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Scenes like this are not uncommon in Seattle  (Getty Images)
Scenes like this are not uncommon in Seattle (Getty Images)
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Seattle Sued By Homeless People, ACLU, Over Cleanup Efforts

The City of Seattle has been conducting periodic sweeps to not only clean up unsightly homeless camps, but also apprehend criminal suspects. Now, the ACLU is representing two homeless people who are suing the city, saying these cleanup efforts are illegal.

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Oregon suffered through a 4-8 season in 2016 including loss in Civil War to OSU (Getty Images)
Oregon suffered through a 4-8 season in 2016 including loss in Civil War to OSU (Getty Images)
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Oregon Conditioning Coach Suspended Over Players Being Hospitalized

It's no secret college football teams are employing new and often radical methods of conditioning, in an effort to become champions. But at the University of Oregon, these methods apparently resulted in three players landing in the hospital, and several others exhibiting potentially harmful physiological symptoms.

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New bill proposes no use for aborted fetal body parts whatsoever (Washington state legislature)
New bill proposes no use for aborted fetal body parts whatsoever (Washington state legislature)
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New WA Law Would Prohibit ANY Use of Aborted Fetal Body Parts

While it's illegal to sell fetal tissue or aborted body parts, they are still often donated and used for research, and in some cases, stem cell medical procedures. This was at the center of the Planned Parenthood controversy, where hidden camera investigations and other data claimed the agency was selling them against Federal law.

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WA State Senate to take up rather unusual bill proposal (WA State Legislative Website)
WA State Senate to take up rather unusual bill proposal (WA State Legislative Website)
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Proposed WA Bill Would Tax Exempt Feminine Hygiene Products

It's probably one of the more unusual proposals seen coming out of Olympia in years.

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Small group defends Obamacare (KNDU-TV)
Small group defends Obamacare (KNDU-TV)
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Small Group Rallies in Richland Against Repeal of Obamacare

A few dozen people gathered at the John Dam Plaza amphiteater Sunday in Richland, to protest the proposed repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

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Rep. Dan Newhouse, here seen visiting the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Respository (Dan Newhouse)
Rep. Dan Newhouse, here seen visiting the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Respository (Dan Newhouse)
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Rep. Newhouse, Congress, Take First Step Towards Defunding Obamacare

The House of Representatives passed a resolution that will start the defunding of the Affordable Care Act.

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Hermiston boy dies from fluid on lungs, cause still undetermined (Getty Images)
Hermiston boy dies from fluid on lungs, cause still undetermined (Getty Images)
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Hermiston Boy Dies From Mystery Illness That Affected Lungs

After an investigation and examination of the child, Hermiston police have determined the death of a 4-year-old boy was not related to foul play, but some sort of illness.

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Toppenish officially bans pot business (Getty Images)
Toppenish officially bans pot business (Getty Images)
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Toppenish Says NO to Retail Pot, The Latest City to Do So

Not long after Benton City approved retail pot sales by a vote of 3-2 in the City Council, the Toppenish City Council has approved an ordinance banning all retail pot activity within the city limits.

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Study says diet sodas don't help you lose weight (Getty Images)
Study says diet sodas don't help you lose weight (Getty Images)
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WHAT?!? New Study Says Diet Drinks Can Actually Trigger Weight Gain

As thousands of people across the Mid-Columbia and millions across the nation begin the annual January trudge to the gym, or take up exercise programs and try to cut back on eating, a new report suggests perhaps not ALL forms of diet nutrition are helpful.

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New bill would ban all use (except hands free) of electronic devices behind the wheel (Getty Images)
New bill would ban all use (except hands free) of electronic devices behind the wheel (Getty Images)
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State Legislators Want ‘Driving Under The Influence of Electronics’ Penalty

DUI might now also become DUE of some state legislators have their way.

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