Washington

Health Insurance Exchange
6:00 am
Tue February 28, 2012

Washington Proposes Health Insurance Exchange

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- If you buy your own health plan, you probably go through an insurance broker. By next year you’ll be able to shop through a health insurance exchange. Most states are creating their own marketplace for people to compare and shop for health plans. Reporter Ruby de Luna has a preview of what Washington's exchange could look like, and what to expect.

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BP Refinery
4:38 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

BP Refinery Shutdown Starting To Look Lengthy

Gas prices are moderately up due to oil refinery shutdown.
Photo credit: Andrew Lee Wikimedia commons

The oil company BP is zeroing in on a cause for last week's explosion at its big Cherry Point refinery near Ferndale, Washington. But the investigation and repairs are moving slowly. That doesn't bode well for gasoline prices in Western Washington and Oregon. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.

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Wash. Budget
3:59 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Wash. Senate Budget Rollout Won’t Be A Bipartisan Affair

Washington Senate members differ over budget.
Photo by: Wikuservisitor7 Wikimedia commons

In the Washington state Senate, a short-lived era of bipartisan cooperation on the budget appears over. Majority Democrats Tuesday will unveil their plan to rebalance the budget. But Republican leaders say they won’t be there.

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Washington Supermajority Rule
7:41 am
Mon February 27, 2012

Wash. Democratic Lawmakers Seek To Overturn Supermajority For Taxes

Washington Representative Laurie Jinkins' official photo.
Photo courtesy Washington State Legislature

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington voters consistently send Democratic majorities to the statehouse. But four times over the past 20 years they’ve also voted to require a supermajority of the legislature to raise taxes. Most recently, in 2010. Now a group of Democratic lawmakers and their allies are challenging the constitutionality of that two-thirds rule. Oral arguments are scheduled for March 9th. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins previews the case.

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Gingrich Rally
6:23 am
Mon February 27, 2012

At Washington Rally, Gingrich Attacks Obama On Oil, Religion

Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich.
Photo courtesy Associated Press

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- Former House Speaker and Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich visited Federal Way, Washington Friday. He blasted President Barack Obama’s energy and tax policies. Some party officials hope to translate Friday's crowds into support for Gingrich at the Republican caucuses March 3rd. KUOW’s Amy Radil reports.

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Bear Dog Force
3:48 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Wildlife Police Acquire Special Dogs To Handle Bear Complaints

Officer Dustin Prater and his new partner Spencer. Yes, Spencer has a stuffed bear in his mouth.
Photo credit: WDFW Photo courtesy WDFW

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has increased its Karelian Bear Dog force by fifty percent. This breed of working dog has proven effective against nuisance bears. Correspondent Tom Banse says the idea is to re-instill fear of human neighborhoods.

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Gingrich in Olympia
3:36 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Newt Gingrich Talks Gay Marriage On Stop At Wash. Capitol

Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich speaks with statehouse reporters in Olympia, Wash.
Photo credit: Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says he opposes gay marriage, but is comfortable letting voters decide the issue for their own state. Gingrich made his comments Friday during a visit to the Washington capitol. It’s the second time in two weeks a Republican presidential candidate has campaigned under the dome.

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Grandmother Urges CPS Changes
5:20 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

New Task Force Will Investigate Powell Deaths

Judy Cox (left) with her husband Chuck at the press conference in Olympia.
Photo credit: Azusa Uchikura. Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. – It’s been two weeks since Josh Powell allegedly killed himself and his two children in a house fire near Graham, Washington. A new task force announced Thursday will investigate the deaths. Meanwhile, the grandparents of the two Powell boys are pushing for changes in Child Protective Services.

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Trooper Shooting Suspect Dead
3:53 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Man Sought In Trooper Shooting Dies Of Self-Inflicted Wound

Washington State Trooper Tony Radelescu.
Photo Credit: Washington State Patrol Photo courtesy Washington State Patrol

Police say the driver suspected in the overnight shooting of a Washington State Trooper has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Kitsap County Sheriff's sergeant Ken Dickinson says Joshua Blake shot himself as a SWAT team surrounded a mobile home south of Port Orchard. A tipster told officers the alleged shooter might be hiding in there.

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Drunk Driving
5:56 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Wash. Lawmakers Propose New DUI Penalties

The Washington Capitol Building
Photo credit: Wikimedia User Jay8g Wikimedia Commons

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington lawmakers are taking a multi-faceted approach to crack down on drunk driving. These proposals would increase jail time and other penalties. Another measure could require a drunk driver who kills a parent to pay child support for the surviving children. That proposal had a hearing Wednesday. Azusa Uchikura has more from Olympia.

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