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5:00 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Washington Plans To Issue 20 Marijuana Retail Licenses Monday

File photo of an indoor marijuana grow

The Washington State Liquor Control Board plans to issue about 20 marijuana retail licenses on July 7. The first pot stores could open the next day -- after a 24-hour waiting period. But the state cautions many stores may not be ready yet for customers and marijuana could be in short supply.

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4:10 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Oregon GMO-Labeling Campaign Submits Signatures

Supporters of an initiative that would require labeling of foods containing genetically engineered ingredients rally in front of the Oregon capitol Wednesday.

Oregon voters may get the chance to require food companies to label products that contain genetically engineered ingredients. Sponsors of an initiative to require that turned in more than 150,000 signatures Wednesday in an effort to make the ballot this November.

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4:55 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Proposed Tribal Recognition Changes Hold Promise, Pitfalls

The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs wants to rewrite the rules for when a native tribe is officially a tribe in the eyes of the federal government. This again raises hopes for status and federal benefits among some unrecognized tribes in the West, but they still face a bumpy road.

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4:29 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Report Says Lack Of Maps, Leadership Puts Firefighters In Harm's Way

File photo of fire crews working the Trinity Ridge Fire near Featherville, Idaho, in 2012.

A scathing new report by a group of veteran wildfire experts called Safety Matters says too little has been done to improve firefighter safety since an Arizona fire killed 19 firefighters a year ago. 

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3:07 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Washington Voters May Decide Class Size, Money In Politics Measures

File photo of initiative promoter Tim Eyman (right) unloading boxes of petitions for a ballot measure.

July 3 is the deadline for initiative sponsors in Washington and Oregon to submit their petitions to qualify for the November election. Pot legalization and GMO-labeling are among the issues likely to make the ballot in Oregon. In Washington, it’s guns, money and class-size.

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5:01 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Oregon To Investigate Failed Firearm Background Checks

It's a crime for convicted felons or people with certain known mental health problems to attempt to buy a gun. But until recently not much happened in Oregon if someone tried to skirt the law.

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3:44 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

State Task Force Starts Work On New Drone Regulations In Washington

File photo of a drone hovering over a park in Wilsonville, Oregon.

Imagine looking out your window to see a drone hovering outside. That happened in June to a partially-dressed Seattle woman who was startled and outraged.

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1:59 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Delta, Alaska Airlines Fight For Market Share In Seattle

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 10:32 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

In the airline industry, we've gone through a period of mergers, consolidation and downsizing. Because of all this, some airlines have had to disappoint cities. They've stopped using them as hubs, which brings us something unusual at Seattle-Tocoma International Airport. The Northwest News Network's Tom Banse reports that Delta Air Lines has made it its newest hub.

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4:59 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Western Cities Top Rankings Of Auto Theft Hot Spots

The top auto theft hot spots in the United States and the Northwest
Graphic by Kevin Mooney/Rankings from NICB

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 5:34 pm

In what Northwest city is your car most likely to be stolen? According to a new insurance industry report, the answer is Spokane, Washington.

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8:31 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Shows Go On For Northwest Fireworks Company 'Shaken' By Workplace Death

Ken Julian of Entertainment Fireworks stands near where a memorial will go for his friend and employee Bill Hill.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

People in the fireworks business say their job is to make people happy. But as the Fourth of July approaches, Entertainment Fireworks in Tenino, Washington, one of the largest fireworks companies in the Northwest, is reeling.

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