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Aerospace
11:05 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Alaska Airlines Schedules More Rescue Flights From Mexico

Passengers board an Alaska Airlines jet on the hurricane-hit Baja Peninsula.

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 8:17 am

Seattle-based Alaska Airlines plans to launch five more jets Friday to evacuate American vacationers from Los Cabos, Mexico.

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Wildfires
11:05 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Long-Running Battle Over Fires Between Ranchers And Feds Reaches Truce

Idaho rancher Charlie Lyons helped form one of the first Rangeland Fire Protective Associations in the state.

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 2:43 pm

For years there's been a battle raging between Idaho ranchers and the federal government over whether ranchers should be able to fight wildfires.

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Legislature
11:05 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Washington State Employees Negotiate First Pay Raises In 6 Years

File photo of the Washington State Capitol in Olympia.

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 5:05 pm

Washington state employees have not had a cost-of-living raise in six years. But that could change in the next budget cycle.

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Pot News
11:05 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Marijuana Tax Collections Starting To Roll In, Millions More Expected

The first year of legal pot sales in Washington state is expected to generate about $25 million in fees and taxes.

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 4:49 pm

In a manner of speaking, millions of dollars of "drug money" is starting to flow into Washington state coffers.

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Salmon
11:05 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Chinook Salmon Head Up The Columbia In Big Numbers

Retired Hanford pipe fitter Melvin Miller, 60, was fishing early for Chinook salmon on the Columbia River near Columbia Point Marina in Richland, Washington.

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 4:37 pm

Fisheries experts say the return of Chinook salmon to the Columbia River may not quite break records this fall as expected.

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Courts
11:05 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Lawyers In Idaho Gay Marriage Case Expect To Meet Again At High Court

File photo of the James R. Browning U.S. Court of Appeals Building in San Francisco.

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 8:25 am

The fate of Idaho's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage is in the hands of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. 

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Marine Disease
11:05 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Dying Starfish Could Get Help From Congress

West coast sea stars are dying by the millions from a mysterious disease.
Katie Campbell

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 6:36 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Researchers have been scrambling for more than a year to make sense of a strange disease that’s causing West Coast starfish to die by the millions.

Now it looks like help could be coming from Congress.

U.S. Rep. Denny Heck from Olympia introduced a bill Thursday that would dedicate federal funds for researching the epidemic, which has now spread along North America’s Pacific coast from Alaska to Mexico and in some places on the East Coast as well.

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EarthFix Reports
11:05 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Shellfish Tell Puget Sound's Polluted Tale

A mussel is opened for analysis at the WDFW lab. Volunteers and WDFW used mussels to test for contaminants at more than 100 sites up and down Puget Sound.
WDFW

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 6:05 pm

SEATTLE -- Scientists used shellfish to conduct the broadest study to date of pollution levels along the shore of Puget Sound.

And in some places, it's pretty contaminated.

This past winter the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife put mussels at more than 100 sites up and down Puget Sound.

After a few months, volunteers and WDFW employees gathered the shellfish and analyzed them for metals, fossil fuel pollution, flame-retardants and other chemicals. The WDFW just released the results.

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Boring Machine
10:04 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Bertha Is Still Stuck But 'Everything's Good,' Official Says

The south tunnel entrance has been lined with concrete. Along the top of the tunnel, on the left a black conveyer belt hauls out excavated soil, while the white pipe funnels in air (or sucks it out in the case of a fire).
KUOW Photo/Ann Dornfeld

Although the tunnel boring machine known as “Bertha” is at a standstill, work is still underway to replace Seattle’s Alaskan Way Viaduct.

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Hornets From Hell
8:55 am
Fri September 19, 2014

'Murdersquishing' Them To Death: How Little Bees Take On Enormous Hornets

Courtesy of Matt Inman

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 12:28 pm

I know, I know. You have Putin to worry about, ISIS to worry about, Britain's near breaking, Washington's broken, and the globe keeps getting warmer — so why bring up Japanese giant hornets? You have worries enough. But I can't help myself. I've got to mention these hornets because, as bad as they are — and they are very, very bad ...

... this story has a happy ending.

Hornets From Hell

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Public Health
3:32 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

King County's Homeless Receive Tailored Care At Clinic On Wheels

Dr. Sarah Vanston, the family physician on board, often has to determine creative medical plans for her patients. For instance, she couldn't prescribe a diuretic to a man who didn't have regular access to a safe and clean bathroom.
KUOW Photo/Kara McDermott

About twice a month, King County’s Mobile Medical van comes to Renton. It opens at 4:30, but it’s often slow until closer to 6:30, when the church across the street begins serving hot meals for homeless people.

The inside of this RV has been retrofitted so there’s an exam room, a nurse’s station and a waiting area.  A generator gives off a droning buzz as it powers this efficient little clinic.

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Health Backlog
11:50 am
Thu September 18, 2014

VA Administrators Take Note As Veterans Vent

More than a hundred veterans turned out for a town hall style meeting hosted by Veterans Administration Puget Sound as an effort to improve care at regional hospitals.

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Micro-Housing
12:25 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Look Out Seattle Developers: Apodments Face New Regulations

Apodments, or micro-housing, have sprung up around Seattle to much controversy.
Flickr Photo/jseattle

Developers who build tiny apartments in Seattle may soon be working under a new set of city rules.

The Seattle City Council gave initial approval Tuesday to a host of new regulations that would govern everything from the minimum size of units to bicycle and car parking requirements.

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Space
8:37 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Boeing And SpaceX Win Bid To Become Space Taxis

NASA announced the winners of its hotly-contested contract to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station.

Boeing was the big winner.

The company's space unit will be paid more than four billion dollars to deliver and certify its Crew Space Transportation Capsule.

A little over half that will be paid to Boeing's competitor Space X for its own version, called the Dragon.

Mike Fincke is a former International Space Station crew member.

At a news conference Tuesday, Fincke said having two competing capsules will be good for crew safety.

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EarthFix Reports
8:06 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Report Finds Weakness In Seattle's Ability To Respond To Oil Train Mishap

Increased oil train traffic prompted a City of Seattle report on the safety risks and ability of public safety agencies to respond to a derailment or explosion.
Flickr/Russ Allison Loar

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 4:22 pm

A new report by public safety agencies highlights several weaknesses in Seattle's ability to respond to an oil train accident.

The report to the Seattle City Council was complied by the Seattle Fire Department and the Office of Emergency Management.

At the top of the report's list of concerns: the 100 year old tunnel that runs through the middle of downtown Seattle. The report said that the lack of safety systems in the Great Northern tunnel will present significant challenges to first responders.

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