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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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State Budget
12:06 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Washington Governor Proposes To End Several Tax Breaks To Fund Schools

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 3:46 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash - Oregon shoppers in Washington would pay sales tax and bottled water would be taxed under a proposal from Governor Jay Inslee to raise $1.2B in additional money for public schools.

Inslee, a Democrat, proposed Thursday to end or modify a dozen tax exemptions, extend two expiring tax hikes, and cut back by 25-percent a favorable tax rate that many businesses enjoy.

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Transportation
11:37 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Meet The New Head Of WSDOT

Lynn Peterson
Photo Courtesy/WSDOT

The new head of the Washington Department of Transportation is exploring alternate funding models for the state's transportation projects, including tolls and fees based on mileage. Lynn Peterson spoke Thursday with The Conversation's Ross Reynolds.

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Payday Loan Proposal
9:22 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Proposed Short-Term Loan Stirs Heated Debate In Washington

Dan Iggers Flickr

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 5:28 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – One of the Northwest’s most visible payday lenders is back in the middle of a fight over short-term loans. Moneytree wants the Washington legislature to approve a new type of consumer loan.

This new loan would give short-term borrowers more money up front, but also more time to pay it off. Someone in a financial pinch could borrow up to $1,500 cash over 12 months.

In testimony before a panel of lawmakers, opponent Bruce Neas noted that all the fees and interest could add up to more than the amount of the original loan.

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Food Systems Regulations
7:24 am
Thu March 28, 2013

The Long Road To Safety Changes In Food Systems

Bill Marler is a food safety attorney in Seattle. He represented families affected by the deadly Jack in the Box E. coli outbreak 20 years ago. He says the proposed food safety rules will start some changes that are long overdue, but there are still some gaps.
Credit Marler Clark

Salmonella. E.coli. Listeria. Every year about 48 million Americans get sick from eating contaminated food. Some people become seriously ill and need to be hospitalized. More than 3 million of those illnesses are from tainted produce.

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