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Shooting Investigation
8:42 am
Mon July 22, 2013

King County Sheriff's Civilian Overseer "Disinvited" To Meetings

King County Sheriff John Urquhart and Charles Gaither of King County's Office of Law Enforcement Oversight.
Courtesy of King County

The King County Sheriff’s Office directly serves over half a million people in King County. Like the Seattle Police Department, the Sheriff’s Office is reforming the way it handles the use of force. The changes come in the wake of a shooting last year.

Dustin Theoharis was shot 16 times by a King County deputy and a Department of Corrections officer in Auburn in February 2012. He survived the shooting and reached a settlement for $3 million with King County.

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DUI Law
8:23 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Round-The-Clock Alcohol Monitoring Part Of New DUI Law

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 5:01 am

Washington’s new DUI law borrows an idea from South Dakota. Starting in January, as many as three Washington counties and two cities will pilot a 24/7 alcohol monitoring program. That could mean offenders wearing high-tech bracelets.

Ignition interlock devices are standard these days for drunk drivers. But there are ways around them. So technology to the rescue.

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Viaduct Replacement
12:09 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Bertha To Get Send-Off Before Burrowing Below Seattle

Credit Flickr Photo/WSDOT

Very soon, a massive piece of machinery will start to burrow two miles out from Seattle. It’s building the tunnel that will replace the Alaskan way viaduct.

Tomorrow, WSDOT is hosting a big sendoff for the biggest tunneling machine in the world, affectionately named Bertha. The public is invited to check it out Saturday between 11:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., provided closed-toed shoes are worn.

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When Elderly Go Missing
12:00 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Missing Person Cases Involving Dementia Challenge Police

Anacortes Police Chief Bonnie Bowers looks out on the marsh where 69-year-old William Landers' body was found.
KUOW Photo/Ruby de Luna

Memory loss is one of the symptoms of dementia. So is wandering. Over the last five years, at least 10 people in Washington state have died after wandering away from where they live. It’s a problem that communities will have to confront as the population ages. But not all police departments are prepared for these kinds of incidents.

There are different challenges when searching for people with dementia than for other missing person cases. Certain kinds of information play a key role, too. For example, when an elderly person is reported missing medical information is critical; it can mean the difference between life and death.

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Food Safety
11:28 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Home Canning Hobby Leads To Near Fatal Medical Mystery

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 7:17 am

Home canning is regaining popularity as part of the local food movement. If done right, families can enjoy home grown fruits, vegetables and even meat all through the winter. But if done wrong it can be devastating, if not deadly.

A lawyer for the state of Washington recently learned that lesson the hard way.

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Parched Crops
10:23 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Drought Conditions Expand Across Inland Northwest

Droughtmonitor.unl.edu.

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 4:19 pm

Federal agencies have expanded how much of the Northwest they think is suffering from drought.

An updated map released Thursday shows 88 percent of Idaho's territory is now categorized in moderate to severe drought. Just over half of Oregon is similarly parched. Washington state is faring better with just a sliver of land on the Idaho border classified in drought conditions.

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Increased Penalties
10:23 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Victim, Prosecutor Say New DUI Law Is Progress, But Not Enough

Austin Jenkins/ Northwest News Network. Dan Schulte, with his sister at his side, speaks at the bill signing ceremony for Washington’s new DUI law.

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 3:22 pm

Second-time drunk drivers in Washington will go directly to jail. They’ll also be required to get an ignition interlock device within five days.

Those are just two of the provisions in a sweeping new DUI measure signed into law Thursday. But already there are calls for even tougher penalties in the future.

The bill signing ceremony took place at a State Patrol field office. Governor Jay Inslee was flanked by police, prosecutors, lawmakers and victims.

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News
10:18 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Green Space And Regional Trails Could Get Boost From King County Parks Levy

Bob Gerrish and his dog Lola at Big Finn Hill Park in Kirkland.
KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

King County wants to renew its parks levy on the August 6 primary ballot. The package would continue current maintenance, and include new money for open space and trail construction.

