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New Push Coming For Automatic Voter Registration In Washington

The Columbian | Oct. 12, 2017 7:38 a.m.

Activists in Clark County and across the state are preparing for a new push to enact automatic voter registration in Washington either in the upcoming legislative session or through a ballot initiative next year.

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Washington Sex Offenders Say Island Water Makes Them Sick

AP | Sept. 25, 2017 7:41 a.m. | McNeil Island, Washington

Scores of sex offenders ordered to live on a secluded island in Washington state say the often cloudy, brown water there is making them sick, and records show the water system has been plagued by problems for more than a decade.

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Washington Sues NW Detention Center For Paying Detainees $1 A Day

AP | Sept. 21, 2017 8:10 a.m. | Seattle

Washington state on Wednesday sued the operator of a private immigration detention center, claiming thousands of detainees were paid $1 per day for the work they performed but should have received the state's minimum wage.

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Geologists Sound Alarm Over Future Landslides In Columbia River Gorge

Northwest News Network | Sept. 21, 2017 7:30 a.m.

Geologists for the state of Oregon are warning of the risk of major landslides in parts of the Columbia River Gorge that were hit by wildfires this year.

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Ruling Invalidates Key Permits For Proposed Wash. Methanol Plant

OPB | Sept. 18, 2017 6:05 p.m.

In denying the permits, Washington’s Shorelines Hearings Board sided with Columbia Riverkeeper, Sierra Club and the Center for Biological Diversity, three environmental groups that appealed the permits in June.

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Guidebook Helps Newly Homeless Survive On Clark County's Streets

OPB | Aug. 31, 2017 6:07 p.m.

For the newly homeless, surviving on the streets can be a challenge. But a new pocket guidebook is trying to make it easier to find help.

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WDFW Loses Hatchery Contract Due To 'Sexualized Culture'

Northwest News Network | Aug. 30, 2017 7 a.m.

After 50 years, Washington's Department of Fish and Wildlife will no longer operate the Wells Hatchery on the Columbia River near Pateros.

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Lethal Action Approved On Washington State Wolf Pack

AP | Aug. 27, 2017 9:09 a.m. | Spokane, Washington

Officials in Washington state have authorized the killing of one or more members of a wolf pack in the northeast corner of the state following attacks on cattle.

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Oregon Governor, State Police Chief Stand Up For Recreational Marijuana

AP | Aug. 23, 2017 7:52 a.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon's governor and the head of the state police defended the state's legal marijuana industry in letters to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has been hinting at a crackdown on states that have legalized cannabis in defiance of federal law.

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Washington: 14 Serving Life Without Parole For Crimes Committed As Minors

AP | July 31, 2017 6:40 a.m. | Olympia, Washington

In Washington state, the Department of Corrections says 14 inmates are still serving life without parole for crimes committed while they were juveniles.

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Key Washington State Senate Race Draws Big Money

AP | July 24, 2017 6:39 a.m. | Olympia, Washington

The Seattle Times reports candidates and outside political groups have raised or spent more than $2.2 million for a special election in the district that includes the Seattle suburbs of Woodinville, Kirkland and Redmond.

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Holding Cellphones While Driving In Washington State Will Be Banned July 23

AP | July 10, 2017 8:30 a.m. | Olympia, Washington

Washington's new tougher, distracted driving law goes into effect July 23. It prohibits motorists from holding an electronic device while driving, including while in traffic or waiting for a traffic light to change.

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Washington Pushes Deadline On Vancouver Oil Terminal Decision

OPB | July 1, 2017 2:31 p.m.

The deadline to reach a decision on a controversial oil terminal planned for Vancouver has been pushed back again.

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High Risk For 2nd Tunnel Collapse At Hanford Nuclear Site

Northwest News Network | June 30, 2017 2:14 p.m. | Spokane, Wash.

The Hanford nuclear reservation in southeast Washington state has two train tunnels full of very hot radioactive waste — and both tunnels are in danger of further collapse.

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Plan Would Limit Entry To Key Oregon Wilderness Areas

Statesman Journal | June 29, 2017 6:54 a.m.

A sharp increase in crowds has led to the proposal of major changes to the way people access Mount Jefferson, Mount Washington, Three Sisters, Waldo Lake and Diamond Peak wilderness areas.

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Sword Fern Deaths In Washington's Seward Park Mystify Experts

AP | June 18, 2017 8:49 a.m. | Seattle

Officials tracking the forest dwelling sword ferns in the 300-acre (121-hectare) Seward Park in Seattle say the ferns have been dying at an accelerating rate in the last few years.

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Washington On Alert For Japanese Beetles After Oregon Outbreak

Capital Press | June 16, 2017 11:53 a.m. | Vancouver, Washington

Washington steps up trapping for Japanese beetles, while Oregon wraps first year of five-year eradication campaign.

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Washington Gov. Inslee Vows To 'Kickstart' Budget Negotiations

Northwest News Network | June 13, 2017 7:20 a.m.

House Democrats and Senate Republicans must agree on a budget for the next two years. If they don’t figure this out by June 30, the state will go into a partial government shutdown.

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2 Inmates Who Escaped Washington Minimum Security Prison Captured

Northwest News Network | June 11, 2017 9:57 a.m.

Two inmates who escaped from a minimum security work camp near Olympia were captured Sunday afternoon in Capitol State Forest.

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Trump Proposes $120M Budget Cut At Hanford Nuclear Site

AP | May 23, 2017 3:04 p.m. | Spokane, Washington

Hanford for decades made plutonium for nuclear weapons, and it now is engaged in a massive environmental cleanup that costs more than $2 billion per year.