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New Rules On Pot
1:03 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Revised Pot Rules Allow 334 Retail Stores In Washington

Flickr Photo/prensa4

Washington could have as many as 334 marijuana retail stores statewide. That’s the cap proposed on Wednesday by the state’s Liquor Control Board.

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Nuclear Waste
11:49 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Hanford Tank Farms Get All-Clear After High Radiation Reading

Ann King. File photo of a storage tank at Hanford.

Originally published on Fri September 6, 2013 9:37 am

The tank farms at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington have the all-clear for work to resume after a high-radiation incident briefly shut down much of the site last month.

In late August, Hanford workers responded to an emergency of a high-radiation reading near a tank known as C-101.

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Marijuana Retail
9:27 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Washington Liquor Board To Propose Caps On Pot Production, Stores

Katheirne Hitt, Flickr.

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 3:08 pm

We’re about to find out the number of marijuana retail store locations that will be allowed in each of Washington’s 39 counties.

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Syria Crisis
9:27 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Washington Congressmembers Mostly Holding Their Fire on Syria Vote

Architect of the Capitol. The western front of the United States Capitol.

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 4:25 pm

Members of Congress from Washington state are mostly undecided ahead of an expected vote next week to authorize military force against Syria.

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School Starts On Time
8:09 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Seattle Teachers Agree To New Contract On Eve Of First Day Of School

Seattle Education Association union members listen to debate of their contract offers September 3 at Benaroya Hall.
Washington Education Association/Rich Wood

UPDATE: 9/4/13, 10:31 a.m. PT

About 1,800 teachers cast their votes in the Seattle Education Association general membership meeting at Benaroya Hall. Members voted first by voice, then by standing to clarify the count. One member moved to call for a ballot count, but there wasn't enough support from fellow members. Teachers present estimated that at least 60 percent of the votes were in favor of the contract.

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Gas Tax
5:57 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Gov. Inslee: Special Session On Transportation Needed

Washington Governor Jay Inslee.
KUOW Photo/John Ryan

Governor Jay Inslee held a press conference on Tuesday to announce that he wants to call a special session of the state Legislature this fall.

The session would address what Inslee and King County Executive Dow Constantine described as the state’s urgent transportation needs.

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Fight For Smartphones
5:37 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Microsoft Buys Nokia Devices For A New Shot At The Smartphone Market

Flickr Photo/Vernon Chan

Microsoft’s $7 billion purchase of Nokia’s mobile device business is an important step toward gaining ground in the worldwide smartphone market, analysts say.

But bigger challenges await as the company works to get consumers to love the Windows Phone.

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City Ordinance Anniversary
12:41 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Seattle's Paid Sick Leave Law, One Year Later

Seattle City Hall.
Flickr Photo/Canadian Pacific

Seattle’s Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance is a year old this week. The law requires employers with more than four workers to provide paid time off for illness or a safety issue. But not all employers are on board with it.

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Citizen Lobbyist
11:42 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Determined Father Learns The Ropes In Olympia, Gets A Bill Passed

Austin Jenkins. Citizen lobbyist Jeff Schwartz with his wife Cathy and sons Jacob (on couch) and Sam at their home in Kirkland, Washington.

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 4:44 pm

There are nearly 900 registered lobbyists in Washington state. These are the paid professionals who try to influence the outcome of the legislative process. But this year, a determined dad proved even outsiders can play the legislative game – with a bit of help.

So how does a Microsoft test manager become a citizen lobbyist? For Jeff Schwartz it all started back in 2007 when his son Jacob was about four months old.

“It was right about December that he started excessively throwing up and vomiting,” Schwartz recalls.

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Earthquake Research
10:30 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Research Cruise Makes New Discoveries About Cascadia Megaquake Fault

Cascadia Advective Conductive Heat Expedition. Launching the ROV Jason, the unmanned minisub which deployed heat flow sensors and probes on the seafloor.

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 5:50 pm

It's been a busy summer on the high seas for researchers trying to figure out the inner workings of an ominous earthquake fault. The Cascadia Subduction Zone runs offshore from Vancouver Island to Northern California. When it rips, we could have a magnitude 9 catastrophe.

University of Washington geophysicist Paul Johnson led a nearly month-long research cruise to the likely epicenter for the Big One. His ship carried an unmanned minisub to probe the seafloor directly over the still somewhat mysterious Cascadia earthquake fault.

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Tech News
10:17 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Will Microsoft's Nokia Deal Shake Up Mobile?

Nokia was the only large phone manufacturer in the world to commit to selling phones running Microsoft's operating system. Now Microsoft is buying Nokia's mobile phone business.
Timothy Clary AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 10:30 am

Nokia was once the largest mobile phone manufacturer in the world, the most valuable company in Europe and an icon in its home base of Finland. But the rise of Apple and Android smartphones knocked the company on its heels.

Now comes news that Microsoft is buying Nokia's mobile phone business for $7.2 billion. NPR's Steve Henn answers some questions about the deal.

So what is Microsoft getting here?

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Syria Crisis
8:28 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Israel Missile Test Amid Fear Of Syria Escalation

This file photo, released in December 2005, shows an Arrow missile being launched at an undisclosed location in Israel. This is the same type of missile used in a joint test with the US on September 3 over the Mediterranean.
AP Photo/Uncredited

Israel has carried out a joint missile test with the US in the Mediterranean, amid heightened tension over possible Western military strikes on Syria.

The test came as the US Congress prepared for its first public hearing on a possible military response to alleged chemical weapons use by Syria.

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Back-to-School Bargaining
9:10 am
Sun September 1, 2013

Seattle Teachers, District Reach Tentative Contract Agreement

Seattle School District headquarters
From Washington State Department of Ecology site.

Seattle School District and its teachers' union have reached a tentative agreement on a new, two-year contract.

The district and Seattle Education Association (SEA) bargained for more than 12 hours Saturday. The deal was finalized early Sunday morning.

The district and union are waiting to publicly release details of the contract until SEA has been able to relay the offer to teachers. 

Last-minute sticking points involved teacher pay, work hours and using student test scores in teacher evaluations.

Seattle teachers will vote on the contract Tuesday evening. 

School is scheduled to start on Wednesday.

Salmon Spawning
10:30 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Washington Tribes Grow Impatient With Fish-Killing Dam

The pink salmon run is strong this year. That's presented a challenge to the Army Corps of Engineers, which is responsible for moving returning salmon in the White River around the Buckley and Mud Mountain dams.
Credit EarthFix Photo/Ashley Ahearn

Right now there are tens of thousands of salmon dying at the base of an outdated dam on the White River east of Tacoma in Buckley, Wash.

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Spokane Beating
10:19 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Spokane Honors Slain Veteran At Memorial Service

Jessica Robinson. Michael Brown, 16, stands with his mom, Kim Brown, at the memorial for Delbert Belton.

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 4:51 pm

More than 300 people turned out Thursday in Spokane for the burial of World War II veteran Delbert Belton. The 88-year-old was robbed and beaten to death last week while he waited in his car.

Scores of veterans turned out to honor Belton at a cemetery in west Spokane. Friends and family remember a man who loved to repair cars by day and go out dancing at night, and went by the nickname Shorty.

The service also drew many people in Spokane who never knew Belton, but, like Karen Schute, felt compelled to be there.

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