Washington

Enterovirus Outbreak
6:41 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Suspected Enterovirus Outbreak Widens In Northwest

Credit Army Medicine / flickr

Public health authorities in Washington and Idaho are now investigating at least 79 cases of a serious respiratory illness that affects children. The widening disease outbreak is suspected - but not confirmed - to be a rare strain of enterovirus. 


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Washington PACs
6:18 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

PACs Face Quirk In Washington Law Before They Can Spend Money

The dome and lantern of the capitol building in Washington.
Credit Photo credit: Wikimedia user Jay8g / Wikimedia Commons

California billionaire Tom Steyer is poised to help Democrats try to win back control of the Washington Senate. But first, his NextGen political action committee had to satisfy a quirk in the law. Call it the ten-ten rule. In Washington, political committees have to jump a small hurdle before they can play in Washington’s political sandbox.

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Aurora Borealis
6:07 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Northern Lights Might Be Visible In the Northwest

A Aurora Borealis over North America in 2008.
Credit NASA / http://www.nasa.gov/

The Northwest could get a a rare look at the northern lights tonight and tomorrow.

The Aurora Borealis is expected to expand further south than usual, thanks to two solar flares affecting the magnetic poles. They'll help make the greenish lights visible.

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Ethics & Government
5:14 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Washington Lt. Gov. Agrees To $15,000 Ethics Fine

Lt. Gov. Brad Owens.
Credit Washington State Legislature / http://www.ltgov.wa.gov/

Washington Lt. Gov. Brad Owen has agreed to a $15,000 ethics fine. The settlement announced Friday stems from the five-term Democrat’s use of state resources to operate a non-profit with his wife.

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Wildfires
6:37 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Models Project 3X Increase In Probability Of Large Fires In The Northwest

Credit National Interagency Fire Center

Fire season in the Northwest is winding down for this year.

But scientific models suggest that with climate change, the region can expect more large wildfires in the future.

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School Funding
6:16 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Washington Supreme Court Finds State In Contempt

Members of the McCleary family won a school funding lawsuit against the State of Washington. They spoke to reporters outside the Washington Supreme Court following a contempt hearing Sept. 3, 2014.
Credit Austin Jenkins/Northwest News Network

The Washington Supreme Court has found the state legislature in contempt. That order issued Thursday is just the latest twist in the ongoing McCleary school funding lawsuit. But the Court did not issue sanctions.

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Marijuana Shortage
6:56 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Marijuana Scarce in Wash. Pot Industry

The retail marijuana industry in Washington is running low of pot.
Credit Brett Levin / flickr

Washington’s burgeoning retail marijuana industry is getting off to a slow start. 


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Police Weapons Lost
6:45 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Wash. Law Enforcement Entities Lose Surplus Military Gear

A shot of the M16A2/A4 Series 5.56mm rifle, similar to the rifles that went missing from various police departments.
Credit PEOSoldier / Flickr (https://www.flickr.com/photos/peosoldier/)

In the past two years, four law enforcement departments in Washington state have been suspended from the military surplus program known as 1033.That’s the government program that issues surplus military gear to state and local municipalities who show a need, but some of those weapons have gone missing.

Under the program law enforcement agencies can apply to receive everything from shop Vac’s to Mine Resistant Vehicles. They only need to pay for the cost of shipping.

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School Funding
5:47 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Inslee Scolds Legislature On School Funding, But Cautions Court On Sanctions

Washington Governor Jay Inslee speaks to reporters at a Capitol news conference. The Democrat says it’s “entirely appropriate” for the Supreme Court to highlight the seriousness of the state’s school funding crisis, but he cautions against sanctions that might curtail funding to vulnerable citizens.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

Washington Governor Jay Inslee says the legislature has not “acted appropriately” in the face of the McCleary decision on school funding. But he cautioned the state Supreme Court Thursday not to impose sanctions that would penalize other areas of state government. The governor’s comments came one day after the high court held a hearing to consider whether to hold the state in contempt. 


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Marijuana and Welfare
8:32 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Washington Welfare Cards Used At Two Pot Stores In July

Washington EBT Card
Credit Washington State Department of Social and Health Services

Washington welfare cards were used twice in July to withdraw cash at newly opened recreational marijuana stores. That’s according to the Department of Social and Health Services. The agency says it has warned the card-holders and the stores and will continue to monitor for misuse.

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