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Wash. Health Exchange
5:37 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Wash. Moves Forward With Health Exchange, But How To Pay For It?

Washington's Health Benefit Exchange is an online market for health plans.
Credit Bluedisk / Wikimedia Commons

Next fall, Washington’s health exchange is expected to be up and running. The exchange is an online market for health plans. Right now the Health Exchange Board is trying to figure out how to pay for itself. On Friday, the Board is considering different options.

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Phone Book Delivery
5:23 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Wash. Ready To Hang Up On Mandatory Delivery Of White Pages

Phone books left on the street for recycling.
Credit Lulu Vision / Flickr

Utility regulators are on the verge of ending the automatic delivery of White Pages phone books to Washington households. Legislation to do the same in Oregon hasn't gone anywhere.

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Lawsuit Against Drug Company
4:36 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Oregon, Washington, Idaho Part Of Multi-State Pharmaceutical Settlement

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum has announced a third major pharmaceutical settlement since she took office.
Credit Northwest News Network

Oregon, Washington and Idaho are part of a $90 million, 38 state settlement announced Thursday with pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline. The lawsuit claims the drug company downplayed the cardiovascular risks of the diabetes drug Avandia, which has been linked to an increased risk of heart attacks.

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Washington Jobless Rate
4:29 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Wash. Sees Healthy Drop In Unemployment

Washington state saw a nice drop in unemployment during October. New numbers released Thursday show the state jobless rate fell to 8.2 percent. That's down three-tenths of a point from the prior month.

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McMorris Rodgers
6:12 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Washington’s McMorris Rogers Wins GOP Leadership Post

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, official portrait.
Credit Photo courtesy U.S. House of Representatives

A member of Congress from the Northwest will be the fourth highest-ranking Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives. Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers won the position of chair of the House Republican Conference Wednesday. It happened in a closed meeting of House Republicans.

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Public Range Land
6:05 am
Thu November 15, 2012

OSU Professor Proposes Rangeland Reserves

An Oregon State University professor is calling on federal managers to reduce livestock grazing on public range land. He says the combined effects of climate change and grazing can damage the soil and water. Amelia Templeton of Earthfix reports.

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Zehm Case Sentencing
5:59 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Former Spokane Police Officer Sentenced In Federal Court

Thursday marks the beginning of the end in a six-year-long court case involving a former Spokane police officer and the death of a Spokane man. Karl F. Thompson faces sentencing Thursday morning in Spokane’s federal court. Paige Browning reports from Spokane.

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Leaky Tank At Hanford
6:01 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Hanford Managers Mull Solutions For Leaky Tanks

Workers empty a radioactive waste tank at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
Credit Washington River Protection Solutions

Some of the decisions made over the last 40 years at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation are coming back to haunt the site’s current managers. A new report out this week examined why a double-hulled tank of radioactive waste recently sprung a leak in its inner shell. That has raised the possibility of having to pump out the waste from the tank.

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Wild Turkeys
5:28 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

A Plumaged Pilgrimage: How Wild Turkeys Came To The Northwest

Male turkeys are known as “toms.”
Credit John Hafner / National Wild Turkey Federation

The turkey is a quintessentially American bird, exported from the New World like corn and potatoes. But the turkey is not native to the Pacific Northwest. The wild turkeys you may have seen here are part of the bird’s comeback story.

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Washington State Budget
4:46 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Practicality Of 'No New Taxes' Pledge Debated In Olympia

Washington State Rep. Ross Hunter, the chief budget writer for House Democrats.
Credit Northwest News Network

In Olympia, a new revenue outlook shows a shortfall in the next state budget cycle. That is putting renewed attention on promises not to raise taxes.

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