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Climate Change Health Risks
9:25 am
Mon September 30, 2013

How Farmworkers Experience A Warming Climate

For 20 years, Victor Gonzalez has traveled the Pacific Coast picking cherries, pears, and apples. He said he came close to passing out once from the heat. Migrant workers are particularly vulnerable to health problems from heat.
Courtney Flatt Earthfix

HOOD RIVER, Ore. — For 20 years, Victor Gonzales has traveled the West picking crops. In the Northwest that means pears, cherries and apples.

Right now, he’s working at a Hood River pear orchard. In the summer, temperatures here can reach 100 degrees. Gonzalez remembers one day when he’d been working really hard, sweating more than normal.

Gonzales felt like he was going to pass out. He was shaky and very sleepy, he says through a translator. Instead of sleeping, he went to the farmworker housing unit and drank a lot of water and rested until he recovered.

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Affordable Care Act
4:30 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Washington Health Insurance Exchange Set To Open

Flickr Photo/Alex Proimos

Starting October 1, uninsured people will be able to shop online for private insurance in health insurance marketplaces, also known as exchanges. In Seattle, nonprofits and other organizations have been out educating people about how to sign up for insurance through the exchange.

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The Big Reset
1:01 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

How The Puget Sound Region Has Emerged From The Recession

Workers at UW's consolidated laundry facility.
Credit KUOW Photo/Ashley Ahearn

Our one hour special, The Big Reset, explores how the Puget Sound region has emerged from the Great Recession.

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Salmon Poisoning
9:40 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Bumper Salmon Runs Don't Mix With Dogs

Colby Otero Wikimedia

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 4:46 pm

Fishermen around the Northwest are enjoying some exceptional salmon runs this autumn. Puget Sound is teeming with pink salmon and there's a record-breaking fall Chinook run in the Columbia and Snake Rivers.

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Software Engineer Shortage
9:00 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Competition For Tech Talent Heats Up In Seattle Area

A conference room at Groupon’s new Seattle engineering office. The company opened what it thought would be a small engineering office in Seattle last spring. Now with 130 employees, Groupon is looking for additional office space.
KUOW Photo/Jake Warga

Technology companies have been among the bright spots for job growth in the region. They are hiring a lot of one particular kind of employee—software engineers. Those are the people who design, develop and test systems and software.

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News
8:53 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Seattle May Embrace, Regulate Rideshare Companies

Taxi driver Jagjit Singh told Seattle City Council that drivers don't have a level playing field with other rideshare services.
Credit Amy Radil

The Seattle City Council is trying to determine how it should handle new rideshare companies that compete with taxis. Council members told a packed meeting Thursday they are leaning towards embracing — and regulating — them.

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PNB Premier
8:46 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Twyla Tharp Creates New Work For Pacific Northwest Ballet

PNB dancers rehearse Twyla Tharp's "Waiting at the Station."
Pacific Northwest Ballet Photo/Lindsay Thomas

Pacific Northwest Ballet's Studio C is a big rehearsal hall, with the same dimensions as the stage at nearby McCaw Hall where PNB performs. Despite its size, on this afternoon the room feels packed to the gills.

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PacMed Building
8:37 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Former Amazon Building Lease Could Cost Washington $270M Over 30 Years

Joe Mabel Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 9:20 am

It could cost the state of Washington more than $250 million over 30 years.to lease and operate the former headquarters of Amazon.com.

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Creative Ways To Use Greens
9:00 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Kale: It's Not Just For Salads Anymore

Sara Dickerman and Marcie Sillman explore Kale juice as a delicious way to consume the tough greens.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

When you think of kale, do you conjure visions of raw greens, a little tough and chewy?  Sometimes they're hard to eat, but you dutifully swallow them down because you know they're good for you.

Actually, foodwriter and former professional chef Sara Dickerman begs to differ. Dickerman says one way to consume your vitamins and enjoy them at the same time is to think outside the box when it comes to healthy foods. Take kale, for example.

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Olympia
8:56 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Senate Democrats: Embezzlement Of Campaign Funds Might Have Cost Key Race

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 5:04 pm

Washington Senate Democrats say the misuse of campaign funds last year may have cost them a key race – and therefore control of the state Senate.

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Slow Regrowth Of Construction
4:00 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Construction Is Everywhere, But Industry Still Fragile

Flickr Photo/clappstar

Construction is now the fastest-growing industry in Washington state. Construction cranes fill the skyline. Public works projects like light rail lines and the tunnel project snarl our streets. But despite appearances, construction has not yet fully recovered from the 2008 recession.

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Public Safety
5:00 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Water Boil Advisory Lifted For Thousands Of South King County Residents

Flickr Photo/Anthony D'Onofrio

UPDATE: 9/25/13, 5:10 p.m. PT

In a release today, the Washington State Department of Health has lifted the boil water advisory for residents of southwest King County, specifically Des Moines and Normandy Park, saying, "Lab tests show the water now meets safe drinking water standards."

The statement also says that there have been no reported illnesses linked to the water system, which was found to have potentially harmful E. coli bacteria during a routine water quality test earlier this week.

Customers with questions about their water quality can call the water district at 206.878.7210.

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Affordable Care Act
4:33 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Inslee Says Health Care Act Rollout Is On Track In Washington

Jay Inslee's Facebook page.

Despite Republican efforts to block the health care reform plan known as Obamacare, Washington Governor Jay Inslee said he’s confident the plan is moving forward.

Speaking today on KUOW’s The Record, Inslee said the state is ready to roll out a major component of the Affordable Care Act. Next week, the state’s online marketplace for health plans will open for enrollment. Inslee said that the state is ready to push the green button on October 1.

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Climate Change
9:53 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Washington’s Top Firms Silent On Climate Risks Despite SEC Rule

The SEC requires publicly traded companies to disclose their financial risks to investors.
Wikimedia Commons

If you own stocks or have money in a retirement plan, your money may be more at risk than you’re being told.

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Border Lawsuit Settled
9:52 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Border Patrol To Share Records About Olympic Peninsula Traffic Stops

US Border Patrol Agent Chris Dyer drives his truck through a forested area near Forks, Wash., in March 2011.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Civil rights attorneys in Seattle will get reports of all US Border Patrol traffic stops on the Olympic Peninsula for the next 18 months.

That’s one of the settlement terms announced Tuesday in a lawsuit that alleged agents racially profiled people they pulled over.

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