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Business
2:07 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Record Bonuses For Alaska Airlines Employees

Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air employees received an annual bonus Wednesday totaling $84 million.

Seattle-based Alaska Air Group says the incentive pay amounts to about 9 percent of annual pay or five weeks' pay for most workers.

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Legal Marijuana
10:05 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Northwest Tribes Oppose Pot Legalization

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AP Photo

An organization representing 57 Northwest Indian tribes has announced its opposition to marijuana legalization, specifically in Alaska and Oregon.

The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians announced a partnership Tuesday with the Smart Approaches to Marijuana project, which supports a treatment, health-first marijuana policy.

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Prisoner Of War
1:03 pm
Sun February 23, 2014

Taliban Suspends Talks On Prisoner Exchange

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The spokesman for Afghanistan's Taliban says they have suspended "mediation" with the United States to exchange captive U.S. soldier Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five senior Taliban prisoners held in U.S. custody in Guantanamo Bay.

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Bertha Blues
12:22 am
Sat February 22, 2014

Seattle Tunnel Builders To Dig Shaft In Front Of Bertha For Repairs

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WSDOT

The Washington state Transportation Department says that, as expected, the contractors digging a highway tunnel under downtown Seattle will repair a seal system on the tunneling machine by digging a shaft in front of it.

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Environment
4:34 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Boaters Beware: State Wants to Ban Sewage Dumping in Puget Sound

Bellamy Pailthorp

It might surprise you to learn that you can dump the contents of your toilet into Puget Sound and not get in trouble. That’s essentially what some boaters do when they discharge their sewage into the water instead of pumping it out at a dock or marina.

The state Department of Ecology has proposed a federally-enforced ban on dumping in Puget Sound to stop the practice.

Amy Jankowiak with the state Department of Ecology says the state has been working on evaluating the feasibility and appropriateness of putting a dumping ban in place for two years. The department has now written the proposed law, which is ready for public comment.

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Legal Marijuana
10:38 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Report: State To See Millions From Pot Sales Next Year

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Economic forecasters are predicting that the state's new legal recreational marijuana market will bring nearly $190 million to state coffers over a four-year period starting in mid-2015.

The forecast released by the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council on Wednesday showed that $51 million in revenue is expected for the 2015-2017 biennium from marijuana production and sales. An additional $138.5 million is expected for the next two-year budget.

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Winter Weather
5:00 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Heavy Snow In Wash. Cascade Passes

WSDOT

A winter storm warning is in effect until Wednesday morning in the Washington Cascade passes.

The National Weather Service expects 1 to 2 feet of new snow.

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Environment
9:14 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Lawsuits Could Lead To Changes At Fish Hatcheries

In this photo taken on Tuesday Feb. 4, 2014, at a hatchery in Parkdale, Ore., a hatchery worker measures and weighs salmon as part of a study to track their growth.
Gosia Wozniacka AP Photo

People on the West Coast have counted on fish hatcheries for more than a century to help rebuild populations of salmon and steelhead and bring them to a level where government would no longer need to regulate fisheries.

But hatcheries have thus far failed to resurrect wild fish runs and artificially bred fish have come to dominate rivers. Critics say their influx harms wild salmon and masks the fact that wild populations are barely hanging on.

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Marijuana Banking
11:07 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Feds Clear Way For Banks To Do Business With Marijuana Industry

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AP Photo

Marijuana businesses in Washington may soon be able to open a bank account. The Obama administration on Friday issued new guidance to banks regarding drug proceeds.

The three-page memo by the Department of Justice signals that banks that do business with licensed, above-board marijuana businesses likely won’t face prosecution.

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Gay Rights
7:28 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Bill To Prevent Gay Conversion Passes Wash. State House, Headed To Senate

tswartz Flickr

A bill intended to prevent health care providers from trying to convert gay people under age 18 has passed the state House.

House Bill 2451, which passed on a 94-4 vote, would make it an act of unprofessional conduct to try to change the sexual orientation of a patient under 18. That would include efforts to change behaviors, gender expressions or to reduce sexual or romantic attractions toward people of the same sex. 

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Found Object
3:53 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Found Mammoth Tusk To Head to UW's Burke Museum

This image provided by the Burke Museum and taken on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, shows what museum officials believe is mammoth tusk that was uncovered by construction workers in the south Lake Union area of Seattle.
AP Photo/Burke Museum

Paleontologists with the Burke Museum will excavate the giant mammoth tusk unearthed at a Seattle construction site earlier this week, and move it to the museum. 

The owners of the lot in South Lake Union said they've given the paleontologists permission to remove the tusk. 

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Washington Waterfall
2:06 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

House Bill Designates Palouse Falls As Official State Waterfall

Palouse Falls
Marius Strom Flickr

Washington would have an official state waterfall under a measure passed by the House.

House Bill 2119 passed unanimously Wednesday. It would designate Palouse Falls in southeastern Washington as the official state waterfall.

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Environment
10:18 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Sweeping Environmental Review For Longview Coal Terminal

A train hauling coal to British Columbia heads north out of downtown Seattle and in view of the Space Needle Tuesday afternoon, May 29, 2012.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

State and local regulators say they'll consider a sweeping environmental review of the impacts of a proposed terminal in southwest Washington that would export millions of tons of coal to Asia.

The state Department of Ecology and Cowlitz County said Wednesday its review includes looking at train traffic impacts along the entire route as the coal is moved by train from Montana and Wyoming throughout the state. The review will also study global-warming effects of burning the exported coal in Asia.

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American Held In North Korea
11:50 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Held Lynnwood Man's Family Hoping Rev. Jackson Goes To North Korea

American missionary Kenneth Bae, second from right, arrives to speak to reporters at Pyongyang Friendship Hospital in Pyongyang Monday, Jan. 20, 2014.
Kim Kwang Hyon AP Photo

The family of a Washington man imprisoned nearly a year-and-a-half in North Korea says it's alarmed and saddened the country has canceled a second invitation for a U.S. envoy to talk about his release.

While reeling from that news, Kenneth Bae's sister Terri Chung said in a statement Monday the family is encouraged by a growing number of people calling for his freedom — the Rev. Jesse Jackson in particular.

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American Held In North Korea
3:35 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Family Of Held Lynnwood Man Encouraged By Obama's Remarks

American missionary Kenneth Bae speaks to reporters at Pyongyang Friendship Hospital in Pyongyang Monday, Jan. 20, 2014.
Kim Kwang Hyon AP Photo

Family members of an American missionary held more than a year in North Korea say they are encouraged by remarks from President Barack Obama.

Obama said in a speech Thursday at the National Prayer Breakfast that the United States will do everything in its power to secure the release of Kenneth Bae.

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