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7:42 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Washington Insurance Commissioner: Premera 'Guts' Consumer Protection Bill

Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler
Washington OIC

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 3:38 pm

Washington’s Insurance Commissioner wants to notify consumers if their insurance company is on the verge of bankruptcy.

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Marijuana Tax
9:20 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Seattle City Council Rejects Tax Break For Pot Growers

Flickr Photo/Scott Beale (CC BY-NC-ND)

Marijuana growers who want to sell their products in Seattle will have to pay business license tax to the city.

On Monday, the City Council voted not to give pot growers a tax break reserved for farmers.

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Cracked Dam
8:44 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Columbia River Drawdown Continues To Take Pressure Off Wanapum Dam

The crack is at the bottom of the fourth spillway pier from the left in this photo.
Grant County PUD

Originally published on Mon March 3, 2014 5:54 pm

Water behind the Wanapum Dam near Vantage, Wash., is being drawn down 26 feet to relieve pressure on the big crack in the structure.

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Politics
8:41 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Washington Gas Tax Debate Breeds Partisan Mistrust In Legislature

Kristen Steele Flickr

Originally published on Mon March 3, 2014 3:35 pm

The debate over a gas tax hike has revved up again in the Washington legislature.

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EarthFix Reports
8:39 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Wave Energy Developer Pulls Plug On Oregon Project

One of the massive wave buoys developed by Ocean Power Technologies. The New Jersey Company has withdrawn its plans to develop the first big-scale wave energy project off the Southern Oregon coast.
Ocean Power Technologies

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 5:18 pm

Developers have scrapped their plans to build the nation's first large-scale wave energy project off the Oregon Coast, saying the costs were too high to make it work.

The much-anticipated project would have placed a flotilla of 100 energy-producing buoys, each the size of a school bus, in the waves off the coast of Reedsport, Ore.

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Income Inequality Debate
7:33 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Seattle Minimum Wage Activists Prepare To Fight Against ‘Swiss Cheese’ Plan

Socialist City Council Member Kshama Sawant speaks at a recent rally for the 15 Now group.
Credit KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Residents of Seattle should know in the next few months whether low-wage workers in the city will get a raise. Mayor Ed Murray is hoping to unveil a proposal by late spring that would increase the minimum wage in the city to as much as $15 an hour.

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Reform Efforts
2:25 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Seattle Police Adopt New Crisis Intervention Policy

Flickr Photo/Crash Zone Photography

A new policy for the Seattle Police Department aims to change how officers handle crisis situations with people who are mentally ill or under the influence. The crisis intervention policy, which takes effect Monday, is part of the city’s federally-mandated police reforms.

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Health
8:49 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Clock Ticking On Major Cancer Research Grant

Dr. Brian Druker heads the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute.

Originally published on Sun March 2, 2014 10:27 am

Nike chairman Phil Knight is offering a prominent Oregon medical school $500 million for cancer research. However, it comes with a huge string attached.

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Income Inequality
8:45 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Washington House Speaker: Minimum Wage Hike Not Ready For Vote

Washington Speaker of the House Frank Chopp
Washington Legislature

Originally published on Sun March 2, 2014 10:15 am

Washington Speaker of the House Frank Chopp supports a minimum wage hike, but he says the issue wasn’t ready for a vote on the House floor this year.

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Climate Change
8:45 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Inslee Prepares To Make Moral Case For Carbon Reduction

File photo of Washington Governor Jay Inslee
GovInslee Flickr

Originally published on Sun March 2, 2014 10:23 am

Washington Governor Jay Inslee is preparing to take action on an issue that could secure his legacy -- or complicate his re-election chances.

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Radioactive Waste Cleanup
8:41 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Hanford Tanks: How Much Do We Know?

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Sun March 2, 2014 10:38 am

When it comes to the many underground tanks at Hanford filled with radioactive sludge, just how much do we know? U.S. Senator Ron Wyden says not enough.

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Environment
8:40 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Columbia River's Wanapum Dam Cracked, Officials Mull Options

File photo of Wanapum Dam
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon March 3, 2014 2:26 pm

Dam operators are struggling to find a solution for a major underwater crack in the Wanapum Dam. It spans the Columbia River in central Washington near Vantage.

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Federal Aid
7:38 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Spud Snub? Potato Growers Steamed Over Exclusion From Nutrition Program

USDA

Originally published on Sun March 2, 2014 10:19 am

Northwest potato growers say they've been snubbed in a federal nutrition program.

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Medicaid Expansion
7:37 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Affordable Care Act Opens Door To More Inmate Enrollment

Flickr Photo/Still Burning (CC BY-NC-ND)

Health care enrollments so far have been focused on people without insurance. But there’s another population officials are trying to get covered – people locked up behind bars.

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Bertha Woes
6:23 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Six Months Needed To Repair Seattle Tunnel Machine

Chris Dixon of Seattle Tunnel Partners
Credit KUOW/John Ryan

Seattle's tunnel builders say getting their world-record tunnel machine going again will take at least six more months.

The tunnel machine known as Bertha has sat largely motionless for nearly three months since it overheated in early December.

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