Washington

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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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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