Marijuana Legalization
6:58 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Pot Stores Open Around Washington

Marijuana retailers opened across the state Tuesday.
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Washington’s recreational marijuana market is open for business. From Seattle to Bellingham to Prosser, marijuana stores opened for business Tuesday. Excited customers lined up, dressed up and celebrated the end of pot prohibition. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins has this wrap-up.

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Sealaska Corporation
6:36 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Native Corporation With Northwest Shareholders Picks New Leaders

Sealaska Board Chairman Joe Nelson poses at corpoartion headquarters in Juneau. Nelson was chosen as the new chairman following the corporation's annual meeting June 28 near Seattle.
Credit Ed Schoenfeld / Northwest News Network

A Native American-owned corporation with thousands of shareholders in the Pacific Northwest has new leadership. The Alaska-based business is trying to bounce back from heavy losses. CoastAlaska’s Ed Schoenfeld reports from Juneau.

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Idaho Gas Tax
6:07 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Poll Finds Idahoans Would Consider Higher Taxes If It Means Better Roads

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

A new poll finds Idahoans might not be so tax-averse when it comes to funding improvements to the state's roads and bridges. About 54 percent say the economic benefit is a compelling reason to increase revenue for transportation infrastructure.

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Recreational Marijuana
6:04 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

‘Altitude’ Legal Pot Store Opens In Eastern Washington Farming Town

Jacob Nichols of Pasco, says he's excited to buy legal weed for the first time at the Altitude store in Prosser, Wash. That way he knows where it's grown and the chemical content.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

Legal marijuana stores opened Tuesday in Washington state. One of the earliest locations to open was in the rural farming community of Prosser. That’s in sunny Eastern Washington.

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Recreational Marijuana
6:03 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Pot Sales Kicked Off At "High Noon" At Seattle's Cannabis City

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Hundreds of enthusiastic customers lined up outside Cannabis City Tuesday for the chance to make their first Legal purchase of marijuana in Seattle.

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Oil Trains
5:35 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Poll: Most Northwest Residents Support Oil Trains But Don't Know Much About The Issue

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A new poll shows the majority of Northwest residents support oil transportation by rail and don't think the safety and environmental risks are too high.

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John Evans Obituary
5:34 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Former Idaho Gov. John Evans Has Died At Age 89

Former Democratic Governor John Evans died at his home in Boise this morning.  He was 89.

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Idaho Marijuana Laws
7:58 am
Tue July 8, 2014

As Washington Pot Goes On Sale, Idaho Cops Worry About Cross-Border Shopping Trips

106 pounds of confiscated pot.
Credit Idaho State Police

Recreational marijuana goes on sale Tuesday in Washington state. But police across the border in Idaho and Oregon say that doesn't mean the pot will stay there. Law enforcement worry people will try to sneak pot products across the border – or worse, the legal market in Washington will seep into the black-market. Correspondent Jessica Robinson reports from Idaho, where the contrast in pot laws is especially stark.

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Tesoro Explosion
7:43 am
Tue July 8, 2014

In Refinery Explosion, Who's Accountable?

Charred towers and machinery at the Tesoro Corp. refinery in Anacortes, Washington, following the blast.
Credit Ted S. Warren / Associated Press

It's been four years since a deadly explosion at an oil refinery shook the town of Anacortes, Washington. The question of who's responsible for seven workers' deaths still hasn't been answered fully. Refinery owner Tesoro agreed to pay millions to families of the dead, but the company is fighting accusations that it willfully put its workers in harm’s way. With multiple legal proceedings continuing to swirl around the accident, it remains unclear whether anyone will be held accountable for the human cost of Tesoro gasoline. John Ryan brings us part one of this KUOW investigation.

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Teacher Tests
7:37 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Oregon Teachers To Face Exit Exams In Years To Come

A form for a standardized test.
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This summer in Oregon, education leaders brought together teaching professors and school officials to improve teacher training. The June institute followed a national report, critical of training programs. And new teachers will soon be asked to pass a new standardized test. Think of it as a Common Core for teachers in training. Rob Manning has more.

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