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Hospital Mergers
10:09 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Wash. Attorney General: Public Hospitals Must Comply With Abortion Law

Public hospital districts that provide maternity care must also ensure that abortion and contraception services are available to women. That’s the opinion from the state Attorney General’s Office yesterday. It comes on the heels of recent hospital partnerships that involve religious organizations. Critics have been trying to put the brakes on these contracts until there’s proper oversight.

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Seattle School Board
9:18 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Crowds Turn Out For Board Meeting Weeks Before School Begins

Umojafest P.E.A.C.E. Center founder K. Wyking Garrett addresses the Seattle School Board Wednesday.
KUOW Photo/Ann Dornfeld

School doesn't start for two weeks, but it was standing room only at the Seattle School Board meeting Wednesday night as hundreds of community members turned out for a host of issues they want settled before school begins.

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Coal Train Study
10:21 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Seattle Mayor’s Coal Economics Study Released

Port of Seattle Photo/Don Wilson

The results of an economic analysis of coal export impacts on Seattle have just been released, more than a month after they were handed over to Mayor Mike McGinn, who commissioned the report.

The report, titled City of Seattle Economic Analysis of Proposed Coal Train Operations, cost $25,000. It was completed by Community Attributes and delivered to the mayor’s office on July 10.

But McGinn did not release the report to the public until The Seattle Times filed a public records request. Then the mayor posted the study to his blog on Friday afternoon, within nine minutes of giving a copy of the report to The Seattle Times.

When asked about the delay on the July 10 report, McGinn told EarthFix and KUOW, “That wasn’t the final because my staff and others provided comments to them and they made substantial revisions after that.”

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Military Trial
9:59 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Emotional Testimony: Bales' Sentencing Trial Begins For Massacre In Afghanistan

In this courtroom sketch Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, foreground, is seated as prosecutor Lt Col. Jay Morse, right, speaks to the jury in a courtroom at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., August 20, 2013.
AP Photo/Peter Millett

Staff Sgt Robert Bales, who pleaded guilty in June to the murder of 16 Afghan civilians, is being tried before a military jury of six who will decide whether he should be eligible for parole. Nine Afghan villagers who survived the massacre have flown to Joint Base Lewis-McChord for the sentencing trial.

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Rockin' Rollin' Seattle
1:00 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Remembering The Beatles Seattle Invasion In The Summer Of '64

Paul McCartney and John Lennon on stage at the Coliseum.
copyright © Timothy Eagan

The first wave of the British Invasion hit the shores of the Pacific Northwest with the arrival of The Beatles on August 21, 1964.

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Market Regulation
8:58 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

With Pot Legal In Washington, Will Buyers Stay Underground?

Seattle law enforcement's mellow attitude toward pot was on display at this year's annual Hempfest, where the cops were at the gate — handing out bags of Doritos.
Martin Kaste NPR

Originally published on Tue August 20, 2013 6:25 pm

In Washington state, regulators are putting the finishing touches on rules for the new state-sanctioned recreational marijuana market. And the man hired to help shape those rules is raising a warning to local law enforcement: toughen up on the black market.

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Workers Want Wage Increase
4:58 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Berry Pickers Call For Boycott Of Sakuma Brothers Farms

Flats of blueberries from Sakuma Brothers Farms at Ballard Market in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Disgruntled berry pickers at a major farm in Skagit Valley have brought their fight to grocery stores in Seattle, Mount Vernon and Bellingham. On Tuesday, about a dozen farm workers and advocates waved handmade signs outside of the upscale Ballard Market in Seattle, calling for a boycott.

“Don’t buy Sakuma berries,” shouted Anna Lopez, who’s picked berries at Sakuma Brothers Farms for about 10 years. Just inside the store, the produce section features deals on fresh-picked Sakuma blueberries and strawberries.

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Remembering The Big Game
12:11 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

1982 Little League Team Brings World Championship To Kirkland

12–year–old Cody Webster, hero of the Kirkland Little League team, and his teammates are cheered by fans in Kirkland, Wash. The team won the world championship by beating Taiwan 6–0 in 1982.
Credit AP Photo

In the summer of 1982, Kirkland, Wash., was a quiet bedroom community. That was, until the local underdog Little League team made it to the World Championship game and became a part of sports history.

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Human Interest
9:36 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Northwest Chimps Compete In National Art Contest

Courtesy of Chimpanzee Sanctuary NW

Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 12:30 pm

Two chimpanzees living in the Northwest are competing in a national art contest.  The chimps and their caretakers are trying to win a $10,000 first prize for their respective sanctuaries. 

The abstract artwork entered by Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest in Cle Elum, Washington was created using children's finger paint enhanced with sunflower seed shells. "It's kind of a mixed media piece," says sanctuary outreach director Diana Goodrich. She says the chimp artist is a retired biomedical study subject named Jamie.

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Grape Harvest
8:31 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Northwest Winemakers Ready For 'Intense' Vintage

Anna King, Northwest News Network. Vineyard manager Dick Boushey.

Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 4:48 pm

Wine grapes throughout the Northwest are ripening faster this year because of the hot dry summer. Vineyard managers and winemakers are preparing for a breakneck harvest over the next few weeks -- if it stays warm.

This year Eastern Washington had record-setting heat in July, while Oregon had consistently warm weather. Growers throughout the Northwest are hoping for cooler temperatures so the grapes don’t race to ripeness.

The prediction is for more wine, deeper colors and higher alcohol levels.

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Genetic Engineering
5:51 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

GMO Labeling Backers Outspend Foes In Washington

The busy labels of Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps
KUOW Photo/John Ryan

Correction 8/22/13: A previous version of this story contained errors. It overstated the contributions received by the Yes on 522 campaign and the share of donations received from Washington state. The Yes campaign has amassed $3.5 (not 3.9) million, with 79 (not 71) percent of the funds coming from out of state. The nonprofit MapLight, based in Berkeley, Calif., informed us on Aug. 21 that it had double-counted some contributions, which led to the errors.

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E-Books
11:37 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Is Seattle The Next "New York" In Publishing?

Flickr Photo/Andrew Masson

When it comes to publishing authors’ works, Seattle may be the next New York City. Amazon and other tech companies have transformed publishing with e-readers, social media and new financial models, making the old New York book publishing house less relevant, according to tech reporter Emily Parkhurst.

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Parking Problems
5:33 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Cycle Track Plan Worries Business Owners In Ravenna

A cycle track puts a physical barrier between bicyclists and car traffic.
Flickr Photo/Jean-Pierre Chamberland (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Seattle’s Bicycle Master Plan includes a proposal for a bike lane on NE 65th Street. The bike lane would be a cycle track, which is a protected lane for bikes. Usually such lanes take away some parking.

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Ramses Square March
10:55 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Egypt Crisis: Death Toll Rises As Violence Spreads

Supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi clash with Egyptian security forces in Ramses Square, downtown Cairo, August 16.
AP Photo/Hassan Ammar

Hundreds of people gathered at a mosque in Ramses Square on Friday, after the Muslim Brotherhood, of which Mr. Morsi is a member, appealed to its supporters to join a "march of anger".

The demonstrations are taking place under the slogan "the people want to topple the coup" - referring to the military's removal of Mr. Morsi on 3 July.

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Environment Research
10:07 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Scientists Look For Climate Change Clues In Wildfire Soot

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 4:10 pm

You may know that on a hot, sunny day it’s better to be sitting in a white car than a black one. White reflects sunlight, while black absorbs more of it.

The same concept applies to researchers trying to figure out what effect wildfires have on climate change. And part of the answer is whether the smoke particles are dark or reflective.

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