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Environment
4:58 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Polluting Grain Facility In E. Wash. Proposed For Superfund Cleanup

Stock photo of a grain facility.
Credit Flickr

A grain handling facility in Eastern Washington has been leaking chemicals into the only source of drinking water for a local school district. The Environmental Protection Agency now wants to add it to the Superfund list of hazardous waste cleanup projects.

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Super Bowl Scam
4:14 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Wash AG Ferguson Sues Ticket Broker Over Alleged Super Bowl Scam

A portion of a page on SBTickets.com, provided by the state Attorney General's Office, offers reassurances to potential ticket buyers for the Super Bowl.
Credit Washington Attorney General's Office

Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson is filing a lawsuit against a Super Bowl ticket vendor who, he says, sold Seahawks fans bogus tickets.

Some paid SBTickets.com $2,000 to $3,000 for a pass to the game.

And they didn't find out there weren't any tickets until they had already flown to Arizona for the Super Bowl.

One fan told Ferguson the company wasn't in touch until after the big game.

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Government and Politics
5:18 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Bills In Washington Legislature Hit First Do-Or-Die Deadline

Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon February 23, 2015 8:20 am

Washington state lawmakers are more than a third of the way through their 105-day legislative session.

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Government And Politics
4:02 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

Politics Swirl Around Labor-Backed Minimum Wage, Sick Leave Policies

WSDOT Flickr

Originally published on Mon February 2, 2015 3:32 pm

Paid sick leave and a boost in the minimum wage are among the top priorities of organized labor in Washington state this year.

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Government And Politics
4:50 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Lawmakers Proposed The Darndest Things

Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 4:47 pm

It’s the end of week two of Washington’s legislative session. Already more than 1,200 bills have been introduced.

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Women On Subs
5:27 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

USS Michigan First to Allow Female Enlisted On Board

A Sailor throws a heaving line to line handlers aboard the Ohio-class guided-missile submarine USS Michigan.
Credit U.S. Pacific Fleet / Flickr

The USS Michigan will be the first submarine to allow enlisted women to serve onboard. It’s part of the Navy's plan to have women doing 20 percent of the jobs on mixed gender submarines by 2020. The Michigan is an Ohio-class nuclear-powered guided missile submarine stationed at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor.

The Navy began allowing female officers on subs three years ago. Lieutenant Commander Brian Bandura says allowing enlisted woman is the next step in the Navy’s plan to a fully integrated submarine force.

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Spy Proof Room
5:53 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Expert: Wash. Data Center Could Have Future As Foil-Wrapped Secret Room

File photo of one of the built out data halls in Washington's data center.
Credit Washington Consolidated Technology Services

 

     

A foil-wrapped secret room is a plausible use for unused portions of Washington’s new data center. That’s according to a national expert on what Time Magazine has dubbed “spy-proof rooms.”

You’ve likely never heard of a SCIF. Unless you’re a fan of the TV show Drop Dead Diva.

“Excuse me, what’s a SCIF? It is a Sensitive Compartmentalized Information Facility,” the show says.

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Human Trafficking Lawsuit
6:26 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Washington Supreme Court Hears Arguments In Backpage Case

Anti-human trafficking activists rally at the Washington Supreme Court before oral arguments in a case involving Backpage.com.
Credit Northwest News Network

  

The fate of a human trafficking lawsuit against Backpage.com is now in the hands of the Washington Supreme Court. The justices heard oral arguments Tuesday in a case that involves three underage victims of sex trafficking.

The lawsuit alleges the Washington girls were pimped-out through ads posted to Backpage.com. Erik Bauer is a lawyer for the victims. He argues Backpage has created a sex marketplace where human trafficking can flourish.

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Washington Pay Out
5:58 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

$48 Million Paid To Those "Harmed By State"

Washington State Capitol in Olympia, WA. Washington paid out nearly $50 million in liability claims.
Credit MathTeacherGuy / flickr

The state of Washington paid out nearly $50 million last fiscal year to people who were somehow harmed by the state. The numbers were released Tuesday in an annual report on “tort claim payouts.”

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Washington PACs
6:18 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

PACs Face Quirk In Washington Law Before They Can Spend Money

The dome and lantern of the capitol building in Washington.
Credit Photo credit: Wikimedia user Jay8g / Wikimedia Commons

California billionaire Tom Steyer is poised to help Democrats try to win back control of the Washington Senate. But first, his NextGen political action committee had to satisfy a quirk in the law. Call it the ten-ten rule. In Washington, political committees have to jump a small hurdle before they can play in Washington’s political sandbox.

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