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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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Creative Accounting
6:00 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Many Wash. Districts Have Been Exaggerating Graduation Rates

Graduation rate calculations, long based on districts' subjective determinations, will now be standardized nationwide.
Flickr/draggin

In 2011, the Washington Association of School Administrators named Mary Alice Heuschel Superintendent of the Year. In a promotional video for the award, Heuschel described how she helped transform the Renton School District in her five years as superintendent.

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Seattle Police
5:36 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

SPD Officials Say They've Learned May Day Lessons

SPD officers and protesters at Westlake Center on May 1, 2012.
Credit Flickr Photo/Trevor Dykstra

A new report found many shortcomings in how the Seattle Police Department handled May Day demonstrations in downtown Seattle last year. SPD officials said they’ve made important changes since then. 

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Early Learning
4:54 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Two Seattle Head Start Programs Deemed Low-Quality, Lose Funding

The United Indians of All Tribes Foundation Head Start program, one of two Washington programs to lose federal funding, is located at the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center in Seattle's Discovery Park.
brewbooks Flickr

  Two Seattle Head Start programs have lost their federal funding after they failed to meet quality standards. It's the first round of contract terminations in the new push by the Obama administration to improve the early learning programs for low-income kids.

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Proposed Study Key To Bill
12:17 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Washington Republicans Declare Victory On Inslee's Climate Change Bill

Washington Legislature

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 3:07 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – In the coming months, Washington state will embark on a study of the best ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The research is one provision of a measure Governor Jay Inslee signed into law Tuesday. It’s a key legislative win for the Democrat.

So why are Republicans declaring victory?

In the end, Governor Inslee got his climate change bill. But it came out looking a bit different then it went in. That’s because Republicans now largely control the Washington Senate. They rewrote key sections of the bill.

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Water Pollution Claims
9:09 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Environmentalists Announce Water Pollution Lawsuit Over Escaped Coal

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

Environmental groups have collected samples of black rock collected in water bodies along train tracks in the Northwest and found that some of that rock is coal. The Sierra Club, Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, Columbia Riverkeeper and other environmental groups have sent a notice of intent to sue BNSF Railway and several coal companies for violations of the Clean Water Act.

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State Route 99 Tunnel Megaproject
7:38 am
Wed April 3, 2013

The Tradition Of Naming Tunneling Machines

Bertha, on board the Fairpartner, in Elliot Bay
Bow Jones

Bertha is here. The world’s largest tunnel boring machine arrived in Seattle Tuesday after being shipped from Japan. It’s expected to reach land sometime this week. After that, in a few months, it will get to work drilling the tunnel that will replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct.

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Education Reform
7:35 am
Wed April 3, 2013

12 Wash. Districts File To Become Charter School Authorizers

derekbruff Flickr

Twelve Washington school districts have formally announced they’ll apply to become charter school authorizers. Bellevue, Highline, Kent, Tacoma, Spokane and Port Townsend are among the districts seeking the power to approve charter school applications in their regions. Those districts met the State Board of Education's April 1 deadline for notices of intent to apply for authorizer status.

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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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