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3:54 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Medical Marijuana Patients Denounce Proposed Plant Limits, Patient Registry

File photo of a of a cannabis plant.
Cannabis Training University Wikimedia

One of the hottest topics before the Washington legislature this year is how to regulate the medical marijuana marketplace.

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12:06 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

New Video Shows Captured U.S. Soldier; Idaho Parents Ask For His Release

U.S. Army photo of captured Idaho soldier Bowe Bergdahl
US Department of Defense

Originally published on Wed January 15, 2014 4:31 pm

The U.S. military has obtained a new video showing captured Army soldier Bowe Bergdahl alive. The Idaho native has been a prisoner of the Taliban for the last four-and-a-half years.

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7:45 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Clean Slate For Tribal Fishing Rights Protesters?

(Left to right) Billy Frank, a veteran of the fish wars, Hank Adams, a tribal advocate, and Shawn Yanity, chairman of the Stillaguamish Tribe confer in Olympia.
Taylor Winkel Northwest News Network

Around 40 to 50 years ago, American Indians in Western Washington were repeatedly arrested during protests over treaty fishing rights.

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5:30 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Oregon Lawmakers Want More Answers On I-5 Bridge Plan

An artist's rendition of the proposed 1-5 bridge over the Columbia River.
Columbia River Crossing

Oregon lawmakers say they want more answers before they'll agree to proceed with a plan to build a new I-5 bridge across the Columbia River.

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4:30 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Washington Governor Calls For Higher Minimum Wage, Teacher COLAs

Members of the Washington legislature and guests in the gallery stand for the Washington State Patrol Honor Guard prior to Governor Jay Inslee’s State of the State address.
Taylor Winkel Northwest News Network

Washington Governor Jay Inslee introduced key policy proposals in his State of the State speech Tuesday. 

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4:09 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Hanford Contractor Fails To Check Radioactive Tanks For Months

Tobin Fricke Wikimedia

For eight months, a federal contractor at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation failed to check some single-shell radioactive waste tanks for the buildup of hydrogen gas.

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5:50 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Yakama Tribes Take Pot Stand On Traditional Lands

File photo of a of a cannabis plant.
Wikimedia

Leaders of the Yakama Nation in central Washington say they see little benefit to sales or farming of legalized marijuana on their traditional lands.

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4:51 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Washington House Re-Passes College Aid For Immigrant Students

Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos (left) and Rep. Larry Haler.
Washington Legislature

Originally published on Tue January 14, 2014 10:50 am

It wasn’t all pomp and circumstance on Monday. The opening day of the Washington Legislature included something rare for day one: a floor vote.

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4:38 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Incoming Oregon Lawmaker Will Be First To Be Banned From PERS

File photo of the Oregon State Capitol Building
Matt Howry Flickr

Last year, Oregon lawmakers approved a bill that will bar their future colleagues from signing up for the state's public pension plan, or PERS.

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4:00 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Washington Legislature Convenes With Election Year Issues On Agenda

File photo of the Washington State Capitol Building
Wikimedia

The political divide is already on display in the Washington state capitol as lawmakers convened for their 60-day election year session.

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