Northwest News

Medical Marijuana
4:00 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

King County Prosecutor Puts Medical Marijuana Businesses 'On Notice'

Washington lawmakers say they are confident a bipartisan agreement will emerge to regulate the state's medical marijuana industry.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 3:23 pm

At a Tuesday news conference, King County prosecutor Dan Satterberg said Washington’s unregulated medical marijuana industry is “unworkable” and “needs to be fixed.

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Northwest Ducks
9:50 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Love The Northwest? So Do Many Ducks

Credit Earl Blackaby

If you live near water, you probably live near ducks. You've likely seen them... and you've definitely heard them. They can be, well... pretty noisy.

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Avian Bird Flu
5:02 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

New Case Of Avian Flu Confirmed In Washington State

File photo of a Sebastopol goose.

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 5:50 pm

Another case of avian flu has been confirmed in birds in Washington state -- this time in a backyard flock in Port Angeles.

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Mental Health Law
5:02 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Father Of Slain Woman Lobbies For Mental Health Laws

Gary Kennison, right, and Kristen Otoupalik, left, help state Rep. Marcus Riccelli, D-Spokane, introduce a mental health-related bill named in honor of Kennison's murdered daughter Sheena Henderson.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 3:53 pm

The father of a Spokane woman shot to death by her husband in a murder-suicide is pushing for expanded mental health laws in Washington.

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Gun Safety
4:59 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Washington House Joins Senate In Banning Openly-Carried Guns In Galleries

Troopers with the Washington State Patrol review the runs of what is prohibited in the Senate's public viewing galleries. Both the Senate and House have now decided to include openly-carried guns on the list of prohibited items.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 4:30 pm

The Washington House has joined the state Senate in banning openly carried guns in the public viewing galleries.

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Weather and Climate
6:09 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

2014: Earth's Hottest Year On Record, Near Records In Northwest

After a warm summer and winter, last year was the second hottest on record for Oregon and the fifth hottest on record for Washington.
Credit Leveretdreaming / Flickr

2014 was the hottest year on record. That was according to data released Friday by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

In the Northwest, temperatures also rose above normal.

After a warm summer and winter, last year was the second hottest on record for Oregon and the fifth hottest on record for Washington.

The hottest year for both states is still 1934, when the Dust Bowl plagued the West.

Karin Bumbaco is the assistant state climatologist in Washington.

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Idaho Gay Marriage
5:22 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Supreme Court Gay Marriage Cases Will Decide Idaho

UpstateNYer Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 4:43 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court Friday agreed to take up cases challenging gay marriage bans in Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky.

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Marijuana Misdemeanors
5:16 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Legalization Passed, But Should Old Marijuana Convictions Stay?

Wikimedia

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 10:06 am

In the years before Washington and Oregon legalized recreational pot for adults, thousands of people were convicted of misdemeanor marijuana possession.

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Oso Deputy Honored
5:11 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Oso Hero Deputy Honored With Officer Of The Year Award

Snohomish County Sheriff's Deputy Glen Bergstrom receives the ''officer of the year'' medal from Lt. Governor Brad Owen.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 3:29 pm

A Snohomish County Sheriff’s Deputy has been named “officer of the year” for his actions in the aftermath of the Oso landslide.

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Open-Carry Ban
5:05 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Washington Senate Bans Open-Carry Guns In Public Galleries

The signs outside the Washington House and Senate public viewing galleries make it clear what is not allowed inside. The list includes umbrellas, backpacks and strollers, but not firearms.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 5:10 pm

Umbrellas, strollers and backpacks were already banned from the public viewing galleries in the Washington House and Senate.

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