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Shepard-Byrd Act
7:15 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Federal Prosecution Adds Stiff Penalty To Hate Crime Charge

Sukhvir Singh, a Seattle cab driver, was attacked by a passenger in a vicious hate crime in November 2007.
PRNewsFoto/Sikh Coalition

It’s a story you may have heard before: A drunk guy gets in a cab. His driver has dark skin, a beard and a turban. The passenger calls the driver racial names and beats him so viciously, the driver lands in the hospital and the passenger goes to jail.

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Funding Education
10:46 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Washington Governor Shifts Emphasis To Sell Tax Package For Schools

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon April 1, 2013 4:45 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – On the campaign trail, Washington Governor Jay Inslee talked about financing education by growing the economy. Now the Democrat proposes to raise $1.2 billion for schools by extending some tax increases and ending some tax breaks.

In Spokane last June I moderated the first gubernatorial debate between Jay Inslee and Rob McKenna. And I put this question to both candidates: if elected, would you ask voters to support a new tax for schools to respond to the Washington Supreme Court’s ruling that the state is not adequately funding education.

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Undocumented College Students
7:00 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Wash. Dream Act Unlikely To Clear Senate

Credit Flickr Photo/Dave Herholz

Supporters of a bill dubbed the Washington Dream Act plan to make one more uphill push in Olympia Tuesday. The measure would extend state financial aid to eligible college students who are in the US illegally. Hopes for the bill dwindled this weekend as a key state senator spoke out against the measure.

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Substance Abuse Suggestions
7:26 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Help For Families Who Struggle With Addicts

The defendant charged in the recent  death of two pedestrians in Seattle’s Wedgewood neighborhood has faced DUIs in the past. Like thousands of other families, Mark Mullan's family has struggle with his addiction.

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Looming Bus Cuts
4:56 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

King County Metro Could Cancel Nearly 30 Percent Of Bus Routes

A King County Metro Bus In Downton Seattle
Flickr photo/Zolk

King County Metro released more details Monday about possible cuts to bus service next year. The agency says almost a third of its routes might be eliminated.

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Happy April Fools' Day!
1:19 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Controversial Monkey Introduction Program Gains Ground In The Face Of Climate Change

Shall macaque monkeys inherit the Cascade Mountains? They will if one scientist has his way.
Ashley Ahearn

Macaque monkeys are the distant relatives of an ancient species that roamed the lush rainforests of the Northwest during the early Paleocene – about 60 million years ago. Climate change models project a possible return to Paleocene conditions in the near future. One local scientist says it’s time to bring back the macaque – and the Cascade Mountains are the perfect place to do it.

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Obituary
10:34 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Cheryl Chow, Educator And Politician Dies At 66

Sarah Morningstar watches her daughter Liliana Morningstar-Chow kiss her mother Cheryl Chow. Chow spoke at Seattle City Hall Monday, Sep. 17, 2012.
The Seattle Channel

Cheryl Chow died Friday. Chow served on the Seattle City Council and the Seattle School Board. She grew up in Seattle and had also worked as a teacher, a principal and an assistant director for Girl Scouts of Western Washington.

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Theft Trial
5:11 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Arrest Warrant Issued For Former Seattle Schools Official Silas Potter

David A. Johnson stands between defense attorneys at a pretrial hearing where co-defendant Silas Potter failed to appear.
Ann Dornfeld

Former Seattle Public Schools official Silas Potter has disappeared, just weeks before his trial was to begin for his alleged theft of a quarter-million dollars from the district.

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Standardized Testing
4:58 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

District Says Teachers Who Boycotted Test Won’t Be Punished

The superintendent of Seattle Public Schools said no teachers will be disciplined for refusing to give students the district-wide Measures of Academic Progress test. The district got international attention after dozens of teachers at several schools boycotted the test this winter, calling it a waste of time and money.

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Diving For Coal
9:14 am
Fri March 29, 2013

What’s In The Water Under The Ballard Rail Bridge?

Laura James pulls a piece of black porous rock from the water beneath the railroad bridge in Ballard.
Lamont Granquist

The debate over exporting Wyoming and Montana coal through terminals on the Northwest coast has been heating up in recent months. Those who support exporting coal say the terminals will create thousands of jobs and tax revenue for the state. Opponents have raised concerns about the potential environmental and health impacts of coal. Now, some of them are taking matters into their own hands.

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The Risks Of Bouncing
8:04 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Bouncy House Rules: Wash. Bans Them From Child Care Programs

Field trips to bouncy houses are no longer allowed for state-licensed child care programs.
Amy Radil

Kids in day camps and child care programs in Washington are spending less time airborne these days. New state regulations forbid child care providers from using trampolines and inflatable bouncy houses.

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Higher Education
7:43 am
Fri March 29, 2013

UW To Offer Discount Online Bachelor’s Degrees

Preschoolers at the UW West Campus Children's Center, where UW early-learning students train.
Ann Dornfeld

The University of Washington plans to offer its first online bachelor’s degree program beginning this fall, with steeply discounted tuition compared to on-campus undergraduate classes.

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Urban Development
7:29 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Goodbye Greyhound, Hello Huge Hotel

Pastor Joanne Engquist of Gethsemane Lutheran Church, which provides low-income housing across the street from the proposed hotel site.
Liz Jones KUOW

A new mega-hotel proposed for downtown Seattle aims to draw more big conventions to the city. The developer posted its official public notice with the city Thursday, as a first step in the approval process. The proposal is to build a 43-story tower on the block that’s currently home to the Greyhound bus station.

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Four-Hour Commute
6:48 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Pierce Transit Cuts Raise Concerns For Blind Rider

Buddy Yates and his guide dog Palmer wait for the bus.
KUOW Photo/Derek Wang

It’s 3:00 p.m. on a recent workday, and Buddy Yates sets off on the first leg of his long commute home. He and his guide dog, Palmer, step through the fast-food containers that litter the street on the way to Rainier Avenue South where he will catch his first bus.

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Family Assistance
1:00 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

New DSHS Plan To Protect Children In Washington State

Kevin Quigley, Courtesy DSHS

Part of Governor Jay Inslee’s proposed budget, released Thursday, includes adding money to help the state Department of Social and Health Services intervene more quickly in cases of possible child abuse.

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