Washington

School Safety
6:23 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Washington Senate Passes Funding For School Security

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 4:39 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington lawmakers are moving ahead with their first education-spending bill of the year. The state Senate voted Monday to approve a $500 million in school construction bonds. Ten million of that would go to equip every school with a panic alarm by 2014, among other security measures.

Democratic Sen. Sharon Nelson said this was a step toward increasing gun safety. She says her next goal is to create more background checks for gun buyers.

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Healthcare Costs
6:23 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Washington State Pays For More Than Half Of Births

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 4:42 pm

SHELTON, Wash. - It’s one of the most vexing problems state lawmakers face: how to curb the rising cost of healthcare. In Washington, there’s one specific line item in the healthcare budget that’s startling, but few at the Capitol are talking about: taxpayers now foot the bill for more than half of all births in Washington. But why is that number is so high?

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Marijuana Laws
6:33 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Marijuana Growers Say They Want To "Come Out"

The second statewide public hearing this week on the future of the marijuana industry was held in Seattle. Like the earlier one in Olympia, this one had overflow crowds. The Seattle hearing was filled with people who have grown marijuana for years, and want to "come out." KUOW’s Amy Radil reports.

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Hanford Cleanup
6:32 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Recent Reports Spur Controversy Over Hanford’s Waste Treatment Plant

A view of the 65-acre Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant Project on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
Credit Photo courtesy U.S. Department of Energy

News out of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation can sometimes sound like just one critical report after another. In fact, last week a federal watchdog agency said Hanford’s massive waste treatment plant is in jeopardy. Several developments lately have intensified the debate over this question: Should a massive federal waste treatment plant move ahead or stop to fix its nagging technical problems? Correspondent Anna King has more.

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Marijuana Forum
6:06 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Large Crowd Turns Out For Washington Marijuana Legalization Forum

It was standing room only for the first in a series of public forums on implementing Washington’s new marijuana law. The state’s Liquor Control Board invited public comment Tuesday night as it prepares to write the rules on pot legalization. Hairdresser Dana Anderson says until now she’s never been able to speak publicly about her interest in marijuana.

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Marijuana Laws
6:18 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Can Washington Courts Deny Pot To Offenders On Probation?

Here’s the latest wrinkle in implementing Washington’s new marijuana law: Can courts restrict people on probation from using pot recreationally? That question was the subject of a committee hearing Monday in Olympia. Jessica Robinson has more.

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Gun Rally
6:08 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Armed Gun Rights Advocates Rally At Washington Capitol

Scott Robertson, carrying an AR-15 style rifle. Robertson says military style rifles and clip capacity are not the problem
Credit Photo by Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Netwrk

Several hundred gun rights advocates – many of them armed – rallied at the Washington state Capitol Saturday. Their purpose was to protest any new gun control measures. Similar rallies were organized in Salem, Boise and Coeur d'Alene. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports.

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Senate Controversy
6:32 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Embattled Washington State Senator Defends Behavior

Senator Pam Roach conducts a
Credit Photo by Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

A Washington state senator with a long record of reprimands for her treatment of staff is taking the offensive. Republican Pam Roach Thursday fired back at her accusers – they include some fellow Republicans. The move comes just as fresh allegations of staff mistreatment emerge. And a narrow majority coalition takes power in the Washington senate. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports.

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Washington Wolves
6:24 am
Thu January 17, 2013

WA Wildlife Officials Report ‘Unprecedented’ Wolf Numbers

A meeting in Spokane Valley, Wash., on the state's gray wolves stretched late into the evening.
Credit Photo by Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

Washington wildlife managers are working to avoid the kind of escalation in wolf conflicts that led the state to kill an entire wolf pack last fall. Officials from the Department of Fish and Wildlife told a crowd in Spokane Valley Wednesday they’re trying to keep livestock losses down, even as Washington’s wolf population grows. Jessica Robinson has more.

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Inaugural Ball
6:13 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Inslee Keeps Speech Short At Inaugural Ball

On his first night as Washington Governor, Jay Inslee wore a black suit with a maroon tie and lapels. The area where he stood earlier in the day to take the oath of office was now surrounded by sharply dressed people. Inslee had just a few words for guests at the Inaugural Ball.

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