Age Verification laws for Escorts
5:03 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Wash. At Leading Edge Of Anti Sex Trafficking Laws

A dozen anti-human trafficking bills were signed into law by Governor Chris Gregoire.
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Washington State took another step Thursday to protect minors from sexual exploitation through online ads. Overall a dozen anti-human trafficking bills were signed into law by Governor Chris Gregoire.

One of the laws is aimed directly at sex ad publishers, like backpage.com, which has so far refused to verify age in its escort ads.

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MegaMillions Lottery
4:25 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

State Lotteries Report Brisk Sales In Advance Of MegaMillions Jackpot

The jackpot for Friday's MegaMillions drawing is currently $540 million -- the largest in world history.
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SALEM, Ore. – Sales are brisk across the Northwest for Friday's MegaMillions drawing. The $540 million lottery jackpot is being called the largest in world history. The high-profile jackpot also means state lotteries of Oregon, Washington and Idaho are anticipating a payday of their own.

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Wash. Budget Negotiations
3:49 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Gregoire Says Next 48 Hours Critical For Wash. Budget Negotiations

Governor Chris Greoire must sign or veto nearly 180 bills by midnight Saturday.
Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington Governor Chris Gregoire says the next 48 hours are critical to reaching a deal to rebalance the state budget. The Democrat resumed signing legislation into law Thursday after holding dozens of bills hostage.

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Technology
3:39 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Group Finds 'Significant Issues' At Foxconn Factories

Originally published on Thu March 29, 2012 5:09 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News, this is All Things Considered. I'm Robert Siegel.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And I'm Melissa Block.

The Fair Labor Association, a labor rights group, has released its audit of Apple's largest supplier in China, Foxconn. The group found what it calls significant issues with working conditions at three factories there, including more than 50 violations of the FLA's code of conduct and Chinese labor law.

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Northwest News
3:38 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Federal Watchdog Criticizes BPA's Cyber Security

A report finds the Bonneville Power Administration has major shortcomings with regards to its cyber security and computer systems.
Photo credit: Tom Banse Northwest News Network

The region’s main electricity wholesaler, the Bonneville Power Administration, has major shortcomings with regards to its cyber security and computer systems. That’s according to a report released today by the Department of Energy’s investigative arm.

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Shots - Health Blog
3:33 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Thinking The Unthinkable: What If The Whole Affordable Care Act Goes Down?

Originally published on Thu March 29, 2012 5:09 pm

After this week's oral arguments at the Supreme Court, lawmakers and health policy experts are starting to ponder what had — until recently — been unthinkable to many: What if the court strikes down the entire Affordable Care Act?

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Oregon Studded Tire Extension
3:28 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Oregon Extends Deadline For Studded Tires

Studded tires are responsible for $40 million dollars in Oregon road damage each year.
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Oregon drivers have an extra week before they must remove studded tires from their vehicles. The Oregon Department of Transportation extended the season through April 9th. The traditional deadline is April 1.
Weather forecasts are calling for difficult driving conditions in snow zones during the first week of April.

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The Two-Way
2:52 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

In Saturday's Final Four, Expect A Kentucky Showdown And Lots Of Emotion

Senior guard Darius Miller of Kentucky shoots during the Wildcats' win over Baylor in the South Regional final. Kentucky, the NCAA Tournament's No. 1 seed, faces rival Louisville in the Final Four Saturday.
Kevin C. Cox Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 30, 2012 3:53 am

College basketball's Final Four men's teams will play in New Orleans Saturday, to decide which two squads will play in Monday night's NCAA championship game. The first match-up pits the University of Louisville against tournament favorite — and archrival — the University of Kentucky. In the second game, Ohio State University will face the University of Kansas.

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The Two-Way
2:13 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Trayvon Martin Death: A Father Who Lost A Chance To Make Good

Tracy Martin, father of slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin.
Jason Reed Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Thu March 29, 2012 2:12 pm

We don't have all of the facts from the night of Feb. 26 when Trayvon Martin was killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer. But in remembering his son, Tracy Martin has touched on how the Florida teen saved his father from a house fire when the boy was 9 years old. On Wednesday, I asked Martin to tell me what happened that day.

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The Salt
2:12 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Studies Show Why Insecticides Are Bad News For Bees

One class of insecticides makes an entire corn plant poisonous to many insects that feed on it, including bees.
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The search for the killer of America's bees is a little bit like an Agatha Christie novel.

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