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9:25 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Lawyers In Idaho Gay Marriage Case Expect To Meet Again At High Court

File photo of the James R. Browning U.S. Court of Appeals Building in San Francisco.

The fate of Idaho's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage is in the hands of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. 

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6:27 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Oregon Gubernatorial Candidates Hit The Airwaves

Both of Oregon's major-party candidates for governor plan to blanket the airwaves this fall.

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4:11 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Unemployment Rate Holds Steady In August In Washington State

The latest reading on unemployment in Washington state shows the rate holding steady in August at 5.6 percent. That's half a percentage point below the national rate according to a report from Washington's employment department Wednesday.

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5:25 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Federal Government To Award Grants To Remember WWII Japanese Internment Sites

Laura Ng, the onsite crew chief in the summer of 2013 at the Kooskia site in Idaho.
Stacey Camp

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 9:18 am

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, U.S. government officials rounded up Japanese-Americans and sent them to harsh, ill-equipped camps. Now, the National Park Service has announced $3 million in new grants to help preserve that important history.

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4:37 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Suspected Enterovirus Outbreak Widens In Northwest

Public health authorities in Washington and Idaho are now investigating at least 79 cases of a serious respiratory illness that affects children.

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4:17 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Oregon Fire Season 'Continues To Push And Challenge'

A view of the 36 Pit Fire From Highway 224 near Estacada, Oregon.

A wildfire near Estacada, Oregon, southeast of Portland, has grown to more than 3,500 acres and threatens more than 160 homes.

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4:03 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Idaho Resort Town Says Killing Wolves Is Bad For Its Bottom Line

The city of Ketchum, Idaho, is asking the state to consider alternatives to killing wolf populations.

The resort town of Ketchum, Idaho, is asking the state to back off on killing wolves. They say it’s bad for business.

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5:53 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Oregon Could Implement Retirement Plan For Private-Sector Workers

Oregon State Treasurer Ted Wheeler

Oregonians could have another option when it comes to saving for the future.

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5:32 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

PACs Face Quirk In Washington Law Before They Can Spend Money

File photo of climate activist Tom Steyer

California billionaire Tom Steyer is poised to help Democrats try to win back control of the Washington Senate.

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6:09 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Hockey Inquiry Turns On Whether Players Are 'Student Athletes' Or Workers

This map shows the five U.S.-based teams in the Western Hockey League

The Western Hockey League opens its regular season next weekend. The players you'll see on the ice are mostly teenagers. That fact has state labor investigators asking if the four Washington teams are breaking child labor laws.

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4:55 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

WSU Board Green Lights New Medical School In Spokane

An existing building on the WSU Spokane campus would be used for a proposed new medical school. WSU faculty already teach University of Washington students here through a collaborative agreement between the universities.

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 5:45 pm

Washington State University's Board of Regents unanimously approved a plan Friday to establish a medical school in Spokane.

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4:24 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Washington Lt. Governor Agrees To $15K Ethics Fine

Washington Lt. Gov. Brad Owen

Washington Lt. Gov. Brad Owen has agreed to a $15,000 ethics fine. The settlement announced Friday stemmed from the five-term Democrat’s use of state resources to operate a non-profit with his wife.

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3:52 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Cover Oregon Officials Set To Face State Lawmakers

State lawmakers are set to grill the leaders of Cover Oregon on Monday and Tuesday.

The leaders of Oregon's struggling health insurance exchange will be grilled by state lawmakers in a series of hearings at the capitol on Monday and Tuesday.

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9:09 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Measure 90 Would Bring Top Two Primaries To Oregon

File photo of the Oregon State Capitol in Salem

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 10:29 am

This fall, Oregon voters will choose between five candidates for U.S. senator and six candidates for governor. It could be the last time the general election ballot is this crowded in Oregon.

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11:22 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Washington Supreme Court Finds State In Contempt

Members of the McCleary family won a school funding lawsuit against the State of Washington. They spoke to reporters outside the Washington Supreme Court following a contempt hearing Sept. 3, 2014.

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 4:27 pm

In an unprecedented move, the Washington Supreme Court has ruled the state in contempt of court in the McCleary school funding case. However, the justices will wait to impose sanctions until after the 2015 legislative session to give the legislature time to "purge the contempt."

"[C]ontempt is the means by which a court enforces compliance with its lawful orders when they are not followed," reads the five-page order signed by Chief Justice Barbara Madsen.

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10:27 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Missing Section Of Nez Perce Trail Holds Little-Known Part Of History

Ruth Wapato of Spokane is the granddaughter of one of the members of the Nez Perce Tribe who fought alongside Chief Joseph in 1877.

The story most people learn about the Nez Perce Tribe and the capture of Chief Joseph doesn't tell the whole history. 

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10:12 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Northwest Wine Crush: Hot Summer Makes For Strong Juice

Wine grapes ready for harvest at the Ciel du Cheval Vineyard on Red Mountain in southeast Washington.
Anna King Northwest News Network

As the Northwest is bathed in autumn’s golden light, wineries across the region are harvesting, crushing grapes and making wine full bore. This year’s fruit looks petite and powerful.

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4:26 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Washington State To Feds: We Need More Help To Recover From Wildfires

File photo of Kent Stokes surveying the damage of his burnt-down home and shop outside of Twisp, Washington.

In north-central Washington people are trying to get back to normal. But that’s pretty hard with a major housing shortage after more than 350 homes were lost to wildfires.

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4:06 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Washington Regulators Shut Down Party Bus Company

File photo of the interior of a party bus

Washington regulators are continuing their crackdown on the party bus industry. The state’s Utilities and Transportation Commission announced Wednesday that it’s shutting down a company that stranded a group of prom-goers.

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6:14 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Washington Supreme Court Weighs New Trial For Accomplice In Lakewood Police Shootings

Attorney Gregory Link makes the case for a new trial for Dorcus Allen in front of the Washington Supreme Court.

The getaway driver in the murders of four Lakewood, Washington police officers is seeking a new trial. The case has made it to the Washington Supreme Court and Tuesday the justices heard arguments.

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