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Urban Rest Stop
7:27 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Proposed Hygiene Facility For Homeless In Ballard Raises Concerns

This is the proposed site of the Urban Rest Stop (2014 NW 57th St) in Ballard.
Meghan Walker

A local organization is trying to address the growing need for homeless facilities in Ballard. The Low-Income Housing Institute (LIHI) wants to build a hygiene facility, known as an Urban Rest Stop, on the ground floor of a senior housing facility that’s being built. The development is in the middle of a residential neighborhood next to the Ballard Library and this has some residents concerned.

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Gun Buy Back
9:20 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Seattle's Gift Cards-For-Guns Event Sells Out

A plastic bin of assorted guns turned in by people in exchange for gift cards at Seattle's first gun buyback event in 20 years.
Allie Ferguson

Hundreds of people came out on a chilly Saturday morning to exchange their guns for $100 and $200 Amazon.com gift cards in the first guy buyback event held in Seattle in 20 years. People stood in line holding rifles in camouflage cases and shot guns wrapped in blankets among other things. Traffic clogged up city streets near the parking lot where the event took place.

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Education Reform
9:04 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Reform Vs. Funding: Battle Shaping Up In Washington Legislature

Austin Jenkins

Originally published on Mon January 28, 2013 12:32 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – One of the key battles shaping up in Olympia this year is over education reform. The Senate’s new majority coalition is proposing a series of measures aimed at getting better results in the classroom. Among the ideas: a state takeover of failing schools. Meanwhile, a key Senate Democrat says the focus should be on school funding – and proposes a new capital gains tax.

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Silver Demand Increases
8:58 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Silver Boom Brings Historic Sunshine Mine Back Online

Mine Safety and Health Administration

Originally published on Sat January 26, 2013 9:47 am

The high price of silver is bringing one of the Northwest's oldest silver mines back online. The Sunshine Mine in north Idaho is known for one of the worst mining disasters in the nation’s history. It will resume production in late 2014.

The new owner, Sunshine Silver Mines Corp., bought the mine after the previous owner went bankrupt. It happened just in time for silver prices to hit $30 an ounce, and mostly stayed there. The company expects to hire 250 miners once production begins.

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the two-way
5:07 am
Mon January 28, 2013

'Path To Citizenship' Part Of Senators' Bipartisan Immigration Plan

Air interdiction agent Jake Linde in 2010, on the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona.
John Moore Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 28, 2013 2:03 pm

  • From the NPR Newscast: Jim Hawk reports

Saying their proposal would "secure the border, modernize and streamline our current legal immigration system" and create "a tough but fair legalization program for individuals who are currently here," eight senators unveiled a "bipartisan framework for comprehensive immigration reform."

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Radio History
2:44 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

The Rise Of KUOW And Public Radio In Seattle

Volunteers from Group Health answer phones for a KUOW pledge drive.
Group Health

KUOW recently began its seventh decade on the air in Seattle. All this week we’ve been looking back at the history of radio in the Puget Sound Region. Today, Feliks Banel explores how local public radio has evolved over that last 30 years as a result of changes in commercial radio and the rise of national programming.

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Dangerous Jobs
11:46 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Corrections Officers Say Prisons Still Unsafe Two Years After Biendl Death

Sgt. Boe holds the badge of honor made by his daughter.
Credit Courtesy/Karen Boe

Runners in a 5K race will wind through the grounds of the Monroe Correctional Complex on Sunday to remember Corrections Officer Jayme Biendl. Tuesday will mark the two years since Biendl was found strangled in the chapel at the prison.

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Marijuana Regulation
9:16 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Washington Governor Says Pot Legalization Must Inspire 'Confidence'

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 4:42 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington Governor Jay Inslee says the eyes of the nation will be on the state as it creates a legal marijuana market over the next year. The new governor said Thursday that along with legalization comes the expectation that illegal pot production and sales will mostly end.

Inslee doesn’t expect a clear answer from the Obama administration anytime soon on how the federal government will respond to Washington’s new marijuana law. He met earlier this week with US Attorney General Eric Holder.

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Women In Combat
9:14 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Women Soldiers Reflect On New Army Career Options

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 5:53 pm


JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. - The Pentagon's decision to allow women in combat roles has some female soldiers rethinking their career trajectories.


Army Spc. Heidi Olson received a Purple Heart last year for shrapnel injuries she got during a foot patrol in Afghanistan. She feels she's earned the right to call herself a combat medic.


"Originally as a female, I wasn't allowed to be titled as a combat medic," Olson says. "It was a 'health care specialist.'"

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Legalizing Marijuana
9:00 am
Fri January 25, 2013

John Davis On The Birth Pangs Of Washington's Cannabis Industry

The Washington State Liquor Control Board holds a public hearing tonight at Seattle’s City Hall on how to implement the state’s new marijuana law. The first one drew a standing room only crowd eager to weigh in on how Washington state should set up its system to license marijuana growers, processors and sellers.

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Pot Public Hearing
8:12 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Washington State Marijuana Growers Want To Go Legit

The Liquor Control Board came to Seattle for its second public forum on creating a legal marijuana economy.
Credit Amy Radil

The second statewide public hearing this week on the future of the marijuana industry was held in Seattle. Like the earlier one in the week in Olympia, this one had overflow crowds. The Seattle hearing was filled with people who have grown marijuana for years and want to go legit.

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Medicaid Patients
7:54 am
Fri January 25, 2013

State Reports Drop In Unnecessary Emergency Room Use

Washington hospitals saw a drop in unnecessary ER visits by Medicaid patients when it adopted changes last June.
Flickr Photo/Alex Proimos

A preliminary report from the Washington State Hospital Association shows that emergency room  visits by frequent users fell by 23 percent between June and October of last year.

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Ramps To Nowhere
6:04 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Arboretum Says Goodbye Highway Ramps, Hello Bike Trail

Paige Miller of the Arboretum Foundation bids farewell to the ramps to nowhere.
KUOW photo/Derek Wang

The so-called “ramps to nowhere” near the Washington Park Arboretum are due to come down. It’s part of the project to replace state Route 520 across Lake Washington.  Arboretum officials announced new details Thursday about changes to the park.

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Radio History
12:22 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

The Early Years Of KUOW

KUOW's early home back in 1955 at the Communications Building at the University of Washington.
University of Washington archives

KUOW recently began its seventh decade on the air in Seattle.  In the second installment of a three-part series exploring the history of KUOW, Feliks Banel takes us back to the station’s early years before pledge drives and NPR, and then on to the rise of public radio in the 1970s.

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Test Boycott
7:45 am
Thu January 24, 2013

District Threatens Suspensions, Seattle Teachers Continue Test Boycott

Orca K-8 teacher Matt Carter addresses the anti-MAP test rally outside Seattle School District headquarters on Jan. 23, 2012.
Ann Dornfeld

The Seattle School District warned teachers Wednesday they face a 10 day suspension without pay if they refuse to give students the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test. The announcement came nearly two weeks after the teaching staff at Garfield High School announced they were refusing to give students the district-wide MAP test.

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