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Legalized Marijuana
4:47 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Wash. Liquor Board Has One Year To Catch Up To Pot Legalization

Adult possession of up to one ounce of usable marijuana will no longer be a crime in Washington.
Credit Drug Enforcement Agency

  Pot becomes legal in Washington on Thursday. But state officials have not even begun to write the complicated rules for who can grow it, process it and sell it. That year-long process begins Wednesday.

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Liquor Sales
4:42 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Washington Liquor Sales Up Over Last Year

Washington voters approved privatized liquor sales last year.
Credit Decatur Wine & Spirits / Wikimedia Commons

There’s new data on the affect of liquor privatization in Washington. According to new numbers released Tuesday that capture the first four months of private liquor sales, sales by volume were up between June and September nearly 3 percent over the same period last year.

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Confessed Alaksan Killer
6:47 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Alaska Murder Suspect Commits Suicide, Confessed In Other Crimes

Confessed killer Israel Keyes.
Credit Photo courtesy Anchorage Police Department

Investigators in Alaska are looking into whether a confessed killer has connections to murders in the Northwest and around the country. Israel Keyes died Sunday of an apparent suicide in an Anchorage jail cell after admitting to murdering a barista named Samantha Koenig and a Vermont couple. Daysha Eaton reports from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

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Logging Road Laws
6:40 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Supreme Court: EPA Rule Could Make Logging Road Case Moot 


The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in a case from Oregon over water pollution from logging roads. Amelia Templeton of EarthFix reports a last minute rule change may have made the case moot.

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Wash. State Unemployment
6:12 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Unemployment Benefits To Expire

Congress has come through numerous times in the past to renew a federal program to help jobless workers in Washington state.
Credit David Maiolo / Wikimedia Commons

Extended unemployment benefits are going away for 60,000 Washington residents. A federal program put in place to help jobless workers weather the recession expires at the end of the year.

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Oregon Aquifers
5:21 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Project To Recharge Aquifers With Columbia River Water

There’s not enough water in eastern Oregon for farmers and fish. Gov. John Kitzhaber designated one basin as a place to try a possible solution to this problem. At the Oregon Leadership Summit Monday, farmers and environmentalists talked about what’s being done.

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Marriage License Lottery
5:15 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Same-Sex Couple Of 31 Years Wins Marriage License Lottery

Lynn Grotsky (far right) and Lisa Brodoff (top) won a drawing to become the first same-sex couple in Thurston County, Wash., to be issued a marriage license. They are shown here with their daughter Evan and son Micha.
Credit Yuen Lui

A lesbian couple that’s been together for more than three decades will receive the first same-sex marriage license in Washington’s Thurston County. Lynn Grotsky and Lisa Brodoff won a county-sponsored lottery Monday. They will be the first of 10 couples to get their license just after midnight on Thursday.

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Idaho Nuclear Energy
4:58 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Idaho Task Force Considers Nuclear Waste

Idaho's Leadership in Nuclear Energy Commission meeting on August 16, 2012.
Credit Aaron Kunz / Boise State Public Radio

A task force in Idaho today issued a first draft of recommendations that could include the shipment of spent nuclear waste into the state.

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Same-Sex Marriages
4:46 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

After 8 Years, Spokane Pastor Will Resume Marriages, Gay And Straight

Reverend Todd Eklof, of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Spokane, will soon perform his first marriage ceremony in eight years.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

Reverend Todd Eklof made a vow in 2004, the year 11 states, including Oregon and Kentucky, passed constitutional amendments against gay marriage. He stopped performing any marriages. But starting Dec. 9 same-sex couples can get married legally in Washington. And that day will also mark a turning point for the Spokane minister. Eklof discussed his vow with Northwest News Network's Jessica Robinson.

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I-5 Bridge Funding
4:36 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Oregon Governor Urges Legislature To Act Quickly To Fund I-5 Bridge

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber speaks to the Oregon Leadership Summit.
Credit Colin Fogarty

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is stepping up the pressure on state lawmakers to make funding a new I-5 bridge over the Columbia River a top priority. The Democrat made his case for a new span between Portland and Vancouver at a gathering of business leaders Monday.

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