Washington

Mortage Settlement
5:56 am
Fri February 10, 2012

Washington AG says settlement will help struggling homeowners

Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna.
Source: Washington Attorney General's Office

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- After a year of negotiations, states, federal regulators and five of the biggest lenders have reached a $25 billion dollar settlement to change foreclosure practices. The goal of the settlement is to impose new restrictions on banks, and to fund loan modifications for homeowners. Backers hope the agreement will also help stabilize the housing market. KUOW’s Amy Radil reports.

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WA politicians focus on taxes
5:54 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Wash. Legislature: With Gay Marriage Passed, It’s Back To Budget And Taxes

The Washington State Capitol building in Olympia.
Photo by Wikimedia User Visitor7 Wikimedia Commons

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Now that gay marriage has passed, it’s back to the budget and taxes for Washington lawmakers. The 60-day session is more than halfway over. Next week will bring the February revenue forecast. Then majority Democrats plan to roll out a budget and possible tax hikes.

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Women's Boxing
5:03 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

When You Think Spokane, City Wants You To Think Sports

The United States Olympic Committee logo.
Photo by USOC USOC

SPOKANE, Wash. - The best amateur women boxers from around the country will participate in a historic event next week : team trials for the first-ever Olympic women's boxing competition. The location for the event is Spokane. As Jessica Robinson reports, the city has worked to brand itself as a sports destination.

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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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