Washington

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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Voting Rights Act
6:32 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Round Two For Washington Voting Rights Act

Do people vote based on race? That’s a question the Washington Legislature will likely tackle this session. Supporters of a state Voting Rights Act plan to push the measure again this year.

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Washington Legislature
6:28 am
Mon January 14, 2013

New Political Dynamics, Budget Challenges Face Washington’s 2013 Legislature

Washington legislative leader at a pre-session forum for reporters and editors.
Credit Photo by Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

Washington lawmakers convene for the start of the 2013 session. They face a $2 billion budget problem, an unusual political dynamic in the state senate and hot button issues like gun control. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins has this preview.

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Supreme Court Justice
6:17 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Washington’s State Supreme Court Makes History

The Washington State Supreme Court will make history Monday when newly elected Justice Sheryl Gordon McCloud is sworn in. KUOW’s Patricia Murphy reports.

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