Washington

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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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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