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Same-Sex Marriage In Oregon
5:21 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Oregon Same-Sex Marriage Supporters Look To Washington For Inspiration

Gay rights groups are hoping Oregon will be the next state to legalize same-sex marriage.
Credit Chantal Andrea

Gay rights groups are hoping Oregon will be the next state to legalize same-sex marriage at the ballot. Washington did that this week. But to follow suit, Oregon voters would have to reverse themselves and repeal a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

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Public University Enrollment
5:17 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Oregon Higher Ed Enrollment On The Rise

An aerial view of the Memorial Union at Oregon State University. OSU has seen a nearly 6 percent increase in enrollment.
Credit saml123 / Flickr

The number of students enrolled at public universities in Oregon has reached an all-time high. The Oregon University System announced Thursday that more than 101,000 people are taking classes.

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Hanford's Waste Treatment
5:13 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

New Science Teams To Tackle Hanford Plant's Vexing Challenges

The Hanford Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant, or vit plant, located on the U.S. Department of Energy's Hanford site is a 65-acre complex.
Credit Bechtel National, Inc.

Energy Secretary Steven Chu is bolstering the scientific brain power at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation’s waste treatment plant. A memo released to employees Thursday says the aim is to solve nagging technical problems at the plant more quickly.

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Wash. Governor's Race
5:08 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Ballot Counting Continues As Wash. Governor’s Race Remains Undecided

Democrat Jay Inslee retains a narrow lead over Republican Rob McKenna in the Washington governor's race.
Credit Deborah Wang

Washington’s race for governor still hasn’t been called. Hundreds of thousands of ballots remain uncounted. A disproportionate number of those votes are in heavily Democratic King County, with nearly a third of the state’s electorate.

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Latino Candidates
5:01 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Growing Latino Electorate Reflected In Candidates

Pablo Gonzalez of Zillah, Wash., lost his bid for the Washington House. That's despite coming from a district in the Yakima Valley where Latinos are the majority.
Credit Jessica Robinson

Exit polls show Latino voters helped push President Obama to victory on Tuesday. But there was another sign of the growing influence of Hispanics on election day: that was the actual names on many ballots.

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McKenna Not Conceding Yet
4:38 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

McKenna Has Time, But Not Statistics On His Side In Wash. Governor’s Race

Republican Rob McKenna needs to gain a significant advantage among voters who waited to cast their ballots.
Credit Austin Jenkins

There are still three-quarters of a million ballots to be counted in Washington’s too-close-to-call governor’s race. Democrat Jay Inslee holds a narrow lead over Republican Rob McKenna.

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Referendum 74's Passage
4:08 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Same-Sex Marriage Opponents Concede Referendum Loss

Opponents of Washington's Referendum 74 have conceded the election. Same-sex couples can apply for a marriage license starting December 6.
Credit Chantal Andrea

The campaign against same-sex marriage in Washington conceded defeat on Referendum 74. Its passage upholds the state legislature's law allowing gay marriage in Washington.

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Northwest Coal Export
6:32 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Coal Export Meeting Underway in Washington And Oregon

Photo of a coal mine.
Credit Photo Credit: James Allan/Wikimedia Commons

Public officials are considering permits for coal export terminals in the Northwest.

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Marijuana Legalization Measures
6:20 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Washington Approves And Oregon Rejects Marijuana Legalization Measures

Supporters of Oregon's Measure 80 gathered on election night at the World Famous Cannabis Café in Portland.
Credit Photo Credit: Chris Lehman

Northwest voters are of two minds when it comes to legalizing marijuana. Oregon voters rejected an attempt to allow people to smoke and grow pot. But Washington voters approved a more limited legalization initiative.

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Democrats Lead WA
6:13 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Washington State GOP Searching Its Soul Over Losses

Democrats in the state of Washington had a very good night Tuesday night. They are now leading in every statewide executive race except one. Republicans don’t have as much to celebrate.

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