Northwest News

New Seattle Arena
5:37 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Arena Deal Gets Nod From King County, Seattle City Councils

A view of Century Link Field and Safeco Field in Sodo.
Jason Baker

The King County Council and Seattle City Council both gave the go-ahead for an agreement to build a new professional basketball and hockey arena in Seattle. Meantime the Union that represents Longshore workers plans to file a lawsuit to stop it.

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Governor Candidates On Taxes
5:28 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Wash. Governor Candidates Vow No New Taxes -- With Caveats

Republican candidate for governor Rob McKenna speaks at an NFIB endorsement event near Olympia.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Ballots are about to go out in Washington. In the race for governor, both candidates are pledging to veto tax hikes. But Republican Rob McKenna and Democrat Jay Inslee also leave themselves some wiggle room.

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Legalizing Marijuana
4:47 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Feds Silent So Far On Marijuana Ballot Measures

Marijuana activists rally in support of Measure 80 in front of the Oregon state capitol Monday.
Virginia Alvino

Two years ago, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder opposed a California initiative to legalize marijuana. But this year, the Justice Department has been silent on similar measures before voters in Oregon, Washington and Colorado. Monday, a group of former federal drug officials urged the Obama administration to weigh in.

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Plastic Bag Ban
4:41 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Newport City Council Considers Plastic Bag Ban Options

The Newport City Council is considering banning plastic shopping bags in the city.
Kevin Mooney"

The Newport City Council will hear recommendations from the city's Plastic Bag Task Force at its 7 o'clock meeting Monday. Local residents and environmental groups have been working for months to get a plastic bag ban passed in the city.

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Voting Methods
4:13 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Early Voting Makes Vote-By-Mail States Look Like Late Comers

Early voters in Idaho still get “I voted” stickers, as shown by Kootenai County elections worker Marla Lewis.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Voters in Oregon and Washington will start receiving ballots in the mail late this week. This is the first presidential election to be conducted entirely through the postal service in Washington.

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Referendum 74 Debate
6:31 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Checking The Facts Behind The Ads On Both Sides Of Wash. Same-Sex Marriage

Photo of two men holding hands.
Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Ballots go out in Washington and Oregon at the end of this week. Last minute money is pouring into the ballot fight over same-sex marriage in Washington. Those dollars are buying television ads on both sides of the issue. So what claims are the campaigns making?

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Idaho School Reform
6:21 am
Mon October 15, 2012

School Reforms Tested At Idaho Ballot Box

Coeur d’Alene music teacher Tim Sandford displays his political convictions in his yard. He says the ballot fight over new education laws in Idaho has created a “toxic” environment for teachers.
Photo Credit: Jessica Robinson

Idaho is considering whether to keep three education laws that overhaul everything from how teachers are paid to how kids learn in the classroom.

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Fire Interferes With Salmon Spawning
6:09 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Fire In Western Wash. Raises Fears For Spawning Salmon

Photo of Johns Creek.
Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

A fire that burned roughly 250 acres in Mason County two weeks ago has been put out. Now biologists are concerned about the potential impacts on local salmon runs.

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Springfield 800 Meter Race
5:58 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Inaugural Nick Symmonds Springfield 800 Is The First Of It's Kind In The US

Nick Symmonds signs autographs during the Springfield 800.
Photo Credit: Jes Burns

The inaugural "Nick Symmonds Springfield 800" road race drew crowds Saturday in the adopted home of the five-time US Champion.

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Oregon And California Railroad Lands
5:55 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Governor’s Panel Will Explore Logging Proposals For O And C Lands

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has created a panel to try to end a stalemate over federal forest lands that once belonged to the corrupt Oregon and California railroad.

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