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Sex Trafficking
9:31 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Moving Past 'The Life': New Bill Would Allow Erasing Prostitution Convictions From Record

Flickr Photo/Brian

Those caught up in it call it "the life." It usually involves a pimp, coercion and prostitution.

For young victims of sex trafficking, getting out of that life and building a new one can be a monumental task. Having a rap sheet for prostitution makes it  incredibly difficult to apply for jobs, or housing, or school — the things it takes to start over.

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EarthFix Reports
9:12 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Up To 2,000 Gallons Of Oil Spilled In Hood Canal

A flyover by the Washington Department of Ecology yielded this photo of Monday's spill at Hood Canal Bridge. The spill, traveled 10 miles from Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor.
Flickr Photo/EcologyWA

Officials are responding to an oil spill in Washington’s Puget Sound. The spill occurred at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor and has spread 10 miles north to Hood Canal.

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Death Penalty
9:02 am
Wed February 12, 2014

For One Family, Inslee’s Moratorium Has ‘Reopened A Lot Of Wounds’

AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Governor Jay Inslee’s announcement of a de facto moratorium on the death penalty on Tuesday has been making waves through the state.

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Marijuana
8:58 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Bans Or Legalization? Discussing Pot In Oregon's Capitol

File photo of a cannabis plant.
Wikimedia

Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 4:58 pm

Oregon lawmakers are considering two very different approaches to regulating marijuana this month.

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EarthFix Reports
8:32 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Oregon Issues 3 Permits For Columbia River Coal Terminal

A coal train moves through Wyoming where the coal is mined from the Powder River Basin.
Katie Campbell

Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 4:20 pm

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has issued three permits for the coal export terminal that Ambre Energy wants to build on the Columbia River in the Eastern Oregon town of Boardman.

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Capital Punishment
3:41 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Suspending The Death Penalty In Washington State

Flickr Photo/OnceAndFutureLaura

Marcie Sillman and Ross Reynolds hear from reporters and interested parties in response to Governor Jay Inslee's moratorium on the death penalty in Washington state.

Government
3:15 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

House Votes To Extend Debt Limit To March 2015

Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 2:48 pm

The House of Representatives has voted to extend the federal debt limit, after the Republican majority abandoned its hopes to tie other provisions to the measure. By a 221-201 vote, the House voted to extend the debt limit to March 15, 2015.

Update at 5:35 p.m. ET: Ryan Reportedly Voted 'No'

In the end, 28 Republicans joined with 193 Democrats to approve the move.

On Twitter, several congressional reporters quickly noted that House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., was one of many Republicans who voted against the legislation.

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Alaskan Way Viaduct
2:36 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Mayor Murray On Bertha: ‘I Don’t Think We Should Get Involved In Finger-Pointing’

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Ross Reynolds talks with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray about Bertha's continuing woes and who would ultimately be on the hook for cost overruns.

Ukraine
2:20 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

A Personal Perspective On The Ukrainian Protests

Flickr Photo/Christiaan Triebert (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with Yulia Shadirya about the protests in Ukraine. Shadirya moved to Seattle years ago but has been following the events in Kiev.

Islamic Revolution
1:53 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Iran's President Marks Revolution With Call For Negotiations

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivers a speech during an annual rally commemorating the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution at the Azadi Square in Tehran, on Tuesday. Rouhani called for "respectful, constructive" nuclear talks with world powers — a departure from the hard line of his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Vahid Salemi AP

Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 6:58 pm

Iran on Tuesday marked the 35th anniversary of its Islamic revolution, a day when the country's religious conservatives and military hard-liners take center stage, and calls of "Death to America" echo across the country.

In Tehran's Azadi Square, one man waving an orange "Down with the USA" flag condemned the U.S. and Israel, and then, perhaps not sure of the nationality of the reporter standing nearby, threw in England and France for good measure.

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Death Penalty Moratorium
11:11 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Gov. Inslee: 'There Have Been Too Many Doubts Raised About Capital Punishment'

Governor Jay Inslee issued a moratorium on the death penalty in Washington on Tuesday during a press conference.
Jay Inslee's Facebook page.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee issued a moratorium Tuesday on the use of the death penalty in Washington state during his term.

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Environment
9:32 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Oregon Lawmakers Back Away From Bill To Restrict Some Pesticides

FIle photo. A measure in Oregon would have banned the use of four types of pesticides.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon February 10, 2014 6:53 pm

This week, Oregon may join Washington in backing away from a proposal to protect bees by restricting certain pesticides.

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Disabilities
9:04 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Biggest Needs, Biggest Gaps In Services For Kids Adoped From Foster System

Children with the biggest needs face the biggest gaps in services, according to a new report about children adopted from the state's foster care system.

The findings were released Monday by the Washington state auditor's office.

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Diseased Trees
8:49 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Risk Of Falling Trees Shutters Northwest Camping Areas

U.S. Forest Service

Originally published on Mon February 10, 2014 7:37 pm

Forest managers in north Idaho and western Washington will be closing some popular camping areas this year. They say nearby trees are infected with root rot and post a threat to campers.

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Education & Immigration
8:38 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Republican Senator Pushes Back On College Aid For Undocumented Students

Washington state Senator Janea Holmquist Newbry
Washington Legislature

Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 9:34 am

A bipartisan plan in the Washington legislature to give undocumented students access to college aid is coming under fire.

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