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Marijuana Legalization
8:38 am
Tue February 18, 2014

State Regulator: Pot Banking Guidance Should Solve 'Bags Of Money' Issue

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 2:32 pm

Marijuana businesses in Washington may soon be able to open a bank account. 

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Government
8:34 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Washington Senate Moves To Ban Indoor Tanning For Minors

The Washington Senate passed a bill that would restrict minors from using tanning salons.
Alexandra Kocik Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 2:31 pm

The Washington Senate passed a bill this week that’s had a tough time in recent years -- even just reaching the floor for a vote.

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Income Inequality
8:31 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Why Are Democrats Suddenly Talking About Minimum Wage?

Talk of raising the minimum wage has been spreading in Washington's Capitol building.
Colin Fogarty

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 7:40 am

We’re hearing a lot these days about raising the minimum wage.

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Downtown Parking
8:12 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Seattle Testing Replacements For Aging, Frustrating Parking Meters

Seattle's green parking meters are aging and need replacement, according to the city.
Flickr Photo/sea turtle (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Paul Freed lives in downtown Seattle and currently uses the city’s app to pay for parking with his phone – even when he’s standing right in front of the meter. “It's way more convenient,” Freed said. “You don’t need to fumble around for your credit card in the rain.”

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Mental Health
2:54 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Public Defender Pushes Back On Involuntary Committment Bill

Flickr Photo/Micheal J (CC BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Mike DeFelice, supervising attorney for civil commitments at the King County Public Defender's office, about a proposed bill that would give people more say over the involuntary commitment of a mentally ill family member.

The Week In Review
2:53 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Death Penalty Debate, Bertha Costs, And No Place Like Home

Governor Jay Inslee announced Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, that he is suspending the use of the death penalty in Washington state, but the moratorium does not commute the sentences of people currently condemned to death.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File

Governor Jay Inslee puts a halt to executions and initiates a debate about the future of capital punishment in Washington state. Meanwhile, state transportation officials continue to explore the cost overruns as repairs to Bertha are expected to take months. And the housing community reviews Seattle's affordability issue.

Steve Scher talks with Crosscut’s Knute Berger, Eli Sanders of The Stranger and news analyst Joni Balter about this week's top stories.

Department Of Health
9:11 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Washington's New Rules On Hospital Partnerships Challenged

New rules on hospital mergers put undue burden on hospitals, according to the Wash. State Hospital Association.
Flickr Photo/Ralf (CC BY-NC-SA)

The Washington State Hospital Association has filed suit in Thurston County Superior Court over the state's new permitting process for hospitals.

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Aggressive Driving
9:09 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Lots Of Speeders, But Few Answers On How To Slow Them Down

Trooper Tom Shirey works for the Washington State Patrol's Aggressive Driver Apprehension Team in the Spokane area.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 4:15 pm

Safety experts say there are historically three big killers on the road: drunken driving, not wearing a seatbelt, and speeding.

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Washington State Legislature
9:07 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Washington Senate Majority Unveils New Gas Tax Package, Votes Lacking

File photo of the Washington State Capitol Building
Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 5:09 pm

Members of the mostly Republican majority in the Washington Senate say they want to jumpstart talks on a gas tax package to fund roads and transit. Previous negotiations stalled out in December.

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Government
8:46 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Oregon Lawmakers Try To Resurrect Columbia River Crossing Plan

File photo of the Interstate bridge between Portland, Ore., and Vancouver, Wash.
Cacophony Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 9:55 am

Oregon lawmakers heard testimony Wednesday on the latest version of a plan to fund a new I-5 bridge across the Columbia River.

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Government
8:00 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Ten-Term Congressman Doc Hastings Announces Retirement

Rep. Doc Hastings (R - Wash.) annouced his retirement from the U.S. Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 5:54 pm

After two decades as south central Washington’s congressman, Republican Doc Hastings announced Thursday that he is retiring at the end of the year.

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Public Issues
6:00 am
Fri February 14, 2014

To Combat Urination And Littering, Olympia Bans High-Alcohol Sales In Downtown Core

Flickr Photo/Steve Snodgrass (CC-BY-NC-ND)

At $1.39, less than the price of a pack of gum, you can get up to four servings of alcohol at a store selling high alcohol beverages. Starting Saturday, though, that store will have to be located outside of downtown Olympia.

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Capital Punishment
3:08 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Murder Victim's Sister 'Thrilled' For Death Penalty Moratorium

Flickr Photo/Dar (CC BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman speaks with Karil Klingbeil, whose sister was murdered in 1981, about why she's pleased with the Governor Jay Inslee's suspension of the death penalty. Candy Hemmig was killed by Mitchell Rupe, whose appeals process was so lengthy that he died in prison of natural causes in 2006.

Minimum Wage
3:07 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Income Inequality Advisory Committee Working On Minimum Wage Proposal

Fast food workers and minimum wage advocates marched from SeaTac to Seattle as part of a national demonstration for a $15 minimum wage on December 5, 2013.
KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

Ross Reynolds talks with Howard Wright, co-chair of Seattle Mayor Ed Murray's Income Inequality Advisory Committee, about the status of its proposal to the mayor.

Environment
2:45 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Hood Canal Oil Spill: 'No Evidence Of Harm To Wildlife, Environment'

Flickr Photo/EcologyWA (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Lisa Copeland, communications manager for the Washington State Department of Ecology, about the cleanup efforts of the 2,000 gallons of oil that spilled in Hood Canal on Monday.

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