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7:57 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Washington Legislature Sends 'Real Hope' Act To Governor

Republican State Sen. Barbara Bailey celebrates with students following final passage of the “Real Hope Act.”
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 8:11 am

A late vote in the Washington legislature has the children of immigrants cheering - literally.

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5:30 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Washington State Senators Propose Tax On Oil Train Shipments

File photo of a BNSF train.
Raymond D. Woods Jr. Flickr

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 8:07 am

Powerful members of the Washington state Senate are on board with a plan to tax crude oil shipped into the state by rail.

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5:22 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Oregon Senate Votes To Regulate Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Mjpresson Wikimedia

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 6:35 pm

Northwest state and local governments continue to struggle with how to give birth to the new industry of legal marijuana sales.

In Salem Tuesday, the Oregon Senate voted unanimously to give cities and counties the right to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries.

Some communities wanted to be able to ban the storefront operations entirely.

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4:48 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Northwest Snowboarder Races For Russia At Olympic Games

Vic Wild
Russian Federation

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 8:05 am

A Pacific Northwest snowboarder is predicted to be a medal contender when snowboard giant slalom racing begins Wednesday at the Winter Olympics.

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4:22 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Celebrities Don Bracelets In Support Of Northwest POW

Former Beatle Paul McCartney and American Soldier Network founder Annie Nelson wear Bowe Bergdahl bracelets at a dress rehearsal for the Grammy Awards.
American Soldier Network

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 8:05 am

U.S. diplomats are reportedly renewing their efforts to arrange a prisoner swap for a Northwest soldier who's been in Taliban captivity nearly five years.

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3:48 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Hanford Contractor Fires Prominent Whistleblower

Donna Busche was fired Tuesday morning from her high-level safety manager position with Hanford contractor URS. She says she finds comfort playing "tennis" with her boxer named Xena Warrior Princess.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 8:08 am

A prominent whistleblower was fired from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation's radioactive waste cleanup project on Tuesday.

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3:16 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Should Oregon Study Internet Voting?

The Oregon Capitol.
M.O. Stevens Wikimedia

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 8:03 am

Oregonians could one day be able to cast their votes through the Internet.

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3:01 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Proposed Prisoner Swap Offers Hope To Idaho Family Of POW

Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey, Idaho.
U.S. Army

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 8:02 am

The Idaho family of captured U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl is welcoming an effort to get their son home through a prisoner swap.

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2:48 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Avalanche Deaths Highlight Unstable Backcountry Conditions

A deep slab avalanche, seen from above.
Janet Kellam Sawtooth Avalanche Center

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 8:33 am

The avalanche center in Idaho's Sun Valley area is urging people to consider cancelling their plans in the backcountry.

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9:16 am
Mon February 17, 2014

From Inline Skates To Ice Skates To The Olympics

Youth inline skaters line up to practice sprint starts at Pattison's West in Federal Way, Wash.
Tom Banse/Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 8:33 am

At the winter Olympics in Sochi, the U.S. has collected no medals so far in speedskating, an uncharacteristic result. The Americans' best remaining hope for hardware rests with short track speedskater J.R. Celski and the men's relay team.

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