Olympia

Employee Abuse
6:36 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Workers Rights Groups Want Penalties For Unlawful Employers

Workers rights groups have a term for cases of withheld pay, denied breaks, and unnecessary deductions. They call it “wage theft.” In Olympia Tuesday, advocates for labor groups testified in favor of a series of measures aimed at cracking down on fraud against employees.

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Legislators Accept Free Meals
3:40 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Several Washington Lawmakers Eat Frequently On Lobbyists' Dime

State Senator Doug Ericksen Washington Legislature

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 1:52 pm

Washington state lawmakers are barred from accepting gifts intended to influence their vote. But there’s an exception to that rule. Members of the legislature are allowed to accept free food and drinks if it’s related to their official duties, but only on an “infrequent” basis.

However, a public radio investigation, done in cooperation with the Associated Press, reveals that dozens of state legislators frequently accept meals from lobbyists. And many of them do so even while collecting taxpayer-funded per diem payments.

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May Day Olympia
6:55 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Police And May Day Protestors Face-Off In Olympia

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 11:19 am

In Olympia, May Day protesters faced-off with police in riot gear Wednesday night. But the two sides did not clash. A group of about 50 mostly young people – some of them wearing face masks - marched for more than an hour through the streets of downtown Olympia, disrupting traffic.

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Business Lobbying
6:52 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Inside The World Of Business Lobbying In Olympia

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu March 7, 2013 4:27 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – In the world of state legislatures, there’s a powerful breed of players who normally shun the spotlight. They prefer to work behind the scenes to influence policy outcomes. We’re talking about business lobbyists. Inside this often hidden world, you’ll meet two of the most successful corporate contract lobbyists in the Washington state capitol. And learn some of their tricks of the trade.

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Olympic Mountain Goats
5:51 am
Fri February 10, 2012

Mountain Goat Population Rising In Olympic National Park

A mountain goat in Olympic National Park.
Photo credit US Geological Survey

There are more mountain goats in Olympic National Park than there have been for the past 20 years. That’s according to a new report released today by the US Geological Survey. Ashley Ahearn reports.

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WA Gay Marriage
6:56 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Wash. Gay Marriage Proposal Gets Decisive 'Yes' Vote To Pass

The Washington State Capitol Building
Wikimedia user: Tradnor Wikimedia Commons

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington lawmakers say they now have the last “yes” vote they need to pass same-sex marriage in the state.

Cheers from gay rights supporters filled the room as state Senator Ed Murray announced that news at a press conference Monday in Olympia. The 25th vote comes from Democratic State Senator Mary Margaret Haugen.

Opponents of gay marriage want to put the idea to a vote of the people. So even though the legislative votes are there, Murray says same-sex marriage is not a done deal yet in Washington.

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Our Northwest Economy
10:22 am
Fri April 2, 2010

Telephone Tax Increased To Pay For 911 Upgrades in Wash.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington Legislature has passed and sent to the governor a measure to increase the tax on phone bills. The extra money raised will go to pay for 911 system upgrades. The increase amounts to 25 cents per line per month split between the state and individual counties. During the Washington House debate, Republican Representative Ed Orcutt and Democrat Christopher Hurst disagreed over the wisdom of the tax hike. 

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Our Northwest Economy
1:35 pm
Tue March 30, 2010

Wash. Corrections Secretary Demands Changes To Parolee Compact

OLYMPIA, Wash. –Washington's Secretary of Corrections will make the case Wednesday for permanent changes to the interstate compact on parolees. This stems from the murders of four Lakewood police officers last November by Arkansas parolee Maurice Clemmons.

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