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Privatization of liquor stores didn't bring dire results
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Group Says Privatization of Liquor Industry Did Not Increase DUIs or Accidents

Back in 2011 a huge scare tactic used to oppose the closing of state liquor stores was teenage drinking would skyrocket, DUI rates would increase, as would alcoholism. A new report challenges those assertions.

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Car that rolled off I-182 Wednesday morning
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Alcohol or Drugs May Have Played Role in Fatal I-182 Crash Wednesday Morning [PICTURES]

The Washington State Patrol continues to investigate the early morning accident that killed a 43-year-old Richland woman who was ejected from the car.

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Small movie theaters allowed to serve alcohol
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New Washington Law Allows Small Movie Theaters to Sell Alcohol – Will Any Open Here?

Gov. Inslee signed a bill this week allowing small movie theaters to sell alcohol -- even if children are present.

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New law will require ID for self-checkout of alcohol
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Using Self-Checkout to Buy Booze? Gov. Inslee Wants to See Your ID

Now that hard alcohol can be purchased in pretty much every grocery store, Gov. Inslee is expected to sign off on a bill that will require automated check out machines at stores to freeze a transaction that involves alcohol.

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Drunken pedestrian hit by car in LaGrande
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Drunken Man Struck by Car While Standing in Traffic in LaGrande

An Oregon man was was apparently intoxicated when hit by a car shortly before 8 p.m.Thursday on Highway 82 in LaGrande.

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Target Zero DUI campaign includes extra St. Patricks Day patrols
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Drinking & Driving St. Patty’s Weekend Will Cost You Lots of ‘Green’ From DUI Emphasis Patrols

St. Patrick's Day is one of the most heavily-monitored holidays when it comes to DUI patrols.

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WA state adds taxes-fees to public alcohol sales
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Best of 2012 June – State Fees, Taxes, Leave New Liquor Shoppers In Sticker Shock (SURVEY)

Suppose the folks in Olympia are laughing?   After the long awaiting privatization of the state's liquor industry, legislators just had to come up with a way of offset lost revenue from the closed stores.

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12 Santas Who Might Be Drunk

Even though Santa has an awesome job, it can be super stressful at times. Sure he's a jolly ol' guy who gives out presents for a living, but when Christmas Eve rolls around, things can get really tricky. If you think about it, the guy has to pull off delivering like, millions and millions of presents to people all around the world, so of course Santa needs to relax a bit post-Christmas. You know-- hop in the jaccuzi, get a massage or down a couple dozen chocolate chip cookies while the elves give him a manicure.

However, there are times Santa goes a little overboard with this whole "relaxing" thing, and he knocks back a few too many drinks (and we're not talking about milk). Basically, the guy gets extra, extra tipsy. He ends up passing out on sidewalks, subways and even right next to the Christmas tree. Who know Saint Nick was such a party animal?

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Washington state liquor store owners suing state
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Former Liquor Store Owners Sue State Over Lost Revenue

Store owners who sold liquor under the state system are now suing Washington for millions of dollars.

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shoplifters trying to steal hard alcohol
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Shoplifting Increases With WA Hard Alcohol Store Sales

Store owners were prepared for this when the new liquor sale laws went into effect this spring,  but it seems to be a growing problem.

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