Law

Legal Marijuana
3:57 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

1st Wash. State Pot License Goes To Spokane Grower Named Green

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Ed Andrieski AP Photo

Washington state's first legal marijuana license is going to a guy named Green.

The Associated Press has learned that Spokane grower Sean Green, the chief executive of a company called Kouchlock Productions, is due to be issued a producer-processor license at the state Liquor Control Board meeting in Olympia on Wednesday morning.

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Washington Supreme Court
10:57 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Justices: People Have Right To Privacy In Texts

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Silvia Izquierdo AP Photo

Washington's Supreme Court says people have a reasonable expectation of privacy in the text messages they send from their phones — even if they can't know for sure who might be reading them.

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Death Penalty
5:00 am
Thu February 27, 2014

How The Murder Of A Loved One Forced One Death Penalty Foe To Reexamine Stance

Former State Senator Debbie Regala stands in front of a painting by her late brother-in-law, who was murdered.
Paula Wissel

Former state Sen. Debbie Regala says when her brother-in-law was strangled in 1980, her family had to ponder what they would want to have happen when the murderer was found.

She says she was angry, but in the end, it didn't change her long-standing opposition to capital punishment.

"Executing them doesn't make me feel any better. It doesn't bring them [the victims] back. It doesn't heal the terrible hurt that you feel," she said during an interview in her Tacoma home.

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Death Penalty
4:02 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Victims' Families Want Curbs On Gov's Ability To Halt Death Penalty

Sen. Steve O'Ban, center, R-University Place, stands in front of a group of family members of murder victims, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, during a news conference at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

Family members of murder victims gathered in Olympia Wednesday to express anguish over Gov. Jay Inslee’s decision to halt the state’s death penalty.

They testified before lawmakers considering curbs on the governor’s authority to grant reprieves. They told of their daughters and sisters, a mother, an aunt all taken cruelly from them. And they expressed outrage that they should be forced to pay, as taxpayers, for the killers to live.

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Real Hope Act
3:33 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Gov. Inslee Signs Immigrant Financial Aid Bill

More than 500 Muslim Americans lobbied for the Washington Dream Act in Olympia, Wash. last month.
Taylor Winkel

Gov. Jay Inslee has signed into law a measure that expands state college financial aid to students in the country without legal status.

In a highly divided Legislature, passage of the bill represents a big win for immigrant advocates. It's also the first bill to become law this session.

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Defamation Suit
12:16 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Judge Tosses Out Author Ann Rule's Lawsuit Against Seattle Weekly

A judge has thrown out true-crime author Ann Rule's defamation lawsuit against a weekly Seattle newspaper.

Rule sued the Seattle Weekly and freelance author Rick Swart over a piece published in 2011 that accused her of "sloppy storytelling" and criticized her book about an Oregon woman who killed her husband.

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Legal Marijuana
5:00 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Pot Tax Revenue Estimates Likely Hazy

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AP Photo

Within the next year, marijuana taxes will start arriving in Washington state coffers. But how much money can the state realistically expect to take in from legal, recreational pot sales? Washington’s revenue forecaster recently unveiled his first estimate, but the numbers may be a bit hazy.

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Liquor Privatization
5:00 am
Sat February 22, 2014

Study: Liquor Privatization Has Shaped Youth Perception Of Alcohol

In this Thursday, June 18, 2009 photo, assistant manager Bill Oldenburg stacks liquor on shelves at a north Seattle state liquor store Thursday, June 18, 2009.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Fewer teenagers in Washington say drinking alcohol is wrong, according to a survey taken after the state privatized liquor sales by two Northwest public health researchers.

The finding comes as Oregon voters are being asked to sign petitions for a similar liquor sales privatization.

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Minimum Wage
11:37 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Inslee Explores Minimum Wage Hike For State Workers, Contractors

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AP Photo

President Barack Obama recently ordered a minimum wage increase for federal contractors. Now Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says he may consider a similar executive order at the state level.

The Democrat made his comments Friday after a meeting with the president at the White House where minimum wage was discussed.

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Pot & Prohibition
10:47 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Pot Legalization: What Can Washington Learn From The End Of Prohibition?

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AP Photo

Come summer, marijuana stores will open for business across Washington. The new legal pot market is modeled on a system the state adopted 80 years ago when Prohibition ended.

I wondered if there are other parallels between the legalization of alcohol then and marijuana today.

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Same-Sex Marriage
1:54 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Oregon's Attorney General Won't Defend Same-Sex Marriage Ban

File - Mark Phariss, left, clutches the hand of partner Victor Holmes, right, as they talk to the media outside the U.S. Federal Courthouse on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in San Antonio.
Eric Gay AP Photo

Oregon's Attorney General says she won't defend the state against federal lawsuits challenging the state's same-sex marriage ban. A ruling in the case could come this spring. 

Ten years ago Oregon voters changed the state's constitution to define marriage as between one man and one woman.

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Regulating Marijuana
11:59 am
Wed February 19, 2014

State Liquor Board Cuts Back How Much Legal Pot Producers Can Grow

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Applicants to grow recreational pot in Washington could have their state licenses in hand two weeks for now. But they won’t be able to produce as much marijuana as they originally thought.

Washington’s Liquor Control Board Wednesday instituted new limits designed to avoid a market glut.

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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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Midwifery
5:00 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Midwives Say Idaho Licensing Law Has Brought The Practice Out Of The Shadows

In 2010, Idaho started licensing midwives under the Midwifery Practice Act to allow midwives to legally deliver babies in homes and at birthing centers.

Idaho midwives say the move to officially license midwives brought the practice out of the shadows. But the law was only for a five-year trial period. Now the Idaho Midwifery Council is now asking lawmakers to renew and extend the law for another 10 years before it sunsets this summer.

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Civil Rights
8:56 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Seattle Civil Rights Leader Honored With Street Sign

Reverend Sam McKinney
Ashley Gross

A street in Seattle’s central area has been named Reverend Dr. S. McKinney Avenue, for the local civil rights leader.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray signed an ordinance  Wednesday, February 12, designating 19th Avenue, from East Union to East Madison Street, Reverend Dr. S. McKinney Avenue.

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