Washington

Religious Students
6:20 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Washington Bill Would Excuse Religious Students During Holidays

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 5:23 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Students would be able to take up to two days off per year for religious holidays under a proposal in Olympia. A hearing is scheduled Monday on a bill that would benefit Muslim students celebrating Ramadan.

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Booth Gardner Obituary
6:50 pm
Sat March 16, 2013

Booth Gardner, Washington’s 19th Governor, Dead At 76

Washington State Archives

Originally published on Fri March 22, 2013 3:13 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Booth Gardner, Washington’s 19th governor, has died at age 76. Gardner’s family says he passed away Friday night from complications of Parkinson's disease. Gardner had lived with the illness for more than a decade.

Democrat Booth Gardner took office in January of 1985. He was a Harvard-educated businessman with a playful manner. Longtime newspaper columnist Joel Connelly offers these snapshot memories.

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Gun Control Advocates
7:06 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Gun Control Advocates Regroup After Failed Bill

Gun control advocates are regrouping this week. They’re looking at their options, now that a bill to broaden background checks for gun sales failed in the Washington legislature. They want to seize a moment when they believe public sentiment is on their side. KUOW’s Amy Radil reports.

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Marijuana Stores
7:04 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Aspiring Pot Retailers Say Real Estate Is Hard To Find

Greta Carter supports marijuana legalization, but says there’s nowhere to open new stores.
Credit Photo by Amy Radil / Northwest News Network

Initiative 502 allows the state to license marijuana stores. Many aspiring pot retailers are scouting for real estate. But they aren’t having much luck finding space. Legislators say they may need to open up more real estate for the stores if I-502 is going to succeed. KUOW’s Amy Radil reports.

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Gun Background Checks
6:51 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Washington Universal Gun Checks Measure Loses Pivotal Supporter

Rep. Maureen Walsh
Credit Photo courtesy Washington Legislature

The fate of a universal background check measure in the Washington state House could be decided this week. Wednesday is a key cut-off deadline. Recently the gun control measure lost a pivotal “yes” vote. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins explains.

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Voices of Coal
6:45 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Voices Of Coal: Tribal Fisherman

This week we’re bringing you our special EarthFix series, "Voices of Coal."

Each day we'll hear from someone with a personal stake in the Northwest's debate over coal export terminals.

Voices of Coal
7:00 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Voices Of Coal: Columbia River Pilot

This week we’re bringing you our special EarthFix series, "Voices of Coal."

Each day we'll hear from someone with a personal stake in the Northwest's debate over coal export terminals.

Washington Senate
7:12 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Despite Pledge To Cooperate, Partisan Recriminations in Washington Senate

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 5:29 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Three months ago, 23 Republicans and two breakaway Democrats seized control of the Washington state Senate. At the time, Majority Leader Rodney Tom, one of the Democrats, pledged a new spirit of bipartisanship.

“The public out there is hungry for us to come together, to work together in a collaborative manner and that’s exactly what this coalition is trying to accomplish,” he said.

But as the halfway point of the legislative session approaches, the Washington state Senate has become a hotbed of partisan recriminations.

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Yakima Pot Hearing
6:26 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Yakima, Wash., Pot Hearing Draws Entrepreneurs, Advocates, Mothers

Several hundred people showed up for Washington state’s marijuana forum in Yakima Thursday night.
Credit Photo by Anna King / Northwest News Network

Marijuana advocates, people concerned about the effects of drugs on children and hopeful entrepreneurs filled a huge room at the Yakima Convention Center Thursday night. This hearing is part of a series across Washington on how to implement voter-approved marijuana legalization. Correspondent Anna King brings us our story from Yakima.

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Supermajority Ruling
6:20 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Supermajority Ruling Is Personal Defeat For Fiery Initiative Activist

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 5:00 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the two-thirds requirement for tax hikes is a personal defeat for initiative activist Tim Eyman. Over the years, he sponsored three of the five ballot measures that enacted the supermajority rule.

Outside the Capitol after the ruling, reporters noted that Eyman seemed more subdued than defiant.

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