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What's in a name?
9:52 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Lake Smokiam? Name change proposal stirs Soap Lake residents

Should the name of this place be Lake Smokiam?
Erik Shin Flickr

SOAP LAKE, Wash. — A proposal to change the name of Soap Lake to Lake Smokiam is drawing opposition from many residents of the city of Soap Lake.

Comments to the state Committee on Geographic Names say it would take away their identity and cause confusion.

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State taxation
8:58 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Eyman aims to renew Washington anti-tax initiative 

EVERETT, Wash. — Initiative activist Tim Eyman of Mukilteo has started collecting signatures on a measure limiting the tax power of Washington state lawmakers.

If passed, I-1185 would require a two-thirds majority in the Legislature or a vote of the people to create or raise taxes. Sound familiar?

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Election 2012, Governor’s race
4:10 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Inslee's seat to be filled; McKenna sides with GOP in budget talks

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Gov. Chris Gregoire is calling a special election to fill former U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee's seat for just one month.

Meanwhile, Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna is calling on lawmakers to pass several reform bills as part of their negotiated budget deal, and he strongly criticized House Speaker Frank Chopp, saying he is blocking a vote on those bills.

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Weather
9:46 am
Mon April 2, 2012

Windy day for parts of Western Washington

The National Weather Service forecasts high winds Monday night for the Washington coast and northwest interior.

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Japanese tsunami
12:28 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

Cantwell, Begich: Plan now for tsunami debris

With a derelict Japanese fishing boat floating off the coast of Canada, U.S. senators from Alaska and Washington state say the United States needs to hurry up and get ready for more debris from last year's Japanese tsunami.

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Washington State Legislature
3:26 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Age verification for 'sex-ads' now the law in Washington; first in nation

New law is "the first time in the nation criminalizing those who advertize minors online if they have not done the verification of age,” said Rose Gundersen is co-founder and Executive Director at Washington Engage, a non-profit.
The Associated Press

Washington state has become the first in the nation to require verification of age for online ads that promote sex-related services, such as the escort ads that appear in backpage.com.

The bill, Senate Bill 6251, was among a dozen anti-trafficking bills signed into law by Washington Governor Chris Gregoire today.

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Seattle police issues
12:25 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Update: Federal criticism leads to Seattle police reforms

Eric Peacock Flickr

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has proposed a series of police reforms following a damning federal report after a series of high-profile incidents involving minorities.

McGinn on Thursday said among the initiatives were training for all officers on use of force standards, the development of protocol to make sure encounters don't escalate and steps to address biased policing.

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Education
12:19 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Report: School turnaround mostly failing in Washington

Researchers at the University of Washington say the federal school turnaround program is mostly failing in Washington state, even though teachers and administrators are trying their best to make a difference for kids.

The federal government is spending more than $3 billion nationwide to help districts turn around their worst-performing schools.

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Teacher evaluations
11:24 am
Thu March 29, 2012

McKenna, Inslee together on teacher evaluation law

Gubernatorial candidates Rob McKenna and Jay Inslee are praising a new law that passed the state Legislature this year making evaluations a part of how teachers are judged.

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Animal fun
9:48 am
Thu March 29, 2012

First baby wallaby for Seattle zoo; Tiger debut in Tacoma

In a Wednesday, March 28, 2012 photo provided by the Woodland Park Zoo, a 5-month-old wallaby joey at Woodland Park Zoo peeks out of mama’s pouch. The joey is the first infant wallaby born at the zoo.
The Associated Press

A 5-month-old baby wallaby has started peeking out of its mother's pouch at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle.

The zoo says it's the first infant wallaby — known as a joey — born at the zoo. And, in Tacoma a tiger that the zoo there hopes will become a love interest for Jaya will be introduced to the public.

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Child shot
4:05 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

Couple plead not guilty in Tacoma boy's gun death

TACOMA, Wash. — A mother whose 3-year-old boy shot himself with a gun he found under a car seat is pleading not guilty to a manslaughter charge, along with her boyfriend.

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Legalizing marijuana
3:59 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

Group pushing pot initiatives in 6 Washington cities

Sensible Washington said Wednesday it would push the initiatives in Spokane, Olympia, Bellingham, Everett, Kent, and Bremerton.
The Associated Press

A group that promotes the legalization of marijuana says it will file initiatives in six Washington cities to make pot prosecution the lowest law enforcement priority in those places.

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Child shot
11:00 am
Wed March 28, 2012

Update: Manslaughter charged in Tacoma boy's shooting death 

TACOMA, Wash. — Manslaughter charges have been filed in the death of a 3-year-old boy who accidentally shot himself with a gun he found under a car seat while his mother and the gun owner had stopped at a Tacoma service station.

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Spring storm
8:36 am
Wed March 28, 2012

Storm bringing more mountain snow in Washington

It may be spring, but the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch through Thursday for the Olympics and Cascades.

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Japanese Tsunami
9:44 am
Tue March 27, 2012

More suspected tsunami debris on Washington coast

LONGVIEW, Wash. — More debris swept away in the Japanese tsunami a year ago is apparently washing ashore on Washington's Long Beach Peninsula.

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