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Wash. Budget
6:01 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Wash. House Dems Unveil New Budget, Republicans Pan It

Washington House to vote on new budget Thursday.
Washington State

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington House Democrats have a new plan to rebalance the state budget and go home. The proposed spending blueprint unveiled Wednesday abandons a controversial delayed payment to school districts. But it would also leave less cash-on-hand in case of an emergency. Majority Leader Pat Sullivan says the House hopes to use the budget to kick start stalled negotiations.

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Oregon Medicade
5:02 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Care Groups Line Up To Receive Oregon Health Dollars

Oregon will change the way it handles medicade in the state.
Photo Credit: M.O. Stevens Wikimedia commons

The state of Oregon is getting a robust response from health care providers to re-shape the way Oregon provides medical services to low income people. Before a deadline this week, state health administrators received more than 50 proposals to create regional collaborations. The strategy is part of Governor John Kitzhaber’s so-called health-care transformation. Salem correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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Vet Care
4:38 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Murray Holds Field Hearing On Vet Care

Senator Patty Murray held a hearing regarding veteran healthcare.
U.S. Senate

U.S. Senator Patty Murray held a field hearing in Tacoma Wednesday. She was listening to vets regarding the challenges they’re facing getting mental health care and jobs.

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Senate Workplace Claim
4:11 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Republican Take-Over Of Wash. Senate Results In $1.75M Workplace Claim

State Senator Pam Roach.
Photo credit: WSDOT/Flickr" Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A Republican takeover of the Washington state senate last month could prove costly. A longtime lawyer for the Senate Republican caucus is now demanding $1.75 million in damages. He says to muster enough votes to control the senate, Republicans lifted sanctions against a senator who created a hostile work environment.

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Wolf Photo
3:59 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Grisly Photo Adds Fuel To Wolf Hunt Debate

Note: We have posted edited and unedited versions of this photo. The anti-trapping group Footloose Montana reposted this photo of Idaho trapper Josh Bransford. The image has since spread to other environmental websites, inciting a furor.
Photo Source: Footloose Montana Facebook page via

A photo of a trapped wolf in Idaho has splashed new fuel on the flames of the debate over wolves. Environmental groups say the image demonstrates what they see as the cruelty of wolf trapping in Idaho. But state and federal authorities say there was nothing illegal about the picture.

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Horse Vaulting
5:59 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Some Northwest Kids Stand On The Backs Of Galloping Horses For Sport

Jazmyn Wentland, 10, and the other vaulters on her team warm up with stretches and practice on a barrel before they do their routines on horses in Moses Lake, Wash.
Photo by Anna King Northwest News Network

MOSES LAKE, Wash. – Some kids play soccer, others play chess and some stand on the backs of galloping horses. Lately, equestrian vaulting is finding a foothold with children in the Northwest. Parents say like any sport it teaches concentration and gives kids a boost of confidence. Correspondent Anna King reports.

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Federal Immigration in Wash. Jails
6:19 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Immigration Program Activated in Wash. Jails

Once fingerprinted, the program automatically shares those prints with immigration agents.
Photo courtesy of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

A controversial federal immigration program is now in effect across all of Washington State, as of today . The statewide rollout came earlier than some anticipated.

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Washington State Budget
5:16 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Wash. Special Session: No Budget Deal, House Plans Action Anyway

Washington State Capitol in Olympia, Wash.
Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington Governor Chris Gregoire’s deadline for a bipartisan budget deal has come and gone. Lawmakers Tuesday failed to agree on a plan to rebalance the state budget and implement so called government reforms.

Now, House Democrats say they will pass their own budget in hopes of breaking the logjam.

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Unemployment Benefits Shortened
5:09 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Extended Unemployment Benefits Ending In Wash. & Oregon

Federal Unemployment Rate 2002-2012
Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Thousands of long-term unemployed workers in Washington and Oregon will no longer receive unemployment checks soon. The federal government won't pay for extended benefits anymore because the jobless rates have improved in both states.

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Pertussis Epidemic
4:52 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Whooping Cough Cases Reaching Record Levels In Washington

Chris Dunbar, assigned to Naval Medical Center San Diego, gives a patient a pertussis vaccine booster. These are necessary because vaccines wear off.
Photo credit: Chad A. Bascom U.S. NAVY

Secretary of Health Mary Selecky announced today that as of last month, there have been 640 cases of whooping cough. That’s compared to 94 in the same period last year.

Selecky: “If this pace continues, we’re on track to have the highest number of whooping cough cases in our state in decades.”

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