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Energy Secretary Nominee
8:49 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Energy Secretary Nominee No Stranger To Hanford Tank Leaks

White House

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 7:35 am

RICHLAND, Wash. – President Obama’s nominee for the next federal Energy Secretary is no stranger to the cleanup work at the Northwest’s Hanford Nuclear Reservation. Ernest Moniz was Energy undersecretary during the Clinton Administration and back in the late '90s he faced scrutiny about tank leaks at Hanford.

The problem -- and question then -- was whether about a million gallons of leaked radioactive tank waste had reached the groundwater and was headed toward the Columbia River. Or if it was staying put in a dry layer of soil, above the groundwater.

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Universal Background Checks
8:34 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Washington Sheriffs, Police Chiefs Say Pistol Database Is Valuable Tool

Quagmar Flickr

Originally published on Mon March 4, 2013 5:36 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Efforts to get gun rights leaders in Washington to support -- or at least not oppose -- universal background checks appear to have hit a stumbling block. At issue is a state database that tracks pistol sales. Second Amendment advocates want it shut down, but the state’s sheriffs and police chiefs say it’s a vital law enforcement tool.

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Education Reform
6:11 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Washington Charter School Commissioners To Be Announced This Week

The first members of Washington state’s new Charter School Commission are due to be appointed Wednesday. The commission will be able to approve some of the 40 charter schools allowed under the law voters passed last fall.

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High Court Review
12:00 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Death Penalty Cases Derailed In King County

An officer leads Joseph McEnroe into the courtroom before he pleaded not guilty to six murder charges at the King County Courthouse in Seattle on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008.
AP Photo/Kevin P. Casey

Both of King County’s death penalty cases are on hold pending appeal to the Washington Supreme Court. A key issue in both cases is whether the defendants have experienced any hardships that should have required prosecutors to be more lenient.

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Musical Innovation
5:00 am
Sun March 3, 2013

Seattle Composer Eyvind Kang Inspires Local Musicians

Eyvind Kang leads a composition for 11 musicians titled Time Medicine that resonated through the Frye Art Museum galleries.
Alan Berner / The Seattle times

Eyvind Kang is a violist, composer and improviser who lives in Seattle.  You might not have heard of him before, but he’s played with the pop stars Beck and Laurie Anderson and with big names in jazz and new music like Bill Frisell and John Zorn.  All these artists are drawn to Eyvind because of his playing, his musical imagination and his unpredictability.

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Education Funding
5:49 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Sequester Slashes Washington Head Start, K-12 Funding

At least 1,000 children could be kicked out of Head Start programs in Washington due to the automatic federal budget cuts that began today.

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Sequestration Gridlock
4:05 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Sequestration Suspends King County Housing Vouchers

The King County Housing Authority has stopped issuing new Section 8 vouchers. The program is federally subsidized through the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The move is a result of the impending reduction in those funds due to sequestration.

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Undocumented Taxpayers
2:05 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

No Citizenship? No Problem For IRS

Eva Rubio-Reboca helps undocumented workers file tax returns at El Centro de la Raza in Seattle.
Credit KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

On a recent night at El Centro de la Raza, in Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood, undocumented workers show up with folders of paperwork. They’ve come to this Latino-focused non-profit to get help with their tax returns.

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Sonics Sale Update
11:01 am
Fri March 1, 2013

New Group Bids To Keep Kings In Sacramento

Sacramento Kings at Sleep Train Arena.
Credit Flickr Photo/Lisa Nottingham

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson still says his city is keeping their NBA basketball team, the Kings. That's despite a deal already in the works to sell the team to a Seattle group.

Johnson announced that new investors are stepping in with a last-ditch effort to keep the team on Thursday night.

Mark Mastrov is a Sacramento local and the founder of 24 Hour Fitness, and will make a bid for the team. Pittsburg Penguins owner Ron Burkle will solve the city's other problem and lead a group to build a new downtown arena.

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Man Killed In Conflict
10:27 am
Fri March 1, 2013

More Details On Greenwood Police Shooting

Seattle police have released information on the fatal shooting Tuesday evening of a 21-year-old man in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood.

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State Law
10:09 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Defiance And Praise As Washington High Court Makes Tax Hikes Easier

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 5:45 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Raising taxes in Washington just got a whole lot easier. The state Supreme Court Thursday threw out the requirement that tax increases muster a two-thirds vote of the legislature. Democrats say the ruling will allow more options as lawmakers grapple with ongoing budget woes. But Republicans vow to uphold the will of voters who have repeatedly supported a high bar for tax hikes.

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Supreme Court Tax Ruling
9:31 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Supermajority Ruling Is Personal Defeat For Fiery Initiative Activist

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 5:00 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the two-thirds requirement for tax hikes is a personal defeat for initiative activist Tim Eyman. Over the years, he sponsored three of the five ballot measures that enacted the supermajority rule.

Outside the Capitol after the ruling, reporters noted that Eyman seemed more subdued than defiant.

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The Two-Way
9:19 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Decrying 'Dumb, Arbitrary Cuts,' Obama Says 'We Will Get Through This'

Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 11:23 am

"Washington sure isn't making it easy" for the American people and the American economy, President Obama told reporters late Friday morning as he and other lawmakers failed to reach a deal to avert $85 billion worth of automatic "sequester" spending cuts due to start at the end of the day.

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Small Businesses
5:07 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Green Lake Pitch ‘N Putt Golf Course: The 30-Year-Old Family Business That Almost Died

Dione Taitch grew up on this tiny golf course. She climbed the trees and made forts in the bushes. Now, she runs it with her mom.
Credit KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

Friday, March 1, is opening day at the Green Lake Pitch ‘n Putt Golf Course. The course has nine holes. The clubhouse isn’t much bigger than a roadside fruit stand. Admission is less than $10. For the thirtieth year in a row, the Taitch family will be running the place. But last year, the family almost called it quits.

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College Savings
12:26 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

For Families And Lawmakers, Washington's Tuition Savings Plan Is A Costly Bargain

Cary and Julie Westerbeck with their latest member of the GET savings plan: daughter Leah
KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

Halfway through the enrollment season for Washington's Guaranteed Tuition Savings program, the number of new enrollments is lagging compared to the last two years. Consumer confidence in the program is slipping, at least for now, even as state lawmakers express their concerns about the $600 million shortfall in the program.  

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