Washington

Washington Gay Marriage
5:09 am
Wed March 14, 2012

Gay Marriage Referendum 74 Ballot Language Approved

OLYMPIA -- Same sex marriage supporters in Washington state are chalking up a small victory Tuesday. A Thurston County judge agrees with changes they wanted on a possible voter referendum.

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Washington Gay Marriage
5:30 am
Mon March 12, 2012

Wash. Voters May Find Referendum Confusing

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Over the next few months in Washington, someone may approach you with a petition. Opponents of same-sex marriage are trying to force a referendum vote on Washington’s new marriage equality law. There’s also a separate initiative to define marriage as between one man and one woman. Meanwhile, gay rights supporters are also collecting signatures for their own non-binding pledge. Confused? Azusa Uchikura has this voter’s guide.

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Lewis-McChord Afghan Concerns
5:25 am
Mon March 12, 2012

Shock, Concern Are Reactions At Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Private First Class Jeremy Lozano is getting ready for his first deployment to Afghanistan. He anticipates the massacre of innocent civilians will make an already tough deployment tougher. “That’s now more problems that we have to worry about,” says Lozan
Photo by Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

LAKEWOOD, Wash. – The U.S. soldier who allegedly massacred at least 16 Afghan civilians is reported to be from Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Washington. Soldiers assigned to the base express shock at the violence and concern about retaliation. Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports.

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Washington Gay Marriage
5:20 am
Mon March 12, 2012

Petitioning To Repeal Same-Sex Marriage In Wash. Begins

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Tuesday in Olympia, a county judge will word-smith the ballot language for the a referendum challenging the same-sex marriage in Washington. Christian conservatives want to overturn the legislature’s approval of gay marriage last month.

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National Guard Unemployment
5:17 am
Mon March 12, 2012

National Guard Soldiers Request Deployment In Face Of Job Market

Spc. David Hampton, 21, returned to Hayden, Idaho, in September and is still looking for work.
Photo by Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho - A few months ago, two northwest soldiers returned from Iraq with their National Guard unit. Both started looking for new civilian jobs. Neither is satisfied with what they found. Correspondent Jessica Robinson recently checked in with them and discovered that both soldiers are now thinking about signing up for another overseas tour with the military.

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Washington Helmet Proposal
5:12 am
Mon March 12, 2012

High School Athletics Helmet Proposal Stirs Debate

RENTON -- A proposal to reduce concussions in high school football is creating a lively debate among some of the state’s high school coaches. Monday, that proposal will be a big focus at a meeting of the Washington Interscholastic Athletics Association in Renton. Ruby de Luna has details on the plan, known as Amendment 6.

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Grays Harbor Stabbing/Shooting
7:52 pm
Sun March 11, 2012

UPDATED: Grays Harbor County Courthouse Attack Leads to Lockdown and Manhunt

A Judge was stabbed in the neck and a Sheriff's Deputy was shot in the shoulder at the Grays Harbor County Courthouse in Montesano, Wash.
Photo credit: Joe Mabel Wikimedia Commons

UPDATE:  The suspect, Steven Daniel Kravetz, age 34, was arrested on Saturday afternoon in Olympia.  

UPDATE: Authorities now say Judge David Edwards and Deputy Polly Davins are in stable condition and expected to survive.

SEATTLE, Wash. -- The Grays Harbor County Courthouse in Montesano and nearby buildings are on lockdown following a shooting and stabbing this afternoon. Authorities are on a manhunt for the suspected attacker.

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Umatilla Depot Closing
4:25 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Umatilla Chemical Depot Employees, Nearby Communities, Celebrate Its End

A chemical operations crew from the Umatilla Chemical Depot separate rocket motor and warhead sections on nine M55 rockets.
Photo credit: U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency

RICHLAND, Wash. – There’s one less chemical weapons cache in the world today. The U.S. Army has certified to the international panel in The Hague that the Umatilla Chemical Weapons Depot is free of all chemical agents in compliance with international treaties. An end-of-operations celebration is planned for March 15. Correspondent Anna King reports.

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Washington Legislature Special Session
5:20 am
Fri March 9, 2012

Wash. Legislature Adjourns; Special Session Starts Monday

Legislators and staff celebrate on the Senate floor after adjournment.
Photo by Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington legislature has adjourned. But not for long. Late Thursday night, Senate Democrats failed to muster the votes for a plan to re-balance the state budget. That means Washington lawmakers will return to the Capitol to finish their work. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports.

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Washington Legislature Special Session
5:09 am
Fri March 9, 2012

No Budget Deal; Wash. Governor Calls Special Session

Senator Margarita Prentice, with Lt. Governor Brad Owen at her side, prepares to gavel the 2012 regular session to a close.
Photo by Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington lawmakers are headed into special session after adjourning their 60-day regular session. The final gavels fell just after midnight Thursday night.

“The 2012 regular session of the 62nd legislature is adjourned sine die.”

Despite the celebration, majority Democrats failed to muster the votes for a plan to re-balance the state budget. That means they will return to the Capitol Monday for an extra inning. Our Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins filed this report overnight.

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