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12:36 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

New Laws In Washington: Rioting Gets Name Change, Seahawks Fandom Licensed

November 1999 photo of WTO protests in Seattle.
Isabel Esterman Flickr

After January 1, rioting will still be a crime in Washington. But it will get a new name. And Seahawks fans will have a new way to show their loyalty to the team.

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11:49 am
Tue December 24, 2013

2014 Will Be Busy Year For Oregon Voters

File photo of Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber
Office of the Governor

The year ahead will be a busy one for Oregon voters. They'll decide among candidates for a pair of high-profile offices. And 2014 is shaping up to be a busy year for initiatives, too.

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11:13 am
Tue December 24, 2013

For Recyclers, Holiday Gift Wrap Is A Mine Field Of 'Contaminants'

Most glittery or metallic wrapping paper can’t be recycled.
King County Solid Waste

The same shiny gift wrap and bright bows that make Christmas presents so enticing are exactly what give recycling centers headaches the day after Christmas.

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5:58 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Idaho Tops Nation In Portion Of People Cutting Their Landline

Something you won;t see much of in Idaho anymore ... a landline.
Celeste Lindell Flickr

New federal data show Idaho leads the country in something you might expect more from Seattle, Portland or Silicon Valley.

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5:01 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Recruiting Prison Health Care Workers Could Get Harder Under Affordable Care Act

Eric Larsen is an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner for the Washington Department of Corrections.
Eric Hernandez Washington Dept. of Corrections

Originally published on Tue December 24, 2013 9:21 am

It’s no easy task to find doctors, nurses and other health care professionals to take a job in a prison. The stigma alone is a major barrier. Not to mention concerns about personal safety.

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4:18 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Oregon Trees, Shrubs Get Role In New Action Flick

Oregon-grown plants were used to re-create 18th Century Japan in scenes like this one from the movie '47 Ronin.'
Universal Pictures

The makers of the new action flick 47 Ronin didn't want to film their movie in Oregon. But that doesn't mean the state won't have a starring role.

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9:34 am
Sat December 21, 2013

In Oregon's Wine Country, Family Holds Onto Oak Tradition

Sarah and Ben Deumling stand beneath one of the many oak trees on their 1,300 acre property northwest of Salem.
Devan Schwartz Northwest News Network

The Northwest wine industry has grown tremendously over the last few decades. That’s had a big economic impact but has also changed the region’s landscape.

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9:35 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Why George Bailey's Suicide Attempt Is A Statistical Outlier

George Bailey, played by Jimmy Stewart, rethinks a plan to kill himself in “It’s A Wonderful Life.”
National Telefilm Associates

Originally published on Sat December 21, 2013 9:38 am

Portland and Spokane have been trying to prevent people from jumping off the cities' iconic bridges. In the last few weeks, police in both cities have responded to suicides or attempted suicides.

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2:56 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Free Meal Complaint Against Lawmakers Dismissed, 'Serious Concerns' Remain

Robert S. Donovan Flickr

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 1:54 pm

An ethics panel in Washington has ruled that five Republican state senators did not violate Washington ethics law when they accepted dozens of free meals from lobbyists earlier this year.

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8:58 am
Fri December 20, 2013

A Modern Greek Saga: Sisyphus and the Ivy

Non-native English ivy cloaks trees and blankets the forest floor all over Olympia's Priest Point Park.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 11:42 am

Some causes just seem hopeless some days. Like world peace. Or ending poverty. Or in a different vein, getting rid of non-native plants.

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