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Breaking Bread With Lobbyists
8:01 am
Wed May 1, 2013

The Influence Game: Wining And Dining Washington Lawmakers After Hours

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 4:39 pm

In the first three months of this year, lobbyists in Washington state spent more than $200,000 on entertainment. Much of that money was spent to wine and dine state lawmakers during the just-concluded 105-day session. But what are lobbyists and their clients getting in exchange for picking up the tab?

After the legislative day ends up at the Capitol, it’s pretty common for some of the players to decamp. They go to one of a handful of usually higher-end Olympia establishments. This is where – over a meal, perhaps a bottle of Washington wine – the work continues.

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Mother And Son Recovering
1:23 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Family Of Victims In Wedgwood Drunk Driving Accident Speak Publicly

Neighbors gather for a memorial walk on April 1 along 33rd Avenue NE, heading toward the memorial site.
Ravenna Blog Photo/Rebecca Nelson

After over a month of silence, the family of the victims in the Wedgwood drunk driving accident spoke today. On March 25, a drunk driver hit Dan Schulte’s family as they were walking in the Wedgwood neighborhood.

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Challenges Of Building A Community
7:19 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Yesler Terrace: Mixed Income Neighborhoods And The Seattle Housing Authority

Yesler Terrace
Dominic Black

When Yesler Terrace finally becomes a planned, mixed-income neighborhood in the next 10 or 15 or maybe even 20 years, it won't be the first in the city. New Holly, Rainier Vista and High Point are all former public housing projects. They were redeveloped through Hope VI, a federal program that came into being in 1993, at a time when public housing was seen by some as a social policy failure, an example of how government got things wrong.

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Background Checks
5:18 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Gun Control Fight Heads Toward Wash. Ballot

Supporters of an initiative for tighter gun laws in Wash.

Advocates for stricter gun laws in Washington state launched a campaign Monday to take the issue to voters. This comes after state lawmakers voted down a similar bill, SB 1588, that would have expanded background checks on gun sales.

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Final Decision Expected Soon
2:52 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

NBA Panel: Kings Should Stay In Sacramento

Sacramento Kings fan Gloria Bailey holds a sign campaigning to keep the team in Sacramento, Calif., as she stands in line before an NBA basketball game between the Kings and the Los Angeles Clippers, Wednesday, April 17, 2013.
AP Photo/Steve Yeater

Correction: An earlier version of this story inaccurately said the NBA’s Relocation Committee is made up 12 owners, including Clay Bennett. The committee is made up of seven members and includes Clay Bennett.

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Special Session Called
9:11 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Washington Legislature Adjourns, But Not For Long

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Sun April 28, 2013 9:46 pm

The Washington legislature has adjourned after a 105-day session. The final gavels fell just after 6 p.m. Sunday night.

“The 2013 regular session of the 63rd legislature is adjourned Sine Die," declared Lt. Gov. Brad Owen to applause.

But the adjournment won’t last long. Governor Jay Inslee immediately called a special session for two weeks from now because the House and Senate failed to come to agreement on a two-year budget. 

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Fighting Crime
9:33 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Seattle Police Won't Sideline Superheroes On May Day

Seattle's Phoenix Jones on patrol.
KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

City police departments often have testy relations with their local superheroes, at least in the movies. In "The Amazing Spider-Man" they issue a warrant for his arrest. In "The Dark Knight Rises," a cop pledges to take down Batman.

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Pugel Regrets Video
11:26 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Seattle's Interim Police Chief Apologizes For 1986 Music Video Mocking Homeless

Seattle Interim Police Chief Jim Pugel
Courtesy/Seattle.gov

Seattle Interim Police Chief Jim Pugel says "I'll apologize for the rest of my life" for appearing in a department produced video showing officers mocking the city's homeless to the tune of a classic pop hit.

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T-Mobile Settlement Reached
12:08 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Wash. AG Bob Ferguson Accuses T-Mobile Of Deceptive Advertising

Attorney General Bob Ferguson
Courtesy/Washington State Attorney General Office

Today Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson ordered T-Mobile USA to stop deceptive advertising for its “no contract” plans.

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Overtime Session Likely
9:27 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Washington Governor Wants DUI, Gun Bills Plus Budget

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed April 24, 2013 5:34 pm

Governor Jay Inslee is like the gambler. He says it would take an “inside straight” for the legislature to complete its work by Sunday’s deadline. 

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Battling Algae Blooms
8:57 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Lake Managers Get New Tool To Combat Algae

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 11:40 am


Nothing spoils a summer swim in your favorite lake like an algae bloom. These become more common as the weather warms up.  A lake in Federal Way, Washington -- near Seattle -- is serving as a proving ground for a possible new tool to combat toxic blooms.


Almost every summer until last summer, Lake Lorene would turn pea soup green.

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Making Streets Safe
6:55 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Wedgwood Fatal Collision Highlights Pedestrian Safety Concerns

The Memorial At Northeast 75th Street and 33rd Avenue Northeast
KUOW Photo/Derek Wang

It’s been one month since a fatal car crash in Seattle’s Wedgwood neighborhood killed two pedestrians near Eckstein Middle School. The collision also severely injured two people, including an infant, who was 10-days-old at the time.

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Fireworks Back On
7:19 am
Wed April 24, 2013

New Team Saves Seattle's July 4th Celebration

Seattle's July 4th celebration over Lake Union
Flickr Photo/luisar

Seattle’s July 4th fireworks are scheduled to go ahead after all. City leaders announced yesterday they’ve secured enough corporate sponsors to stage the event on Lake Union this summer.

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Donating Wildlife To Research
6:57 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Found A Dead Bird? Science Could Use It

Collections manager Rob Faucett displays a condor wing at the Burke Museum. The Burke has the largest spread-wing collection in the world.
KUOW Photo/Sarah Waller

THUD. It’s the sickening sound of a bird hitting your window. You hope it’s just stunned; that it will fly off. But there it is: A motionless lump of feathers on the ground. Before you bury it or toss it in the trash, consider an alternative. Some Seattle residents are donating these avian casualties to science. 

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Ready For Arctic Oil Spill
5:16 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Shell's Arctic "Beer Can" Passes Federal Test In Puget Sound

The Arctic Challenger lowering its containment dome into Puget Sound during tests in March
TJ Guiton

Shell Oil Co. had to postpone its Arctic drilling until 2014 after one of its oil rigs ran aground off the Alaska coast this winter, but Shell’s efforts to open a new frontier of oil exploration in the Arctic Ocean continue in Puget Sound.

The oil giant passed a key test with federal regulators in March in the waters off Anacortes, Wash., north of Seattle.

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