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Port of Seattle
9:48 am
Wed September 18, 2013

'Inspected Once - Cleared Twice' Is Goal Of International Trade Experiment

Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 9:41 pm


A seaport in northern British Columbia is serving as the test site for a venture to make international cargo inspections more efficient.


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Agriculture
9:47 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Alfalfa In Washington Field Tests Positive For GMO

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 5:48 pm

Tests of alfalfa seed from a field in eastern Washington have come back positive for genetically engineered genes called Round-Up-Ready.

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Seattle Waterfront
9:46 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Inslee Says 'Big Bertha' To Resume Drilling Seattle Tunnel

WSDOT

Originally published on Tue September 17, 2013 4:44 pm

"Big Bertha" should soon get back to work digging a nearly two mile tunnel to replace Seattle’s Alaskan Way Viaduct.

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Homeless Resource Fair
8:39 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Seattle Center Plays Host To 1,400 Homeless Guests

Volunteer Anne Walton clips Calvin Smith's toenails at the United Way's Resource Exchange for the homeless at Seattle Center.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

More than 1,400 homeless individuals descended on Seattle Center Tuesday to take part in a one-day resource fair put on by United Way of King County.

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Aerospace Shift
1:00 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Next Few Years Critical For Boeing Jobs In Washington

A 787 waits for delivery at Boeing's Everett Delivery Center.
KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

The economic future of this region is still tied to the future of  Boeing, the region's bellwether employer.  The aerospace industry pays 7.5 percent of the wages in Washington state, and Boeing remains the region’s largest private employer, with 85,000 local jobs.

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San Juan Islands
9:40 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Washington State Ferry Captain And Second Mate Placed On Leave After Collision

Compdude123 Wikimedia

Originally published on Tue September 17, 2013 3:32 pm

Last Friday, a large ferry collided with a sailboat, sinking that much smaller craft.

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Labor Dispute
9:29 am
Tue September 17, 2013

National Labor Board Takes Space Needle Management To Court

Flickr Photo/Craig Elliott

The National Labor Relations Board and Space Needle management are in federal court this week.

The union that represents about 200 employees at the Needle is accusing management of union busting and unfair labor practices.

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From Mechanic To Nurse
8:20 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Health Care Sector Jobs Slowly Rebounding From Recession

Ross McGilvray works as a registered nurse in the Medical Telemetry unit at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle, Wash.
karenducey.com/Karen Ducey

Nursing schools around the country have seen a jump in enrollment in the last few years. Many students were hoping to get in on what was supposed to be a recession-proof field: the growing health care sector. Instead, new graduates faced a tough market.

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Aaron Alexis
7:39 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Deceased Navy Yard Suspect Arrested In Seattle In 2004

Credit FBI

The man law enforcement have identified as the deceased gunman who opened fire at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. Monday was arrested in Seattle in May of 2004 for shooting up a car.   

According to police reports, Aaron Alexis was living with his grandmother in Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood that year. A construction crew was building a house next door, and one of the workers told police that Alexis stared at them every morning for a month leading up to the incident.

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Audio Postcard
2:55 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Volunteers Restore Historic Jet In Everett

A DeHavilland Comet is undergoing restoration in Everett.
KUOW Photo/Sarah Waller

Volunteers at the Museum of Flight Restoration Center in Everett have been working diligently since 1995 to restore one of the last DeHavilland Comets. The Comet was the world’s first commercial jetliner, and its body shape inspired the jets of today.

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Budget Earmarks
9:19 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Lawmaker Requested Projects Get Funding In Washington's Construction Budget

studio-d Flickr

Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 5:23 pm

In Washington, DC they’re called earmarks: the money members of Congress put in the budget for projects back home. In Washington state, there’s a more genteel term: member requests.

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8:53 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Costa Concordia In Italy Freed From Rocks

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Engineering officials in Italy say they have succeeded in lifting the cruise ship Costa Concordia free of rocks, 20 months after it ran aground. Efforts to right the ship, one of the largest and most daunting salvage operations ever undertaken, are expected to last up to 12 hours.
Engineering officials in Italy say they have succeeded in lifting the cruise ship Costa Concordia free of the rocks, 20 months after it ran aground. The salvage operation to right the ship, one of the largest and most daunting ever undertaken, is expected to last up to 12 hours.
Coal Train Impact
8:44 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Documents Reveal Army Corps’ Earlier Concerns About Coal Trains And Wetlands

The TransAlta Centralia Generation Plant has been burning coal since 1971. The coal burned there was mined on-site until 2006 when the Centralia mine closed and the power plant began bringing in Powder River Basin coal by train.
Pamela Gerber

Proposals to make the Northwest a major coal exporting region have made for a familiar debate over the potential impacts on people and the environment. Will it help the economy? What will coal dust do to the air we breathe? Will our rivers and marine waters be threatened?

Here’s another question: Will coal trains harm the wetlands of the Pacific Northwest?

So far, wetlands have not been a central part of the public debate over coal exports. But concern over these ecologically sensitive areas are familiar to the federal regulators who will decide whether to permit coal export terminals.

In fact, according to government documents obtained by EarthFix, the Army Corps of Engineers has already studied the issue. And in at least one instance, it’s reached a conclusion:

Coal trains are bad for wetlands.

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Child Care As Economic Indicator
5:27 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Job Recovery From Small Town To Big City

Lyman day care provider Amber Rooks.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

The economic downturn attributed to the Great Recession tested the resilience of many workers and careers.

King County’s unemployment rate is more than 2 percent lower than the national rate. In fact, the Seattle area is seen as a bright spot in the recovery. But the farther you get from the big city, the more likely a  different picture emerges. In some rural areas, incomes and job security are lower, and this has made for a tougher recovery.

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Federal Vs. State Law
5:18 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Washington Amends Pot Regulations To Appease Feds

If someone sells drugs within 1,000 feet of a school, they can receive a stiffer sentence under federal law. In developing rules for legal marijuana, Washington state regulators tried to depart slightly from that federal rule. They allowed stores to count the 1,000 feet along sidewalks or roads, rather than “as the crow flies.”

The change would have created more legal locations for pot stores.  But now the state is backtracking.

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