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Finding A Home For Waste
6:11 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Seattle Compost Is A Hot Potato

Compost pile
Flickr Photo/Meaduva

Seattle city council members are scheduled to vote Monday on legislation that could change where the city's food and yard waste ends up. But the latest plan is raising a stink east of the Cascades.

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Aviation Workforce Reduction
4:44 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Boeing Machinists Optimistic Despite Layoffs

A Boeing 747-8 being readied for its first flight at Paine Field in Everett, Washington..
Flickr Photo/Chuck Taylor

Boeing has announced it will lay off 800 machinists in the Puget Sound area this year. The company says workforce needs on two of its newest jet programs have been reduced.

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The Short Arm Of The Law
4:13 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

High Court To Seattle Police: “You Had To Be There” For Misdemeanor Arrest

The Temple of Justice in Olympia.
Flickr Photo/Aidan Wakely-Mulroney

If you’re not a police officer, imagine you are one.

Picture yourself perched on the second floor of a building in Belltown. You see someone selling drugs. You radio a fellow officer on the ground and tell him to arrest a guy on a misdemeanor charge of drug loitering. Your partner searches him and finds crack.

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Paying To Drive
2:25 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Toll Plan Cheat Sheet

Drivers who decide to pay tolls on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge with cash or credit card must use the cash-only lanes and stop at the toll plaza.
Flickr Photo/WSDOT

Washington state officials announced proposals on Tuesday to increase the toll rates on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and the State Route 520 floating bridge. The tolls are being used to pay off bonds that support the financing of the bridge projects. The bond contracts for those bridges are very different, which means the tolling plans are different.

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Personal History Remembered
9:59 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Border Crossing Stories Play Big Role In Immigrant Family Histories

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 9:25 pm

MABTON, Wash. - Most American families have some kind of immigration lore -- think Ellis Island, the Oregon Trail and slave ships. At dinner tables across the Northwest, some Mexican-American families tell their own vivid tales. They regale each other with stories of relatives swimming to better opportunities across the Rio Grande or crossing the desert at night.

Yes, these crossings are illegal, but they also are part of a family’s history. If the U.S. Congress adopts comprehensive immigration reform this year, these types of border stories could begin to fade.

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Protective Status
6:25 am
Fri March 22, 2013

President Obama Set To Create National Monument In Washington’s San Juan Islands

More than 70,000 people visit Washington's San Juan Islands every year.
Ashley Ahearn

President Obama is set to announce the creation of several new national monuments on Monday. One of them will be in Washington’s San Juan Islands.

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Interactive Artwork
5:35 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

New Seattle Art Museum Installation Mirrors The City

Artist Rendering, Seattle Art Museum's Mirror installation
Credit Courtesy/Doug Aitken Workshop

When Seattle Art Museum opened its expanded downtown building in 2007, some people thought the main entrance on First Avenue was a little undistinguished.

One of those people was the late arts patron Bagley Wright. His wife, Virginia, says he thought the museum entrance needed to be marked in a dramatic way. "Because it looked like the entrance to an office building," she recalls.

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Modern Burlesque
5:22 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Seattle's Waxie Moon: Burlesque Performer For A New Century

Marc Kenison as Waxie Moon.
POC Photo/Paul O'Connell

When you hear the word burlesque, what comes to mind?

Some of us envision down and dirty night clubs populated by weary strippers clad in not much more than feather boas and G-strings. For most of the past century, burlesque has been synonymous with women doing a little bump and grind for mostly male audience members. Remember the musical "Gypsy?"

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Safety And Privacy
5:43 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Colorado Murder Resonates With Local Public Officials

Credit KUOW Photo / Sara Lerner

The executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections was shot dead after answering the doorbell at his home Tuesday night. So far no one has been arrested  in the death of Tom Clements.

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Low-Skilled Workers
5:04 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Immigration Reform In The Restaurant Kitchen

Haitian immigrant Jean Emy Pierre, center, head chef at Colors, a restaurant co-owned by a multinational immigrant staff, with his kitchen staff as they prepare for dinner customers in New York.
Credit AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews

Next time you go out for a nice dinner, give a listen near the restaurant’s kitchen. Amid the bustle, there’s a decent chance you’ll hear chefs, cooks or dishwashers speaking Spanish.

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Climate Change
8:12 am
Wed March 20, 2013

New Study Shows Increase In Stormy Weather In Western Washington

A stormy scene on the Dungeness Spit in Washington state. Climate researchers say rainfall data suggests it's getting stormier on the Olympic Peninsula.
Flickr/masmediaspace

The Northwest is famous for its steady gray drizzle. But for violent storms and downpours? Not so much. That might be changing. Newly published research finds evidence that rain is coming in more intense bursts in one Northwest location.

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Starbucks Campaign Cash
7:29 am
Wed March 20, 2013

UPDATE: Starbucks Shareholders Want Ban On Political Contributions

Starbucks shareholder Bruce Herbert lobbies for a proposal that would prohibit Starbucks from contributing to political campaigns.
KUOW/Deborah Wang

Story last updated by Phyllis Fletcher on March 20, 2013 at 1:50 p.m.

Starbucks holds its annual shareholders’ meeting Wednesday in Seattle. On the agenda: a proposal from a group of investors that’s meant to limit the company’s involvement in elections.

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Pot Usage Rates
7:22 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Joint Size Matters When Gauging Marijuana Usage

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue March 19, 2013 4:11 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Predicting marijuana usage rates in Washington might come down to a test Cheech and Chong would appreciate: the size of the joint. So says one of the state’s new pot legalization consultants.

There’s a classic Cheech and Chong scene where they smoke a massive joint while driving down the road. Cheech says “Looks like a quarter pounder, man.”

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Fruits Of Undocumented Labor
5:15 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Northwest Town Rides Ups And Downs Of "Broken" Immigration System

Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 10:57 am

BREWSTER, Wash. - There's one word that politicians almost always use when they talk about the U.S. immigration system. That word is “broken.” But what does that really mean? Residents of the small town of Brewster, Wash., know. For decades, immigrants have come from Mexico, often illegally, to work the surrounding apple and cherry orchards. Bewster, it turns out, is a microcosm of how the immigration debate is playing out.

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Education Reform
7:33 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Many Wash. 12th Graders May Not Graduate Due To New Math Standards

With high school graduation ceremonies just three months away, nearly 15,000 Washington high school seniors have yet to pass the newest addition to the state's graduation requirements.

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