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Washington State hit by epidemic of wildfires

Washington State News Wire - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 03:17
Frances Burns SPOKANE, Wash., July 11 (UPI) -- A massive wildfire continued to spread Friday in central Washington State as hot dry weather fueled a rash of new blazes.

Washington State, battling five wildfires, braces for higher temperatures

Washington State News Wire - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 01:15
The forecast in Washington State is for hot and dry weather through Tuesday. Meanwhile, officials step up patrols and public education, as firefighters struggle to contain five wildfires.

Washington State, battling five wildfires, braces for higher temperatures

Washington State News Wire - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 01:02
Potentially record-high temperatures this weekend threaten to complicate firefighting efforts in Washington State, where five wildfires already are raging.  Hot and dry weather forecast for this weekend could exacerbate the 28-mile Mills Canyon Fire and lead to additional wildfire outbreaks, officials warn. The coming heat wave could bring temperatures in the triple digits, National Weather ...

Measles outbreaks hit 18-year high in Washington state

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 19:48
Washington state health officials reported on Thursday the highest number of measles cases since 1996 and urged residents to seek vaccinations against the preventable disease during the state's third outbreak of the virus this year.

Measles cases hit 18-year high in Washington state

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 09:32
(Reuters) - Washington state health officials reported on Thursday the highest number of measles cases since 1996 and urged residents to seek vaccinations against the preventable disease during the state's third outbreak of the virus this year. Washington has been hit with 27 cases of measles so far in 2014, up from five last year, and more than were reported in the state during the past five ...

The mother of marijuana legalization: Pot comes 'out of the shadows'

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 22:58
Alison Holcomb, criminal justice director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington state, is known in these parts as the mother of marijuana legalization. She drafted Initiative 502, which voters passed overwhelmingly in 2012; the measure struck down prohibitions on recreational pot...

The mother of marijuana legalization: Pot comes 'out of the shadows'

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 22:46
Alison Holcomb, criminal justice director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington state, is known in these parts as the mother of marijuana legalization. She drafted Initiative 502, which voters passed overwhelmingly in 2012; the measure struck down prohibitions on recreational pot...

Washington marijuana sales legal today

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 12:38
Washington state this week joins an exclusive club as residents and tourists alike get their first chance to buy recreational marijuana.

State Firefighters: Halt oil trains until safety review complete

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 04:49
The movement of oil by rail through Washington should be halted until completion of a safety study recently authorized by Gov. Jay Inslee, according to the Washington State Council of Firefighters. “The WSCFF asks Governor Inslee to do all in his power to halt the movement of this crude by rail until completion of his study in March 2015 and the determination that this crude by rail can be moved ...

Washington State Wine Is the New Bordeaux

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 04:00
Washington State's rising reputation for Cabernet Sauvignon has been enhanced by a local winery winning one of the most prestigious prizes at the 2014 Decanter World Wine Awards

Washington Grants $14.3 Million for Power-Storage Systems

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 03:29
Washington state awarded $14.3 million in matching grants to three utilities to develop battery systems to store power from intermittent, renewable sources.

Washington State Cannabis Legalization Yields Opportunities for Investors

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 20:00
Whitefish, MT / July 9, 2014 / The sale of recreational marijuana began in Washington State this week, joining Colorado in an experiment that has the world watching closely. With thousands of marijuana ...

Hundreds line up for legal pot sales in Washington

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 14:51
Washington's slow rollout of its legal marijuana market spreads to more cities Wednesday, one day after big crowds lined up outside the state's first licensed pot shops. Adam Markus, the owner of Station ...

Hundreds line up at Washington pot shops as state begins legal marijuana sales

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:35
Surrounded by thousands of packages of marijuana, Seattle's top prosecutor sought some advice: Which one should he buy? A new day, indeed.

Hundreds line up for legal pot in Washington state

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 10:02
Surrounded by thousands of packages of marijuana, Seattle's top prosecutor sought some advice: Which one should he buy? A new day, indeed. Twenty months after voters legalized recreational cannabis for ...

Washington's High Hopes for Legal Pot Sales Start Small

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 08:18
Washington state, home of Starbucks ( SBUX ) , may have invented the complicated coffee order. When it comes to pot, the state is keeping it simple.

Legal marijuana in Washington state: How it works

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 07:38
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state's first recreational marijuana stores began opening for business Tuesday, more than a year and a half after voters decided to legalize, tax and regulate pot. Some questions and answers about the industry:

Legal marijuana in Washington state: How it works

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 07:38
Washington state's first recreational marijuana stores began opening for business Tuesday, more than a year and a half after voters decided to legalize, tax and regulate pot. Some questions and answers ...

Pot learning curve: Washington cribs from Colorado's legalization rollout

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 06:52
Residents of Washington State could buy recreational marijuana legally for the first time Tuesday – though only about six of the 24 shops issued licenses planned to be open for the first day of business. It's a sharp contrast to Colorado, which legalized marijuana at the same time as Washington (Nov. 6, 2012), but where pot shops have been selling the drug to recreational users since Jan. 1 of ...

A look at legal pot as Washington sales begin

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 01:24
Washington state's first recreational marijuana stores began opening for business Tuesday, more than a year and a half after voters decided to legalize, tax and regulate pot. Some questions and answers ...