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Prop 8 northwest
3:57 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Prop 8 Ruling Likely Has No Immediate Effect On Northwest

Marriage equality demonstrators / Photo Credit: Wikimedia user Staffordvaughan / Wikimedia Commons

Tuesday's ruling overturning California’s ban on same-sex marriage is not expected to affect similar laws in other states. Oregon and Idaho also have voter-approved amendments against gay marriage. But Washington lawmakers are poised to send Governor Chris Gregoire a measure allowing gays and lesbians to marry.

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Commentaries
10:24 am
Tue February 7, 2012

I Feel Better Now

Commentator Corinna Nicolaou
Corinna Nicolaou Northwest Public Radio

We all have our failures, the things we regret… and maybe don’t want anyone to know about. 

Northwest Public Radio commentator Corinna Nicolaou  talks about failing in her youth, and how that failure drove her to succeed.
 

You can read more of Corinna's commentary at her blog

Mount Rainier Name Change
6:45 am
Tue February 7, 2012

Tribal Alliance Seeks To Restore Native Name For Mount Rainier

Puyallup tribe members want to change the name of Mount Rainier back to its native name, Ti'Swaq'
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

ROY, Wash. - Mount Rainier was once known by its many native names. Now, an alliance of tribal members is moving forward with a proposal to restore an original name to this Northwest landmark. But a long bureaucratic process lies ahead, as correspondent Tom Banse reports.

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Hanford Reservation Whistleblowers
6:40 am
Tue February 7, 2012

Top Hanford Scientist Calls Treatment Plant Pipes Not Strong Enough

The Hanford Nuclear Reservation was once used to enrich plutonium for nuclear weapons.
Photo Source: Northwest News Network

RICHLAND, Wash. – Over the last two years we’ve brought you numerous stories about high-level whistleblowers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation's nuclear waste treatment plant. It’s one of the largest environmental cleanup projects on Earth. Now, yet another top expert there is risking his career to speak openly. He tells our correspondent Anna King the plant’s vessels and pipes -- as they’re designed now -- will leak radioactive waste within their planned lifespan.

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Washington Gay Marriage
6:35 am
Tue February 7, 2012

Same-Sex Marriage Clears House Committee

Same-sex marriage passed the Washington House Monday.
Wikimedia Commons

OLYMPIA, Wash. - One more vote by the full Washington House is all that remains before same-sex marriage goes to the governor's desk in Olympia. In a narrow vote Monday, a House committee moved the gay marriage bill forward. A floor vote could come as early as Wednesday night.

In testimony Monday, gay rights activist Charleen Strong introduced a panel of lawmakers to her newborn daughter.

"And it is my hope that she will know that her moms have the right to be married and to be a family, just as many other Washington families have," Strong said.

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Washington Governor's Race
6:30 am
Tue February 7, 2012

Wash. Governor Candidate Inslee Announces Jobs Plan

Washington gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee
Photo Source: Jay Inslee

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee has laid out his jobs plan for Washington state. It’s the first of several policy proposals Inslee plans to announce in the coming weeks.

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Northwest Regional News
5:11 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

U.S. House Agrees to Provide Quileute Tribe Safer Home

La Push, Washington is home to the Quileute Tribe
Photo Credit: Quileute Tribe Photo Source: Northwest News Network

A small Washington tribe has cleared a big hurdle towards moving its coastal village out of a tsunami zone. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.

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Open Primary
4:46 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

Oregon Sec. of State Reacts to Open Republican Primary

Wikimedia user: Jonathan McIntosh

The Republican primary for 'Secretary of State,' 'Attorney General' and 'Treasurer' will be open -- for the 2012 election. Party chairman Allen Alley says the Oregon GOP is telling voters: they're wanted. even if they’re not registered Republicans.

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Gay Marriage
4:37 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

Same-Sex Marriage Clears House Committee

Wikimedia user:David Benbennick

OLYMPIA, Wash. - One more vote by the full Washington House is all that remains before same-sex marriage goes to the governor's desk in Olympia. On a narrow vote Monday, a House committee moved the gay marriage bill forward. A floor vote could come as early as Wednesday night.

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Developing: Murder-Suicide
4:05 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

Pierce County Sheriff's Dept. Investigating Josh Powell Murder-Suicide

A house fire in Graham, Washington is being investigated as a murder-suicide.
Photo Source: Northwest News Network

The Pierce County Sheriff’s department is investigating a murder-suicide connected to a high-profile missing person’s case.

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