Washington (state)

8:13am

Wed February 15, 2012
The Two-Way

108 Years Since Women Last Boxed In The Olympics, They Prepare A Return

Originally published on Wed February 15, 2012 11:31 am

Five-time U.S. national champion Queen Underwood listens to instructions from her coach Basheer Abdullah.
Tom Goldman NPR

Olympic history in the making is going on this week in Washington state. Two-dozen of the best female boxers in the country are in wintry Spokane with a goal of traveling to London in the summer.

That's the site of the first ever women's Olympic boxing competition. This week's Olympic trials help determine who goes.

It's been 108 years since women boxed in the Olympics. At the 1904 Summer Games in St. Louis, boxing for women was a "display event," not one of the counting, medal sports.

Now, it counts.

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5:51pm

Wed February 8, 2012
The Two-Way

Washington State Lawmakers OK Gay Marriage

Gov. Chris Gregoire, left, embraces Rep. Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle, after the Washington state House voted Wednesday to legalize gay marriage.
Elaine Thompson AP

Lawmakers in Washington state voted Wednesday to legalize gay marriage, a move that would make the state the sixth in the nation to allow same-sex couples to wed.

The Washington move came a day after California's ban on gay marriage was ruled unconstitutional.

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3:55pm

Mon January 23, 2012
The Two-Way

Washington Set To Be Seventh State To OK Same-Sex Marriages

Citing the Golden Rule and saying that "all men and women in our state [should] enjoy the same privileges that are so important in my life," the last legislator needed to pass same-sex marriage legislation in Washington State announced this afternoon that she will support the measure.

Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen, a Democrat, posted a statement about her decision here.

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2:00am

Thu December 1, 2011
Business

Boeing, Machinists Union Reach Tentative Deal

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Boeing announced a surprise deal with its machinists' union yesterday. It tentatively extends the workers' contract for four years. The company also promises to build a new version of its popular 737 in union-friendly Washington State.

From Seattle, NPR's Martin Kaste reports.

MARTIN KASTE, BYLINE: The International Association of Machinists also got pay raises and more pension benefits. Local president Tom Wroblewski calls it a new day.

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12:01am

Tue June 14, 2011
Business

Labor Agency Challenges Boeing Factory Location

The National Labor Relations Board has accused Boeing of retaliating against its union workers by setting up a new non-union factory in South Carolina. The NLRB says in doing so, Boeing broke federal labor law.

The complaint has outraged some members of Congress, who have reacted by trying to cut funding for the NLRB.

The case has been a hot political topic for weeks, but on Tuesday the action moves into a Seattle courtroom. The NLRB is bringing the complaint before one of its own administrative law judges. Any appeals could eventually get to the federal courts.

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