Washington

Washington Marijuana Initiative
4:55 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Wash. Lawmakers Likely To Leave Marijuana Initiative To Voters

An outdoor marijuana garden.
Photo by Wikimedia User H.Zell Wikimedia Commons

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington lawmakers say they won’t likely vote on a proposal to legalize marijuana in advance of a citizen’s initiative on the November ballot. Lawmakers in Olympia met to discuss the issue Thursday.

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Washington Gay Marriage
7:08 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Same-Sex Marriage Decision Personal for Lawmakers

Washington state Rep. Jamie Pedersen speaks on the House floor.
Photo by Azusa Uchikura

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A bill to legalize same-sex marriage is in the hands of Governor Chris Gregoire. It passed the Washington House Wedesday with a 55-43 vote. During the three-hour debate, many lawmakers shared their own personal stories.

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Lakewood Police Officer
6:06 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Lakewood Police Officer Accused of Diverting Funds for Slain Officer's Families

A memorial for four slain Lakewood police officers.
Photo by Wikimedia User Marques Hunter Wikimedia Commons

A police officer in Lakewood, Washington was arrested Wednesday for embezzling funds meant for the families of slain Lakewood police officers. He’s accused of diverting the donations from union bank accounts and using them for trips, gambling and home remodeling. KUOW’s Amy Radil reports.

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Boxing Sisters
5:56 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Three Sisters Don't Pull Punches In Former Men-Only Sport

Maira Madrigal, 24, of Wenatchee trains in hopes of boxing in the 2012 Olympics.
Photo by Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

WENATCHEE, Wash. - Up until the last few decades it was considered indecent for women to box. This year, women’s boxing will make its Olympic debut in the Summer Games of London. The contenders for the first-ever U.S. Olympic women's boxing team face off in Spokane Feb. 13-19. It's a big development on the international stage. But as Jessica Robinson reports, the face of boxing has already been changing in small clubs across the Northwest.

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Gay Marriage Reaction
5:14 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Both Sides Of Gay Marriage Debate React To Wash. House Vote

Washington State Capital
Photo by: Wikuservisitor7 Wikimedia

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Gay marriage supporters are thrilled. Opponents are gearing up for a ballot fight. That’s the dynamic after the Washington House voted Wednesday to send a same-sex marriage bill to the governor. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins watched the historic vote from the House galleries and has reaction.

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Gary Marriage Passes
4:41 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Washington Lawmakers Pass Gay Marriage 55-43

Crowd cheering passage of gay marriage law.
Photo by: Azusa Uchikura Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A bill to legalize same-sex marriage is on its way to Governor Chris Gregoire’s desk. After a three hour debate Wednesday, the state House of Representatives passed the plan 55-43. Hundreds of gay rights supporters reacted from the gallery.

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Gay Marriage Opponents Prepare
4:36 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

National Organization Prepares For Gay Marriage Ballot Repeal Effort In Wash.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Gay marriage isn’t the law in Washington yet. But national opponents are already preparing for a repeal campaign. The Washington House Wednesday is expected to send a same-sex marriage measure to the governor for her signature.

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StoryCorps Northwest
6:51 am
Wed February 8, 2012

Life at Big Pasco: La Dona Madison and Michael Madison

Michael Madison and his mother, La Dona Madison.

La Dona Madison worked at the "Big Pasco" military base in Washington during World War II. It was a busy place with soldiers eveywhere but not just American soldiers. She tells her son, Michael Madison, about some unusual guests at the base.

Columbia River Toll
6:12 am
Wed February 8, 2012

Possible Tolling on Columbia Between Wash. And Oregon

Oregon and Washington officials seek to set a toll for the proposed Columbia River Crossing.
Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington lawmakers are moving forward with plans to allow tolls on the proposed Columbia River Crossing between Portland and Vancouver. The project will cost as much as $3.5 billion and drivers will likely bear some of that cost. Azusa Uchikura has more from Olympia.

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Washington Gay Adoption
5:48 am
Wed February 8, 2012

Anti-Gay Discrimination Hard To Prove In Foster Care Arena

David Wing-Kovarik is a gay adoptive father who runs a non-profit for families like his.
Photo by Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Wednesday, the Washington state House is expected to send a gay marriage bill to the governor. The final measure will likely contain some special language to address a concern raised by faith-based foster and adoption agencies. These state contractors don’t want to be forced to place children with gay couples. But Washington law already prohibits them from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation. So how does that work now? As Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins found out, it’s “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

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