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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.
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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

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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

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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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9:08 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Northwest Ski Towns Stock Olympic Teams Well Beyond USA

Both Olympic hopefuls racing for the U.S. Virgin Islands have Sun Valley ties. Jasmine Campbell (on left) is most likely to receive the one slot in Sochi allocated to the U.S territory. Sun Valley Ski Academy graduate (2013) Veronica Gaspar on right.
John Campbell

Originally published on Tue January 21, 2014 9:32 am

Next month, Sochi, Russia will host athletes from more than 85 nations at the Winter Olympics. Some of those countries might surprise you. They get no snow or have no mountains.

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8:07 am
Mon January 13, 2014

2014 Elections Will Loom Over Washington Legislative Session

Art Boruck with Boruck Printing and Screening in Seattle has been making political signs for more than 40 years.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon January 13, 2014 9:15 am

Washington lawmakers convene Monday for what could prove to be the most partisan session in a decade.

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7:49 am
Mon January 13, 2014

App By WSU Team Lets Cops Know When They're Tired

Criminal justice professor Bryan Vila wears an actigraph, a movement-monitoring device. The BeSharp app uses data from the device to determine alertness.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon January 13, 2014 9:00 am

Could the same kind of self-tracking technology that's become popular among smartphone users also help police officers stay safer on the job?

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3:36 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Oregon's Treasurer Casts Doubt On I-5 Bridge Tolling Plan

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

Oregon's state treasurer says he won't approve bonds for a new I-5 bridge across the Columbia River without a guarantee: that Oregon can collect tolls from Washington drivers.

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3:24 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Seismic Researchers To Measure Waves Created By Seahawks Fans

A view of CenturyLink FIeld during a Seattle Seahawks game.
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Turnovers, sacks and touchdowns won’t be the only things tracked at Saturday’s NFL playoff game between the Seattle Seahawks and the New Orleans Saints.

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4:59 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Oregon Lawmakers Could Reconsider Background Checks For Gun Purchases

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Oregon lawmakers are gearing up for another fight over background checks for gun purchases.

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