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Water Protection
5:18 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Feds Rule Oregon Not Protecting Coastal Waters From Logging

The Environmental Protection Agency told Oregon it needed to tighten regulations on its coastal water pollution plan.
Credit Anne Swoboda / Flickr

Federal regulators said Oregon is not doing enough to protect water quality in coastal areas. A ruling Friday could end up costing the state millions.

More than fifteen years ago, the Environmental Protection Agency told Oregon it needed to tighten regulations on nonpoint source, or runoff-related, pollution. Some changes happened, but not enough. Federal officials said Oregon’s logging rules still don’t do enough to protect fish habitat and drinking water.

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Seattle Seahawks
4:19 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Seahawks Fans Mark 'Moment Of Loudness' On Washington Capitol Steps

Seahawks fans gathered on the steps of the Washington Capitol for a noontime moment of loudness led by Governor Jay Inslee.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 3:24 pm

It was no “Beast Quake,” but Seahawks fans at the Washington state Capitol celebrated a “moment of loudness” Friday for the team.

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Fantasy Sports
4:18 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Washington Lawmakers Consider Legalizing Fantasy Sports

Washington state lawmakers are considering whether to legalize fantasy sports contests like this one on FanDuel.com.
FanDuel.com

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 2:52 pm

On the eve of the Super Bowl, Washington state lawmakers are considering whether to legalize fantasy sports contests.

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Gas
5:38 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Republican Transportation Leader Eyeing 11.5 Cent Gas Tax Increase

Kristen Steele Flickr

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 5:34 pm

Gas prices have plummeted, but Washington’s gas tax could soon go up.

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Lobbyist-Paid Meals
4:56 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Washington Senator: It's Not Just Lobbyist-Paid Meals But 'Free Cigars, Free Booze'

Washington lawmakers may accept 12 free meals per year from lobbyists.
Robert S. Donovan Flickr

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 4:51 pm

Nearly two years after public radio and the Associated Press investigated lobbyist-paid meals for Washington lawmakers, the issue is still a topic of discussion in the legislature.

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Utility Districts
4:20 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Washington Lands Commissioner Loses PUD Right-Of-Way Battle

The washington Supreme Court ruled that public utility districts can string power lines through state trust lands.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 3:51 pm

Public utility districts in Washington have the right to place power lines through state trust lands. That was the decision from the Washington Supreme Court.

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Idaho Gay Marriage
3:19 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Idaho Gay Rights Bill Dies In Tearful Committee Hearing

Julie Zicha, Emily Jackson-Edney and Carmen Sanger embraced in a hallway at the Idaho state capitol after a legislative panel rejected a gay anti-discrimination bill.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 3:20 pm

A committee in the Idaho House Thursday rejected a gay rights measure known as the “Add the Words bill” on a 13-4 party line vote.

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Avian Bird Flu
3:17 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Agriculture Officials To Kill Up To 5,000 Birds In Washington State Due To Avian Flu Outbreak

In this file photo Randy Wilson with the USDA holds a duck just after testing it for avian flu in Kennewick, Wash. on January 12, 2015.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 5:18 pm

Government agriculture officials will kill up to 5,000 ducks, geese, chickens, pheasants and turkeys due to a bird flu outbreak at a hunting operation Washington's Okanogan county.

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Deborah Voigt
6:56 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Deborah Voigt On Opera, Theater, And Body Image

Deborah Voigt performing "Annie Get Your Gun" in 2011.
Credit CSUF Photos / Flickr

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SeaWorld
5:44 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Preemptive Ban On Whale And Dolphin Performances Proposed

A Washington state senator wants to make it a crime for a zoo or aquarium in Washington to hold a wild-caught or captive-bred whale, dolphin or porpoise for purposes of entertainment or performance.
Credit Christian Benseler / Flickr

SeaWorld is famous for its choreographed dolphin and Orca whale performances. Now a Washington state lawmaker wants to make sure what happens at SeaWorld stays at SeaWorld. He introduced legislation to prohibit marine mammal shows in Washington.

Washington state Senator Kevin Ranker remembers visiting SeaWorld San Diego several years ago.

“It was a very powerful experience for me and not a positive one,” Ranker said.

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