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Affordable Care Act Implementation
9:26 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Washington Exchange Website Stumbles Out Of The Gates

Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 4:24 pm

It was a rocky start to Obamacare in Washington. The state’s new health insurance website is up now, but it was shut down for most of the day because of technical glitches.

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Federal Shutdown
9:26 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Shutting National Parks No Fun For Rangers Or Visitors

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 5:01 pm

The effects of the partial federal government shutdown are rippling across the Northwest.

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Campaign Finance
5:35 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Opponents Of GMO Labeling Raise Record $17 Million

While some foods now tout their lack of genetically modified ingredients, I-522 would require foods with genetically modified ingredients to advertise that fact.
KUOW / John Ryan

Opponents of genetic labels on food just got a $5 million boost. The donation from the Grocery Manufacturers Association sends the No on 522 campaign into the record books. More money is going against the genetic labeling initiative than against any other ballot measure in Washington history.

The No on 522 campaign has amassed a war chest of $17.2 million.

With its latest $5 million check, the Grocery Manufacturers Association rockets past agribusiness giant Monsanto Co. as the campaign’s biggest donor.

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Worker Furloughs And Closures
3:56 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

How The Government Shutdown Is Being Felt In Washington State

National sites such as Mount Rainier and the Klondike Gold Rush Museum in Seattle were closed due to the federal government shutdown.
Flickr Photo/Tom Bridge

Congress has failed to reach a deal to fund the federal government, leading to the first shutdown in 17 years. We hear from furloughed worker Kurt Morley about how the shutdown is affecting him and talk with Chris Grygiel of the Associated Press about what's open and what's closed today in Washington state.

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Fatal September
12:46 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

A Surge In Violence In Iraq

Citizens inspect the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad yesterday.
Credit AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed

On Monday another wave of bombings ripped through Baghdad, killing 37 people and injuring almost 150. According to the United Nations, 979 Iraqis were killed in the month of September due to a rise in violence, making it one of the deadliest months this year.

Violence in the country has been on the rise since the start of the year. Markets, houses, places of worship and even funeral processions have been targeted by insurgents. New York Times reporter Tim Arango explains why there has been a surge in violence and how the Iraqi government has been handling security.

Pot Regulation
10:02 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Labs Worry As Marijuana Testing Standards Lag

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 4:42 pm

Before legal marijuana in Washington hits store shelves, it will have to be tested. Special pot labs will check for potency, molds, foreign matter and bacteria like E. Coli.

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Government Shutdown
9:59 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Partial Government Shutdown Fouls Up Park Visits

Jimmy Emerson Flickr

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 5:38 pm

Closed national parks will be one of the first visible effects of the partial government shutdown expected to begin Tuesday. National forest and BLM campgrounds will also close.

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Defunding Government
2:21 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Obama On The GOP: 'I Shouldn't Have To Offer Anything'

President Barack Obama talks about the government shutdown during a media availability following Obama's meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, D.C. on Monday.
Kevin Dietsch UPI/Landov

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 7:09 pm

With just hours to go before a potential government shutdown, President Obama said there is still a window to avert it.

"There's still an opportunity, during the course of this day to avert a shutdown and make sure that we are paying our bills," Obama said in an interview with NPR.

But when asked if any proposal from the House is closer to something he would approve, Obama said flatly, "No."

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Defunding Government
12:05 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

The Looming Shutdown: Senate Rejects Second House Measure

Speaker of the House John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, arrives for a Republican Conference meeting at the U.S. Capitol on Friday in Washington, D.C.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 8:56 pm

Not even an hour after the House voted in favor of a bill that would avert a shutdown of the federal government, but also delay a key part of President Obama's Affordable Care Act, the Senate rejected it with a vote of 54-46.

With less than an hour before the government runs out of authority to spend money, the ball is now back in the court of Speaker John Boehner in the House.

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Federal Budget Crisis
11:35 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Enough Blame To Go Around - Will The Government Shutdown?

The new fiscal year starts October 1, so a bill to fund the government must be passed by both chambers in Congress and signed by Obama by midnight tonight. Republicans blame Democrats and Democrats blame Republicans about the current stalemate.

According to Chris Vance, there is more than enough blame to go around. Vance is the former Republican Party state chairman for Washington and the co-chair of the Washington chapter of the Campaign to Fix the Debt. He joins David Hyde to discuss negotiations, or the lack thereof, by both parties in our government.

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US-Iran Relations
3:37 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Are Iran And The US Ready For Peace?

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addresses a high-level meeting on Nuclear Disarmament during a United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday.
AP Photo/Mike Segar

Iran’s new president Hassan Rouhani addressed the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday. Although he and President Obama didn’t shake hands, the two leaders expressed their desire to open a dialogue.

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Looming Fiscal Year End
9:44 am
Fri September 27, 2013

How The Government Prepares For A Shutdown

An empty room at Seattle's federal courthouse could be a glimpse of what's to come if a budget isn't agreed upon by October 1.
Flickr Photo/binw.marketing

The fiscal year ends September 30 and without a budget agreement before that the government could face a shutdown. We’ve heard the threat many times before and you may not be taking it seriously. But whether or not the shutdown occurs, government agencies are spending time and tax dollars now preparing for the shutdown-apocalypse.

Joining us with a look at how the planning process is affecting one federal agency here in Seattle is Jenny Durkan. She's the US attorney for the Western District of Washington.

PacMed Building
8:37 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Former Amazon Building Lease Could Cost Washington $270M Over 30 Years

Joe Mabel Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 9:20 am

It could cost the state of Washington more than $250 million over 30 years.to lease and operate the former headquarters of Amazon.com.

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Government Shutdown
7:52 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Deja Vu: A Look Back At The Last Shutdowns, In Photos

Dave Glass (right), a federal government computer assistant, and about 100 other furloughed Social Security Administration workers gather at the Arthur J. Altmeyer Building in Woodlawn, Md., on Dec. 26, to protest the temporary government shutdown.
Gary Sussman AP

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 10:03 am

With the possibility of a federal government shutdown looming on the horizon, we decided to take a look back in photographs at the last time the government closed its doors.

On Nov. 13, 1995, with a midnight shutdown almost inevitable, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped due to lack of confidence in the U.S. government. People flocked to passport offices, not knowing the next time they would be able to get one.

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Olympia
8:56 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Senate Democrats: Embezzlement Of Campaign Funds Might Have Cost Key Race

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 5:04 pm

Washington Senate Democrats say the misuse of campaign funds last year may have cost them a key race – and therefore control of the state Senate.

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