Washington

Education and Teaching
6:23 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Wash. Senate Passes New Teacher Evaluation System

Wash. Gov Chris Gregoire with Democratic Sen. Kevin Ranker following the teacher evaluation vote. Gregoire helped broker a compromise on the bill.
Photo by Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington state senate has approved a new four-tier teacher evaluation system. The bill that passed Tuesday also creates a mechanism for firing under-performing teachers who don’t improve.

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Women's Rights
6:10 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Abortion Bill Clears Washington State House

Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia
Photo by Wikimedia User Visitor7 Wikimedia Commons

The Washington State House has passed a bill that requires insurance companies that cover maternity services to also include procedures to terminate pregnancies. Women in Washington State already have access to abortion services. The bill attempts to preserve the status quo.

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Environmental Hazards
4:52 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Quileute Tribe 'Ecstatic' About Move Out Of Tsunami Zone

The Quileute Indian Reservation located on Washington's Pacific coast.
Photo by Wikimedia User User.Nikater Wikimedia Commons

"Ecstatic," "amazed," and "stunned." Those are some of the words being used Tuesday around the tiny Quileute Indian Reservation on the Washington coast. This, after the U.S. Congress slightly shrank Olympic National Park to allow the tribe to move out of a tsunami zone. President Obama is expected to sign the legislation soon.

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Washington Orca Mystery
6:46 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Whodunit Surrounds Bruised & Bloody Killer Whale Carcass

Orcas, or "killer whales," are among the most well-known whale species.
Photo by Wikimedia User Pittman Wikimedia Commons

LONG BEACH, Wash. -- The bruised and bloody carcass of an endangered killer whale washed ashore at Long Beach, Washington this weekend. An initial necropsy did not pinpoint a cause of death. Correspondent Tom Banse has more on an emerging whodunit.

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Quileute Tribe Move
6:47 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Congress OKs Quileute Tribe's Move To Higher Ground

A coastal Quileute village.
Photo credit Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. -  The US Congress has cleared the way for a tiny Washington tribe to move parts of its coastal village uphill and out of a tsunami zone. The move involves the transfer of 785 acres of Olympic National Park to the Quileute Indian Tribe. The park surrounds the tribe's tiny reservation and blocks its desire to expand to higher ground.

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Washington Orca Search
6:24 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Researchers On Hunt For Killer Whales' Winter Hideout

NOAA researchers hope to discover where orcas off the coast of Washington go in the winter.
Photo by Richard Dudley Flickr

This week, federal biologists will cast off on a research cruise from NOAA's new home port in Newport, Oregon. They hope to crack an enduring mystery about some of the most studied killer whales on earth. Namely, where do the Northwest's resident orca whales go in the winter? Correspondent Tom Banse has more.

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Mortage Settlement
5:38 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Consumer groups skeptical about mortgage settlement

Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna
Photo courtesy of Washington State Attorney General's office

OLYMPIA, Wash - Financial analysts say the big banks will feel little pain as a result of the multistate mortgage settlement announced Thursday. Meanwhile consumer advocates say some homeowners defrauded by banks will receive very little restitution.

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Washington Gay Rights
5:09 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Wash. Senator Says Tenor Of Gay Rights Debates Has Evolved

Senator Ed Murray, D-Seattle.
Photo courtesy Wash. Legislature

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Gay rights supporters will gather Monday in an ornate reception room in the Washington state capitol. They will witness history as Governor Chris Gregoire signs into law legislation to allow same-sex couples to marry. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins looks at how the rhetoric that led to this controversial moment has changed.

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Washington Charter Schools
4:55 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Charter School Backers Still Want Vote in Wash. Legislature

Dome of the Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia.
Photo by Wikimedia User Jay8g Wikimedia Commons

OLYMPIA, Wash. – 41 states allow charter schools. But not Washington . Opponents in the legislature recently killed a bipartisan proposal to allow a limited number of under-performing schools to convert. But supporter of the idea haven’t given up. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports.

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Prescription Drug Take-Back
6:00 am
Fri February 10, 2012

Washington Coalition Push for Drug Take-Back Program

A bill in the Wash. Legislature is aimed getting expired prescription drugs out of circulation.
Photo by Kevin Mooney Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The abuse of old prescription drugs has been a leading cause of accidental overdosing deaths. Now there’s a bill in the State Legislature aimed getting expired meds out of circulation. But the proposal is in danger of dying, unless it moves forward in the Senate. Ruby de Luna reports.

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