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Bar Hours Extension Denied
4:52 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Wash. Liquor Board Rejects Seattle's Extended Hours Request

Despite police support for staggered bar closing times the Washington State Liquor Control Board shot down the the request for extension.
Wikimedia user Nova77 Wikimedia Commons

The Washington State Liquor Control Board has turned down Seattle’s request to set its own hours for bars and nightclubs.

All bars and nightclubs in Washington state must stop serving liquor by 2 a.m. Seattle officials including police chief John Diaz, had supported allowing extended hours. They said staggered closing times would work better for police.

But Liquor Control Board chair Sharon Foster said she believed extended hours would cause more public safety problems. And she said neighboring cities would feel the consequences as well.

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Oregon Liquor Privatization?
4:39 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Oregon Watches Washington Liquor Transition

As Washington moves to private sales of hard liquor, Oregon is not yet set for the same transition.
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The state of Washington is preparing for a seismic shift this week in the way people buy liquor. A similar transition from state-controlled alcohol sales is not yet on the horizon in Oregon. But some in the industry hope that will change.

Washington voters initially rejected the idea of turning control of hard liquor sales over to the private sector. But last fall, an initiative to do just that passed by a wide margin after an expensive advertising campaign by Costco.

The retail giant isn't planning a similar ballot run in Oregon this year. Instead, grocery industry lobbyist Joe Gilliam says retailers will try their hand at convincing the Oregon legislature first. And he says the industry will simply point north for an example of what happens when lawmakers don't compromise.

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Simple Majority For Taxes
4:31 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Judge Rules Wash. Supermajority Requirement For Taxes Unconstitutional

Supermajority initiative sponsor Tim Eyman is already circulating another petition for this November. A link to the full initiative can be found below.
State of Washington

A King County judge Wednesday ruled that Washington voters cannot impose a two thirds majority requirement to raise taxes on the state legislature. Superior Court Judge Bruce Heller found voter approved anti-tax Initiative 1053 to be unconstitutional. But the ruling is far from the last word on the matter.

A group of Democratic state lawmakers and their allies sued to overturn the requirement for a two-thirds vote of the legislature to raise taxes. Washingtonians have repeatedly approved that high threshold at the ballot.

But a county judge in Seattle accepted the plaintiffs' argument that the supermajority requirement conflicts with the state constitution. It says a simple majority is all it takes to pass a bill.

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Klamath Dam Removal
7:03 am
Wed May 30, 2012

California Tribe Asks Feds to Stop Licensing Klamath Dams

A California American Indian tribe Tuesday asked federal regulators to order the removal of four dams on the Klamath River. The tribe says a restoration plan for the river is stalled. Amelia Templeton reports.

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Salmon Virus
7:00 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Deadly Virus Makes First Appearance in Washington Salmon Farm

A deadly virus that prompted salmon farmers in British Columbia to kill 560,000 fish has shown up for the first time in Washington. Ashley Ahearn reports.

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Oregon Mosque Firebomber
5:27 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Decision On Cody Crawford's Release Postponed

A federal judge in Eugene heard arguments Tuesday for the release of a man charged in the fire bombing of a Corvallis mosque in 2010. Cody Crawford is currently in jail awaiting trial.

Government lawyers argued victims of the mosque bombing were not given enough notice of Cody Crawford's motion for release. Despite this, Judge Thomas Coffin allowed the defense to make their arguments.

Crawford's attorney presented a psychologist's opinion that his client has Aspergers syndrome, and would not be dangerous if released.

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Idaho's Stake in Wash. I-1183
5:08 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Idaho Wonders How Wash. Law Will Affect Cross-Border Booze Runs

Could Washington's liquor laws become a boon to Idaho?
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Washington retailers are getting ready for the 78 year old state monopoly on liquor sales to end this Friday. It’s not yet clear what privatization will do to the price of alcohol in Washington. One entity with a big stake in the matter … is the state of Idaho.

Some of Idaho’s most profitable state-run liquor stores just happen to be along its Northwestern border.

Jared Tatro: “And when we went up to visit those stores, we look at IDs, we’re looking at license plates,  they’re coming from Washington.”

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UI Scholar Consultant
6:46 am
Mon May 28, 2012

University Of Idaho Scholar Is Consultant On New HBO Hemingway Film

HBO is premiering a new film Monday on the love affair between Ernest Hemingway and his third wife, journalist Martha Gellhorn. A University of Idaho Hemingway scholar served as a consultant to the filmmakers. Northwest Public Radio’s Glenn Mosley reports.

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Alaska Air DIY Luggage
5:33 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Alaska Airlines Tries Do-It-Yourself Luggage Tagging

Alaska Airlines will try out a new do-it-yourself luggage tagging system at SeaTac.
Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines is trying out a new luggage-tagging system at SeaTac Airport. It relies on customers using new kiosks to weigh their own bags and print out and attach labels. Travelers still must drop off luggage with agents and show I.D. But airline spokeswoman Bobbie Egan says the change should save some time. She says Alaska and its sister carrier Horizon tried out the system last year in Bend.

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69 year old Washington Swimmer
5:05 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

At 69, Northwest Swimmer Says You’re Never Too Old For Gold

Suzie Aldrich holds several records in Senior Games throughout the Northwest.
Chris Joseph Taylor Northwest News Network

Sometimes life hands you disappointment and humiliation. That happened to Suzie Aldrich in a swim meet in college. The Walla Walla native didn’t swim again for nearly 50 years. But in retirement the pool called her back for a re-do. And the results were astonishing.

“They say to invest in gold and I try to do my best," says Suzie Aldrich with a laugh.

"These are all gold medals. I’m Suzie Aldrich and I’m 69 years old. I’m from Walla Walla, Washington and I’m the Eastern Washington, Washington State, Alaska international record holder in backstroke. I’ll see ya at the other end."

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