Deborah Wang

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The White House will not to move forward on a plan to build tribal housing along the Columbia River. That’s according to members of Oregon and Washington’s Congressional delegations. 

The federal money would have paid to develop new housing along the Columbia River for four tribes -- the Nez Perce Tribe, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation, the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation, and the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation.


The Republican presidential contest is going to be heating up very quickly in Washington state. All three GOP candidates have announced that they are coming here to campaign before the state's primary.


With the Republican presidential race still very much up in the air, the GOP primary in Washington state is more important than ever before.

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All nine incumbent members of Congress in Washington state were easily re-elected last night.

That includes freshman Democrat Suzan DelBene in the state's only swing district.

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Law enforcement officials released new details about last Friday’s school shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School. 

They suggested the shooter had deliberately targeted his five victims.

Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary said the shooter had texted his five victims inviting them to lunch. They were sitting at a table in the cafeteria when he shot them.

Police have not named the shooter, but witnesses identify him as Jaylen Fryberg, a popular student who had been crowned homecoming prince. The victims were his friends, and two were cousins.

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The chain link fence at the front gate of Marysville-Pilchuck High School has become an unofficial gathering spot for those in grief. They bring bouquets of flowers and hang them on the fence, they tie on balloons, and they put up posters with the names and photographs not just of the victims, but also of the alleged shooter.

Seattle has become the first city in the country to establish a $15 an hour minimum wage. The City Council voted Monday to enact the new law, which was the result of months of negotiations.

It represents a 60 percent increase from the current state minimum wage, which at $9.32 an hour is the highest in the country.

Proponents say it’s a first step towards closing the rising income gap between rich and poor. Some businesses say they will go to court to fight it. KUOW’s Deborah Wang reports.

The two leading candidates for Attorney General for the state of Washington held their first live debate Tuesday in Spokane. Democrat Bob Ferguson and Republican Reagan Dunn are seeking the seat being vacated by Rob McKenna, who is running for Governor. Deborah Wang reports it was a spirited and sometimes sharp-edged debate.

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President Barack Obama is due back in Seattle on Thursday for two fundraising events to benefit his re-election campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

The first is a brunch for big donors and the second is a reception at the Paramount Theatre.

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A new Bellevue-based company has announced plans that sound like they come straight out of science fiction. Planetary Resources intends to send robots to nearby asteroids, and mine them for metals and other resources. The venture is backed by billionaires, rocket scientists, and a Hollywood director.

Facebook is about to write a very big check to Microsoft. Microsoft announced yesterday it is selling hundreds of patents to Facebook for more than a half a billion dollars.

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OLYMPIA -- Record numbers of Republicans in Washington turned out to select delegates and cast votes in a non-binding presidential straw poll this weekend. Mitt Romney was the clear winner, followed by Ron Paul and Rick Santorum. But it will be months before the campaigns know exactly how many delegates they can count on from Washington State. Deborah Wang has this look ahead.