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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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Seattle Cafeteria Debt
6:31 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Seattle Students Racking Up Cafeteria Debt

Students at Seattle public schools can charge for cafeteria lunches, leading to concerns over "cafeteria debt."

SEATTLE, Wash. - Many school districts are switching to electronic payment systems in their cafeterias. Parents can fund their kids’ accounts online, and even see what their kids are buying for lunch. But kids can also charge food when there’s no money in their accounts. Now Seattle Public Schools is trying to collect $12,000 in unpaid lunchroom debt. From KUOW in Seattle, Ann Dornfeld reports.

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Washington Orca Search
6:24 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Researchers On Hunt For Killer Whales' Winter Hideout

NOAA researchers hope to discover where orcas off the coast of Washington go in the winter.
Photo by Richard Dudley Flickr

This week, federal biologists will cast off on a research cruise from NOAA's new home port in Newport, Oregon. They hope to crack an enduring mystery about some of the most studied killer whales on earth. Namely, where do the Northwest's resident orca whales go in the winter? Correspondent Tom Banse has more.

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Mortage Settlement
5:38 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Consumer groups skeptical about mortgage settlement

Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna
Photo courtesy of Washington State Attorney General's office

OLYMPIA, Wash - Financial analysts say the big banks will feel little pain as a result of the multistate mortgage settlement announced Thursday. Meanwhile consumer advocates say some homeowners defrauded by banks will receive very little restitution.

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Washington Gay Rights
5:09 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Wash. Senator Says Tenor Of Gay Rights Debates Has Evolved

Senator Ed Murray, D-Seattle.
Photo courtesy Wash. Legislature

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Gay rights supporters will gather Monday in an ornate reception room in the Washington state capitol. They will witness history as Governor Chris Gregoire signs into law legislation to allow same-sex couples to marry. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins looks at how the rhetoric that led to this controversial moment has changed.

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Washington Charter Schools
4:55 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Charter School Backers Still Want Vote in Wash. Legislature

Dome of the Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia.
Photo by Wikimedia User Jay8g Wikimedia Commons

OLYMPIA, Wash. – 41 states allow charter schools. But not Washington . Opponents in the legislature recently killed a bipartisan proposal to allow a limited number of under-performing schools to convert. But supporter of the idea haven’t given up. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports.

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Prescription Drug Take-Back
6:00 am
Fri February 10, 2012

Washington Coalition Push for Drug Take-Back Program

A bill in the Wash. Legislature is aimed getting expired prescription drugs out of circulation.
Photo by Kevin Mooney Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The abuse of old prescription drugs has been a leading cause of accidental overdosing deaths. Now there’s a bill in the State Legislature aimed getting expired meds out of circulation. But the proposal is in danger of dying, unless it moves forward in the Senate. Ruby de Luna reports.

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Mortage Settlement
5:56 am
Fri February 10, 2012

Washington AG says settlement will help struggling homeowners

Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna.
Source: Washington Attorney General's Office

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- After a year of negotiations, states, federal regulators and five of the biggest lenders have reached a $25 billion dollar settlement to change foreclosure practices. The goal of the settlement is to impose new restrictions on banks, and to fund loan modifications for homeowners. Backers hope the agreement will also help stabilize the housing market. KUOW’s Amy Radil reports.

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Olympic Mountain Goats
5:51 am
Fri February 10, 2012

Mountain Goat Population Rising In Olympic National Park

A mountain goat in Olympic National Park.
Photo credit US Geological Survey

There are more mountain goats in Olympic National Park than there have been for the past 20 years. That’s according to a new report released today by the US Geological Survey. Ashley Ahearn reports.

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