Northwest News

Standardized Testing
5:52 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

As Students Refuse Tests, Washington Superintendent Warns Of Consequences

Washington superintendent Randy Dorn said low participation rates of standardized tests could cost schools federal money.
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The top education official in Washington State said teachers could face investigation and schools could lose funding - if the number of students refusing standardized tests keeps rising. 

Washington superintendent Randy Dorn doesn't like the phrase "opt-out."

"It's really a refusal to take an assessment that's required by the federal government," Dorn said.

He said low participation rates could cost schools federal money.

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Medical Marijuana Regulations
5:27 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Inslee Signs Sweeping Medical Marijuana Regulation Measure

Governor Jay Inslee, flanked by six-year-old Haiden Day, poses for a photo after signing a sweeping medical marijuana regulation bill. Day has a severe form of epilepsy that is controlled with high doses of marijuana extract.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 5:21 pm

The era of ubiquitous green cross marijuana dispensaries in Washington state is about to come to an end.

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Gay Rights
5:07 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Judge Orders Oregon Baker To Pay $135,000 In Discrimination Case

An Oregon judge has awarded a same-sex couple $135,000 after a bakery refused to make a cake for their wedding. The bakeryha since closed their storefront but is still in business online.

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 5:04 pm

An Oregon judge has awarded a same-sex couple $135,000 in damages after a bakery refused to make a cake for their wedding.

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Washington State Auditor
4:21 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Troy Kelley Recall Petition Advances To Pierce County Court

The Washington attorney general's office filed a recall petition against State Auditor Troy Kelley Friday.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 4:26 pm

A citizen effort to recall indicted Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley has cleared a key hurdle.

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Grow Haiti Project
4:12 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

A Taste Of The Caribbean In Your Own Backyard

The first flats ready for customers on the Grow Haiti project.
Log House Plants

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 4:55 pm

Spring planting season is coming early this year for a lot of home gardeners. And this year some Pacific Northwest nurseries are getting familiar with the flavors of the Caribbean.

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Special Session
5:08 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Inslee: Budget Deal Will Require Special Session

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Washington Governor Jay Inslee will call lawmakers back into special session starting next Wednesday . The Democrat made that announcement Thursday afternoon. Inslee plans to invite budget negotiators to meet on Monday in order to get a head start on the special session.

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Emergency Responders
4:34 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Northwest Public Radio Wins A Murrow

Credit Reed Michaelsen

    

Northwest Public Radio is proud to present this encore of our Murrow Award-winning feature from February 2014, profiling the uncanny life-saving instincts of the men and women who work in 911 emergency centers. 

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Airlines
3:16 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Alaska Airlines To Experiment With Premium Economy Seating

Alaska Airlines announced a 67 percent increase in net income in the first quarter of 2015.
Alaska Airlines

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 10:07 pm

Starting next month, Alaska Airlines will explore charging extra for main cabin seats with more legroom and creature comforts.

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Oregon Gun Bill
6:50 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Supporters, Opponents Pack Oregon Gun Bill Hearing

A measure in the Oregon legislature would require criminal background checks on most private gun sales.
Ben Alman Flickr

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 6:32 pm

Supporters and opponents of a measure that would require criminal background checks on private gun sales testified at the Oregon Capitol Wednesday.

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Transportation
4:17 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Inslee Uses Veto To Slow Down 75-MPH Speed Limit

Washington Governor Jay Inslee vetoed a proposed increase in the highway speed limit from 70 to 75 mph.
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Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 5:23 pm

A wide majority of the Washington Legislature voted to raise the maximum speed limit from 70 to 75 miles per hour.

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