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Washington Supreme Court
5:13 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Wash. Supreme Court Justice Yu Sworn In; Runs Unopposed in November

Former King County Superior Court Judge Mary Yu was sworn-in Tuesday.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

The Washington Supreme Court has its first openly gay, Asian-American, Latina justice. Former King County Superior Court Judge Mary Yu was sworn-in Tuesday. Yu will run in November to finish out the term of retiring Justice Jim Johnson. Like a lot of appointed judges this year, Yu faces no opposition on the ballot.

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NWPR Books
9:33 am
Sat May 3, 2014

Ralph Nader Seeks A United Front Against Corporate America

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Ralph Nader has never been elected president, but his new book has a broad-based coalition of endorsements that range from Grover Norquist on the right to Robert Reich and Cornel West on the left, in which Mr. Nader finds in a partisan time the outlines of a new political force that crosses all party lines. His new book is "Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance To Dismantle The Corporate State." Ralph Nader joins us in our studios. Thanks so much for being with us.

RALPH NADER: Thank you very much, Scott.

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National Parks
4:19 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

National Parks Report: Nearby Towns Lost Nearly $500M In October Shutdown

File photo of an entrance to Mount Rainier National Park
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon March 3, 2014 4:03 pm

According to a National Park Service report, towns around national parks lost an estimated $414 million during the partial government shutdown last October.

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Lobbyist-Paid Meals
5:49 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Washington Senators Want Ethics Boards To Define ‘Infrequent’ Meals

Washington law allows state lawmakers to accept free meals from lobbyists on an “infrequent” basis.
Credit Robert S. Donovan / Flickr

Washington’s ethics boards should define how often lawmakers can dine out at lobbyist expense. That’s the consensus of nearly a dozen state senators. They’ve signed onto a proposal that would direct legislative and executive ethics panels to clarify the rules for lobbyist-paid meals.

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Legislative Session
4:21 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Washington Legislature Convenes With Election Year Issues On Agenda

File photo of the Washington State Capitol Building
Wikimedia

Originally published on Mon January 13, 2014 4:00 pm

The political divide is already on display in the Washington state capitol as lawmakers convened for their 60-day election year session.

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Oregon U.S. Senate Race
4:30 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Portland Doctor Enters Crowded U.S. Senate Race

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 4:12 pm

Republicans are lining up for the chance to take on Oregon Democratic U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley. Portland doctor Monica Wehby tossed her hat into the ring Tuesday.

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Furloughed Worker Payback
4:03 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Furloughed Federal Workers In Oregon Have To Repay Unemployment

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 3:53 pm

Federal workers in Oregon who were furloughed during the partial government shutdown won't get extra pay for that time off after all.

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Furloughed Worker Payback
5:40 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Payback Time: States Want Refunds From Furloughed Federal Workers

Washington and Idaho want recently furloughed federal workers to repay unemployment benefits. But a quirk in Oregon law means affected workers in Oregon will get to keep whatever they received.
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Government Shutdown & The Economy
4:53 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Visitors Return, But Economic Damage Done As Northwest National Parks Reopen

Cars line up at the Nisqually entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park on the first day the park reopened following a 16-day partial government shutdown.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 4:42 pm

From Crater Lake to Mt. Rainier, visitors wasted no time returning to the Northwest’s national parks and monuments.

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National Guard Training
4:31 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Northwest Guard Members Can Make Up Missed Training

File photo of personnel from the Army, Navy and Washington State National Guard conducting a weapons qualification exercise at Fort Lewis, Wash.
Journalist 1st Class Dave Gordon US Navy

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 4:25 pm

National Guard members in the Northwest will get the chance to make up the training they missed during the partial government shutdown.

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