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Arlene's Flowers
9:44 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Washington Florist Sues State, Says She "Will Not Wilt"

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 4:24 pm

There’s a new development in the case of a Richland, Wash. florist who refused to sell flowers for a same sex couple’s wedding. The business owner’s lawyers announced a counter suit Thursday saying the florist “will not wilt.”

The owner of Arlene’s Flowers argues there are plenty of other shops in the Tri-Cities that could cater to a gay or lesbian wedding. But lawyers for Barronelle Stutzman say she’s refusing that business because of her religious beliefs.

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Terrorism Charges
9:44 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Boise Man Arrested On Terrorism Charges

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 5:22 pm

Federal agents arrested a man in Idaho Thursday suspected of conspiring to support a terrorist organization in Central Asia. Thirty-year-old Fazliddin Kurbanov is from Uzbekistan and lives in Boise.

Two federal grand juries – one in Idaho and one in Utah – handed down a total of four terrorism-related charges against Kurbanov. Federal authorities say he attempted to help the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan with money and computer software between August 2012 and May 2013. The U.S. government designates that group as a foreign terrorist organization.

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The Business Of Marijuana
8:47 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Lottery For Pot Retailers Draws Criticism

The state's newest logo
Washington State Liquor Control Board

A random drawing: That’s how the Washington State Liquor Control Board proposes choosing applicants for marijuana retail licenses. And it’s drawing major criticism from existing medical marijuana providers.

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Endangered Fin Whales
8:45 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Underwater Earthquake Recordings Reveal Mysterious Whale Calls

A fin whale is the second-largest animal after the blue whale. Researchers from the University of Washington have discovered that earthquake-detecting sensors off Vancouver Island also help monitor fin whale swimming patterns.
Aqqa Rosing-Asvid Flickr

The blue whale is believed to be the largest animal ever to exist. But nobody remembers number two. Fin whales are the second-largest animals on the planet, weighing in at around 80 tons.

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Marijuana Rules
6:48 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Marijuana Draft Rules Already Face Opposition

Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 7:10 am

Washington’s proposed marijuana rules aren’t even 24-hours old. But already critics are finding things not to like. The 46-pages of draft regulations were released Thursday and cover everything from where marijuana can be grown to the criminal backgrounds of license applicants. But it’s the section on marijuana concentrates that’s getting some negative buzz.

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New Fines For Motorists
3:05 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Bike To Work Day Is Friday, Drive Carefully

Seattle Cyclists Brave The Rain on Bike To Work Day 2010
Flickr Photo/don_brubeck

National Bike to Work Day is May 17. That means lots more cyclists on the roads. Washington drivers should be even more careful, not only for safety reasons, but also because of a recent change to Washington state law.

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NBA Rejects Bid For Kings
9:48 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Sonics Fans Upset, But Still Hopeful

Kiley Sullivan with the band Kore Ionz performing in Sonics gear. His hat shows the word “robbed” on top of a basketball net.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

The Sacramento Kings will stay in Sacramento. NBA owners met in Dallas Wednesday and overwhelmingly rejected an effort by investor Chris Hansen to move the team to Seattle.

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Native American Education
9:01 am
Thu May 16, 2013

District Plan To Move Indian Heritage School Angers Native Community

A standing-room only crowd at the May 15 Seattle School Board meeting protested the proposed move of the Indian Heritage program to Northgate Mall.
KUOW photo/Ann Dornfeld

The latest Seattle School District plan to move the American Indian Heritage program to Northgate Mall has angered many in the Native American community.

They rallied at Wednesday night's school board meeting to protest the move, calling it just the district's latest step toward dismantling Indian Heritage.

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Auto Industry
8:53 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Nissan Electric Car Sales Booming In Pacific Northwest

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 7:37 pm


The automaker Nissan says sales of its fully electric Leaf compact surpassed all other Nissan models at dealers in the Seattle and Portland areas this spring. The announcement Wednesday runs counter to the prevailing wisdom that adoption of plug-in cars has been sluggish.


At Nissan USA headquarters, electric vehicle marketing & sales director Erik Gottfried says he's scrambling to ship enough Leafs to meet demand in the Pacific Northwest. The car maker juiced its plug-in sales by slashing the sticker price and offering low-cost leases.

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Energy
8:53 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Northwest Nuclear Plant Scores Higher Safety Rating

Energy Northwest

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 3:59 pm

Federal regulators say the Northwest’s only commercial nuclear power plant is now back on course after an 11-year safety miscalculation. The new designation means the Columbia Generating Station in southeast Washington gets a more relaxed inspection and oversight status.

Between 2000 and 2011, workers at the nuclear plant used faulty estimates for how much radiation could escape during a crisis. That mistake and others were found in an inspection just last year.

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Seattle Loses Sonics...Again
6:32 am
Thu May 16, 2013

NBA Owners Reject Sacramento Kings Move To Seattle

Kiley Sullivan with the band Kore Ionz performing in Sonics gear hours after the NBA rejected Seattle's bid to buy the Sacramento Kings. His hat shows the word “robbed” on top of a basketball net.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

DALLAS (AP) -- NBA owners voted Wednesday to reject the Sacramento Kings' proposed move to Seattle, the latest in a long line of cities that have tried to land the franchise.

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Public Records Fight
5:45 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Wash. Supreme Court Considers SPD Dash-Cam Video Policy

The Temple of Justice, home to Washington's State Supreme Court.
Credit H. Barrison / Flickr

Washington Supreme Court Justices heard oral arguments Tuesday in a case that spotlights the Seattle Police Department’s policy regarding public access to dash-camera video footage. The lawsuit, brought by KOMO News against SPD, comes at a time when the police force faces heightened scrutiny about transparency and public accountability.

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Marijuana
5:36 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

DEA Letters "Tap The Brakes" On Legal Marijuana

Doug Gerdes outside The Only Natural in Ballard.
Amy Radil

Two weeks ago the federal Drug Enforcement Administration sent cease and desist letters to 11 medical marijuana dispensaries in Seattle. It was the first notable enforcement action in Washington since recreational marijuana was legalized last year. Federal officials say it won’t be the last.

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Financial Side Effects
5:15 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Seattle Study Shows Cancer Can Lead To Bankruptcy

Cancer patients are at greater risk of going into bankruptcy.
Credit Fried Dough / Flickr

Medical debt is one of the leading causes of bankruptcy, according to a study published online today in the journal Health Affairs. There are plenty of anecdotes of people who have used up their savings, borrowed from friends or filed for bankruptcy following a serious illness like cancer. Now researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle have documented exactly how great the risk of bankruptcy is for cancer patients.

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Marijuana Regulation
5:00 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Marijuana Quality Control Bible Nearing Completion

American Herbal Pharmacopoeia

Entrepreneurs who hope to cash in on legal marijuana will have some heavy reading to do Thursday. That’s when Washington’s Liquor Control Board is expected to release nearly 50 pages of proposed rules for growers, processors and retailers.

But it turns out that there’s another pot rulebook that’s also in development. It’s called the Cannabis Monograph. Think of it as an illustrated bible for pot quality control.

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