If it’s approved, the levy would generate $396 million dollars in property taxes over six years. It would cost property tax payers almost 19 cents per $1,000 of assessed value – for the owner of a $300,000 home that comes to $56 dollars per year.

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Mayor's Race 2013
1:58 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Seattle Mayor's Race Debate Features Eight Candidates Ahead Of Primary

Audience members voting during the lightening round at Tuesday night's CityClub debate.
Credit KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

The Downtown District Council of Seattle and KCTS 9 hosted the Seattle mayoral candidates for a live debate ahead of the August 6 primary last night. The first hour of the debate was televised and simulcast on KUOW.

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Baseball Accessibility
10:09 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Beeping Balls Allow Blind Players To Step Up To The Plate

Jessica Robinson/ Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 10:25 am

For most Northwest baseball fans, the Mariners games against the Astros are where the action is at this weekend. But there's another set of games on Saturday like none you’ve ever seen in America's pastime.

The athletes in this league are blind. That's right: baseball for the visually impaired.

It's a warm afternoon in Spokane. The smell of cut grass and barbecue is in the air. And Bee Yang is up to bat.

A teammate who has partial vision directs Yang to the plate: “Keep going, 20 feet forward, 10, 5, homeplate, tap.”

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Admission to Higher Ed
9:19 am
Thu July 18, 2013

University Of Washington Will Consider Criminal History In Application Process

UW Provost Ana Marie Cauce
KUOW Photo/Patricia Murphy

Correction 7/19/13: A previous online version of this story erroneously stated that the UW had been consulting Washington State University about this policy. In fact, it was Western Washington University that had been asking about criminal history on applications since 2007 and had been providing guidance to UW.

Prospective students will now be asked about their criminal past; specifically, if they’ve been convicted of sex crimes or violent felonies. UW Provost Ana Marie Cauce says it’s a safety issue. Cauce says protecting students and campus visitors is a priority.

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Trayvon Martin Shooting
5:48 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Seattle's Black Clergy Respond To Zimmerman Verdict

Rev. LaVerne Hall of Mount Zion Baptist Church speaks out during Trayvon Martin Vigil in Seattle.
Liz Jones KUOW

Correction 7/18/13: A previous version of this story stated that Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ law was a key part of Zimmerman’s defense. The law was a factor in the case but not part of Zimmerman’s courtroom strategy.

A group of black pastors in the Seattle area say the Trayvon Martin case should be a “wake-up call.” The religious leaders are pushing for changes in gun laws that they say contribute to racial profiling, and they're also urging community members to join their fight.

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Publicly-Accessible Telescope
3:57 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Local Company Uses Crowd Funding To Launch Space Telescope

Local company Planetary Resources successfully completed a campaign to crowd fund a publicly accessible telescope.
Flickr Photo/NASA Goddard Photo and Video

Planetary Resources, a company based in Bellevue, decided to bridge the gap between the planet and the cosmos with the world’s first crowd-funded, publicly-accessible telescope. Their Kickstarter campaign recently raised over $1.5 million from 17,614 people in just 33 days.

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Gender Equity
10:58 am
Wed July 17, 2013

City Task Force On Pay Equity To Address Seattle’s Gender Wage Gap

A new report shows there is a 9.5 percent gap between the salaries earned by men who work for the city of Seattle, compared with the salaries of women. The mayor has asked a task force to look into the situation and make recommendations on how to close the gap.

Julie Nelson is the director of Seattle’s Office of Civil Rights. She’s on the task force. She says she hopes it will have an influence on private-sector gender pay gaps as well as the disparity within the city. 

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Mayor's Race 2013
10:13 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Tempers Flare In Seattle Mayor's Race

Mayoral candidate Ed Murray in a skit featuring cross-dressing "campaign consultants" during Candidate Survivor Night
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

As the August 6 primary draws near, the Seattle mayor’s race is heating up.

Candidates are now engaged in almost daily debates and forums, and some are getting testy.

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