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Profiling Bill
7:26 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Salem Considers Profiling Complaint System

Salem lawmakers took up a bill yesterday that would require the state to set up a method for recording profiling complaints against law enforcement agencies.
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Lawmakers in Salem took up a bill yesterday that would require the state to set up a method for recording profiling complaints against law enforcement agencies.

According to the Center for Intercultural Organizing, Oregon is among just eight states that don't ban profiling.

According to the nonprofit, Oregon also has no way for people to document or report cases. Rather, the state leaves issues of profiling up to individual law enforcement agencies.

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Minimum Wage
5:08 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Washington Senate Republicans Hold Hearing On $12 Minimum Wage

Washington Senate chamber
Lincolnite Wikimedia

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 5:07 pm

Two of the highest priority issues for Washington House Democrats are a $12 per hour minimum wage and paid sick leave.

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Government And Politics
4:23 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Budget Fight Looms in Washington Legislature

WSDOT Flickr

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 10:07 pm

House Democrats on Friday unveiled a proposed $1.5 billion tax package. Senate Republicans plan to rollout their proposed budget later this week.

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Idaho Tax Bill
4:22 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Democrats Call Idaho Tax Bill 'A Financial Circus'

File photo of the Idaho State Capitol in Boise.
Bev Sykes Wikimedia

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 3:08 pm

The Idaho House fast-tracked a bill Monday that would raise the gas tax, eliminate the sales tax on groceries and overhaul Idaho’s income tax structure.

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Women Mentors
7:25 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Washington State University Tri-Cities Increases Mentoring For Women

File photo of the Consolidated Information Center on the WSU Tri-Cities campus in Richland, Washington.
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Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 5:07 pm

At Washington State University Tri-Cities, more than 60 percent of the undergrads are female. So leaders there decided to launch “Million Women Mentors.”

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Idaho Primary
7:21 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Idaho Republicans Want Earlier Presidential Primary In 2016

Archive photo of Idaho Republicans 2012 presidential caucusing in Kootenai County.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

The Idaho House is set to vote Monday on a bill that would move Idaho’s presidential primary from May to March. One event helped bring about the legislation.

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Herbicide Cancer Risk
5:56 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Farmworkers Subject Of Concern After Roundup Cancer-Risk Report

Glyphosate is the active ingredient in the weed-killer Roundup that may be capable of causing cancer in humans
Credit Binsar Bakkara / Associated Press

An international report on the health risks of a commonly used herbicide is raising special concerns about farmworkers and cancer.

Glyphosate is the active ingredient in the weed-killer Roundup. A study by the World Health Organization has found limited evidence that glyphosate is probably capable of causing cancer in humans.

Chuck Benbrook studies pesticides at Washington State University. He said the new report could be bad news for farmworkers.

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Language Initiative
5:21 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Three Oregon Lawmakers File Initiative To Make English Official State Language

M.O. Stevens Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 3:04 pm

Three Republican state lawmakers filed an initiative petition this week to make English the official language of the state of Oregon.

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Government And Politics
5:15 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Washington House Democrats Say 'Yes' To Capital Gains Tax, 'No' To Cap-And-Trade

House Finance chair Reuven Carlyle, left, and Appropriations chair Ross Hunter unveiled a two-year budget proposal and tax package designed to satisfy a Supreme Court ruling on K-12 funding.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 3:51 pm

Majority Democrats in the Washington state House have unveiled a proposed two-year, nearly $39 billion state budget and tax package.

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Gay Rights
5:07 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Arlene's Flowers Fined $1,000 For Discrimination

The state of Washington sued Richland florist Barronelle Stutzman for declining service to a gay couple.
Alliance Defending Freedom

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 4:49 pm

A Richland, Washington, florist will pay $1,000 in fines to the state. The flower shop had discriminated against a same-sex couple that wanted flowers for their wedding in 2013.

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