Washington

Supermajority Ruling
6:17 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Education Groups Hail Supermajority Ruling

Education groups led the charge to strike down the two-thirds vote requirement to raise taxes in the Washington state Legislature.

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Grain Terminal Dispute
6:33 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Grain Terminal Dispute Temporarily Shuts Down Vancouver, Wash. Port Docks

Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 6:03 pm

A union lock out at a big grain export terminal brought all ship loading and unloading to a halt at the Port of Vancouver, Washington Wednesday. It's one of several developments in a long-running labor dispute involving longshore workers and grain handlers.

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Marijuana Entrepreneurs
6:07 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Washington Marijuana Legalization Draws Yale MBAs With Big Ideas

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 3:39 pm

SEATTLE, Wash. – As Washington moves to legalize marijuana, pot entrepreneurs are lobbying in public forums and behind the scenes. These business interests want to shape the new marijuana marketplace. Among them, a Seattle-based private equity firm called Privateer Holdings. The company has hired a top Olympia lobbyist and is making the case for large marijuana grows to state regulators.

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Marijuana Entrepreneurs
6:06 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Washington ‘Potrepreneurs’ Plan To Start Locally, Expand Nationally

Jamen Shively of Diego Pellicer Fine Marijuana plans to open high-end marijuana retail stores in Washington and Colorado and, he hopes, nationally some day.
Credit Photo by Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

So far, Washington and Colorado are the first states to legalize recreational marijuana. Two states is a pretty limited market if you’re getting into the cannabis business. But many so-called “potrepreneurs” are counting on the eventual repeal of marijuana prohibition nationally. Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports.

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GMO Labeling Debate
7:11 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Washington Senate Panel Hears Debate On GMO Labeling

A Washington State Senate Committee heard testimony last week regarding the state initiative that calls for labeling genetically modified foods. Steve Jackson has more.

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National Guard Deployment
6:41 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Oregon And Idaho National Guard Troops Heading Overseas

Two Oregon National Guard units are mobilizing for overseas deployments. Idaho soldiers will be joining one of the missions.

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Liquor Control Officers
6:36 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Washington Liquor Control Officers Want Full Law Enforcement Powers

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 5:58 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. –Liquor control officers in Washington say they need more authority to combat the black market for booze, cigarettes and, soon, marijuana. State lawmakers on Tuesday will take testimony on a proposal to give full police powers to liquor enforcement officers.

Washington has 56 officers who police the stores and restaurants that sell liquor and tobacco products. Now that private retailers can sell booze, there are nearly three times as many liquor licenses statewide and theft has become a significant problem.

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Marijuana Consultants
6:35 am
Mon February 18, 2013

More Than 100 Apply For Washington Marijuana Consultant Positions

The deadline for marijuana experts seeking work has closed in Washington state. All bids to help the state set up its legal marijuana system had to be submitted by 2 p.m. Friday. State officials say the response was substantial. KUOW’s Amy Radil reports.

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Whtie-Tailed Deer
6:41 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Relocating An Endangered Deer

A white-tailed deer seen in Washington.
Credit Photo by Wikimedia user Dcoetzee / Wikimedia Commons

A dike in southwestern Washington has become a ticking time bomb. Managers say it’s not a matter of if, but when, it will fail. And behind the dike? A small group of white-tailed deer, considered an endangered species. If biologists can’t move the herd before the dike is breeched, the deer could be wiped out. Courtney Flatt has this report.

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Wash. Dept. of Ecology
6:31 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Inslee Appoints New Director Of Washington Department Of Ecology

Governor Jay Inslee has appointed a new director of the Washington Department of Ecology. Ashley Ahearn reports Maia Bellon is an Olympia insider with appeal on both sides of the aisle.

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