Northwest News

Marijuana Regulation
5:24 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Pierce County Judge Rules For Local Control Of Marijuana Stores

Friday’s ruling by a Pierce County judge was good news for Washington cities that want to ban marijuana stores.
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Friday’s ruling by a Pierce County judge was good news for Washington cities that want to ban marijuana stores. Yet it was also greeted with enthusiasm by supporters of the state’s marijuana legalization efforts.

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Wildfires
4:37 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Washington Wildfire Season Winding Down

The Northwest Interagency Coordination Center reports the biggest wildfires in the state are now either 100 percent contained, or very close to it.
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One of Washington state's most intense wildfire seasons in recent memory is winding down.

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Gas Prices
4:27 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Northwest Gas Prices Among Nation's Highest

Northwest drivers plan to hit the roads this holiday weekend despite paying some of the highest gas prices in the nation.
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Northwest drivers plan to hit the roads this holiday weekend despite paying some of the highest gas prices in the nation. That's according to Triple A.

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Health And Medicine
4:04 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Lawyer Argues State Had Time To Prepare For Boarding Ruling

Washington State is now scrambling to find beds in certified mental health facilities for around 200 involuntarily committed patients.
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A lawyer for psychiatric patients who successfully challenged a practice known as “boarding” says the state of Washington doesn’t deserve extra time to start following mental health laws.

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Spokane Native Baseball
8:31 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Baseball Jerseys Reveal Unusual Alliance Between Team And Tribe

Josh Morgan during an at-bat at Avista Stadium.
Spokane Indians Baseball Club

Football season has kicked off another round of scrutiny over how professional sports teams use Native American mascots. But in eastern Washington, a minor league baseball team has earned the approval of its native namesake.

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Music Fest Madness
5:18 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Hospital Near The Gorge Hoping For A Mellow Dave Matthews Concert Weekend

Dr. Fernando Dietsch is the ER director at Quincy Valley Medical Center.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

This weekend Dave Matthews returns to the Gorge Amphitheater in central Washington for his annual three-day concert. But it won't be much of a holiday for doctors at a local hospital. The Quincy Valley Medical Center said this summer there's been only a small decline in concert goers coming to the ER.

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Endangered Species
5:13 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Oregon Spotted Frog Listed Under Endangered Species Act

The Oregon spotted frog will now receive protection under the Endangered Species Act.
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The Oregon spotted frog will now receive protection under the Endangered Species Act. The small frog was once abundant in the Northwest. It’s now mostly found in a few scattered wetlands.

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Twisp Flooding
5:09 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

State-of-Emergency Declared In Okanogan County After Severe Rainstorms

Mud and debris covered driveways and state highways after a major rainstorm and fires hit Okanogan County earlier this summer.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed a state-of-emergency proclamation for Okanogan County today.

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PAC Money
7:22 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Big Checks From Special Interests Flow To Legislative Caucus PACs In Washington

Longtime state Senator Tim Sheldon is a political target this year after the maverick Democrat joined with Republicans to help them take control of the Washington Senate.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

This November’s election will decide who controls the Washington state Senate. Democrats are desperate to win back the majority while a mostly-Republican coalition, that took power last year, is determined to hold on.

In the meantime, big money interests on both sides are trying to influence the outcome. They’re pouring unlimited contributions into political action committees controlled by the legislative caucuses.

Targeting a 'maverick' senator

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Revenue Growth
4:40 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Oregon Revenue Forecast Steady, Kicker A Possibility

Because of a unique Oregon law, if the state revenues keep going up, they'll actually go down.
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Oregon's economy is humming along at a good clip, according to the latest outlook released Wednesday by state economists. But thanks to a unique Oregon law, if the state revenues keep going up, they'll actually go down.

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