Washington

Washington Prescription Law
5:44 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Judge Finds State Pharmacy Rules Unconstitutional

TACOMA, Wash. -- A federal judge in Tacoma has ruled that Washington‘s pharmacy regulations are unconstitutional.

The regulations require pharmacies and pharmacists to fill prescriptions and to do them in a timely manner. The judge found the state’s rules infringe on pharmacists’ right to religious freedom by requiring them to dispense emergency contraception also known as Plan B.

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Welfare
4:35 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Wash. Lawmakers Urge DSHS To Drive Down ATM Fees

ATM fees drive up welfare costs.
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OLYMPIA, Wash. – A bipartisan group of Washington lawmakers wants JPMorgan Chase to lower the ATM fee it charges cash welfare recipients. Currently these low- income clients pay 85-cents each time they withdraw cash. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports on how the fees add up.

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Washington Prescription Law
7:46 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Federal Court To Rule On State’s Rx Rules

TACOMA, Wash. -- A federal judge in Tacoma is scheduled to rule Wednesday on Washington’s pharmacy regulations. Ruby de Luna reports that the main question before the court is whether the state’s rules violate the religious rights of pharmacists.

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Ship Cleanup
5:54 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Dealing With Derelict Vessels

Melissa Ferris heads the Derelict Vessel Program in Washington. She's standing on the "deck" of a cabin cruiser that was dredged from the bottom of an inlet near Olympia.
Photo by Ashley Ahearn Northwest News Network

COLUMBIA RIVER, Wash. -- There are hundreds of abandoned or sunken ships in Northwest waters. These vessels can threaten navigation, human safety and the environment. But state agencies in the region are only equipped to handle part of the problem. Ashley Ahearn reports.

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Hanford Delays
6:33 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Wash. Officials Shocked By Energy Secretary’s Hanford Remark

U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu.
Photo credit: C-SPAN Image courtesy of C-SPAN

PASCO, Wash. – Washington state officials are reacting negatively to the possibility that there might be a delay to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation’s massive waste treatment plant. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu raised that prospect in comments last week.

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Washington Budget Cuts
5:45 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Public Health Official: More State Cuts Could Delay Disease Warnings

Washington State Capitol in Olympia, Washington.
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WaOLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington legislature has three weeks to rebalance the state budget. One way House Democrats propose to do that is to eliminate a series of payments that currently go to cities and counties. That proposal emerged Tuesday. Reaction from local governments was swift.

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Financial Proposal
5:08 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Wash. House Democrats Roll Out Budget; No General Tax Increase

Washington State Capitol in Olympia, Washington.
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OLYMPIA, Wash. – Majority Democrats in the Washington state House have unveiled a plan to rebalance the state’s budget. The spending blueprint released Tuesday does not call for a general tax increase. But it would delay a massive payment to public schools. It also relies on savings from reduced demand for state services.

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Health Care
4:59 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Madigan Investigates PTSD Diagnosis Problems

Madigan Army Medical Center located on Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma, Washington.
Photo Credit: Madigan Army Medical Center PA Public Affairs Office Madigan Army Medical Center

The head of Madigan Army Medical Center south of Tacoma has been removed from his post. The administrative action comes as the Medical Center investigates whether soldiers had their diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder reversed to reduce the cost of a medical retirement.

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Fuel Costs
3:59 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Higher Gas Prices Expected After Refinery Fire

Northwest motorists could be paying more for fuel after the fire at the Cherry Point Refinery.
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The Cherry Point refinery in Washington usually produces 225,000 barrels of gas per day. Owners, BP, says the plant could resume production soon. But Marie Dodds of Triple A Oregon and Idaho, thinks prices could increase as a result.

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Columbia River Care
8:02 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Davy Crockett Oil Spill and Cleanup Was Preventable

The 433-foot flat deck barge Davy Crockett continues disassembly on the Columbia River, Wash., Ore., border on May 20, 2011. Metal is cut away from the floating stern section, and transferred to barges to be hauled away.
Photo by: Petty Officer 2nd Class Eric J. Chandler U.S. Coast Guard

COUMBIA RIVER, Wash. -- The U.S. Coast Guard and its contractors spent 10 months and $22 million last year removing the Davy Crockett from the Columbia River. The barge had broken apart during a botched salvage job, spilling oil and PCBs into the river.

Workers removed more than 38,000 gallons of oil from the ship. The cleanup was declared a success. But an EarthFix investigation has found that government officials could have prevented the oil spill and the need for a multi-million dollar cleanup.

Bonnie Stewart has the story.

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