Washington

Marijuana Legalization
5:58 am
Mon August 13, 2012

What Are The Budget Impacts Of Legal Marijuana

This fall Washington voters will consider an initiative that would allow the growth and sale of marijuana. Friday, the Washington State Office of Financial Management issued its report on how Initiative 502 would affect the finances of state and local governments. KUOW’s Phyllis Fletcher has more.

The gist of the report is “we don’t know.”

The Office of Financial Management uses the phrase “indeterminate, but non-zero” several times in the report. That’s because of what could be called “known unknowns.”

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State Officials Kill Wolf
4:33 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Washington Officials Kill First Wolf Over Livestock Loss

State officials killed a female wolf in northeastern Washington Tuesday.
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

For the first time, state officials have killed a female wolf from a pack in northeastern Washington after repeated incidents with livestock on nearby ranches.

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Washington Secretary of State
6:53 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Wyman, Drew Appear Headed For November Secretary Of State Contest

Kathleen Drew is running for Secretary of State in Washington as a Democrat.
Photo courtesy Kathleen Drew For Secretary Of State

The race for Washington secretary of state this November appears to be a battle between Republican Kim Wyman and Democrat Kathleen Drew. Wyman, the only Republican in the race, swept the map with 39 percent of the vote in Tuesday night’s primary. Democrat Drew pulled in 21 percent at last count. Correspondent Jessica Robinson has more.

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Washington Supreme Court
6:48 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Washinton Supreme Court Race Could Be McCloud, Sanders

Early primary totals indicate that two advocates for defendants’ rights could compete for the open seat on the Washington supreme court: Sheryl Gordon McCloud and Richard Sanders. KUOW’s Amy Radil reports.

Four candidates had sought to replace retiring supreme court justice Tom Chambers. They included longtime King County Superior Court judge Bruce Hilyer, and former Pierce county executive John Ladenburg. But primary night totals showed appellate defense lawyer Sheryl Gordon McCloud and former state supreme court justice Richard Sanders in the lead.

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Washington Governor's Race
6:45 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Inslee, McKenna Advance To November Election

Democrat Jay Inslee (left) and Republican Rob McKenna (right) move on to the November election. Photos courtesy the candidates' campaigns.

Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna will advance to the November election, after winning the top two spots in [last night’s] Tuesday's primary for Washington governor. At last count, Inslee won 47 percent of the vote to McKenna’s 43 percent. Colin Fogarty reports on what the primary results might or might not mean for November.

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10th District Race
6:42 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Denny Heck And Dick Muri Will Face Off In New 10th District

Dick Muri gives a speech in Pierce County in 2010. Muri will run against Democrat Denny Heck in Washington's new 10th District.
Photo by Brettdr Wikimedia Commons

In the newly created Tenth Congressional District, Democrat Denny Heck will face Republican Dick Muri in the general election. Pollsters say the district skews slightly Democratic. But Muri says his military experience will help balance that. KUOW’s Amy Radil reports.

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New Stormwater Requirements
4:30 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

New Stormwater Regulations Promote Low Impact Development

Polluted stormwater runoff is the number one threat to clean water in the populated parts of the Northwest. Wednesday, the Washington State Department of Ecology issued new permits to manage the problem.

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Arctic Oil Drilling
5:52 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Delays In Bellingham Curtail Arctic Oil Drilling

Shell's Arctic Challenger, under construction on the Bellingham waterfront.
Photo by John Ryan KUOW

Shell Oil is scaling back its plans for drilling in the Arctic Ocean this year. Icy conditions in the far North and construction problems in Bellingham have delayed the company's efforts. KUOW's John Ryan reports from Seattle.

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Washington Insurance Commissioner
6:02 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Three Challenge Kreidler For Wash. Insurance Commissioner

Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler.
Photo courtesy of Washington Office of the Insurance Commissioner.

The race for the Insurance Commissioner’s Office in Washington State might not be getting as much attention compared to other election races. But whoever wins the office will face a huge undertaking in the coming years as the state embarks on the next major phase of the national health care law. Ruby de Luna reports on the candidates and their views of the office’s role in the Affordable Care Act.

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Earthquake Risk
6:07 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Tolerable Risk Vs. Terrible Catastrophe When It Comes To Dams And The Big One

It's a question all of us face sooner or later: whether to spend a good chunk of money to protect against a catastrophe that has a very low chance of occurring. A workshop that just wrapped up in Corvallis considered that dilemma in the context of Northwest dams and a magnitude 9 earthquake. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.

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