Wikimedia - tinyurl.com/yc44o4sr

Marijuana may be legal in Washington and Oregon, but police continue to bust illegal marijuana operations that are not licensed by the state.

The latest numbers from the Washington State Patrol show that 89 illegal marijuana growing operations were shut down in Washington over the past year. Some were indoor grows, most were outdoor.

Visitor7 / Wikimedia - tinyurl.com/j6o4lkn

Nearly 20,000 people have been removed from Washington’s Medicaid rolls for ineligibility. The purge happened after the state stepped up efforts to verify residency and income levels.

Amanda Mills, USCDCP / Pixnio - tinyurl.com/y8stmzyt

Washington and Oregon are making contingency plans in case Congress doesn’t reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program. CHIP is for low-income families that earn too much to qualify for Medicaid.

Bureau of Land Management / Flickr - tinyurl.com/y9glwuyq

Washington state’s Department of Fish and Game is offering its own version of retail therapy this Black Friday: skip the mall and go fishing instead.

Mark Darrach

There’s a new plant species in Washington state, but it hasn’t been named yet. And the botanist who discovered it will auction off that opportunity this week.




Washington Department of Corrections

Police are investigating the apparent murder of an inmate Sunday night at the Washington Corrections Center in Shelton.

Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

Shallow, active earthquake faults are being discovered all over Oregon and Washington state. Collectively, these may present a higher risk than the better known offshore Cascadia subduction zone.

Williamborg / Wikimedia - tinyurl.com/y9geafwv

The Spokane City Council will consider an ordinance Monday, that would make it easier for anyone with a criminal record to be hired.

Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

The Washington State Supreme Court has decided that it believes in second chances and rehabilitation in a case involving a former drug addict who transformed into a promising future attorney.

The high court ordered that Tarra Simmons of Bremerton, an honors law school graduate with a criminal past, can take the bar exam to become a licensed lawyer.

“I’m just overwhelmed,” Simmons said shortly after receiving news of the order. “I went to my knees crying because it’s been such a long and painful journey. “

Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

The Oregon Senate Republican caucus chose a new leader for the first time in more than a decade Wednesday. Jackie Winters, R-Salem, won a closed-door election to lead the 13-member Senate GOP delegation.

Pages