Washington

Minimum Wage
5:41 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Washington Supreme Court To Hear SeaTac Airport Minimum Wage Fight

Washington’s Supreme Court will hear arguments about whether SeaTac’s voter-approved $15 an hour minimum wage should apply to airport workers.
Credit Cacophany / Wikimedia

Should SeaTac’s voter-approved $15 an hour minimum wage apply to airport workers? Washington’s Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on that question Thursday. The case pits airport vendors, Alaska Airlines and the Port of Seattle against supporters of the higher wage.

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Reimbursing Volunteer Drivers
11:19 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Why A Volunteer for DSHS Was Paid $10,000

Longtime foster youth Andre Fayette poses with his foster mother Mary-Jeanne Smith. For five years, a volunteer driver for the Washington Department of Social and Health Services shuttled Andre to visits with his biological sisters in Spokane.
Credit Photo courtesy: Mary-Jeanne Smith

Imagine driving your personal car for work so much that your boss cuts you a $10,000 mileage reimbursement check. That’s what happened recently at Washington’s Department of Social and Health Services. Only the person who got the check isn’t an employee. And she’s not the only one who’s logging high miles and collecting large reimbursements from DSHS. Who are these road warriors? Austin Jenkins finds out.

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Concord Grapes
7:23 am
Fri June 20, 2014

What Climate Change Could Mean For Your Grape Juice

Grape researcher Markus Keller.
Credit Courtney Flatt / EarthFix

When you think of grapes in the Northwest, wine is probably the first thing that comes to mind. But Concord juice grapes actually are Washington’s most widely planted grape. It turns out, juice grapes are more susceptible to warming weather than their wine grape cousins. For EarthFix, Courtney Flatt has more.

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Gun Giveaway Campaig
7:19 am
Thu June 19, 2014

You Could Win A Gun If You Give This Candidate Your Contact Info

Didier's website, advertising a chance to win a gun.
Credit Clint Didier campaign

One candidate for an eastern Washington congressional seat has hit on a way to appeal to 2nd amendment advocates AND increase the names on his campaign mailing list. He’s offering voters a chance to win a gun. Jessica Robinson has more.

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Washington Unemployment
4:39 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Washington State Jobless Rate Holds Steady In May

The unemployment rate in Washington state is holding steady at 6.1 percent.
Credit Andreas Klinke Johannsen / Flickr

The unemployment rate in Washington state is holding steady at 6.1 percent according to the latest numbers out Wednesday from the state Employment Security Department. 

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Salmon Lawsuit
6:49 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Federal Salmon Plan Heads Back To Courtroom

Fish supporters Tuesday once again challenged the government’s plan to manage dams on the Columbia River to protect endangered salmon and steelhead.
Credit Aaron Kunz / EarthFix

It’s back to court for the federal government and salmon advocates. Fish supporters Tuesday once again challenged the government’s plan to manage dams on the Columbia River and protect endangered salmon and steelhead. For EarthFix, Courtney Flatt has more.

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Seasonal Access Permits
7:34 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Timber Giant Begins Selling Seasonal Permits, But Some Push Back

Vandalism and illegal dumping like this on the St. Helens Tree Farm was a key reason for the new access policy says Weyerhaeuser.
Credit Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

Timber giant Weyerhaeuser is joining the pay-to-play and pay-to-hunt trend. This week, the largest private forestland owner in Oregon and Washington will begin selling seasonal access permits to hunters, horse riders, hikers and other recreators. The Washington state-based company is not the first to charge access fees. But the breadth and high prices it will charge are generating more push back than before. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.

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Birth Defects
6:46 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Washington Health Officials Meet To Discuss Rare Birth Defect

A rare birth defect is affecting more babies in Central Washington. After hosting a series of public hearings, regulators and health officials met Monday to talk about their next steps. For EarthFix, Courtney Flatt has more.

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Guilty and Chargd
9:17 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Fearing A Warrant For $10: Guilty And Charged In Washington

Credit Joe Gratz / Flickr

Imagine you’ve committed a crime, served prison time, and been released. You’re trying to rebuild your life when there’s a knock on the door. There’s a warrant for your arrest – not because you’ve committed another crime, but because you couldn’t pay your court fees. For many in Washington, this is the reality of life after prison.

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State In Contempt
7:20 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Washington Supreme Court Orders ‘State’ To Contempt Hearing

The interior of the Wasington State Supreme Court.
Credit Cacophony / Wikimedia Commons

A frustrated Washington Supreme Court appears ready to hold state officials in contempt. The high court late Thursday ordered the “state” to appear at a hearing in September to address the lack of a plan to fully fund basic education. The court’s highly unusual move follows a 2012 ruling that the state isn’t meeting its constitutional obligation to school children. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins has details.

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