Law

Welfare Cards
2:28 pm
Mon December 20, 2010

Welfare recipients rack up millions in ATM fees

Washington welfare recipients are racking-up hundreds of thousand of dollars in ATM fees at non-Chase machines
Austin Jenkins N3

Welfare dollars are supposed to help the poorest of families pay for the necessities of life. But Washington welfare recipients are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars each month on ATM surcharges. That’s what correspondent Austin Jenkins found through a public disclosure request. The finding comes as Washington’s welfare program faces budget cuts. 

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State Budget Crisis
8:09 am
Thu December 16, 2010

Advocates rail against proposed budget cuts

A hue and cry has erupted in response to Washington Governor Chris Gregoire’s proposal to slash billions more in anticipated state spending. The Democrat Wednesday unveiled her plan to close a $4.6 billion budget shortfall.

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Welfare Cards
7:56 am
Wed December 15, 2010

Welfare cards used at out-of-state liquor stores, strip clubs

Portland's Safari Club was one strip club where a welfare debit card was used to withdraw cash.
Chris Lehman N3

Some Washington welfare recipients are withdrawing cash at out-of-state liquor stores, smoke shops and even strip clubs. That’s the finding of a public radio investigation into welfare debit card use outside Washington’s borders. The finding comes at a time when the state’s welfare program is $82 million in the red.

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Washington State Patrol
3:54 pm
Tue December 14, 2010

Slow down for emergency vehicles

This Washington State Patrol car was smashed while responding to a roadside incident.
WSP

Slow down and move over.  That’s the message from the Washington State Patrol as a new law goes into effect.  It’s meant to better protect troopers and emergency workers who handle car accidents.  

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State Budget Crisis
9:59 am
Mon December 13, 2010

Lawmakers take bite out of $1.1B shortfall in special session

Lawmakers hope they’ve taken a sizeable bite out of the state’s one-point-one billion dollar budget shortfall. The legislature met Saturday in what’s been called an unprecedented December special session. Governor Chris Gregoire demanded the lame-duck meeting saying she couldn’t solve the problem alone.

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Special Education Money
8:36 am
Fri December 10, 2010

State Supreme Court upholds special education formula

Washington Supreme Court justices listen to arguments during a court hearing.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

The State Supreme Court today upheld the constitutionality of the state’s formula for calculating how much money school districts get for special education classes.

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Law
5:25 am
Wed December 8, 2010

Teen sues Aberdeen School District for not stopping harassment

Russell Dickerson III (right) says the Aberdeen School District didn't protect him from racial and sexual harassment
Charla Bear

An African-American teen in Aberdeen is suing the city’s school district for not keeping him safe from bullying when he was a student.  He alleges administrators knew he endured racial and sexual harassment for years, but did little to stop it.

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Lobbyists in Olympia
9:01 am
Tue December 7, 2010

State agency lobbyists in Republican crosshairs

Governor Chris Gregoire says she will call a budget-cutting special session of the legislature before the year is out. As the state’s budget crisis worsens, the governor and lawmakers are looking to save money anywhere they can. One target in the crosshairs: lobbyists for state agencies.

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Homeland Security
5:12 pm
Mon December 6, 2010

Homeland Security teams up with Walmart

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano in video being shown in Walmart stores.
Department of Homeland Security

Next time you walk into a Walmart store, you might see the head of the U-S Department of Homeland Security.  Secretary Janet Napolitano has recorded video messages that are being aired inside Walmart stores in 27 states, including Washington.

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Auto theft
4:08 pm
Wed December 1, 2010

Tweeting for stolen cars

Twiter.com/@getyourcarback

Seattle police are tweeting for stolen cars.  They’re using Twitter to get the word out whenever a theft is reported. Police say making use of the popular social networking site just makes sense. 

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Law
12:01 pm
Wed December 1, 2010

Man charged in hatchet killing is suspect in earlier murder

The mentally ill man charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of  Joseph LaMagno on Capitol Hill on Nov. 22 is a suspect in an earlier killing. 

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"Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
1:44 pm
Tue November 30, 2010

Lesbian flight nurse wants Air Force job back

Major Margaret Witt at a Seattle news conference November 30, 2010.
Paula Wissel/KPLU

A lesbian flight nurse says she's anxiously waiting to rejoin her unit in the U.S. Air Force reserve.  Major Margaret Witt was discharged in 2004 under the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

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Budget Cuts
9:12 am
Tue November 30, 2010

Governor anxious to whack state budget further

Governor Chris Gregoire wants an agreement from Republican and Democratic lawmakers on a package of immediate cuts to the state's budget by the end of this week.

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Insurance Laws
10:10 pm
Sun November 28, 2010

Did the 'triple damages' law result in higher premiums?

Three years ago Washington voters upheld the Insurance Fair Conduct Act. It allows triple damages when insurance companies are found to have unfairly denied a claim. At the time, the insurance industry warned premiums would skyrocket and lawyers would get rich. Has that happened? 

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Army Hearings at Joint Base Lewis-McChord
6:22 am
Wed November 24, 2010

Army leadership subject of 5th stryker brigade inquiry

The military court building at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. An Article 32 hearing, similar to a grand jury investigation, is being held inside the building.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

Was there a breakdown of leadership in the 5th Stryker Brigade from Joint Base Lewis-McChord? That question is central to a month-old Army review that’s just now coming to light. It’s the latest development in the case against a dozen soldiers recently back from Afghanistan – including five who’ve been charged with murder.

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