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Education Law
6:39 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Wash. Requests No Child Left Behind Waiver

Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia, Wash.
Photo credit: Wikimedia User Visitor7 Wikimedia Commons

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Washington State will apply for a waiver to the federal No Child Left Behind education law. Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn says the state will ask to set its own standards for student achievement. From KUOW in Seattle, Ann Dornfeld reports.

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Wildlife
6:36 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Ringing The Dinner Bell For Wintering Elk

An elk herd seen in late autumn.
Photo credit Wikimedia User Anayst Wikimedia Commons

WildWilTHORP, Wash. – As snow blankets the mountains around Ellensburg, Washington, elk herds traditionally make their way to the valley below. Now that farmers have planted their roots near the Yakima River, elk are not able to graze there during winter months.

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Silver Valley Cleanup
6:30 am
Thu February 16, 2012

EPA Scales Back North Idaho Clean-Up

SILVER VALLEY, Idaho -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has decided to scale back plans for cleaning up Idaho’s Silver Valley. The region has been the site of a Superfund clean-up of mining waste since the 1980s. Steve Jackson has more on the story.

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Balancing The Budget
5:51 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Wash. Democrats May Find Path To Avoid Sales Tax Measure

If Washington's new revenue forecast is positive, the state may avoid the governor’s proposal to ask voters to approve a half-penny sales tax hike.
Photo credit: Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

BalaOLYMPIA, Wash. – Democrats in the Washington legislature are suddenly hopeful they can rebalance the state budget without asking voters to approve a tax hike. Their optimism comes even before they see the latest revenue forecast out Thursday.

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Women's Boxing
4:51 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Female Seattle Boxer Fights Battle Of The Mind In Face Of Olympics

Queen Underwood, 27, of Seattle steps out of the ring victorious at the Olympic team trials for women's boxing in Spokane.
Photo credit: Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

This year, women will box for the gold for the first time ever at the Summer Olympics in London. One of the top contenders is a boxer from the Northwest named Queen Underwood. Jessica Robinson reports.

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Pollution
4:09 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Illegal Sewage Dumper In Kennewick, Wash., Fined $50,000

Portable toilets similar to what the fined company may use.
Photo Credit: ŠJů Wikimedia commons

PolRICHLAND, Wash. – State regulators have fined a port-o-john operator in southeast Washington for illegally dumping raw sewage down a manhole at least five times. Some of the $50,000 in fines will go to the city of Kennewick, which had to clean up waste that backed up into streets.

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StoryCorps Northwest
12:05 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

StoryCorps Northwest: How We Met

Avery Green and Tim Toerber of Tacoma
Photo source: StoryCorps

Romantic relationships can be difficult to maintain, especially if they're long distance relationships. Avery Green and Tim Toerber of Tacoma share how they met, and how they manage to keep their relationship going during Tim's many deployments to Afghanistan. 
 

Volcano Research
7:09 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Why Mt. Hood Never Erupts With A Bang

Mt. Hood erupts less explosively than other Cascade mountains.
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MT. HOOD, Ore. -- Researchers at Oregon State University think they have figured out why Mt. Hood doesn’t erupt with the same bang and violence as other Cascade volcanoes. Amelia Templeton reports.

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Mental Health Care
7:05 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Washington Senate Toughens Treatment of Violence in Mental Hospitals

Western State Hospital is one of several mental health care facilities in Washington.
Photo by John Ryan KUOW

SEATTLE, Wash. -- A bill aimed at improving the safety of workers in mental hospitals passed the Washington state senate on Monday. KUOW's John Ryan reports from Seattle.

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Alcohol Laws
7:02 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Washington Restaurants Changing The Way They Buy Liquor

State liquor stores will shut down as Washington privatizes liquor sales.
Photo Credit Anna King Northwest News Network

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Washington restaurateurs are preparing for a new option that begins March first: They’ll be able to buy liquor directly from distilleries and out-of-state distributors. It’s one part of the new roll out of Initiative 1183, passed by voters in November. As correspondent Anna King reports, Some restaurants are waiting to see how the new marketplace shapes up, others are aggressively hunting down deals.

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