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Pot Entrepreneurs
8:57 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Washington Marijuana Legalization Draws Yale MBAs With Big Ideas

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 3:39 pm

SEATTLE, Wash. – As Washington moves to legalize marijuana, pot entrepreneurs are lobbying in public forums and behind the scenes. These business interests want to shape the new marijuana marketplace. Among them, a Seattle-based private equity firm called Privateer Holdings. The company has hired a top Olympia lobbyist and is making the case for large marijuana grows to state regulators.

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Arena Lawsuit
7:01 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Judge Rejects Union Lawsuit Against Sodo Arena Deal

A King County Superior Court judge has rejected a lawsuit that would have stalled plans to build a new professional basketball and hockey arena in Seattle’s Sodo neighborhood. It's part of a proposal to bring an NBA team back to Seattle.

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News From Olympia
11:44 am
Fri February 22, 2013

The State Of State Politics: Austin Jenkins Breaks Down This Week's News

Flickr Photo/Alan Cordova

Today marks the last day for policy bills to leave committee in the state Legislature. That means the House and the Senate will swap bills and decide which ones to send to the governor.

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Mislabeling Of Seafood
8:56 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Conservation Group: Fish Fraud A National Problem, But Less Severe In The NW

Sushi venues were the least accurate among retailers when it came to accurately labeling the fish they sold, according to Oceana. Of the samples tested nationally, 74 percent of the fish at sushi bars wasn't what it was labeled as.
Flickr/Oceiana

Seattle and Portland are among the best cities to dine on seafood if you want the salmon, sole or halibut you order to actually be salmon, sole or halibut. The two Northwest cities emerged from a national report Thursday with some of the lowest rates of “fish fraud” in the country.

According to the research project by the marine conservation group, Oceana, 33 percent of the 1,215 samples of fish it had analyzed were not actually the fish that they were labeled as by the sushi bars, restaurants and retail outlets selling them.

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Reaction To Resignation
6:58 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Snohomish County Official Relieved At Aaron Reardon's Resignation

Snohomish County Prosecutor Mark Roe has a note on his computer reminding him not to delete any emails subject to a public records request from Reardon's staffers.
KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

Snohomish County officials are preparing for a change in leadership. Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon says he’ll resign at the end of May. Reardon announced his pending resignation at a 7:00 a.m. meeting at the Everett Golf and Country Club Thursday.

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Cultural Development
3:21 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Seattle's Pike-Pine Corridor Gets New Arts Space

An illustration of the future home for 12th Avenue Arts, a multi-use building that would house two theaters and office spaces for theater companies in Seattle.
Credit Illustration/SMR Architects

The 12th Avenue Arts project will transform a Seattle Police Department parking lot into one of Capitol Hill's newest multi-use buildings. In addition to retail and apartments, the building will include two theaters and office space for three small theater companies.

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Celebrating The Past
5:00 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

New Life For Restored Memories From Seattle’s Female Rockers

Sarah Rudinoff in "These Streets."
Photo/Charles Peterson

You probably know the bands that put Seattle on the international music map in the early 1990s. Nirvana, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam have become legends, but they're only part of the Seattle music story. Women rocked the scene, too. Gretta Harley came to Seattle in 1990, looking for her tribe, and she says she found it.

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Work, Or Call In Sick?
1:19 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Lawmakers Hear Bills To Repeal Seattle Paid Sick Leave Law

Seattle's paid sick leave ordinance took effect last fall. Some lawmakers want to repeal, saying only the state has the authority to create such policies.
Credit Flickr Photo/ghindo

Business groups who opposed Seattle’s paid sick leave law are hoping for a do-over in Olympia. Today the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee will hear two bills to repeal the controversial ordinance.

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Academic Equity
9:51 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Proposed Law Would Require Wash. Schools To Enroll Students In AP Classes

High school Advanced Placement (AP) classes have traditionally been the domain of academically strong students who want an extra challenge. Now Washington state lawmakers are considering legislation based on a policy in the Federal Way school district that puts all kids who meet basic standards into AP and other advanced classes. The goal is to make more low-income kids of color ready for college.

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State Of The City Address
6:44 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Seattle Mayor Launches Preschool Teacher Training Program

Seattle’s mayor is launching a new program aimed at improving instruction in the city’s preschools. Mayor Mike McGinn announced the initiative in his State of the City address Tuesday.

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City Council Elections
10:59 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Push For District-Based Seattle City Council Elections

A campaign is mounting to switch up how Seattle City Council members are elected. Currently, members can live in any part of the city and their job is to represent the whole of Seattle. A campaign called Seattle Districts Now aims to divide the city into seven smaller districts with a council seat based in each one. Voters in each district would then elect a council member to represent their specific neighborhoods and interests.

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Hanford Problems Continue
7:40 am
Tue February 19, 2013

There's Little Space To Pump Out Hanford's Possible Leaking Tank

Department of Energy

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 6:04 pm

RICHLAND, Wash. – A Hanford Nuclear Reservation watchdog says U.S. Energy officials have bigger problems than the waste that has possibly leaking from a tank in southeast Washington. The tank called T-111, is losing about 150 to 300 gallons of liquid waste a year.

Tom Carpenter heads the Seattle-based watchdog group Hanford Challenge. He says Friday’s news highlights the fact that there’s little space to move highly radioactive waste to.

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Paying To Get Around
7:38 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Looming Fiscal Cliff For King County Transit

A crowd gathers waiting for the #7 bus.
Flickr Photo/Oran Viriyincy

Bus service in King County could get some good news this week. Washington state lawmakers are expected to introduce a plan that could prevent a looming fiscal crisis.

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Marijuana Experts Wanted
7:13 am
Tue February 19, 2013

More Than 100 Pot Consulants Seek Washington Job

No shortage of marijuana experts in Washington.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

The deadline for marijuana experts seeking work has closed in Washington state. All bids to help the state set up its legal marijuana system had to be submitted by 2:oo p.m. on February 15. State officials say the response was substantial.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
2:03 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Possible Leak At Hanford Nuclear Reservation

Department of Energy

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 2:54 pm

RICHLAND, Wash. – A tank full of radioactive waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington may be leaking. Friday the U.S. Department of Energy and its contractors say liquid levels in an underground radioactive waste tank are going down.

The single-hulled tank is called T-111. It’s located in central Hanford in a group of tanks called T-farm. The Department of Energy reports the rate of loss is about 150 to 300 gallons of liquid a year.

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