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6:01 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

A Better DMV? Oregon Lawmaker Wants To Study Agency's Service Levels

File photo of an Oregon DMV clerk helping a customer.
OregonDOT Flickr

An Oregon lawmaker wants the state to improve customer service at the DMV -- in part by offering longer hours with shorter wait times.

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3:40 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

'12th Man' Can Be Found Far Outside Seattle City Limits

Nine-year-old Alora Morrow of Spokane celebrates the Seahawks' Super Bowl win.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed February 5, 2014 4:06 pm

Three days after the Seattle Seahawks won the Super Bowl, hundreds of thousands of fans flocked to the city to celebrate the team’s return. But the "12th man" doesn’t just live in Seattle.

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3:19 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Columbia River Native Fish Shop Opens This Weekend

Native entrepreneur Kim Brigham Campbell is opening her own brick-and-mortar fish shop in Cascade Locks, Oregon. The store will open at noon on Feb. 8.
Anna King Northwest News Network

In the Northwest, Native Americans have caught and traded fish along the banks of the Columbia River for eons. Nowadays, natives sell just-caught fish out of coolers roadside.

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8:15 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Mexican-Style Wrestlers Want To Escape Regulatory Choke Hold

Announcer Jake Stratton (on left) and luchador Josh Black (on right) think the regulations on theatrical wrestling need to change.
Taylor Winkel Northwest News Network

Lucha Libre wrestling has a huge following in Mexico. In fact, it’s second only to soccer. And its popularity is rising here in the Northwest.

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5:46 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Crude Oil Train Oversight Divides Washington Legislature

File photo of a BNSF train from March 16, 2013.
Raymond D. Woods Jr. Flickr

Originally published on Tue February 4, 2014 9:50 pm

In Olympia, state lawmakers are going down divergent tracks in how to respond to the rapid increase of crude oil trains crossing the region.

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4:56 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Northwest Farmers Take Heart In Prediction Of Rainy Spring

Wheat fields in Lincoln County, Wash.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Northwest farmers call him “the weather man.” And at a farming conference in Spokane, he offered a reason for them to be optimistic about the upcoming season.

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4:08 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Oregon Lawmakers Consider Plan To Offer Free Community College Tuition

File photo of Tillamook Bay Community College in Tillamook, Ore.
M.O. Stevens Wikimedia

Oregon lawmakers are considering what some may call an audacious plan: free community college for all of its state’s high school graduates.

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3:49 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Olympic Short Track Skaters Unfazed By Long Shadow Of Retired Apolo Ohno

Apolo Ohno leads the pack in this 2004 file photo.
Noelle Neu Wikimedia

  When the American short track speedskaters take the ice at the Winter Olympics next week, they'll be without their biggest star who retired after the Vancouver Games.

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5:36 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Mental Healthcare Professionals Decisions May Be Overruled By Patients' Family

File photo of the Washington State Capitol Building
Wikimedia

More than 10,000 mental health patients were involuntarily hospitalized last year in Washington. But not every patient qualifies for forced hospitalization under the law.

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4:47 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Coach From Tacoma Helps U.S. Olympians Play Mental Game

File photo of Team USA goaltender Molly Schaus
Sara Melikian Flickr

The Super Bowl-winning Seattle Seahawks had one. Professional baseball teams have them. And the U.S. Olympic women's ice hockey team found one in Tacoma: a "mental skills" coach.

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