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DUI Law
9:53 am
Wed April 10, 2013

After Tragedies, Wrong-Way Drivers And Ignition Interlocks Get Focus In Olympia

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 5:18 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Recent tragedies in Seattle have triggered an emergency discussion of drunk driving laws. Governor Jay Inslee said Tuesday it’s not acceptable that it takes a fifth DUI in ten years before a driver is charged with a felony. But changing that policy would be costly.

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Sequester Fallout
12:53 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Some Northwest Cities Explore Ways To Keep Airport Control Towers Open

Beth Redfield

Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 4:33 pm

Some Northwest cities and counties are exploring whether to use local or private money to keep their airport control towers open. By mid-June, the federal government plans to close the control towers at 13 small to medium sized airports across the region.

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Says Unrelated To Scrutiny of SPD
12:46 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Seattle Police Chief John Diaz Steps Down

Outgoing Seattle Police Chief John Diaz announcing his retirement
Credit Seattle Channel

Seattle’s police chief stepped down on Monday. John Diaz announced his retirement 33 years after starting with the Seattle Police Department – and one week after a pair of outside reviews criticized SPD under his tenure.

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Women-Only Swim
7:10 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Seattle Immigrant Women Overcome Cultural Constraints To Exercise

The non-profit group Neighborhood House and Seattle Parks and Recreation found a way to provide access to swimming to more than 400 women with diverse cultural backgrounds.Their efforts were recently recognized by the Washington State Drowning Prevention Coalition. From left: Diane Jones, Denise Sharify, Masara Hamam, Jen Calleja, Ayaan Aden and Trang Hoang.
Credit Denise Sharify / Neighborhood House

Physical activity is good for the body and mind, though finding time to exercise can be a challenge. But for some people, time is not the only issue. Many Muslim women find that cultural constraints limit their options. A group of immigrant women in Seattle found a way to overcome that challenge.

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Schools Financial Scandal
3:01 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Former Seattle Schools Official Silas Potter Pleads Guilty To Theft

Silas Potter and his attorney Seth Conant in King County Superior Court December 7, 2012.
KUOW Photo/Ann Dornfeld

After his re-arrest on Saturday, former Seattle Public Schools official Silas Potter pleaded guilty Monday to 36 counts of theft for directing $168,275 in school district funds to a dummy company he controlled.

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Police Reform
11:57 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Mayoral Candidates React To Seattle Police Chief Resignation

Seattle Police Chief John Diaz announced his resignation to reporters at Seattle City Hall Monday April 8, 2013.
Seattle Channel

Seattle Chief of Police John Diaz announced his retirement today after 33 years with the department.

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and Seattle Police Chief made the announcement Monday to reporters with 30 minutes' notice.

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Seattle Slam Poet
7:49 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Seattle's Daemond Arrindell Changes Lives Through Poetry

Among his many roles, poet/slam artist Daemond Arrindell is “slam master” of the Seattle Poetry Slam, held weekly at Re-bar.
Ken Lambert, Seattle Times

Daemond Arrindell wants to change the world. Not through the ballot box or protest marches. Arrindell’s weapon is poetry. He uses his words to touch individual lives, particularly the lives of young people.

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Creating A Safe Market
7:46 am
Mon April 8, 2013

For Regulators, Marijuana Legalization All About 'Getting Into The Weeds'

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 5:50 pm

SEATTLE – When Washington voters legalized recreational marijuana last fall, they handed the state’s Liquor Control Board a regulatory nightmare. There’s no manual for how to create a safe and legal market for pot – something that’s never been done before.

State Representative Roger Goodman – speaking after a recent meeting on marijuana legalization – says the giggle factor is gone.

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Investigation Long Overdue
5:11 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Safety Problems Old And New At Anacortes Oil Refineries

Chemical Safety Board chief investigator Bob Hall in Burlington, Wash., in April 2010, when he said investigating the Tesoro refinery blast would take 18 months
KUOW/John Ryan

The Shell Oil Co. refinery in Anacortes, Wash., sprang a leak last week. Shell quickly shut down the equipment that was boiling oil to make gasoline, but the shutdown led to a release of toxic gases.

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Aviation Safety
11:01 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Boeing Certification Flight Complete

A Boeing 787 takes off from Everett's Paine Field April 5 for the certification flight that could return the 787 fleet to service.
Courtesy/Boeing

Boeing's 787 certification flight has landed.

The flight was Boeing's final certification test for the battery system it redesigned following smoke and fire incidents in January. Boeing Co. said the test would show the Federal Aviation Administration that the new system performs as intended "during normal and non-normal flight conditions."

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Aspargus Harvest
9:30 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Northwest Asparagus Comes A Tad Early

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 4:51 pm

PASCO, Wash. – Northwest farmers are beginning to harvest the first asparagus of the year this week in southeast Washington. That’s a tad earlier than usual. And after last year's farm-labor shortage, growers across the region are keeping an eye on how many asparagus workers show up for the harvest.

At the Middleton farm stand near Pasco, Washington asparagus – both purple and green – is selling by the pound to passersby. Bins of fresh asparagus are brought here right off the fields. Workers come and go. At the helm is Laura Middleton.

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Alledged Murder And Militia
8:07 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Militia Group Allegedly Formed By Washington State Soldier

A solider from Washington state has been charged with murder in the death of his pregnant wife.  Prosecutors also say Pvt. Isaac Aguigui of Cashmere, Wash., is the ringleader of an anti-government militia group that plotted to overthrow the government and poison apple crops in Washington state.

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Pot Use Crackdown
8:57 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Wash. Bars That Allow Marijuana Use Could Face Penalties

Pot possession is now legal in Washington.  But city and state regulators are drawing the line at marijuana use in bars and coffee shops.

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The Final Exam
7:12 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Boeing Says Certification Flight Is Days Away

A 787 destined for All Nippon Airways waits at Boeing's airplane delivery center in Everett, Wash.
KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

Boeing says a 787 Dreamliner destined for LOT Polish Airlines will take the certification test that could return the 787 fleet to the skies worldwide.

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First Increase Since '94
6:52 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Seattle Street Newspaper Real Change Raises Price

Real Change vendor Susan Ford says, "I haven’t had much negative feedback. A lot of customers said, 'it’s about time.'"
Sara Lerner

The weekly newspaper Real Change provides an outlet for hundreds of people who are low-income and homeless to make money and hold a steady job. On Wednesday, the paper doubled its price from $1 to $2.  

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