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Health Care Ruling Reaction
11:57 am
Thu June 28, 2012

WA State Insurance Commissioner Weighs in on Affordable Healthcare Act Decision

Mike Kreidler, Insurance Commissioner for Washington State
Photo source: Washington State Office of the Insurance Comissioner

We’ve been hearing responses all day from officials across the state about the Supreme’s Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act. KUOW’s Steve Scher spoke earlier with Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler.

Kreidler said he’s “ecstatic” with the Supreme Court’s decision.
He said this is going to provide a competitive health care market in Washington…
And insurance providers will have to step up.

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Olympic Runners
6:18 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Olympic Qualifying Action Resumes With Portland's Rupp Trying for 'Double'

The U.S. Olympic Team Trials for track and field resume Thursday afternoon in Eugene after a two day rest break. Thursday night, more athletes with Northwest ties step to the starting line than on any other day of the event. Correspondent Tom Banse has this preview.

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Timber Payments
6:16 am
Thu June 28, 2012

County Payments Included In Transportation Bill

Congressman Greg Walden says a one-year extension of federal payments for timber-dependent counties is included in the Transportation bill. Walden predicts the bill could come to a floor vote by Friday.

The proposal would secure $100 million dollars for places like Josephine, Curry, and Lane Counties. All three counties have struggled to raise revenue as timber harvests have dwindled. Walden acknowledged the revenue problems in timber country have dragged out over the years with extension after extension.  But he sees the issue coming to a head with this last payment.

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Police Lawsuit
6:14 am
Thu June 28, 2012

City Of Seattle Settles Police Lawsuit

The man who sued the Seattle police department over a racially charged threat has settled his case. The city of Seattle will pay him $150,000 but admit no wrongdoing. Martin Monetti’s case helped prompt Justice Department scrutiny of Seattle police. KUOW’s Amy Radil reports.

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Tsunami Dock
6:15 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Tsunami Dock Species Under The Microscope

The Japanese dock washed up on an Oregon beach earlier this month.
Oregon State Parks

The Japanese dock that washed ashore in Oregon carried more than a few invasive species. Scientists have found enough living cargo to keep them busy for decades.

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Proposed NBA Arena
5:59 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Seattle Councilman: Arena Doesn’t Deserve Public Funds

Seattle City Councilman Richard Conlin sent an e-mail to constituents saying he doesn't believe a proposed NBA arena deserves public funds.
Seattle City Council web site

Seattle City Councilman Richard Conlin sent an e-mail to some of his constituents Tuesday. He told them he doesn’t believe the proposed NBA arena in the Seattle SODO area deserves public funds. The backers of the arena proposal have asked the city and the county for up to $200 million in public bonds. But Conlin says that money is better kept in the general fund.

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Hanford Site Honored
4:38 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Washington State May Be Honored For Producing A-Bomb

Hanford's B Reactor was the world’s first, full-scale nuclear reactor and produced the plutonium used in the “Fat Man” bomb dropped over Nagasaki, Japan.
Department of Energy

Washington state played a key role in helping the U.S. develop nuclear weapons. The Department of Energy hails the Hanford site as an “engineering marvel.” It was the first large scale plutonium production facility in the world and was erected in a mere thirteen months. Now lawmakers want to make part of the site a national park, along with nuclear facilities in Tennessee and New Mexico.

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AIDS Assistance Facility
6:13 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Nation's First AIDS Housing Turns 20

Bailey-Boushay House turns 20 this year. The residential care facility in Seattle’s Madison Valley was the first of its kind in the country. It focused on the health care needs of people with AIDS. It was born out of a crisis. Over the years the patients’ medical needs have changed. The facility has evolved, too. Ruby de Luna traces the history of Bailey-Boushay.

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Oregon Jail Inmates Released
5:24 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Lane County Sheriff Watches Inmates Walk Out Jail Door

Inmates walk out of Lane County Jail Tuesday morning.
Rachael McDonald KLCC

Nearly 100 inmates of the Lane County Jail will be released this week. Not because they've served their time, but because the county can't afford to keep them. This after commissioners cut nearly $100 million from the general fund.

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Cigarette Tax
5:00 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Judge Blocks Tax On Roll Your Own Cigarettes

Pre-packaged cigarettes are currently almost twice the price of roll-your-own cigarettes.
bachmont Wikimedia Commons

Currently you can walk out of a tobacco shop with a pack of roll-your-own cigarettes for about $5.50. A pack of Marlboros will put you back almost twice that much. That’s because tobacco shops don’t charge the same tax on roll-your-own cigarettes as they would for pre-packaged cigarettes.

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