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The Oregon Senate voted Tuesday to extend the state's low-carbon fuel program despite objections from Republicans that the plan is tainted by the ethics scandal embroiling Gov. John Kitzhaber and first lady Cylvia Hayes.

Sen. Tim Knopp, R-Bend, noted early in a three-hour debate over the bill that the low-carbon fuel program was called out specifically in a subpoena federal investigators issued to the state Friday regarding Kitzhaber and Hayes, his fiancee.

Legislative moves to limit school immunization exemptions are drawing vocal opposition from some parents. Opponents of mandatory vaccination crowded a public hearing at the state capitol in Olympia Tuesday, and the scene could repeat itself in Salem Wednesday.

Ross Reynolds talks with Northwest News Network reporter Anna King about the shooting of Antonio Zambrano-Montes and how the town of Pasco, Washington is responding to it.

The production line at a Boeing facility.
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Ross Reynolds talks to Ray Goforth, executive director of the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace, about a bill in the state legislature that would put stipulations on the tax cuts for aerospace companies. Also, Jerry Cornfield, reporter and columnist for the Everett Herald, explains the political implications of the bill.

Ross Reynolds talks to Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., about his efforts to find a solution for Somali-Americans who can no longer send money back to Somalia after Merchant Bank in California stopped transferring money.

March 3 is International Sex Workers' Rights Day. This protest took place in 2008 on the steps of San Francisco's city hall. The red umbrella symbolizes protection from violence.
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Some state lawmakers want to crack down on sex trafficking by cracking down on demand. Rep. Dick Muri, R-Steilacoom, has a bill in the state House that would allow law enforcement to confiscate the cars and money of people who buy sex, just like they do in drug busts.

“Not only will it make the buyers of sex think twice about doing it in the state of Washington, but the revenues that we then get will be used to help fund rehabilitation programs and the policing,” Muri said.

Mary (a pseudonym) is a sex worker in Seattle and member of the Seattle Sex Workers Outreach Project. Mary told KUOW’s Marcie Sillman that while new penalties would not be aimed at sex workers, they would still be bad for sex workers.

Washington lawmakers are considering whether to beef up oversight of the “party bus” industry. At a public hearing Monday, the head of the state agency that regulates in-state bus lines said it’s a matter of safety.

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Two days before the first of President Obama's executive actions on immigration were to take effect, the new rules have been put on hold by a federal judge's ruling in South Texas. U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen said the president overstepped his authority.

Cylvia Hayes attended meetings with Washington state officials in her capacity as First Lady of Oregon.

A fatal shooting in Pasco Tuesday has some saying police used excessive force against the man they killed: Antonio Zambrano-Montes.

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber announced his resignation Friday afternoon under a cloud of pressure and scrutiny, cutting short his record-setting fourth term in office. The governor says his resignation is effective at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18.

If you ordered flowers for Valentine’s Day, do you know where the company that took your order is located? A proposal in the Washington legislature would beef up an existing law that prohibits florists from misrepresenting their location.

When he was shot dead by police officers in Pasco, Washington, Antonio Zambrano-Montes did not have a gun or knife, investigators said at a press conference on Friday.

traffic, transporation Variable speed signs on northbound Interstate 5 into Seattle.
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Marcie Sillman talks with Mark Hallenbeck about the implications of reducing speed limits in Seattle. Hallenbeck directs the Washington State Transportation Center at the University of Washington.

health flu shot
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The same question goes for non-vaccinating parents: What’s the right strategy? Also: yet another questionable fatal police shooting, this time in our state. And what will politics be like without comedic news anchors John Stewart and Stephen Colbert? Finally, Seattle has a new earthquake alert, what will you do with your five seconds?

Bill Radke analyzes the week’s news with Luke Burbank, Joni Balter and Knute Berger.

Note to our podcasters: The team also discussed the possible resignation of Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber. He formally announced his resignation after the show aired. 

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