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Dreamliner Fire Hazard
5:56 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Battery At Heart Of Safety Review Was "Key" In 787 Development

The National Transportation Safety Board released this photo of the battery involved in the Japan Airlines 787 fire last week.
NTSB Photo

The Boeing 787’s lithium-ion batteries are now the subject of intense scrutiny. The Federal Aviation Administration has grounded the entire 787 fleet in the US until it can get to the root cause of a fire hazard involving the batteries.

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Proof of Legal Status
5:36 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Wash. Lawmakers Want Citizenship Checks For Driver’s Licenses

Credit Clark County, WA

Some lawmakers in Olympia want to make the Department of Licensing an immigration checkpoint.
A proposed bill would require people to prove they are lawfully in the United States in order to get a driver’s license.

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Developing Story
4:35 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Boeing Stands By 787 Despite FAA Grounding

All Nippon Airways planes including a Boeing 787, right, are parked at Haneda Airport in Tokyo Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 16, 2013.
AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi

The Federal Aviation Administration is grounding all Boeing 787 Dreamliners in the US. That’s after a 787 in Japan was forced to make an emergency landing Wednesday because of a battery problem.

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Governor Inauguration
1:24 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Governor Inslee Delivers Inaugural Address

Austin Jenkins

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 4:19 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Democrat Jay Inslee took the oath of office as Washington's 23 governor in a first-in-history Capitol Rotunda ceremony Wednesday morning. Inslee, a former Congressman and state lawmaker, was joined by his wife Trudi, his grown children and grandchildren.

In pre-swearing in remarks, Inslee's friend and environmental activist Denis Hayes focused on global climate change and said Inslee is the "first political chief executive in American history to be elected principally on a platform of combating climate disruption."

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Israel Keyes Investigation
11:50 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Search For Victims Lives On After Killer's Death

FBI

Originally published on Tue January 15, 2013 10:13 am

SPOKANE, Wash. - In December, a suspected serial killer from Washington killed himself in a jail cell in Anchorage, Alaska. Israel Keyes’ suicide abruptly halted progress into uncovering one of the widest-ranging serial killing sprees in the U.S.

Now, the FBI is trying to piece together exactly what he did. Investigators are struggling to connect seemingly random dots that they hope will lead them to other victims.

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Mayoral Race
9:05 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Bruce Harrell Joins Crowded Race for Seattle Mayor

Candidate for mayor Bruce Harrell outside his Central District campaign office
Deborah Wang/KUOW

Seattle’s Mayor Mike McGinn will have a fight on his hands this campaign season. Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell announced he is now joining the mayor’s race. That brings the number of candidates challenging the mayor to six.

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Boeing Emergency Landing
7:33 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Two Japanese Airlines Ground Boeing 787s After New Problems

Fire trucks surround a Boeing 787 with emergency slides deployed on a runway in Japan.
Japan Broadcasting Corporation

Major global news services are reporting that two Japanese airlines have grounded all of their Boeing 787 jets. All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines made the announcements following an emergency landing Wednesday morning in Japan.

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Record Store Nostalgia
5:50 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Celebrating Seattle’s Record Stores On Eve Of Easy Street Closure

Easy Street Records in Queen Anne, 2006.
Flickr photo/Laura Musselman Duffy

Seattle record store Easy Street is closing its Queen Anne location on Friday. While many local music lovers try to comfort one another, they’re also waxing poetic about how record stores used to be.

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Minority Voter Representation
1:16 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Round Two For Washington Voting Rights Act

Credit myJon / Flickr

Do people vote based on race? That’s a question the Washington Legislature will likely tackle this session, as supporters of a state Voting Rights Act prepare to push the measure again this year. The law would aim to strengthen minority representation in places with a large population of Latinos or other racial group.

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Standardized Testing
9:09 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Orca K-8 Teachers Join MAP Test Boycott

mammal Flickr

Teachers at Orca K-8 school in Seattle say they will boycott the same standardized test that Garfield High School teachers came out against last week.

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Report: Flood Prediction
9:06 am
Tue January 15, 2013

What Climate Change Means For Seattle And The Northwest

A new report suggests that by 2050, waters along sections of Elliott Bay levels could rise as much as 44 inches from current levels during storms.
Credit Port of Seattle

City officials predict that by 2050 parts of Seattle will be under water at high tide as global sea levels rise. At a press conference held Monday on the edge of Elliott Bay near downtown Seattle, the City Council announced a new plan to take action on climate change.

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Legislative Power Shift
8:55 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Democrats Officially Lose Control Of Washington Senate

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon January 14, 2013 4:30 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. –A new governing coalition of 23 Republicans and two Democrats is now in control of the Washington state senate. The power shift happened Monday as the legislature convened for a 105-day budget writing session.

The day began as the first day of session always does with plenty of formalities – including an a cappella rendition of the national anthem.

But that harmony wouldn’t last. Soon Democrats lost a vote to lead the Senate as the majority party. That paved the way for the new philosophical majority to introduce its own governing rules.

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Budget Cuts Fallout
7:10 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Budget Fallout: Juvenile Re-Arrest Rates Spike After Parole Cut

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed January 9, 2013 5:39 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – We’re starting to see real world fallout from some of the state budget cuts made in last few years. One of the clearest examples in Washington is juvenile parole. It turns out that the chief suspect in a recent high profile bar shooting had committed a previous murder – but did not qualify for intensive parole supervision because of cutbacks. One study finds juveniles who don’t receive parole are far more likely to be re-arrested within nine months of their release.

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Military
3:38 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

US Military's Suicide Rate Surpassed Combat Deaths In 2012

U.S. military suicides rose in 2012. Here, the Army's "Generating Health and Discipline in the Force" report, right, is seen last January. The reports was a follow-up to its "Health Promotion/Risk Reduction/Suicide Prevention" report.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Tue January 15, 2013 3:47 am

The number of suicide deaths in the U.S. military surged to a record 349 last year — more than the 295 Americans who died fighting in Afghanistan in 2012. The numbers were first reported by the AP; NPR has confirmed them.

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Standardized Testing
12:19 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Seattle Superintendent And Testing Company Defend Standardized Test

Garfield High School
don_brubeck Flickr

Seattle Public Schools officials and the company that produces the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test are defending the school district's use of the standardized test after Garfield High School teachers refused to give it to their students this quarter.

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