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5:50 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Washington Senators Want Ethics Boards To Define 'Infrequent' Meals

Washington state Senator Joe Fain
Washington Legislature

Nearly a dozen Washington state senators have signed onto a proposal that would direct legislative and executive ethics panels to clarify the rules for lobbyist-paid meals.

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5:23 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Hundreds Of Expected Layoffs At Hanford Canceled

File photo of a crew working on a waste tank at Hanford in 2010.
U.S. Department of Energy

About 300 people will keep their jobs at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington.

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4:33 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Washington House Democrats Propose $12 Minimum Wage

File photo of the House Chamber at the Washington state Capitol in Olympia
Cacophony

Washington’s minimum wage would rise to $12 per hour by 2017 under a proposal from Democrats in the state House.

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2:58 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Unemployment Rate In Washington Lowest In More Than 5 Years

The unemployment rate in Washington state has fallen to the lowest level in five years.

New numbers for December from the Washington state employment department peg the current jobless rate at 6.6 percent. The last time it was lower was in November 2008.

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9:47 am
Thu January 23, 2014

How Drones And Satellites Can Boost The Biofuel Crop

High-tech cameras, sensors, aircraft and satellites could more accurately predict crop yields and increase the cost-effectiveness of biofuels. Dan Long holds the small aircraft equipped with cameras, while John Sulik holds the controls.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Northwest farmers are trying to get into the business of biofuels.

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9:08 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Washington Lawmakers Consider Ban On Gay Conversion Therapy

File photo of the Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia
Wikimedia

Mental health experts say it’s dangerous. Now, Washington lawmakers are taking up the controversy over gay conversion therapy.

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9:04 am
Thu January 23, 2014

U.S. Olympic Nordic Team Stacked With Northwest Skiers

U.S. Nordic Olympic team member Erik Bjornsen of Mazama, Wash. demonstrated a finishing lunge for a Methow Valley youngster in December.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 8:51 pm

It's looking more and more like Northwest athletes will be unusually well represented at the Winter Olympics in Russia next month. The U.S. Olympic Nordic team was named Wednesday.

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9:02 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Wealthy Donors Fund Never-Ending 'Progressive' Campaign In Washington State

Staff at Fuse Washington meet to update their communications and community organizing efforts.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

You’ve heard of Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS and other issue advocacy groups that don’t have to disclose their donors. They are transforming American politics.

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6:14 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Workers' Rights Groups Want Penalties For Unlawful Employers

Workers' rights groups have a term for cases of withheld pay, denied breaks, and unnecessary deductions. They call it “wage theft.”

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5:58 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Washington Man's Olympic Dream: Making Snow In Sochi

Wenatchee's Jon Wax climbs a snow making tower to perform maintenance ahead of the 2014 Sochi Olympics. In the background is the finish line for downhill ski racing at the Rosa Khutor venue.
Sam Morrison

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 11:40 am

Winter Olympic hopefuls from the Northwest are learning this month who will get to go to the Sochi Games next month. One snow making expert from Washington state is already there.

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