Law

Legalized marijuana
4:56 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Bellingham latest city to place moratorium on pot businesses

Ted S. Warren Associated Press

Bellingham is the latest local government in Washington state to place a moratorium on recreational marijuana businesses.  Some cities say it’s important to put a hold on things while the state works out the details of legalizing the retail sale of pot. Initiative 502, which passed last November, legalized the sale of  marijuana for recreational use.

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child welfare
12:02 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Foster care reform oversight panel disbands

An independent panel that oversees the state’s foster care system is going away. And it isn’t because of budget cuts. The panel was scheduled to disband this year.

The Braam Foster Care Oversight Panel, which held its final meeting earlier this week, was put in place seven years ago as part of a landmark legal agreement requiring foster care reform in Washington.

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Higher Education
4:50 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Fire tragedy prompts study-abroad student to push for safety upgrades

Grace Flott was one of the survivors of a devastating fire in Paris in 2010.
Paula Wissel

Spending a semester abroad is often a highlight of college life. But for one University of Washington graduate, it was anything but.

Grace Flott is still dealing with scars from a tragedy she suffered while overseas. Now she’s working to help others learn from her experience.

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Law
3:05 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Seattle boosts police presence at Rock & Roll Marathon

Jill Weaver and Patty Gutierrez finished the 2011 Seattle Rock and Roll half marathon
JBLM PAO

Seattle is stepping up its police presence for tomorrow’s Rock and Roll Marathon in the wake of the Boston bombings two months ago. Twenty-thousand runners are expected along a course that snakes through downtown, south along Lake Washington and over to Mercer Island and back.

Renee Witt is a Seattle Police Department detective. She says there will be bomb-sniffing dogs and police on bicycles. And the police department requests that spectators take certain precautions.

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Law
5:00 am
Mon June 17, 2013

U.S. Labor Dept. backs drywall workers claims for back wages

Even drywall workers paid a piece rate are subject to minimum wage rules, according to the Labor Dept.

Hanging drywall is a dirty, hard job. And 250 workers at Summit Drywall, Inc., based in Issaquah, say it was even worse for them because they didn’t get paid the wages they were due.

The U.S. Department of Labor is suing Summit Drywall on behalf of the workers, claiming the company failed to pay minimum wage and time and a half for overtime.

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Law
9:45 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Natural DNA Cannot Be Patented, Supreme Court Rules

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 8:28 am

In a decision that could have broad-reaching effects on the future of science and medicine, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday that:

-- "A naturally occurring DNA segment is a product of nature and not patent eligible merely because it has been isolated."

-- But, synthetically created "strands of nucleotides known as composite DNA (cDNA)" are "patent eligible" because they do not occur naturally.

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Washington Legislature
3:15 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Washington Legislature Convenes Second Special Session

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed June 12, 2013 2:41 pm

The opening gavel has once again fallen in the Washington legislature.

"The second extraordinary session of the 63rd legislature will now be in order,” said a deadpan Lt. Governor Brad Owen Wednesday morning in the state Senate.

The second overtime session is necessary because lawmakers have yet to find agreement on a budget for the next two years. Taxes and controversial policy measures are the chief hang ups.

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Washington Legislature
11:45 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Inslee Announces Second Special Session, Prepares For Government Shutdown

Christina Salerno TVW

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 3:46 pm

Washington Governor Jay Inslee will call lawmakers back into a second special session beginning at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday. He’s also beginning preparations for a government shutdown on July 1 if there’s no deal by then.

The moves come as the 30th and final day of the first overtime session comes and goes with still no budget deal.

At a news conference, Democrat Inslee blamed the stalemate on the mostly Republican Senate Majority for insisting on several controversial policy measures he says are unrelated to the budget.

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Workers' Rights
6:45 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Workers who prepare specialty meals for airlines say their own dietary needs are ignored

Workers near Sea-Tac Airport, who prepare the meals served on many airlines, say their employer is failing to accommodate their religiously-based dietary needs. Gate Gourmet provides meals for employees who are not allowed for security reasons  to bring their own food into the facility or to eat lunch off-site.

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law school
11:13 am
Tue June 11, 2013

We need more lawyers, says Tacoma

The UW Tacoma campus would be the ideal location for the law school, according to advocates of bringing legal education back to the South Sound.
Paula Wissel

It’s been twenty years since Tacoma lost its only law school. Now, civic leaders are hoping they can bring back a legal-degree program to the South Sound.  They say it will help train lawyers who stay and work in Tacoma and add energy to the city's intellectual climate.

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marijuana regulation
6:36 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Liquor Control Board swamped with comments on pot rules

Morgan/Flickr

Everyone waits until the last minute. That apparently was the case with reaction to proposed rules for the legal sale of marijuana in Washington. 

As Monday's deadline for public comment approached, the  Washington Liquor Control Board received so much input on its first draft of rules that it plans to delay the final draft of the regulations. 

Minority leaders were among those expressing concern about how the new marijuana law will be implemented.

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NSA Surveillance
8:46 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Who Is Edward Snowden, The Self-Styled NSA Leaker?

Edward Snowden, seen during a video interview with The Guardian.
Glenn Greenwald/Laura Poitras EPA /LANDOV

Originally published on Mon June 10, 2013 7:21 am

Edward Snowden, the 29-year-old former CIA technical assistant who has stepped forward to say he's the source of explosive leaks about government surveillance programs was among "thousands upon thousands" of such analysts hired to manage and sift through "huge amounts of data," NPR's Tom Gjelten

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NSA Surveillance
5:01 pm
Sat June 8, 2013

Our surveillance society: What Orwell and Kafka might say

News about data collection by the government sounds uncomfortably like prophetic novels of the past.
Alex Williamson Getty Images

Originally published on Sun June 9, 2013 10:48 am

President Obama says he's not Big Brother. The author who created the concept might disagree.

Addressing the controversy over widespread government surveillance of telephone records and Internet traffic Friday, Obama said, "In the abstract, you can complain about Big Brother and how this is a potential program run amok, but when you actually look at the details, then I think we've struck the right balance."

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Law
5:32 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Olympia couple snared in dragnet of timeshare scams

Timeshares are at the center of a nationwide crackdown on scammers.
GGtimeshares Flickr

The state’s attorney general says an Olympia couple ripped off thousands of people, including about 1,500 in Washington, in a series of timeshare and travel scams. He’s suing the couple as part of a nationwide crackdown.

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Marijuana Regulation
9:49 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Northwest Lawmakers Push Federal Marijuana Bills

Drug Enforcement Agency

Originally published on Wed June 5, 2013 5:03 pm

Some Democrats in the US Congress are pushing measures to bring marijuana dispensaries in the Northwest under the federal tax code. Since federal law prohibits possession and sale of marijuana, dispensaries can't take advantage of any federal tax deductions.

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