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Latino Vote
6:29 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

At-Large Elections Just One Barrier To Latino Vote In Eastern Washington

In some Washington cities, Latinos make up 84 percent of the population, bu they only cast a quarter of the votes.
Credit Mel Green / Flickr

Last month, a federal judge ruled that Yakima’s City Council elections stifle the voice of Latino voters in the city. But that verdict doesn’t apply to dozens of other places in Eastern Washington where Latinos are just as underrepresented in elected office.

In communities like Othello, leaders are grappling with broader problems of civic education and participation in local government.

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Taxes On Marijuana
6:26 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Oregon Cities Consider Taxes On Recreational Marijuana

Several cities have approved or are discussing a local tax on legal weed if Measure 91 passes.
Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Some Oregon cities are setting themselves up for a possible legal battle if Oregon voters approve a marijuana legalization initiative this fall. Measure 91 would allow adults in Oregon to grow, possess, and sell marijuana under state regulation. Several cities have approved or are discussing a local tax on legal weed if the measure passes. However, it's not clear whether those taxes will be valid.

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Oso Landslide Lawsuits
6:12 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

At Oso Six-Month Anniversary, Lawsuit, Legal Claims Ongoing

A head-on view of the damage still left after the Oso landslide.
Credit Snohomish County / Flickr

43 people lost their lives in the Oso landslide in March. The six-month anniversary is Monday, September 22nd. So far, nearly 60 legal claims have been filed against the state of Washington stemming from the slide.

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Oso Landslide Survivors
8:30 am
Mon September 22, 2014

After Oso, Reborn From Water And Mud

Robin walks through Squire Creek State park near her current home. Robin says being in nature helps her heal from the trauma of the landslide.
Credit Stacey Jenkins / KCTS

Robin Youngblood cherished the nature around her home in Oso’s Steelhead Haven. When the landslide struck, she and a visiting friend were talking about a deer they had just seen. After the disaster, she left the Oso area. But something called her back. Now she lives a stone’s throw from state Route 530, a few miles east of the slide. You can hear that story below.

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Oregon Marijuana Legalization
8:21 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Oregon Voters To Consider Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

File photo. Measure 91 chief petitioner Anthony Johnson prepares to drop off initiative signatures at the state capitol in June.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

Oregonians will decide this fall whether to legalize recreational marijuana. Measure 91 would allow adults in Oregon to grow, possess, and sell marijuana under state regulation.

In 1973, Oregon became the first state to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana. But Oregon voters rejected a marijuana legalization measure two years ago.

Backers of this effort said the new measure is written to address concerns raised by opponents the first time around over regulation issues.

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Washington Political Campaigns
8:15 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Wealthy Individuals Bankroll Washington Campaigns

So far this year, business interests have contributed more than $16 million to political campaigns and committees in Washington.

But gifts from individual donors eclipse even that. That’s because a small group of wealthy people are writing large checks.

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Eating Invasive Species
8:10 am
Mon September 22, 2014

What's For Dinner? How 'Bout Nutria, Bullfrog Legs, Sorrel And Carp

Chef Hamid Serdani serves a feral pig chop on a bed of mashed potatoes and sauteed dandelion greens with a blackberry balsamic curry sauce at the 2013 edition of the invasive species cook-off.
Credit Cassandra Profita / OPB

On September 28, several hundred people are expected to gather at a vineyard near Salem, Oregon, to chew on the problem of invasive species.

This is not just food for thought though. Celebrity chefs will compete in a cook-off using undesirable weeds and animals.

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Idaho Median Income
7:54 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Idaho Women, Individuals Have Lowest Median Incomes In The Country

Idaho's median household income was $46,783 in 2013.

Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 9:11 am

Census data released by the government this week show individuals and women in Idaho have the lowest median incomes in the country, while household and family median incomes are in the bottom third among states.

The data release is part of the U.S. Census Bureau's 2013 American Community Survey.

Idaho's median household income in 2013 was $46,783, meaning half the residents here earned more and half earned less.

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Campaign Fundraisers
7:49 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Fundraisers Galore As Washington Campaigns Kick Into High Gear

Washington capitol building.
Credit Creative Commons

The 2014 election is about six weeks away. That means campaigns are kicking into high gear. And asking their funders to help them cross the finish line. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins sifted through dozens of invitations to fundraisers. He gives us a flavor of the campaign events happening Washington.

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Oso Landslide
4:42 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Highway 530 To Fully Open Six Months After Oso Landslide

Weather depending, the state transportation department expects to open the stretch of State Route 530 to two-way traffic in time for the Tuesday morning commute.
Credit Washington National Guard / Flickr

As the town of Darrington, Washington nears a six-month anniversary of the tragic and deadly Oso landslide, a sign of economic hope is also near.

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