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Immigration Reform
8:45 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Protestors Try To Block Deportations From Northwest Detention Center

Protestors chained themselves outside the Northwest Detention Center to protest deportations.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Milton Cornejo locked arms with about a dozen demonstrators Monday morning to block access to the federal Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma.

They were among about 50 people trying to prevent vehicles from leaving the facility, saying that they didn’t want the vans leaving with people who are about to be deported on board.

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Marijuana Legalization
8:43 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Pot Tax Revenue Estimates Likely Hazy

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Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 2:37 pm

Within the next year, marijuana taxes will start arriving in Washington state coffers. But how much money can the state realistically expect to take in from legal, recreational pot sales?

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Wildfire Relief
8:40 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Obama Backs Northwest Senators' Plan To Fund Firefighting Like Disaster Aid

The Beaver Creek Fire near Sun Valley, Idaho, covered more than 100,000 acres in 2013.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 7:22 am

Fighting wildfires would be funded more like hurricane and flood response under a proposal out of the Northwest that won President Obama's endorsement.

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Government
8:38 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Washington Senate Includes Nearly Two Dozen Tax Breaks In Budget Plan

File photo of the Washington State Capitol Building
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Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 7:37 am

The Washington Senate is proposing the creation or extension of nearly two dozen tax breaks -- mostly for businesses.

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Politics
3:46 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Susan Hutchison: 'The Republicans Have Been Too Weak For Too Long'

Washington State Republican Party Chair Susan Hutchison.
Courtesy of Susan Hutchison

Ross Reynolds checks in with Washington State Republican Party Chair Susan Hutchison to talk about the state of the GOP in Washington and her plans for leading the party into the future.

Mental Health Awareness
3:35 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Suicide Prevention: 'Give Message Of Support And Challenge The Stigma'

Flickr Photo/ashley rose, (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with Jennifer Stuber, a supporter of the legislation to educate primary care providers on identifying signs of suicidal behavior. Stuber, whose husband killed himself in 2011, believes that training health care professionals could save lives.

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News From Olympia
3:14 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Why Is Gov. Inslee Mulling A Minimum Wage Hike For State Workers?

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Ross Reynolds talks with Austin Jenkins about a proposal to raise the minimum wage for state employees and other news from Olympia. 

Capital Punishment
3:05 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Former Head Of Washington Corrections Supports Death Penalty Moratorium

AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File

Ross Reynolds talks with Eldon Vail, former Washington Department of Corrections Secretary, about why he supports Governor Jay Inslee's decision to suspend the death penalty.

Seattle Police Department
3:01 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Auditor Concerned About SPD Chief's Handling Of Police Misconduct Cases

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Ross Reynolds talks with retired judge Anne Levinson about how Interim Seattle Police Chief Harry Bailey is handling police officer misconduct cases. Levinson is the independent auditor for the Seattle Police Department's Office of Professional Accountability.

Military Spending
11:52 am
Mon February 24, 2014

How Will The Proposed Pentagon Cuts Affect Washington State?

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel briefs reporters at the Pentagon, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, where he recommended shrinking the Army to its smallest size since the buildup to U.S. involvement in World War II in an effort to balance postwar defense needs with bu
AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

Ross Reynolds speaks with Adam Ashton, military reporter for the Tacoma News Tribune, about the Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's proposed Pentagon budget cuts and how it would impact local military communities.

Income Inequality
8:48 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Inslee Explores Minimum Wage Hike For State Workers, Contractors

Governor Jay Inslee
Jay Inslee's Facebook page.

President Obama recently ordered a minimum wage increase for federal contractors. Now Washington Governor Jay Inslee says he may consider a similar executive order at the state level.

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Government
8:45 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Oregon Lawmakers Send 'Silver Alert' Bill To Governor

Oregon Capitol Building.
M.O. Stevens / Wikimedia

Oregonians could soon notice more alerts about people with Alzheimer's or dementia who have gone missing.

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Social Health
8:43 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Researchers Say Liquor Privatization Has Reshaped Youth Alcohol Perceptions

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 10:16 pm

Hard alcohol is much more convenient to buy in Washington these days.

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Affordable Care Act
8:38 am
Mon February 24, 2014

High Enrollment In A State With No Love For Obamacare

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Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 6:09 pm

The latest figures on who's signing up under the federal health care law tell a surprising story about one of the most conservative states in the country.

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Ukraine Unrest
3:56 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Ukraine's Yanukovych On Run From Mass Murder Charge

In Kiev's Independence Square, flowers have been left in memory of protesters killed there in recent days.
Jeff J Mitchell Getty Images

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 5:10 am

Viktor Yanukovych, ousted Saturday from his post as president of Ukraine, is now wanted by authorities in his country on charges of mass murder, the acting interior minister says.

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