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Confidential Driver License Program
7:22 am
Tue April 16, 2013

CIA Obtains False IDs From Washington Dept. Of Licensing

Central Intelligence Agency

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 11:54 am

Editor's note: This story does not contain any identifying details of undercover officers from law enforcement agencies or agents of the Central Intelligence Agency. Instead, it includes aggregate numbers of confidential licenses issued by the state of Washington to local, state and federal agencies. This is consistent with what the Washington Department of Licensing has proposed to release under pending legislation in Olympia.

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Deadly Blast
7:06 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Seattle Area Marathoners Recount Explosions In Boston

62-year-old Jeff Poppe (in red) at the 26-mile mark--about 2 minutes before the explosions.
Photos courtesy Jeff and Anita Poppe

Runners from the Seattle area spoke to KUOW about the explosions at Monday’s Boston Marathon. Please write weekday@kuow.org or call 206.685.2526 with your stories.

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Immigration Backlogs
5:58 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Feds Agree To Changes for Asylum Seekers

Naturalization ceremony at the Grand Canyon.
Credit USCIS

Attorneys with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project in Seattle say they’ve reached agreement with federal officials on a nationwide class action lawsuit.  The case was filed on behalf of immigrants requesting asylum in the US who say they face persecution or harm in their home countries. The settlement aims to speed up the process for asylum seekers to get a work permit.

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Tempered Enthusiasm
2:16 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Song Creates Thrift Shop Buzz

Emily Nuckols and Kala Armijo at Red Light in Seattle. Emily says it's harder to find the good stuff.
KUOW Photo/Sara Lerner

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis performed at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday night. The release of the Seattle duo’s song “Thrift Shop” in August catapulted them to the top of the charts, right up there with celebrities like Rihanna and Justin Timberlake. The song has more than 240 million views on YouTube and their music is being used in commercials now, too.

The tune has created a thrift shopping buzz around the world. In this audio portrait, KUOW’s Sara Lerner takes a look at the song's impact on the Seattle thrift scene. 

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The Two-Way
12:20 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Two Explosions Rock Boston Marathon Finish Line; At Least 3 Dead, Dozens Injured

Medical workers aid injured people at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon following an explosion in Boston on Monday.
Charles Krupa AP

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 2:20 am

Two explosions rocked the finish line of the Boston Marathon this afternoon, leaving at least three dead and dozens injured, the Boston Police Department reports.

The explosions happened in quick succession four hours after the beginning of the race, the world's oldest and one of the most prestigious road races in the world. At that point, the majority of 27,000 runners had crossed the finish line. Thousands, however, were still out on the course.

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Tax Tips
11:23 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Early Tax Filing Protects Against Identity Theft, Fraud

There's a new reason to file your taxes early next year: you might thwart an identity thief.

Identity thieves have used stolen information to beat victims to their tax filings. They file false reports, get large refunds and create a mess for the real taxpayer.

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The Two-Way
7:01 am
Mon April 15, 2013

FAA Orders Inspection Of Boeing 737s

An American Airlines 737-800 aircraft in January. The 737-800 is one of several variants the FAA has ordered to be inspected.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 9:45 am

Federal aviation officials have ordered that more than 1,000 Boeing 737s be examined to see if a key part on the plane's tail section needs to be replaced, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

The Federal Aviation Administration issued the airworthiness directive for a pin that holds the 737's horizontal stabilizer to the rest of the tail, to see if it is in danger of failing prematurely. The horizontal stabilizer — also known as the tail plane — enables the pilot to control the aircraft's pitch.

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Crude Oil Proposal
9:19 am
Fri April 12, 2013

No Coal For Grays Harbor, But Maybe Oil

More trains hauling oil from North Dakota's Bakken oil fields, like this one passing through Montana, could be heading to the Port of Grays Harbor, Wash.
Flickr/Roy.Luck

The Port of Grays Harbor has announced an agreement to lease property for a crude oil unloading and storage facility. The oil would arrive by train and then be loaded on to barges bound for refineries on the West Coast.

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Supreme Court Opinion
7:03 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Corporations Are People Too In Identity Theft Law

The Temple of Justice in Olympia.
Flickr Photo/Aidan Wakely-Mulroney

The Supreme Court of Washington ruled Thursday that a corporation can be a victim of identity theft just like a person can under state law. The law makes it a felony to steal the identity of a “person, living or dead.”

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Awaiting Legislation
10:49 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Rallies For Immigration Reform From Seattle To DC

Harumy Rojas (in pink) attended an immigration rally with her mother and other families in downtown Seattle.
Liz Jones KUOW

Supporters of immigration reform call the outside of the Federal Building in downtown Seattle their patio. That’s because they’ve gathered here so many times in the past decade to push for an overhaul to the country’s immigration system, including a path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million immigrants who are in  the US illegally.

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Expeditionary Art
9:18 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Bringing Art To Narwhal Research In The Arctic

Maria Coryell-Martin uses art to help scientists communicate about their research in some of the most remote places on the planet.
Maria Coryell-Martin

Two Seattle-based adventurers — one a scientist, the other an artist — are on an expedition to study and document narwhals in Arctic waters off the west coast of Greenland. 

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Toll Bridge Proposal
9:15 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Costly New Bridge Over Columbia River Spawns Ultimatum, Brinkmanship

Columbia River Crossing

Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 5:39 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. - A costly new interstate highway bridge over the Columbia River is spurring brinkmanship in Olympia. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood joined Democratic Governor Jay Inslee Wednesday to press state lawmakers to commit hundreds of millions dollars to the proposed new toll bridge between Portland and Vancouver, Washington.

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Funding Education
9:09 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Washington House Democrats: Extend Taxes, End Tax Breaks To Fund Schools

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 4:45 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington House Democrats have unveiled a proposed two-year budget that looks a lot like Governor Jay Inslee’s. It would renew expiring tax hikes, close several tax exemptions and put the new money into public schools.

House Democrats would actually spend a tad more than the governor. But their approach is very similar. For example: extend an expiring tax on beer and end the sales tax exemption for bottled water and shoppers from sales tax free Oregon.

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Playing In Tune
7:47 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Seattle Inventor Finds Key To Solving Saxophone Discord

University of Washington saxophone professor Michael Brockman is the inventor of the Broctave Key.
Courtesy University of Washington

There’s an old joke among saxophone players: The instrument, they say, comes from the factory out of tune.  Dr. Michael Brockman is a professor of saxophone at the University of Washington. He actually thinks the saxophone can be tuned, and he’s determined to do something about it. 

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WWII Memorabilia
9:53 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Collector To Return Japanese War Flag Nearly 70 Years After Capture

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 4:14 pm


A collector of World War II memorabilia has succeeded in a daunting quest thanks to help from the Japanese government. The veteran from Clarkston, Washington has found the right person to receive a Japanese war flag taken in battle nearly 70 years ago.


Years ago, memorabilia collector George Koller bought an inscribed "good luck flag." It originally belonged to a Japanese fighter pilot killed in combat. Last year, Koller asked the Japanese consulate in Seattle for help to give the flag back.

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