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Occupy bill
4:48 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Wash. Bills Would Implement Occupy Demands

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OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington lawmakers are introducing several proposals that echo the demands of the Occupy protesters. In fact, the formal title of one proposal introduced Thursday says it is aimed at -- quote --“Guaranteeing that the top one percent pay too.” The chief sponsor, Democratic Representative Marko Liias , says the Occupy movement wasn’t the only thing that prompted this idea.

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Farm labor
4:39 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Congress Debates Child Farm Labor Rules

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WASHINGTON DC - The US Department of Labor is facing a backlash from farmers and ranchers.

Colorado Republican Scott Tipton says Washington bureaucrats don’t “get” agricultural America. As chair of a House subcommittee on Small Business, he had one of several testy exchanges with the Labor Department’s Nancy Leppink. Tipton said at age 12 he was bucking 80-pound bales of hay for a neighbor…

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Northwest Regional News
4:29 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Pacific Northwest Forest Projects Receive Almost $10 Million in Federal Funds

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Five forest projects in the Pacific Northwest have been awarded nearly 10-million dollars in federal funds for forest restoration. Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the funding and a new plan for managing the national forests.

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Lead pollution
6:14 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Flying The Leaded Skies: Lead A Concern At Northwest Airports

U.S. EPA data show that Seattle's Boeing Field is Washington's largest source of airborne lead emissions.
Photo Credit: John Ryan Nothwest Public Radio

BOEING FIELD, Wash. -- Lead paint was banned in the United States in the 1970s. Leaded gasoline was slowly phased out over the next 20 years. Those efforts drove one of the great public-health improvements of the past century. The amount of lead found in human bloodstreams has dropped by more than 90 percent.

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Washington Education Funding
6:09 am
Thu February 2, 2012

WSU President Discusses Higher Ed Funding

Washington State University Elson Floyd.
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Six college presidents from across Washington state met in Seattle Wednesday night to discuss funding higher education. Northwest Public Radio’s Bryan Buckalew has more.

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Washington Gay Marriage
6:04 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Wash. Senate Votes To Approve Same-Sex Marriage

Richard Cannon and Richard Bullock have been together nearly 25 years, and watched the gay marriage vote from the Senate gallery.
Photo Credit: Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, WASH. – The battle to allow gay marriage in Washington has cleared a major hurdle. The Washington state Senate voted [last night] Wednesday night to approve same-sex marriage. The vote was 28 to 21. Four Republicans voting with the majority. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins was there for the historic debate.

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Washington Soldier Killed
5:57 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Seattle Marine Killed in Afghanistan

A 23-year-old Seattle soldier died in Helmand Province in Afghanistan.

SEATTLE -- A Marine sergeant from Seattle was killed this week in Afghanistan. An improvised explosive device killed 23-year-old Will Stacey in Afghanistan's Helmand province.

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Washington Gay Marriage
5:53 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Gay Marriage Passes Wash. Senate After Civil Debate

Gay rights supporters applaud after the Washington senate votes to approve same-sex marriage.
Photo Credit: Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Four Washington Republicans joined majority Democrats Wednesday night to approve a same-sex marriage bill in the state Senate. The historic vote represents a major step forward for gay rights supporters. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins was there for the debate.

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Super PAC Money
5:33 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Northwest Gets In On Super PAC Action

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In the first election that so-called “super PACs” can collect unlimited money for presidential races, some big spenders from the Northwest are getting in on the action. 

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Oregon Budget
5:02 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Legislative Budget-Writers Target Middle Managers, Prison

Oregon Capital at night.
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SALEM, Ore. - Oregon legislative budget writers are targeting middle managers in an effort to bring the state's spending plan back into balance. They also announced Wednesday a proposal to close a 440-bed minimum security prison.

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