Washington

Murray urges continued support for womens health
5:04 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

Murray Tells Supporters to Stay Vigilant About Women's Health

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Initially the press conference was to denounce the Komen Foundation’s plans to cut Planned Parenthood’s funding. But when the foundation backed off after days of public criticism, Senator Murray revised her message. She stood outside the Seattle Planned Parenthood office, and thanked supporters for voicing their outcry.

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Out of Pocket Medical Cap
6:16 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Cap On Out-Of-Pocket Medical Expenses Clears Wash. Committee

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Out-of-pocket medical expenses are crushing some Washington families – even though they have health insurance. A key legislative committee voted Thursday to place an overall cap on how much a family would have to pay each year.

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Occupy bill
4:48 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Wash. Bills Would Implement Occupy Demands

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OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington lawmakers are introducing several proposals that echo the demands of the Occupy protesters. In fact, the formal title of one proposal introduced Thursday says it is aimed at -- quote --“Guaranteeing that the top one percent pay too.” The chief sponsor, Democratic Representative Marko Liias , says the Occupy movement wasn’t the only thing that prompted this idea.

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Lead pollution
6:14 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Flying The Leaded Skies: Lead A Concern At Northwest Airports

U.S. EPA data show that Seattle's Boeing Field is Washington's largest source of airborne lead emissions.
Photo Credit: John Ryan Nothwest Public Radio

BOEING FIELD, Wash. -- Lead paint was banned in the United States in the 1970s. Leaded gasoline was slowly phased out over the next 20 years. Those efforts drove one of the great public-health improvements of the past century. The amount of lead found in human bloodstreams has dropped by more than 90 percent.

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Washington Education Funding
6:09 am
Thu February 2, 2012

WSU President Discusses Higher Ed Funding

Washington State University Elson Floyd.
Photo Source: Washington State University

Six college presidents from across Washington state met in Seattle Wednesday night to discuss funding higher education. Northwest Public Radio’s Bryan Buckalew has more.

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Washington Soldier Killed
5:57 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Seattle Marine Killed in Afghanistan

A 23-year-old Seattle soldier died in Helmand Province in Afghanistan.

SEATTLE -- A Marine sergeant from Seattle was killed this week in Afghanistan. An improvised explosive device killed 23-year-old Will Stacey in Afghanistan's Helmand province.

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Washington Gay Marriage
5:53 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Gay Marriage Passes Wash. Senate After Civil Debate

Gay rights supporters applaud after the Washington senate votes to approve same-sex marriage.
Photo Credit: Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Four Washington Republicans joined majority Democrats Wednesday night to approve a same-sex marriage bill in the state Senate. The historic vote represents a major step forward for gay rights supporters. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins was there for the debate.

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Help For Elk
4:39 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Wildlife Areas Close to Protect Wintering Elk

Cow elk
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Ellensburg, Wash. – Two wildlife areas near Ellensburg, Washington, will be seeing fewer ATVs and jeeps starting today/ (February 1). As correspondent Courtney Flatt reports, the areas close to motor vehicles to protect wintering elk.

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Microsoft Layoffs
3:42 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Microsoft Announces Layoffs

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SEATTLE - About 200 employees of Redmond-based Microsoft will be getting pink slips today. That’s according to a source close to the company. The layoffs will affect the 6,000 or so people involved in marketing at the software giant.

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StoryCorps Northwest
6:46 am
Wed February 1, 2012

No Vacation: Amy Buckler and Mina Black

Mina Black and her mother, Amy Buckler
StoryCorps Northwest

Life in Seward, Alaska wasn't easy for English major Amy Buckler and her husband. They had a tough time making ends meet. One day, they decided to leave and start a new life in Oregon with their young daughter. In today's StoryCorps Amy tells her now 10-year-old daughter, Mina Black, about a trip that would prove tougher than they'd ever expected.

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