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Federal Law Enforcement
7:12 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Suspected Immigration Violators Face Long Waits in King County Jails

Some inmates have longer stays at the King County Adult Detention Center in downtown Seattle due to an agreement between the King County Sheriff and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
King County Photo

If you’re booked into a King County jail, you’ll stay an extra month on average if immigration officials want to review your file. That’s even if you haven’t been charged with a crime.

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Nuclear Waste Storage
9:05 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Hanford Watchdogs: Sending Tank Waste To New Mexico Won't Work

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 7:30 am

 

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Long Road To Food Safety
7:22 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Contaminated Burgers In Seattle Trigger FDA Changes, 20 Years Later

Allysa (left) and her mother Connie Chrobuck in a recent photo.
Courtesy the Chrobuck family

The Food and Drug Administration recently proposed the most sweeping changes to food safety rules in 70 years. Now it wants to hear from the public.

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Chief Seattle Treaty
5:39 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Duwamish Tribe Renews Hopes For Federal Recognition

Cecile Hansen, chairwoman of the Duwamish Tribe.
Courtesy Photo

At the Duwamish Longhouse in West Seattle, Cecile Hansen traces her finger down a plaque of names. “Look at all our leaders, starting with the chief here,” Hansen says.

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Federal Budget Impact
5:11 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Defense Contractor Lays Off One-Third Of Its Joint Base Lewis-McChord Staff

Elizabeth Sowersby was laid off from her job as a helicopter electrician at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
KUOW Photo/Patricia Murphy

Last week the Department of Defense delayed anticipated furlough notices for civilian employees. The DOD said the two-week delay would allow it to analyze the impact of the federal budget sequester on its workforce.

But not everyone got a reprieve.

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Derelict Vessel Removal
7:52 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Washington Set To Pass Legislation On Derelict Vessels, But Funding Problems Remain

Recreational boaters in Washington pay a registration fee, part of which covers clean up and removal of derelict vessels. Commercial vessels do not pay into that fund.
Ashley Ahearn

There are several hundred derelict and abandoned vessels dotting the waterways of Washington and Oregon. They can block navigation and pollute the environment, and they can also be very expensive to remove.

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Terrorism Or Entrapment?
6:59 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Seattle Man Gets 18 Years For Terror Plot

Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif (left) and Walli Mujahidh aim machine guns purchased from a police informant in 2011. Mujahidh is scheduled for sentencing on April 8.
U.S. Attorney's Office

A Seattle man received an 18-year prison sentence on terrorism charges on Monday after plotting to attack a military installation in South Seattle.

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Top Olympia Lobbyists
8:49 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Washington Teachers' Union Top Lobbying Spender In Olympia So Far

Originally published on Fri March 22, 2013 4:45 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – New disclosure reports are out on money spent for lobbying in Olympia. Who tops the list? So far Washington’s teachers’ union is spending the most to influence state lawmakers this legislative session.

The Washington Education Association has five top priorities for the 2013 legislature. The list includes more money for schools as directed by the Washington Supreme Court. The union is also pushing for competitive salaries and benefits for teachers and support staff.

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Yesler Terrace Series
6:48 am
Mon March 25, 2013

After 40 Years In Yesler Terrace, One Resident Looks To The Future

Kristin O'Donnell loves meetings.
KUOW Photo/Dominic Black

Kristin O'Donnell loves meetings. "Absolutely my hobby. I do enjoy meetings," she tells me over a cup of tea in the Panama Hotel. Meetings, she says, offer a way to affect change in her community. And besides, she likes to put on a show. "To a large extent community organizing is theater; it works just often enough that I'm hooked."

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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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