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9:17 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Bellingham Skier Overcomes Strength-Sapping Disease To Make Olympic Team

Angeli VanLaanen practices in the superpipe during last week's Winter X Games competition in Aspen, Colo.
Flip McCririck ESPN Images

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 3:43 pm

Nomination to the U.S. Olympic Team completes a remarkable comeback for a pro skier from Bellingham, Wash.

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5:22 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Gabby Giffords Makes Case For Washington Gun Checks

File photo of former Rep. Gabby Giffords at a Senate Judicary Committee hearing on gun violence in 2013
C-SPAN

Originally published on Wed January 29, 2014 12:03 pm

Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was the star witness at a hearing on gun control and gun rights in Olympia.

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4:48 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Washington Governor Makes Another Push To Close Tax Exemptions

File photo of Washington Governor Jay Inslee
Christina Salerno TVW

Washington Governor Jay Inslee continued his push on Tuesday for lawmakers to close tax exemptions to fund education.

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4:05 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Giffords Urges Lawmakers To 'Fight, Fight, Fight' For Background Checks

File photo of the Washington State Capitol Building
Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

She was shot in the head during a mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona in 2011. Tuesday former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords testified in Olympia in support of Initiative 594.

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3:48 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Slow Uptake Of Electric Cars Prompts Calls To Extend Washington Tax Break

Nissan Leafs charge on the Washington state capitol campus Tuesday.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

The slow uptake of electric cars by Northwest drivers is prompting calls to extend a tax break in Washington state for new vehicles powered by alternative fuels.

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7:48 am
Tue January 28, 2014

The Hour Of Decision Is Near For The Columbia River Crossing

Interstate 5 spans the Columbia River between Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington.
Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue January 28, 2014 9:51 am

The Columbia River lazily passes under Interstate 5 between Portland and Vancouver, Wash. You wouldn't really call the water troubled. The bridges over it, however, are. 

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5:32 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

New Administrator Steps Up To Handle BPA Woes

Elliot Mainzer now helms Bonneville Power Administration
BPA

The region’s largest power marketer has a new permanent top manager.

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4:51 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Washington Considers Private Investment Bonds To Address Social Problems

A view of Rikers Island in New York, United States from the air. LaGuardia Airport can be seen in the background.
Cdogsimmons Wikimedia

Someday in the not too distant future social service programs in the Northwest could get funding from Wall Street.

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4:15 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Lawmakers Consider Naming Endangered Person Advisory 'Silver Alert'

We often hear of patients with dementia who wander from home or their nursing facilities. In Washington when they can’t be found, authorities can use what’s called an “Endangered Missing Person’s Advisory” to notify people of the disappearance.

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3:58 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Broken Ribs Can't Stop Seattle Skier's Drive To Compete In Winter Olympics

Roberto Carcelen of Seattle carried the Peruvian flag at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. He is tabbed to be Peru's flag bearer again in Sochi.
Jude Freeman Wikimedia

Originally published on Mon January 27, 2014 4:30 pm

It's every Olympic athlete's worst nightmare: After years of preparation, training and fundraising, an accident mere weeks before the Olympic Games derails everything.

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