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Financial Incentives
10:18 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Federal Tax Ruling Could Mean Upswing In Gay Marriages In Washington

Austin Jenkins

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 3:47 pm

County officials who issue marriage licenses in Washington are gearing up for a possible influx of new applicants.

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Health Care Exchange
10:10 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Certification Of Wash. Health Plans Delayed

Flickr Photo/Alex Proimos

It will be another week before Washington consumers will know how many new certified health plans will be be sold in the exchange. The exchange is a web-based market for health insurance that’s part of the Affordable Care Act. The nine-member board that governs the exchange voted Thursday to delay certification until next week.

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Afghan Massacre
6:49 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Thought Of 'Flames Of Hell' For Sgt. Bales Comforts Afghans

Sadiqullah (center), who was shot by Staff Sgt. Robert Bales and was a witness in the trial, stands with some of the Afghan civilians who traveled from Kandahar to the U.S. for Bales' trial. Translator Ahmad Shafi is at left, in the blue shirt.
Martin Kaste NPR

It was jarring for survivors and witnesses of the 2012 attack by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales on two villages in Afghanistan to come to the U.S. to testify at his trial this month, translator Ahmad Shafi tells Morning Edition.

They were at Washington State's Joint Base Lewis-McChord — a place much different than their homes in Kandahar. What's more, the U.S. military's system of justice was strange to them.

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Stadium Reopens
1:00 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Husky Stadium Has Long History Beyond Football

Husky Stadium viewed from Lake Washington
javacolleen Flickr

Early September means college football. And down along Montlake Boulevard, the University of Washington Huskies are getting ready to play in their remodeled and expanded stadium. Though most of the structure is new, there’s been a stadium on this same spot since 1920. And in nearly a century, it’s played host to a lot more than football games.

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Sexual Abuse Lawsuit
4:30 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Massive Lawsuit Filed Against Boy Scouts Of America Includes Local Charters

An alleged victim identified in the lawsuit as S.O. describes sexual abuse he says was perpetrated by his scoutmaster.
Credit Courtesy Kosnoff/Fasy PLLC

A lawsuit filed Thursday in King County Superior Court alleges that the Boy Scouts of America continues to cover up a culture that ignored serial pedophiles in its ranks.

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Minimum Wage Jobs
2:36 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Seattle Fast Food Workers Strike For $15 Wage

Credit KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Fast-food workers and union activists in Seattle and Tacoma joined a nationwide rally Thursday aimed to bring attention to a drive for a $15 minimum wage.

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Health Exchange
11:43 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Abortions Not Covered By Group Health, But Not Charged Either

Mike Kreidler, Washington state insurance commissioner.
Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kriedler.

Seattle’s nonprofit health care system, Group Health, has said they won’t be offering abortion coverage in the new health care exchange.

But they also said women will be able to get an abortion without paying more.

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Oil Transportation
11:14 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Shell Moving Ahead On Oil Train Project For Puget Sound Refinery

The oil refinery in Anacortes, Wash., with Mt. Baker in the background.
Flickr Photo/RVWithTito

On Thursday morning Shell Oil will be meeting with officials from a county in Washington state to talk about plans to build a rail extension to deliver oil from North Dakota to its refinery near Puget Sound.

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March On Washington Anniversary
11:02 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Local Civil Rights Leader's Story Of Sitting Near Dr. King

Reverend Samuel McKinney ringing a bell in honor of the March on Washington's 50th anniversary.
KUOW Photo/Allie Ferguson

Local civil rights leader Reverend Samuel McKinney of Mt. Zion Baptist Church was in Washington, D.C., for the March on Washington in 1963. In fact, McKinney had one of the best seats in the house: right next to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Minimum Wage
10:28 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Fast Food Workers Walk Out In Seattle, Protesting Wages

Wage strike in downtown Seattle on a rainy morning, August 29, 2013.
Twitter Photo/@acmyscp

Fast food workers have begun striking in Seattle this morning. According to organizers, strike lines will take place at several coffee spots around the downtown area.

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Marijuana Regulation
10:00 am
Thu August 29, 2013

City Moratoriums Could Thwart Legal Marijuana

Katheirne Hitt, Flickr.

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 4:16 pm

Legal pot? Not so fast. That’s the message from a growing number of Washington cities.

Several municipalities are considering whether to pass a moratorium on pot-related businesses. Others – like Bellingham and Olympia – have already enacted temporary bans.

Richland, Pasco and Kennewick are just the latest Washington cities to consider moratoriums. But it’s not just more conservative eastern Washington communities. Liberal Bellingham and Olympia have said ‘time out’ when it comes to legal, recreational pot.

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Syria Crisis
8:47 am
Thu August 29, 2013

British PM David Cameron Makes Case For Military Action In Syria

US Ambassador Samantha Power talks with British delegate Michael Tatham in the UN Security Council, Aug. 29, 2013. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the Inspection team in Syria is expected to complete its work Friday and report to him Saturday.
AP Photo/Richard Drew

Britain could launch strikes against the Syrian regime without the backing of the United Nations, according to its own legal advice.

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I Have A Dream
9:54 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Nation's Capitol Celebration: 50-Year Anniversary Of The March On Washington

Hundreds of thousands descended on Washington, D.C.'s, Lincoln Memorial August 28, 1963.
From Wikipedia.

In honor of the 50-year anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, NPR will be airing special live coverage of the celebration starting at 11:00 a.m. PT in the nation’s Capitol.

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Reduced Trail Work
9:50 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Forest Service Cuts Maintenance Projects In Sequester Response

US Forest Service. A trail crew widens the tread on the Tubal Cain Trail in the Olympic National Forest.

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 5:23 pm

Remember the "sequester" cuts? The dust is finally settling and the consequences becoming real for a program in the U.S. Forest Service that sends money to timber counties.

At the beginning of sequestration, the Forest Service demanded that rural counties pay back some of the timber payments they'd already received and spent. But all of the recipients of the federal aid refused to go along with this approach to across-the-board federal budget cuts.

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Rim Fire Danger
9:50 am
Wed August 28, 2013

California Weather Events Travel Through Idaho, Bringing Fire Risk

InciWeb. The Little Queens Fire is burning more than 20,000 acres near the town of Atlanta, Idaho.

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 4:17 pm

The same weather patterns that are making the Rim Fire a challenge for firefighters in California have been moving up through parts of the Northwest. Specifically, through central Idaho. Fire managers say the forests there are ripe for fire, and more lightning is in the forecast this week.

The fact that massive fires are raging both in California and in Idaho is no coincidence, according to Robyn Broyles. She's with the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise.

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