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Gun Rights
5:10 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Gun Rights Supporters Rally In Salem, Olympia

Virgil Negru legally brought his handgun and his rifle into the Oregon capitol building.
Chris Lehman

Hundreds of gun rights supporters rallied in support of their cause outside the state capitol buildings in Salem and Olympia Friday. They were there to express opposition to attempts by federal and state lawmakers to restrict the use of some weapons.

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Lane County Jail
4:33 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Lane County May Put Jail Levy On May Ballot

The Lane County Board of Commissioners will make a final decision next week on a property tax levy to fund jail beds.

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Washington Dream Act
5:40 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

College Aid For Undocumented Students Up For Debate In Olympia

State Senator Ed Murray introduced the Washington Dream Act Tuesday in Olympia.
Credit Bluedisk / Wikimedia Commons

Wednesday hundreds of immigrants and advocates plan to gather in Olympia to lay out their priorities for lawmakers. One top issue is called the Washington Dream Act. State Senator Ed Murray introduced the bill Tuesday. Under the measure, undocumented college students would become eligible for state financial aid.

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U.S. Citizenship
5:01 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Northwest Immigrants Take The Oath Of Citizenship

Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 4:53 pm

SPOKANE, Wash. - As Congress prepares for a debate over immigration reform, one group of immigrants in the Northwest quietly completed their paths to citizenship Tuesday. Fourteen people became U.S. citizens at a ceremony in Spokane, Wash.

One of them was Mukti Ryan. She wanted to be able to travel more easily with her American husband and daughter, even though she had to give up her Indian citizenship.

“India doesn't allow dual citizenship, so I can't call myself an Indian citizen anymore," Ryan says. "It's a bittersweet feeling.”

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Work Injuries
6:22 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Controversial Injured Workers Measures Pass Washington Senate

The new Republican-dominated majority in the Washington state Senate has approved a series of controversial measures that deal with injured workers. The votes Monday were a key test of the Majority Coalition’s one vote advantage. The most controversial of the proposed laws would lower the age when permanently injured workers are eligible to choose a lump sum insurance payout.

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Medical Marijuana
3:56 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Washington Lawmakers Hear Concerns on 'Gray' Market For Marijuana

DEA

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 3:46 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Card-holding medical marijuana patients would get protection from arrest under a proposal in the Washington legislature. But some industry insiders say it doesn’t go far enough. That was their message Monday at a state Senate hearing.

By the end of this year, the production and use of recreational marijuana in Washington will be regulated and taxed. That’s because of voter-approved Initiative 502. But medical marijuana – also voter-approved back in 1998 – is largely unregulated.

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Wage Theft
5:12 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Washington Legislature Takes Up 'Wage Theft' Bill

A proposed bill in Olympia aims to crackdown on employers who shortchange their workers. The measure would create harsher penalties for businesses that skimp on minimum wage or overtime pay, or just flat out fail to hand over a paycheck.

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Education Reform
5:50 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Reform Vs. Funding: Battle Shaping Up In Washington Legislature

Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom, second from right, says education reforms must come before additional funding.
Credit Northwest News Network

One of the key battles shaping up in Olympia this year is over education reform. The Senate’s new majority coalition is proposing a series of measures aimed at getting better results in the classroom. Among the ideas: a state takeover of failing schools.

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College Bound
5:31 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Fight Brewing Over College Bound Scholarship

First it was Washington’s guaranteed tuition program. Now the new majority leader of the state Senate has another college access program in his budget-cutting sights: College Bound.

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Juveniles And Guns
5:33 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Lawmakers Consider Increasing Penalties For Illegal Guns

King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg spoke to a panel of Washington lawmakers.
Credit Northwest News Network

Washington lawmakers are considering a bill that would make it easier to lock up juveniles who carry guns illegally. Currently, it takes five felony convictions on firearms charges before someone under 18 is sent to a juvenile lockup.

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