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Women's Rights
6:10 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Abortion Bill Clears Washington State House

Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia
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The Washington State House has passed a bill that requires insurance companies that cover maternity services to also include procedures to terminate pregnancies. Women in Washington State already have access to abortion services. The bill attempts to preserve the status quo.

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Environmental Hazards
4:52 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Quileute Tribe 'Ecstatic' About Move Out Of Tsunami Zone

The Quileute Indian Reservation located on Washington's Pacific coast.
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"Ecstatic," "amazed," and "stunned." Those are some of the words being used Tuesday around the tiny Quileute Indian Reservation on the Washington coast. This, after the U.S. Congress slightly shrank Olympic National Park to allow the tribe to move out of a tsunami zone. President Obama is expected to sign the legislation soon.

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Class-action Bank Suit
4:36 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Oregon seeks to recover $15.7 million invested with New York Bank

Old Bank of New York Mellon building, New York.
Photo by Wikimedia User Jim.henderson Wikimedia Commons

Oregon seeks to co-lead a class action lawsuit against Bank of New York Mellon. The bank was allegedly involved in a foreign currency exchange manipulation scheme.

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Washington Orca Mystery
6:46 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Whodunit Surrounds Bruised & Bloody Killer Whale Carcass

Orcas, or "killer whales," are among the most well-known whale species.
Photo by Wikimedia User Pittman Wikimedia Commons

LONG BEACH, Wash. -- The bruised and bloody carcass of an endangered killer whale washed ashore at Long Beach, Washington this weekend. An initial necropsy did not pinpoint a cause of death. Correspondent Tom Banse has more on an emerging whodunit.

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Washington Santorum Rally
6:41 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Santorum Rally Draws Supporters, Opponents, Undecided

Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum
Photo credit Northwest News Network

TACOMA, Wash. – Several hundred people gathered at the Washington Historical Museum in Tacoma Monday to get a glimpse of Rick Santorum on a campaign swing through the Northwest. In the crowd were supporters, opponents and undecided voters. Azusa Uchikura reports from Tacoma.

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Oregon Legislature
6:34 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Oregon Session Nears Halfway Point With Key Votes Looming

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber
Photo credit Oregon Governor's Office

SALEM, Ore. – Halfway into a month-long legislative session in Salem, Governor John Kitzhaber’s key policy proposals face a major test as soon as Tuesday. As Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports, there have been a few bumps along the road.

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Quileute Tribe Move
6:47 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Congress OKs Quileute Tribe's Move To Higher Ground

A coastal Quileute village.
Photo credit Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. -  The US Congress has cleared the way for a tiny Washington tribe to move parts of its coastal village uphill and out of a tsunami zone. The move involves the transfer of 785 acres of Olympic National Park to the Quileute Indian Tribe. The park surrounds the tribe's tiny reservation and blocks its desire to expand to higher ground.

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Greenhouse Gas Emissions
6:32 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

King County Does The Numbers On Greenhouse Gas Emissions

SEATTLE - Washington’s King County has released a detailed report that tallies up the total amount of Greenhouse Gases it emitted in 2008.

These emissions come from homes, industry, transportation – and our personal shopping decisions. And they are changing the global climate.

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Hanford Radiation Leak
6:27 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Small Radiation Leak Contained At Hanford

RICHLAND, Wash. – Hanford Nuclear Reservation managers say they have contained a few drips of radioactive condensation found near a waste container. Federal Department of Energy officials say the contamination did not get off site, and is not a danger to workers at the southeast Washington facility.

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same-sex marriage bill signed
6:20 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Wash. Governor Signs Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Washington Governor Chris Gregoire after signing legislation to allow same-sex couples to marry.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – In the words of one gay couple: it’s a “pre-Valentine’s Day” gift. Washington Governor Chris Gregoire today signed into law a measure to give same-sex couples the right to marry. The packed and emotional bill-signing took place in a ceremonial room at the statehouse.

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