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Washington Lesislature
5:57 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

GOP Senators Take Control Of Washington Senate

The Senate gallery was packed as Republican Senators took over the chamber from Democrats.
Photo credit: Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. - It's been a day of high drama in the Washington state Senate. Republicans took control of the chamber with the help of three Democratic colleagues.

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Election 2012
3:10 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Washington State To Hold Latest Nominating Contest

Originally published on Fri March 2, 2012 4:12 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

The next big day for Republican presidential hopefuls is Super Tuesday. But on the way to Tuesday, the candidates are making stops in Washington state. Republican caucuses there are set for tomorrow morning.

And as NPR's Martin Kaste reports, with the fight for the nomination still tight, for once the caucuses in Washington state may actually mean something to the presidential race.

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State Trooper Memorial
6:14 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Slain Washington State Trooper Remembered

KENT, Wash. -- “A trooper’s trooper” -– that was a phrase used repeatedly to describe Washington State Patrol Trooper Tony Radulescu at a memorial Wednesday afternoon in Kent.

He was born in Bucharest and immigrated to the United States at age 14. He served in the U.S. Army, spoke five languages and was well known for having a great sense of humor and a radiant smile.

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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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