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Inslee officially wants minimum wage increase
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Gov. Inslee Makes It Official: He Wants Minimum Wage Raised in Washington

He stopped short of the $15-per-hour figure under review by the Seattle city council and already law for some workers in the City of SeaTac, Gov. Jay Inslee is advocating raising the minimum wage by at least  $1.50.

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WA truckers fighting Inslee green fuel standard idea
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WA Truckers, GOP, Fighting Possible Inslee Green Fuel Standard – Could Raise Gas $1-Per-Gallon

You might remember last October and November Newstalk 870 reported Gov. Inslee signed a Pacific Coast energy agreement with CA, OR and British Columbia that includes a pledge to adopt a green fuel standard.   Now, Inslee finds himself facing a storm of opposition from truckers, the GOP, and business leaders.

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Washington Man Gets Year in Jail for Blowing Up Dog — Said Girlfriend ‘Put Devil In It’

A Stevenson, Washington, man will spend a year in jail after being convicted of blowing up his dog. The horrific crime occurred in August after 45-year-old Christopher Wayne Dillingham attached an explosive device to the dog's collar, setting off a blast so loud it alarmed his neighbors.

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New WA laws go into effect in 2014
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Happy New Year! None of Our 11 New State Laws Qualify as “Stupid!”

Across the country, from the federal to state and local level, at least 40,000 new laws and regulations are taking effect.  Many of them have to do with Obamacare. But in Washington state, most are going to be effective, while many won't affect many of us at all.  Some states and communities are going to be stuck with stupid or bizarre  laws.  We're not.

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Check Out the Hilarious Names Proposed for Tri-Cities Pot Shops — What Would You Choose?

You may have heard the news: a ton more businesses want marijuana retail licenses than will get them. So governments are wading through applications. The Tri-City Herald recently released proposed names and locations, and we think they're pretty hilarious.

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How much of the price of a gallon of gas goes to the government?
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What’s The REAL Price of Gas? What Actually Comes from The Refinery vs. Taxes?

You may or may not be surprised. With holiday travel, it's a topical issue.

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Grisly discovery made on indian reservation in Western Washington
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Dismembered Body Found on Washington Indian Reservation

The grisly discovery of a woman's remains on the Nisqually Indian Reservation in Thurston County is making national news.

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GOP leaders might compromise on gas tax if Inslee dumps cap-and-trade
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Republican Senators May Approve Gas Tax If Governor Dumps Cap-And-Trade Plan

Gov. Jay Inslee wanted a $0.25 per-gallon gas tax to fund his transportation package. Now the figure being kicked around is $0.115 to fund a $12 billion package.

The Coalition, as they are known in Olympia, are a group of 23 Republicans and two Democrats who are perhaps the most powerful group in the legislature.  They

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Washington Healthcare Exchange Back Online – CEO Issues Statement

After spending much of October 1st. floundering and locking out potential consumers,  the Health Benefits Exchange website is back up and running.

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Whoops! Trying to Log Onto WA Health Care Exchange? Good Luck

So, since it's October 1st, we thought we would see what's going on with Obamacare in Washington state.

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