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Northwest Curling
9:58 am
Tue March 3, 2015

The (Not So) Secret World Of Northwest Curling

A player about to throw a curling stone.
Credit Peter Miller / Flickr

Curling: it's that sport with the stones and the brooms. You might have seen it played at the Olympics. Canadians play it. For many Americans, that's the extent of our curling knowledge. So this video might help bring everyone up to speed:

So that's curling. It's a little bit hockey, a little bit bowling, a little bit shuffleboard.

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REAL ID Act
5:02 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Showdown Looming Between Northwest States, Feds Over Driver's Licenses

In 2016, state-issued IDs must meet heightened security standards to board a commercial flight.
Washington Department of Licensing

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 4:05 pm

Washington, Oregon and Idaho are trying to figure out how to keep their state driver’s licenses from becoming obsolete in the eyes of the federal government.

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Daylight Savings Time
7:42 am
Wed February 4, 2015

Washington And Oregon Lawmakers Propose Abolishing Daylight Saving Time

On this map, the blue areas observe DST, the red areas never have and the orange areas have in the past, but don't currently.
Credit Paul Eggert / Wikimedia Commons

It's about time... daylight saving time, to be precise. Some Oregon and Washington legislators want to end the yearly practice of springing forward and falling back.

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S & P Settlement
5:38 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Washington To Receive More Than $21M in Multistate Settlement

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood speaks at a news conference that announced Standard & Poor's, a financial service company, inflated its ratings of mortgage investments that helped trigger the 2008 financial crisis.
Credit Kevin Wolf / Associated Press

Washington state will receive more than $21 million from a settlement with financial services company Standard & Poor's.

The company was accused of inflating credit ratings and misleading investors in the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis.

The deal was part of a $1.4 billion agreement with the federal government and 18 other states.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson said it was among the state's biggest won consumer payouts.

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Washington Town Names
6:44 am
Mon February 2, 2015

The Name Game - Where Northwest Towns Got Their Names

Credit Jason Mrachina / Flickr

Why is there a Des Moines in Washington as well as Iowa? What does the word "Kennewick" really mean? What on Earth is a "Twisp," and why did it stop being Gloversville? We asked our Facebook fans to tell us the names of some Washington towns they wanted to know more about.

America's Two Des Moines

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Mispronounced Names
3:14 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

How Do You Say That? Washington Edition.

Credit www.kevindemon.com

A while back, we asked our Twitter followers how they pronounce Boise, the capital of Idaho. Turns out Idahoans say Boise different than most people. 

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Job Growth
3:39 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

2014 Good For Job Creation In Washington and Oregon

Employers in Washington state added nearly 83,000 jobs in 2014.
photologue_np Flickr

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 2:55 pm

The Washington and Oregon employment departments have closed the book on 2014 with the release of their December jobs numbers.

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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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Sexual Assault
6:12 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Backlog Of Rape Kits Prompts Bill In Washington State

A Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit
Credit Todd Wiseman / Texas Tribune

Law enforcement agencies in Washington State estimate more than 5,ooo kits containing DNA taken from rape victims are sitting on the shelf. A bill in Olympia would try to get these kits to the state’s crime lab to see what the evidence reveals.

At a hearing Wednesday Rick Bell, a prosecutor from Ohio, spoke in support of the measure. He says when his state started testing all of the rape kits sitting on its shelves distinct patterns of violent crime were revealed.

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Minimum Wage Increases
7:01 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Oregon, Washington Minimum Wage Set For Increase

The minimum wage is going up by 15 cents an hourin both Washington and Oregon to $9.47 in Washington and $9.25 in Oregon.
Credit Washington Department of Labor and Industries

The new year will mean higher pay for low-wage workers in Oregon and Washington. The minimum wage in both states is set for an increase.

The minimum wage in both Washington and Oregon is tied to inflation. It's going up by 15 cents an hour in both states: to $9.47 in Washington and $9.25 in Oregon.

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