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Proficiency Testing
8:56 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Air Force Cheating Scandal Widens; 92 Nuclear Officers Linked

The launch-key mechanism at the deactivated Delta Nine Launch Facility near Wall, S.D., in 2002.
AP

Originally published on Thu January 30, 2014 9:03 am

Nearly 20 percent of the officers in the U.S. Air Force's nuclear weapons corps have now been implicated in a proficiency test cheating scandal, the secretary of the Air Force said Thursday.

Deborah Lee James told reporters that 92 individuals in the 500-member force are now thought either to have shared information about the answers to the test or to have known that others had done so, The Associated Press reports.

The wire service adds that:

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Lethal Injection
8:35 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Execution Witnesses In Washington To See Needle Insertion

File photo of the execution chamber at San Quentin. A camera in the execution chamber at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla will record more of more of the execution process.
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Originally published on Wed January 29, 2014 6:02 pm

The next time a death row inmate is executed by lethal injection in Washington state, witnesses will see more of the process.

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Civil Rights
8:35 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Gay Rights Advocates: Idaho Bills Would Upend Local Discrimination Bans

File photo. The Pocatello City Council took public comment on an anti-discrimination ordinance in April 2013.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed January 29, 2014 3:42 pm

Gay rights advocates say legislation introduced this week in Idaho would undermine local anti-discrimination ordinances passed in seven Idaho cities.

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State Of The Union
4:29 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Executive Power In The Country Of Checks And Balances

President Barack Obama delivers the State of Union address before a joint session of Congress in the House chamber on Tuesday, January 28.
AP Photo/Larry Downing

David Hyde talks with Julian Zelizer, a historian at Princeton University, about President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech and his plans to use his executive power to get things done.

State Of The Union
3:55 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

From Establishment To Tea Party, Republicans Rebut President

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., rehearses the GOP response to the State of the Union on Capitol Hill. She delivered it Tuesday following the president's speech.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Wed January 29, 2014 6:23 am

Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the highest-ranking female Republican in the U.S. House, occupied a coveted spot Tuesday night: She delivered the televised rebuttal to the president's State of the Union.

Yet the Washington congresswoman and mother of three young children didn't have the spotlight to herself. She faced competition from within the ranks of her own party, a stark reflection of the divisions that have riven the GOP.

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EarthFix Reports
12:31 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Feds Declare Salmon Fishery Disaster For Washington Tribes

A Native American takes part in a salmon ceremony. On Tuesday, the U.S. commerce secretary declared a fishery disaster for the Fraser River sockeye salmon fishery in Washington. That could lead to aid to nine tribes and non-tribal fishers.
KUOW Photo/Katie Campbell

The U.S. Secretary of Commerce has declared the Fraser River sockeye salmon run a “fishery disaster” for nine tribes and non-tribal fishers in Washington state.

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Gun Control
9:33 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Gabby Giffords Makes Case For Washington Gun Checks

Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Capt. Mark Kelly, a retired astronaut and combat veteran, are leading a national campaign for expanded background checks for gun sales.
AP Photo/Mary Schwalm

Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was the star witness at a hearing on gun control and gun rights in Olympia.

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Health Insurance
9:24 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Who Picks Up The Tab When Affordable Care Act Customers Can't Pay?

A health premium grace period built into the Affordable Care Act can create a bill limbo for providers and patients.
Flickr Photo/Army Medicine

It’s one thing to get people to buy health insurance, something the state’s health exchange has been focusing on. But what happens when a patient can no longer pay monthly premiums — who would then be responsible for the medical bills? Doctors are worried they’ll be stuck holding the bag, and they’re taking their issue to Olympia this week.

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Tax Breaks
9:22 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Washington Governor Makes Another Push To Close Tax Exemptions

File photo of Washington Governor Jay Inslee
Christina Salerno TVW

Originally published on Tue January 28, 2014 4:48 pm

Washington Governor Jay Inslee continued his push on Tuesday for lawmakers to close tax exemptions to fund education.

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Alternative Fuel Vehicles
9:14 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Slow Uptake Of Electric Cars Prompts Calls To Extend Washington Tax Break

Nissan Leafs charge on the Washington state capitol campus Tuesday.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue January 28, 2014 3:48 pm

The slow uptake of electric cars by Northwest drivers is prompting calls to extend a tax break in Washington state for new vehicles powered by alternative fuels.

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News From Canada
7:43 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Keystone, Winter Olympics, And Seahawks Fever

Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer has the latest news from Canada.
Flickr Photo/Christopher Policarpio

David Hyde talks with Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer about an ad blasting Prime Minister Stephen Harper during the State of the Union, the upcoming Winter Olympics and Seahawks fever spreading north of the border.

Police Reform
7:43 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Changes To The Upper Brass At Seattle Police Department

The Seattle Police Department will see changes to the upper brass.
Flickr Photo/Dmitri Fedortchenko

Steve Scher talks with Seattle Times reporter Steve Miletich about the changes at the Seattle Police Department.

Diplomacy
7:43 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Kenneth Bae's Sister, Mother Attend State Of The Union

Lynnwood resident Kenneth Bae has been imprisoned in North Korea for 15 months.
Bae family Freekennow.com

David Hyde hears from Terri Chung about her experience attending Tuesday’s State of the Union address. She is the sister of Lynnwood resident Kenneth Bae, who has been imprisoned in North Korea for 15 months.

Gun Background Check
4:07 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Dueling Gun Bills Get A Hearing In Olympia

State Representative Laurie Jinkins (left) and Senator Mike Padden.
Washington State Legislature

Steve Scher talks with state Representative Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma, and state Senator Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley, about two opposing gun background check proposals holding public hearings in Olympia this week.

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