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Ore. Special Legislative Session
4:45 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Kitzhaber Calls Special Session, Eyes Nike Expansion

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber called the state legislature into special session later this week.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

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Oregon lawmakers will convene in special session this Friday. Gov. John Kitzhaber announced Monday that the session is urgently needed to facilitate a major expansion of Oregon-based Nike.

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Legal Same-Sex Marriage
6:20 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Married At Seattle City Hall

Credit Photo Credit: Joe Mabel/Wikimedia Commons

Wedding bells rang throughout Washington state Sunday as hundreds of same-sex couples said “I do”. Sunday was the first day gay couples could legally marry here. This comes after voters upheld the state’s marriage equality law in last month’s election.

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Same-Sex Marriage
6:08 am
Mon December 10, 2012

One Of Spokane's First Same-Sex Married Couples Say "I Do"

Sunday was the first day marriage certificates were signed in Washington state since the passing of the same-sex marriage law. One Spokane couple said “I Do” to each other for the second time.

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BPA Agreement
6:12 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

BPA Deal With Alcoa Promises Job Security, Utility Savings

Hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in utility savings are the big benefits of a new power agreement announced Friday in Northwest Washington.

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Wash. Auditor-Elect
5:29 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Wash. Auditor-Elect Kelley Keeps A Low Profile

Washington State Auditor-elect Troy Kelley
Credit Washington Legislature

Washington’s newly elected governor, attorney general and secretary of state are busy hiring staff, announcing transition teams and setting up shop in the Capitol. But newly elected Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley hasn’t been seen much.

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Gambling Addiction
5:06 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Oregon Lottery's Anti-Addiction Efforts Under Scrutiny

A sign for video lottery in Portland, Ore.
Credit Thomas Hawk / Flickr

  The Oregon Lottery spends millions of dollars a year to prevent gambling addiction. But some Oregon lawmakers say that effort has been ineffective. Now, a legislative committee may force the Lottery to hire someone to coordinate its anti-addiction efforts.

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Gay Marriage Cases
5:00 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Implications Unclear For Supreme Court Gay Marriage Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court will review a ban on same-sex marriage in California, as well as a federal law that prohibits gays and lesbians from receiving federal spousal benefits.
Credit Franz Jantzen / Supreme Court website

 Supporters of same-sex marriage in the Northwest are at once celebrating and downplaying the latest news from the U.S. Supreme Court. The high court announced Friday that it would review a ban on same-sex marriage in California, as well as a federal law that prohibits gays and lesbians from receiving federal spousal benefits.

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Idaho Salmo
6:40 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Working for Idaho's Extinct Coho Salmon

Nez Perce fishery employees work through Coho at the Lapwai Creek weir.
Credit Photo by Aaron Kunz

The Northwest’s declining salmon runs have spurred marathon legal battles and inspired billions in spending to save the iconic species.

But Idaho’s coho salmon were never listed as endangered before they went extinct in 1987. Very few people noticed when the fish were gone. But the Nez Perce Indian tribe noticed. And thanks to its extraordinary efforts, coho are once again returning by the thousands to Idaho waters.

Earthfix reporter Aaron Kunz explains.

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Marijuana Legalization
6:19 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Marijuana Smokers Celebrate Legalization In Seattle Center

Seattle Center hosted an unofficial mini-Hempfest Thursday as marijuana smokers turned out to celebrate their new freedoms. A hundred or so people gathered around the International Fountain, smoking pot. A few of them spoke to KPLU’s Keith Seinfeld.

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Tracing Chemical Agents
6:31 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Northwest Scientists Discovering New Ways To Trace Chemical Weapons

Carlos Fraga, center, is a Ph.D. chemist for the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Along with chemist Brian Dockendorff, left, and chemical engineer Gabriel Perez Acosta. He is trying to find ways to trace chemical agents back to their sources.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

President Barack Obama has been publicly warning Syria’s leaders not to use chemical weapons against their own people. The news is unexpectedly relevant in southeast Washington. Researchers at at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are developing new scientific techniques to trace chemical agents back to their sources.

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