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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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8:55 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Why Are Democrats Suddenly Talking About Minimum Wage?

Talk of raising the minimum wage has been spreading in Washington's Capitol building.
Colin Fogarty

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 7:40 am

We’re hearing a lot these days about raising the minimum wage.

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5:19 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Midwives Say Idaho Licensing Law Has Brought The Practice Out Of The Shadows

A midwife uses a fetoscope on a patient.
kc7fys Wikimedia

Idaho started licensing midwives in 2010 under the Midwifery Practice Act so midwives could deliver babies in homes and at birthing centers legally. 

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4:52 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

OHSU Asks Oregon Lawmakers For Major Cancer Research Funding

File photo OHSU Hospital at Oregon Health
M.O. Stevens Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 5:54 pm

Officials at Oregon's largest medical center want state lawmakers to help fund a massive expansion of their cancer research facility.

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4:11 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Washington Senate Moves To Ban Indoor Tanning For Minors

The Washington Senate passed a bill that would restrict minors from using tanning salons.
Alexandra Kocik Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 2:31 pm

The Washington Senate passed a bill this week that’s had a tough time in recent years -- even just reaching the floor for a vote.

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3:38 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

State Regulator: Pot Banking Guidance Should Solve 'Bags Of Money' Issue

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 2:32 pm

Marijuana businesses in Washington may soon be able to open a bank account. 

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11:47 am
Fri February 14, 2014

How They Fared: Whitman Student Skis First Race At Olympics

Medals Ceremony in Olympic Park at Sochi, Russia.
Sarah Brunson U.S. Ski Team

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 1:29 pm

A college ski racer from Sun Valley, Idaho says she is "immensely relieved" just to finish her first Winter Olympic race in one piece.

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6:04 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Key Deadline To Move Bills Means Some Legislation Dies In Salem

File photo of the Oregon State Capitol Building
Matt Howry Flickr

Oregon lawmakers will return to the capitol Friday with a better sense of what they'll be voting on over the next three weeks.

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5:57 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Next Chapter In Northwest Weather Expected To Be Flooding, Landslides

A landslide carried boulders onto I-84 near Hood River, Ore., on Wednesday.
Oregon State Police

The National Weather Service says the recent snowfall combined with rain over the next few days has set the stage for flooding in parts of the Northwest.

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5:45 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Walla Walla Winemakers Go On Tour To Promote The Region

Wine barrels at Russell Creek WInery in Walla Walla, Wash.
Tom Carmony Flickr

The Northwest wine industry has matured to the point where certain regions are trying to set their wines apart -- think the Willamette Valley pinots, or Columbia Valley cabs.

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