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Psychiatric Boarding
5:17 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

State Supreme Court Considers Constitutionality Of Psychiatric Boarding

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Parking mentally ill patients in the emergency room while waiting for treatment is a common practice, but  also controversial. Psychiatric boarding, as it's known, used to be the exception. But in the last six years, the number of patients who've experienced it has nearly tripled.  Now the state Supreme Court is considering whether boarding is constitutional.

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Neighborhoods
11:29 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Eight Guns, One Week: South Seattle Fights Street Violence

Concerned neighbors in Othello Park, from left, Sarah Valenta, program coordinator for HomeSight, Daphne Schneider, co-chair of the Othello Park Alliance and Patrice Thomas, Community and Economic Development Assistant at Southeast Effective Development (SEED).
Credit KUOW Photo/Patricia Murphy

Twenty-three years ago, acting Captain Steve Strand was patrolling Columbia City on a mountain bike, busting alleyway crack dealers. The officers under his charge are still patrolling on mountain bikes, but the neighborhood landscape has changed.

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The Pot Dude
9:01 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Legal Washington Pot Stores Opening Soon, But Production Lags

Eric and Katey Cooper stand amid their flowering marijuana. Their business, named Monkey Grass, in Wenatchee, Washington, is one of the largest marijuana grows licensed by Washington state so far.

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 11:00 am

Eric Cooper has a sort of "The Dude" vibe: Hawaiian shirt, leather brown sandals and a bushy silver goatee. He smoked weed for the first time when he was about 14. He’s a former contractor and registered nurse. Cooper grew medical marijuana, and now he’s one of the owners of Monkey Grass Farms in Wenatchee, Washington.

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Tackling Violence
7:26 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Teary-Eyed Mayor Murray Declares 'Summer Of Safety'

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said comforting families of shooting victims has been one of the toughest parts of his job.
Credit KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

In the wake of recent gun violence, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said the city faces a crisis of confidence in public safety.

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Minimum Wage
6:51 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Washington Supreme Court To Hear Sea-Tac Airport Minimum Wage Fight

File photo of the main terminal at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 11:01 am

Should SeaTac’s voter-approved $15 per hour minimum wage apply to workers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport? Washington’s Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on that question Thursday.

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Books
2:06 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Barnes & Noble To Split Into Two Companies

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 11:19 am

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NPR's business news starts with a goodbye to Nook. All right, the giant book retailer Barnes & Noble is splitting in two. The company says it is separating its profitable retail bookstores from its weak Nook digital operation. Nook has lost $700 million in its e-reader and e-book business over the past two years. Microsoft will invest in the new Nook media as it tries to catch up to digital book leader Amazon. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Border Crisis
10:35 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Kids Found On Border Could End Up At Joint Base Lewis-McChord

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A flood of immigrant children arriving at the border with Mexico could end up in Washington state at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma.

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Courts
9:57 am
Wed June 25, 2014

New Frontiers On The Minimum Wage Fight

Forward Seattle co-chair Kathrina Tugadi collecting signatures at the recent Fremont Fair
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Seattle’s new $15 an hour minimum wage is scheduled to start phasing in next April. But it first must survive several challenges, both in court and at the ballot box.

Franchisees are challenging the law in court, and two separate groups are collecting signatures to put the law to a popular vote on this November’s ballot.

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Asiana Flight 214
8:26 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Boeing Bears Some Blame For Asiana Crash Says Safety Board

This aerial photo shows the wreckage of the Asiana Flight 214 airplane after it crashed at the San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, Saturday, July 6, 2013.
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The National Transportation Safety Board has concluded that Boeing's design of the 777’s automated systems was a contributing factor in the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 that killed three Chinese teenagers last summer.

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EarthFix Reports
7:13 am
Wed June 25, 2014

More Than 15 Oil Trains Per Week Travel Through Washington

An oil train moves through Skagit County in Western Washington, headed to refineries in the Northwestern part of the state.
Katie Campbell

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 5:53 pm

The public learned Tuesday just how many trains are hauling oil from North Dakota through Washington:

Fifteen per week through 10 different counties, according to railroad notifications released by the Washington Military Department.

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Team Naturaleza
7:13 am
Wed June 25, 2014

How Washington Is Working To Increase Latino Fishers

Valeria Quinones, left, fishes with her family, Daniel Guerra, Elizabeth Guerra, and Ricardo Quinones during a fishing event geared to get more Latino people fishing.
Courtney Flatt

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 1:00 am

WENTACHEE, Wash. -- About 150 people line the shoreline at the Beehive Reservoir in north central Washington. Spanish and English mix, as anglers plunk lures into the lake. And just as quickly as the lures sink to the bottom, rainbow trout bite down on the chartreuse-colored bait.

"You've got a bite," someone on the shoreline shouts.

The small reservoir is about a 20 minute drive from downtown Wenatchee. But Norma Gallegos said it’s a trip made by only a few of the city’s Hispanic residents.

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Prison Reform
7:09 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Inslee Launches Review Of Prison Population Growth

Governor Jay Inslee meets with his newly-appointed Justice Reinvestment taskforce.

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 8:06 am

Washington state’s prison system is projected to need 1,000 new beds by 2018. And that growth has Governor Jay Inslee concerned.

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Rights Of Travelers
7:09 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Federal Judge In Portland Orders Changes To No-Fly List

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 9:17 pm

A federal judge in Portland Tuesday ordered the U.S. Justice Department and FBI to come up with new rules for the government's no-fly list. The court found travelers labeled as potential terrorists had been deprived of their constitutional rights to due process.

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Government
7:09 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Oregon Voters Could Decide On 'Top Two' Primary System

Chief petitioner Jim Kelly turns in six boxes of signatures for the top two primary initiative.

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 3:15 pm

Oregon voters might have the chance to overhaul the state's primary voting system this fall. Sponsors of an initiative to create a "top two" primary turned in six cases of signatures to the Oregon Secretary of State's office Monday.

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Doppleganger
4:33 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Obama Lookalike Gets Around Town

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 9:48 am

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