Shellfish Import Ban
7:50 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Chinese and U.S. Officials To Discuss China's Shellfish Import Ban

China instituted the ban when officials found high levels of arsenic and a naturally occurring biotoxin in two samples of geoduck.
Credit Cedric Sam/Flickr

China banned shellfish imports from most of the West Coast in December over concerns about contamination.

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Washington Legislature
7:42 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Washington Legislature Adjourns Without Action On Medical Marijuana, Gas Tax

The floor of the Washington Senate on the last night of the 60-day session
Credit Austin Jenkins

The Washington legislature adjourned its 60-day session just before midnight Thursday night. This was Senate Floor Leader Joe Fain.

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Food Stamp Cutbacks
6:08 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Some Northwest States Working to Offset Federal Food Stamp Cutbacks

A woman using her EBT card in Portland, Ore., to purchase food.
Credit Brian Duss / Bread for the World

In Olympia, Washington policymakers are pondering whether to make an end run around looming cutbacks in the federally-funded food stamp program. This would mimic what Oregon and three eastern states just decided to do. 

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5:37 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Deadline Approaches For Healthcare Exchange Enrollment

You only have until the end of this month to sign up for coverage using one of the new health insurance exchanges.
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You only have until the end of this month to sign up for coverage using one of the new health insurance exchanges. And if you’re planning to do it online at the last minute, how easy that will be depends on where you live in the Northwest. 

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Forest Privatization
5:21 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Conservationists Say They'll Sue Over Privatization Of State Forest

Conservation groups object to the potential privatization of the Elliott State Forest in Oregon's coast range.
Credit Oregon Department of Forestry

Conservation groups want timber companies to know they'll sue if an endangered seabird's habitat is threatened by logging. The groups object to the potential privatization of the Elliott State Forest in Oregon's coast range.

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Wanapum Dam
5:02 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Wanapum Dam’s River Drawdown Churns Up Old Bones, Inundates Guards

Miles of rocky shoals and sand along the Columbia River shore has been exposed behind Wanapum Dam. Now, Washington State official are worried over the safety of newly-found human remains and artifacts on miles of riverbank.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

State officials are reporting Thursday the discovery of a second set of human remains near the cracked Wanapum Dam on the Columbia River.   More than 50 years ago, the Wanapum Dam’s pool cloaked scores of culturally significant sites, petroglyphs and graves deep under water.

But now these important Native Americans artifacts and remains have been uncovered with the drawdown of the river water behind the damaged dam. Protecting wide expanses of river shore is taxing a small band of Native Americans and county and state guards.

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Washington Budget
4:47 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Budget Deal Struck In Washington Legislature

This budget deal represents a compromise between the Democratically-controlled Washington House and mostly Republican majority in the state Senate.
Credit Tradnor / Wikimedia Commons

Washington public schools will get an additional nearly $60 million, but teachers will not get a cost of living raise this year. That’s the upshot of a budget deal that’s being announced at this hour at the Capitol in Olympia.

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Idaho Campus Guns
6:41 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Idaho Gov. Signs Controversial Guns on Campus Bill

Credit Idaho Statesman

Idaho’s governor has signed a controversial bill Wednesday allowing concealed carry permit holders to bring their guns on college and university campuses.

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Bond Hearing Ruling
4:56 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Federal Ruling: Immigrants at NW Detention Center Entitled to Bond Hearings

As a hunger strike continues at an immigration detention center in Tacoma, a new federal court ruling coincidentally meets one of the protesters demands. 

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Stan Jastrzebski has spent a career in radio, with postings as News Director of NPR member station WFIU in Bloomington, IN and time as a reporter at WGN Radio in Chicago and WIBC Radio in Indianapolis.  Stan holds a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from Northwestern University and has won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Associated Press, the Radio Television Digital News Association the Indiana Broadcasters Association.  He spends his time away from the newsroom with his wife and daughter and enjoys board games, tennis and trivia competitions. Follow Stan on Twitter @StanJast .