Accused In Massacre

Staff Sergeant Robert Bales' arraignment in a military court room south of Tacoma marked the start of a court martial that could potentially end in a death sentence.

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American Marten
6:51 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Volunteers Search For The Elusive Marten In Olympic National Forest

Though the American Marten is not threatened in the majority of its range, biologists worry that the population in coastal mountain ranges, like Olympic National Forest, have declined in the last few decades.
Credit Photo by T. Gettelman / Lassen National Forest

The American Marten is a small elusive member of the weasel family. People trap them and sell their pelts on the fur market where they’re known as “sable”. Their numbers are healthy in Canada and some northern parts of the U.S. But scientists worry that marten populations have severely declined in coastal mountain ranges - like the Olympic National Forest.

Ashley Ahearn from our EarthFix team reports on one organization that’s trying to help scientists get some answers.

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