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Cannabis
12:15 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Indoor Pot Farms Are Energy Guzzlers, Research Shows

Lights used in indoor pot farms can be as bright as those in operating rooms.
Flickr Photo/Fulvio Minichini

While the legalization of marijuana could be viewed as a liberal cause, the counterculture’s favorite herb isn’t exactly eco-friendly.

“Indoor pot farms are energy guzzlers,” said Seattle news analyst Joni Balter.

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Politics
10:03 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Washington Lawmakers Consider Ban On Gay Conversion Therapy

Washington lawmakers are considering a ban on gay conversion therapy.
Flickr Photo/clappstar (CC BY-NC-ND)

Mental health experts say it’s dangerous. Now, Washington lawmakers are taking up the controversy over gay conversion therapy.

That was the subject of a hearing Wednesday in Olympia. Psychologists and gay rights advocates testified in favor of a ban on therapies designed to convert patients younger than 18 away from being gay.

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Advocacy Groups
9:46 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Wealthy Donors Fund Never-Ending 'Progressive' Campaign In Washington State

Staff at Fuse Washington meet to update their communications and community organizing efforts.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 9:02 am

You’ve heard of Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS and other issue advocacy groups that don’t have to disclose their donors. They are transforming American politics.

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EarthFix Reports
9:27 am
Thu January 23, 2014

New Legislation Calls For Transparency On Oil Moving Through Washington

With more oil moving through Washington by train and other transportation modes, state lawmakers want oil companies to keep environmental regulators better informed.
Katie Campbell

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 7:26 pm

SEATTLE -- Washington lawmakers took up a proposal Wednesday to require more transparency from companies that transport oil through the state.

The hearing on House Bill 2347 played out before a packed committee room in Olympia. The new bill would require oil companies to file weekly reports with the state Department of Ecology detailing how much oil is being transported, what kind of oil it is, how it’s being moved and what route it’s traveling through the state.

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News From Canada
4:09 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Harper Abroad, Dollar Woes, And Another Rob Ford Event

A controversial video with Toronto Mayor Rob Ford surfaces, yet again.
Flickr Photo/West Annex News

David Hyde talks with Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer about Prime Minister Stephen Harper's recent trip to Israel, troubles for the Canadian dollar and Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's latest video.

Education
3:11 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Federal Loophole For No Child Left Behind Waiver

If the Washington state doesn’t comply with a mandate to use a state test for teacher evaluations, it may lose $44 million of federal education funding.
Flickr Photo/Kathy Cassidy (CC BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde talks with Tacoma News Tribune columnist Peter Callaghan about Washington's No Child Left Behind waiver and why the state is at risk of losing it.

Politics
10:09 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Minimum Wage Fight May Heat Up In Olympia

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Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 5:18 am

The battle over Washington’s minimum wage could soon heat up at the Capitol. House Democrats may roll out a proposal as early as this week to increase the state’s base wage.

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Wage Theft
9:24 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Workers' Rights Groups Want Penalties For Unlawful Employers

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 6:14 am

Workers' rights groups have a term for cases of withheld pay, denied breaks, and unnecessary deductions. They call it “wage theft.”

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Aerospace
4:03 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Not Even Boeing Can Fly Without Wings

Everett, Moses Lake, Spokane and Frederickson, Wash., are vying for Boeing’s wing work.
Flickr Photo/Pylon757

Ross Reynolds talks with Snohomish County Executive John Lovick about why he thinks Boeing should build the wing for the 777X in his neighborhood.

Online Privacy
3:22 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Proposed Bill Would Make 'Revenge Porn' A Felony In Washington

The proposed bill would outlaw posting explicit photos or videos of someone else online, with the intent to cause serious emotional distress.
Flickr Photo/Matthew (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with activist Charlotte Laws about her daughter's experience as a revenge porn victim.

EarthFix Reports
9:44 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Legislation Revived To Protect 126,000 Acres Of Olympic Peninsula

The Gray Wolf River drops more than 5,000 feet in elevation on its 25-mile run from the Olympic Mountains to where it empties into the Dungeness River near the town of Sequim, Wash. This section is in National Forest and could one day be logged.
KUOW Photo/Ashley Ahearn

Washington Sen. Patty Murray on Friday introduced a bill to permanently protect more than 126,000 acres of Washington's Olympic Peninsula -- an area the size of Seattle and Tacoma combined.

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DREAM Act
8:50 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Muslim-American Communities Lobby For Equal Financial Aid

More than 500 Muslim Americans lobbied for the Washington DREAM Act in Olympia
Taylor Winkel Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue January 21, 2014 10:05 am

Immigrant rights groups are trying to convince Washington state Senators to make undocumented students eligible for financial aid.

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Education Reform
5:00 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Parents Pack Meetings With Charter School Hopefuls

Parents in a packed room listen to public testimony regarding proposed charter schools in the Seattle area at South Seattle Community College on Monday.
Ann Dornfeld KUOW

The Washington State Charter School Commission is wrapping up three weeks of public hearings for 19 proposed schools.

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National Security
4:38 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Obama Outlines Steps Toward Changing The NSA, Will They Work?

AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

Ross Reynolds talks with David Cole, a constitutional law professor at Georgetown University, about President Obama's proposed changes to the National Security Agency program.

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