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The clock runs out Thursday on Washington’s 30-day special session of the legislature. There are indications the pace of budget negotiations has picked up, but a second special session is still likely.

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Teachers marched in the streets of Seattle Tuesday. It was part of a one-day walkout. They were protesting what they call the state Legislature’s failure to fully fund education. 

Parents had to figure out what to do with their kids. Many of them ended up at Seattle Center.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has signed several new mental health laws in recent days. The question is whether they will be funded.

Marcie Sillman talks with KUOW Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about new mental health policies and how the state will pay for them. 

Maria Moses of Dockside Cannabis in Shoreline, Washington, shows off a jar where customers can smell a marijuana sample.
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When recreational marijuana became legal in Washington state, people wondered what would happen to medical marijuana dispensaries.

Gov. Jay Inslee answered that question in April, when he signed a law requiring they obtain licenses and join the state regulatory system.

But medical marijuana dispensary owners have more questions about emerging from the shadows, and they’re turning Robert McVay, an attorney with Seattle’s Canna Law Group.

Troy Capps found deer antlers in central Oregon’s backcountry. Capps is a co-founder of Oregon Shed Hunters, a group that promotes ethical shed hunting. Credit: Courtney Flatt/EarthFix
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REDMOND, Ore. -- Every year deer and elk shed their antlers, and every year people try to find them. 

The sport is called shed hunting, and it's often a family affair. But some people do more than just search for dropped antlers on the ground -- they chase elk and deer to stress them out, which often causes them to drop their antlers. 

Washington’s 30-day special session is more than half over and there is still no sign of a budget deal.

It’s been nearly two years since Joel Reuter fired a pistol from his condo balcony and was shot to death by Seattle police. Thursday, Governor Jay Inslee signed “Joel’s Law.”

Washington lawmakers are taking heat for an 11 percent pay raise they didn’t ask for.

Prom season means many high school students will be dancing on their way to prom aboard party buses.

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Ross Reynolds talks with KUOW Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about lawmakers' progress to a budget deal. 

Pouches of alcohol in granular or powder form will not appear in Washington stores, nor at this rate in Oregon either.

Lawmakers in Olympia are in a special session to finalize the Washington state budget. Some teachers’ unions have decided to walk out for a day to appeal for more money in the K-12 budget.

Seattle Educators To Stage One-Day Walkout

May 5, 2015
Hundreds of Washington state teachers and other supporters fill the steps of the Legislative Building as they cheer and hold signs Saturday, April 25, 2015 at a Washington Education Association rally at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash.
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Marcie Sillman speaks with Jonathan Knapp, president of the Seattle Education Association about the union's vote to stage a one-day walkout on May 19. Sillman also speaks with Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about the impact strikes might have on the Legislature.

Washington State Capitol
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Marcie Sillman talks with KUOW Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about what's on the state's big to-do list for this year's special legislative session. 

The era of ubiquitous green cross marijuana dispensaries in Washington state is about to come to an end.

Washington King County ballot election
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Jeannie Yandel speaks with Everett Herald columnist Jerry Cornfield about the likely cancelation of the 2016 presidential primaries in Washington. 

Sunday marks the 105th and final day of the Washington Legislature’s regular session. At this point a special session appears inevitable because House Democrats and Senate Republicans are nowhere near to agreeing on an operating budget for the next two years. Here are five things to know about the 2015 Washington legislature.

The Washington state Capitol in Olympia.
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State lawmakers are supposed to finish up their work for the year by Sunday. But with budget negotiations stalled, Gov. Jay Inslee says it looks like this year's legislative session will again take extra time. Kim Malcolm talks with KUOW's Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins.

Call it the timeshare rule. Washington lawmakers can accept free tickets to this summer’s U.S. Open golf championship -- if they attend a three-hour tour and seminar.

Budget negotiations have stalled with just a few days left in the Washington legislature’s 105-day session. The clock runs out on Sunday.

Washington lawmakers are poised to put an additional $1.3 billion to $1.4 billion into public schools over the next two years.

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Marcie Sillman talks with KUOW Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about education funding and a proposal to swap levies in Washington state to ensure district equality.

Cary Chin works at the front desk of Seattle-based Gravity Payments. CEO Dan Price told his employees that he was cutting his own salary and using company profits so they would each earn a base salary of $70,000.
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A Seattle CEO cuts his own pay so he can double his employees’ salaries – is this a new model for capitalism? Should Washington state tax the megarich? Does Woodland Park Zoo deserve a boycott?

Bill Radke hosts our weekly news debate with panelists C.R. Douglas of KCPQ13, former state Senate Majority Leader Bill Finkbeiner and Seattlish blogger Hanna Brooks Olsen.

The Washington state House voted 91-7 Wednesday to exempt junior hockey teams from teen labor laws by expressly classifying the players as non-employees.

In California, March 31 is a legal holiday. Schools and government offices are closed for César Chávez Day.

It appears the days are numbered for Washington’s sprawling and largely unregulated medical marijuana marketplace.

The push to raise the gas tax by nearly 12 cents per gallon gas is still alive in the Washington legislature. But time is running out.

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Marcie Sillman talks with KUOW Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about the future of medical pot in Washington state. 

In Washington state, the tax rate for those living in poverty is seven times higher than for those in the one percent.
Courtesy of Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy

Marcie Sillman speaks with Seattle Times economics columnist Jon Talton about why Washington state's tax system has been called "the most unfair state and local tax system in the country."  

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