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Mohamud Trial
6:14 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Attorneys Paint Dueling Pictures Of Mohamud

Attorneys laid out opening statements Friday in the trial of a young man accused of a bomb plot. The FBI enacted a sting operation that led to the arrest of Mohamed Mohamud. From Oregon Public Broadcasting, April Baer reports.

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Spokane Suit
5:39 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Spokane Sues Fannie Mae And Freddie Mac

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac say don’t have to pay a real estate excise tax because they're government-sponsored enterprises.
Credit Northwest News Network

The city of Spokane, Wash., is suing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The class-action suit claims the two mortgage giants should have to pay a real estate excise tax to Spokane and dozens of other cities across Washington.

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Legalized Marijuana
5:31 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Washington State Seeks Marijuana Experts

The Liquor Control Board must create a structure for people to legally grow and sell marijuana.
Credit Rad Racer / Wikimedia Commons

The Washington State Liquor Control Board is forging ahead in its new role creating access to legalized marijuana. On Jan. 14,  the board will issue a request for consultants to gauge pot consumption in Washington state.

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Inslee Appointments
6:36 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Shipbuilder Executive To Lead Washington Social Services Agency

A shipbuilding executive with no social work experience will head Washington’s Department of Social and Health Services. Governor-elect Jay Inslee announced that appointment and four other cabinet picks Thursday. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports.

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GMO Ban
6:26 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Southern Oregon County Will Consider GMO Ban In 2014

In November, voters in San Juan county Washington banned genetically modified crops. Now Southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley could follow suit. A proposed GMO ban just qualified for the 2014 Jackson County ballot. Amelia Templeton of EarthFix reports.

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Prison Working Conditions
5:39 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Corrections Workers Rally At Statehouse

The union that represents prison workers rallied on the Capitol steps in Olympia Thursday. They’re calling for safer working conditions.

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Oregon Budget Cuts
4:41 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Oregon's Lane County Faces Continued Dismantling Of Public Safety

Inmates were released early from the Lane County Jail in July when 100 beds were cut.
Credit Rachael McDonald / KLCC

The Lane County Sheriff expects to have to cut more jail beds next year and the year after that. In two years, the county may have only 26 beds for local offenders and no sheriff's patrols. With the current 135 local beds, offenders are being released from the jail after serving only hours.

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Juvenile Parole
6:22 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Budget Fallout: Juvenile Re-Arrest Rates Spike After Parole Is Cut

Juvenile parole counselor Mel Fundanet meets with a 15-year-old offender and his father.
Credit Photo by Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

We’re starting to see real world fallout from some of the state budget cuts made in last few years. One of the clearest examples in Washington is juvenile parole. Turns out the chief suspect in a recent high profile bar shooting had committed a previous murder – but did not qualify for intensive parole supervision because of cutbacks. One study finds juveniles who don’t receive parole are far more likely to be re-arrested within nine months of their release. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports.

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Wolverine Status
6:17 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Wolverines Under Consideration For Endangered Species Status

A wolverine seen on Snoqualmie Pass east of Seattle.
Credit Photo by Jeffrey C. Lewis / Wikimedia Commons

Should wolverines be listed as an endangered species? That will be the question before the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on January 18th. This hardy member of the weasel family is actually making a comeback in the U.S., but perhaps not for long. Ashley Ahearn reports for EarthFix.

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Northwest News
6:13 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Inslee Committed To Medicaid Expansion

Democrat Jay Inslee made his first public appearance since he won the election. The governor-elect spoke yesterday (Wed) at a health care policy conference in SeaTac. As Ruby de Luna reports, Inslee reiterated his commitment to change health care in Washington state through the Affordable Care Act.

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