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Animals Can’t Be Victims of Crimes Says Oregon Supreme Court

In 2010 a Stanfield man was arrested for starving 20 horses and goats. He was charged with 20 counts of animal cruelty. But that assumes each animal is a crime victim. Can an animal be a victim of a crime? Last year Oregon said yes, but this week the court said no. Do you agree?

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Strange Man Facebook Friending My Young Daughter and Her Friends, What Should I Do?

My daughter showed my wife the Facebook profile of a shirtless guy who'd sent her and five of her friends "Friend Requests." He appears to be in his late 20s and had about 375 friends. When we clicked on his "friend" list we discovered the vast majority of them were young girls between the ages of about 12 to 15.

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Category: Politics
Auditor investigation now focuses on employee
Auditor investigation now focuses on employee (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
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State Auditor Probe Focuses on Employee in Auditor’s Office

The name Jason Jerue is so unknown in the Washington State Auditor's office, most employees don't ever remember seeing him there.  That could be because the part-time technical writer telecommutes from California and has done so since the beginning of 2013.

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Sergey Anatolievich Pristyazhnyuk
Sergey Anatolievich Pristyazhnyuk
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You’ll Never Guess the Highest Paid State Employees!

The governor isn't even in the top 10 of highest-paid Washington state employees. You may be surprised by who did make the top 10. For departments with the largest payrolls, No. 1 is not surprising once you read the top 10 people, but No. 2 was a huge surprise. It makes sense, but never in a million years would I have guessed that!

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State auditor subject of possible Federal investigation
State auditor subject of possible Federal investigation (washington state legislative website)
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Gov. Inslee Releases Statement about State Auditor’s Investigation

When your state auditor has their home searched by Treasury Agents while the official is on vacation, and a subsequent subpoena is issued for documents, it gets peoples attention. But some reporters have found possible backround evidence as to why the feds are snooping around.

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Washington state auditor Troy Kelley
Washington state auditor Troy Kelley (Courtesy Washington State Auditor's Facebook Page- Via KPLU-Radio)
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Washington State Auditor Has Home Searched by Federal Treasury Agents

Federal Justice Department officials won't comment on the issue, but it's created a cloud of mystery.

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Three major bills appear to be headed to defeat in Olympia
Three major bills appear to be headed to defeat in Olympia (Washington state legislative website)
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Legislative Update – Two Big Abortion-Related Bills Apparently Will Be Defeated

At the midway point, or halftime, of the 2015 legislative session in Olympia, two  abortion-related bills appear headed for the back burner.

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Do Batteries Get Used Up Faster in Tri-Cities? [POLL]

A friend of mine moved to southeast Washington from back East. One of the differences he's noticed is batteries (like AA, AAA) get used up faster. Do you think that's true?

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Category: Politics
Pavel Ilyukhin
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What Will the Future Be Like in 50 Years? [SURVEY]

I'm really excited for the new "Tomorrowland" movie with George Clooney. It's got me thinking about what the future will be like. Participate in our voting poll and tell us what YOU think the future will be like.

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Hongqi Zhang
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Should Parents Let Teens Drink at Home? [POLL]

I know parents who let their teens drink at dinner with them to teach them how to consume alcohol responsibly. I know many more parents shocked and disturbed by the idea. What do you think?

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