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High School Exit Exams
12:16 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

New Wash. Math Requirement May Delay Graduation For 3,730 High School Seniors

Math is the only state standard standing in the way of graduation for 3,730 high school seniors.
Lou FCD Flickr

Two months before high school commencement, 9,083 seniors still haven’t passed Washington state’s new math graduation requirement.

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False ID Program
9:07 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Inslee Would Apply 'Broad' Definition Of Law Enforcement For False IDs

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 5:45 pm

Washington Governor Jay Inslee says he would apply a "broad" interpretation to the term “law enforcement” when issuing fictitious driver licenses to undercover agents. The governor’s comment follows our report that the CIA has obtained nearly 300 so-called confidential Washington driver licenses since 2007.

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Senate Bill Filed
8:58 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Immigration Reform Bill Draws Mixed Reaction

Immigrants Otts Bolisay and Xochitl Rojas hug at a press conference about immigration reform.
Credit Liz Jones / KUOW

The mood was upbeat Wednesday afternoon as supporters of immigration reform gathered in Seattle for a press conference. Students, union workers and immigrant advocates cheered the long-awaited arrival of a proposed bill in Congress. But many at the event also voiced mixed feelings about a few things the bill includes and a few things it leaves out.

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Elephant Care And Well-Being
8:07 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Woodland Park Elephants Focus Of Seattle Task Force

The Woodland Park Zoo Society's elephant task force will meet over the next few months.The panel will evaluate the well-being of the zoo's elephants.
Credit johnmuk / Flickr

A task force will meet Thursday to review the health and living conditions of three elephants at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo. The panel was created after a citizen petition last year called for an investigation into the living conditions and treatment of elephants.

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Sports & Recreation
4:39 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

An Uncertain Future For Lynnwood Municipal Golf Course

The Lynnwood Municipal Golf Course.
Credit KUOW Photo/Jeannie Yandel

If you’ve never been to the Lynnwood Municipal Golf Course before, it’s kind of tough to find. The course itself is way at the back of the parking lot of Edmonds Community College. The only clues you’re in the right place are the high ball nets surrounding the course. And, of course, golfers like Espie Grundy and Jackie Garmeyer, who are wheeling their clubs towards the green for their weekly tee time. “We try to play even if it’s raining,” Espie says.

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Exploring The Ocean Depths
2:49 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Getting Ready For World’s Largest Underwater Observatory

Jeff Cram, a mechanical engineer at University of Washington's Applied Physics Laboratory, oversees the engineering of a set of 12 devices like this one, which will gather information from the bottom of the Pacific off the Northwest coast.
Ashley Ahearn

Want to see a volcano explode hundreds of meters below the surface of the Pacific Ocean? How about in real-time streaming video, online, from the comfort of your own iPad? Well, there’s a massive scientific project underway that could help you with that and more.

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Protecting Pacific Octopus
3:00 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

New Protections Proposed For Octopuses In Puget Sound

A giant Pacific octopus on display at the Seattle Aquarium. The species' population is considered healthy in Puget Sound. Public outcry over legal octopus hunting near Seattle's Alki Beach has prompted possible restrictions.
Flickr/canopic

Right now it’s legal to hunt octopuses in Puget Sound – unless you’re in a marine preserve or conservation area. In fact, if you have a state fishing license you can harvest one every day.

But the killing of a giant Pacific octopus off Alki Beach in Seattle last October prompted a public outcry. Hundreds of scuba divers and members of the public submitted petitions to the state of Washington asking for better protection for the giant Pacific octopus in Puget Sound.

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Seattle Runners Remember
12:48 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Stories From The Boston Marathon Finish Line

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

The force of the first blast at the Boston Marathon threw runner Bill Iffrig of Lake Stevens, Wash. to the ground. The photograph of Iffrig has become an iconic image of Monday’s tragedy.

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Remembering Marathon Tragedy
10:25 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Lake Stevens Man In Iconic Photo Recounts Marathon Bombing

The force of the first blast at the Boston Marathon threw runner Bill Iffrig of Lake Stevens, Wash. to the ground. The photograph of Iffrig has become an iconic image of Monday’s tragedy.

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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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