Washington

Santorum Rally
6:09 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Santorum Rallies Supporters In Pasco, Wash.

Supporters pressed close in Pasco, Wash., to hear Santorum speak Thursday night.
Photo by Anna King Northwest News Network

PASCO, Wash. – Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum flew into Pasco in south central Washington Thursday to rally supporters before the state’s Republican caucus on Saturday. Some wore cowboy hats and boots. Others were fresh off work from the Hanford nuclear site. Correspondent Anna King was there.

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Wash. Republican Caucus Preview
6:00 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Wash. GOP Caucus Results 'Meaningless' Says Former Party Chair

Former state Republican Party Chairman Chris Vance.
Photo via Twitter

G.O.P. presidential candidates are looking for a boost from Washington’s caucuses this Saturday. It’s the last contest before Super Tuesday. But as one longtime party insider cautions, there won’t be any real winner this weekend.

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Washington Car Sharing
4:51 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Wash. Legislature Paves Road For Personal Car Rental

Ride share companies are already prevalent in California and Oregon.
Photo credit: Wikimedia user Evolstephanieberkeley Wikimedia Commons

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The state of Washington is opening the door to a new flavor of car rental, as Oregon and California have already done. The Washington Legislature just voted to tweak the auto insurance rules so you can rent your wheels to friends or strangers when you're not using your car yourself.

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ID, WA Higher Ed
4:15 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Improved Funding May be On The Way For Higher Education in Wash., Idaho

Universities in Idaho are expecting to see increased state funding. University of Idaho Administration Building in Moscow, Idaho.
Photo Credit: Robbie Giles Wikimedia Commons

After years of severe budget cuts, better days may be on the horizon for higher education in Idaho and Washington.

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Endangered Spotted Owl
6:10 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Owl Detection Dogs Need To Overcome Some Skepticism

Max the dog has a nose for owl pellets and droppings.
Courtesy by: Lisa Hayward

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The latest plan to save the imperiled Northern spotted owl allows shooting an invasive rival bird, the barred owl. An important part of the recovery plan is getting accurate owl counts. Researchers have been experimenting with specially trained dogs that can identify spotted owl and barred owl roosts. But as Correspondent Tom Banse reports, it's not clear yet whether the technique will catch on.

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Coal Terminal Petition
5:50 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Coal Export Terminal Opponents Submit Petition

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Some Washington citizens are voicing opposition about plans to build three new coal export terminals in their communities. Opponents of those proposals delivered more than 40,000 signatures to the state capitol in Olympia Wednesday.

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Nuclear Renewal
5:17 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Energy Northwest Nuclear Plant Nears Completion Of License Renewal

The Columbia Generating Station, located 10 miles north of Richland, Wash., is owned and operated by Energy Northwest. Columbia produces enough energy to power a city the size of Seattle.
Photo credit: Energy Northwest" Northwest News Network

RICHLAND, Wash. – The Northwest’s only commercial nuclear reactor has received its final safety evaluation report from the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission. That’s an important milestone in the effort to re-license the reactor for an additional 20 years near Richland, Washington.

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Wash. Unemployment
4:13 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Washington Unemployment Drops To 8.3 Percent

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington’s economy is looking up. New numbers out Wednesday show the state’s unemployment rate is down to 8.3 percent. The January number is 0.3 percent lower than the unemployment rate for December.

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Geoduck Poaching
6:49 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Millions Of Dollars in Geoducks Stolen From Wash. Waters

This geoduck is about 40 years old. These clams can live to be upwards of 150 years old and spend their whole lives in the same place.
Photo credit: Katie Campbell Photo courtesy Northwest News Network

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Here’s some trivia – name the natural resource that provided 28 million dollars to the state of Washington last year. Nope, not timber.

Think shellfish… but not just any shellfish. Geoducks. These huge, funny-looking clams are harvested wild from below the surface of Puget Sound - and they’re fetching high prices in Asia. Ashley Ahearn reports.

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Washington Budget Balance
4:15 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Wash. Senate Democrats Defend Delayed Payment To Re-Balance Budget

Washington State Capitol in Olympia, Washington.
Photo credit: Wikimedia user Jay8g Wikimedia Commons

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington lawmakers are hurtling toward a deadline to adjourn next Thursday. Majority Democrats still have to agree on a plan to re-balance the state budget. Tuesday, Senate Democrats unveiled a blueprint that includes a controversial move: paying a couple of bills a day late.

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