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This January, Washington State University plans to ask lawmakers for permission to open a medical school in Spokane.

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Rents are rising sharply in Seattle, and the city has launched another effort to tackle the shortage of affordable housing.

At an Ethiopian community center in the Rainier Valley, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray's new affordable housing committee tried Wednesday night to take the pulse of a community hit hard by housing costs.

The 28-member committee's first open house began slowly as a consultant showed the multicultural audience how to use handheld electronic clickers to take part in an instant survey.

Kevin Stormans, owner of Ralph's Thriftway, is at the heart of a seven-year legal over whether pharmacists can withhold prescriptions for religious reasons. The debate began over whether pharmacists may refuse to dispense the contraception pill Plan B.
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Whether pharmacists must dispense controversial prescriptions goes before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday. The case pits patients’ access to medication against healthcare providers’ religious beliefs. 

In 2007, pharmacy owner Kevin Stormans and two pharmacists sued Washington state. The Washington Pharmacy Board had just adopted rules to insure that patients had access to prescriptions in a timely manner.

Washington’s budget outlook is suddenly $2 billion in the red largely because of a class size reduction measure just approved by the voters.

In Washington, D.C., there’s a waiting period before members of Congress and their staffers can work as lobbyists.

Americans expect police to carry guns. In most places, it's just assumed that law enforcement is always armed. But not everywhere.

One of the last exceptions to the rule is the native communities of rural Alaska, such as Manokotak, a Yupik village of about 400 in southwest Alaska. Hunters and fishermen live there in modest houses huddled along a few roads.

An Army sergeant who faced two counts of premeditated murder announced via Twitter he will plead guilty to a lesser charge at Joint Base Lewis-McChord Thursday.

Sergeant 1st class Michael Barbera says he will plead guilty to communicating a threat.

Century Link Field, Seattle.
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Marcie Sillman talks with Dave Zirin, sports writer for The Nation, about how the recent federal raids to inspect illegal drug use are just one of many signs that the relationship between the federal government and professional football is changing.

Bamboo, one of two elephants at Woodland Park Zoo, will be leaving with Chai.
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Seattle’s elephants are leaving town to join another herd.

The Woodland Park Zoo announced on Wednesday that it will close its elephant exhibit and send its only two elephants, Chai and Bamboo, to another zoo.

Santo Rodriguez says when he can't do his laundry or take a shower for a few days, people treat him differently, like refusing to sit next to him on the bus.
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The city budget for the next two years is coming together and it looks like a downtown facility for the homeless will get enough money to keep its doors open from early morning to late at night. 

It’s called the Urban Rest Stop and it’s a place where the people without a home can take showers, do their laundry and use the restroom (without having to buy a cup of coffee first). 

Commercial drones are taking to the Northwest skies even though the rules aren't clear.

Northwest lawmakers voted along party lines as the U.S. Senate voted Tuesday to reject a plan to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

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Posey Gruener interviews Metro bus drivers at Northgate Transit Center, who describe why they're having trouble catching a bathroom break.

And Marcie Sillman speaks with Paul Bachtel, president of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 587, which represents transit operators. Bachtel said access to bathrooms is "probably the most significant issue [for the union right now]. It's much greater than wages, or benefits. It's a working issues condition and it's the number one cry of unfairness from our transit operators at this point in time."

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Jeannie Yandel talks with King County budget director Dwight Dively about proposed layoffs at the Department of Public Defense.

A new study out of Canada reveals a surprising side-effect that hunting may have on wolves.

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