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Legislative Recap
10:03 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Governor Inslee Chalks Up Wins, Losses In First Session

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 8:01 am

Washington Governor Jay Inslee can claim some significant legislative wins, along with several losses now that the legislature has finally adjourned. The Democrat’s first dance with lawmakers was made more difficult when Republicans and two breakaway Democrats took control of the state senate.

Let’s go all the way back to January 16th and Governor Inslee’s inaugural address. One of his biggest applause lines was his call for the legislature to pass a bill that would require health insurance companies to cover abortion.

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Pride Parade
8:57 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Seattle Pride Parade Draws Thousands

Colorfully-dressed crowds lined the street for Seattle's Pride Parade.
KUOW Photo/Meghan Walker

Sunny skies and warm weather brought thousands of people to downtown Seattle on Sunday for the annual Pride Parade. Hot on the heels of the demise of DOMA, people had plenty reason to celebrate.

Jerry Praul was watching the parade from the corner of Pine and 4th. “I love the parade! We’re so happy this year that DOMA got overturned because we just married!” Another woman was waving her rainbow flag and dancing near the corner of Pike St. “It’s just a wonderful day. Especially with DOMA being dead, there’s so much to celebrate.”

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Transportation In The Balance
4:54 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Seattle Leaders Want Transportation Package Approved

Seattle area leaders gathered Friday to urge state lawmakers to pass the transportation budget before the end of the legislative session.

King County Executive Dow Constantine said a new transportation budget is long overdue. He added that the state’s transit health and economic vitality depends on it.

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Paying To Drive
4:21 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Bridge Toll Rate Hike Takes Effect

A former toll booth on I-90 in 1940.
Flickr Photo/WSDOT

New toll rates for the Highway 520 floating bridge and the Tacoma Narrows Bridge take effect July 1. The increase is the latest toll hike and has been part of the plan since the tolls were put on the bridges.

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Student Health Care
9:43 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Seattle Alternative School To Get Free Onsite Clinic

Seattle’s alternative schools will soon have a free clinic available for students at the Columbia Center Interagency Academy. Levy funds, allocated from the city of Seattle, will help to open the clinic which will be staffed by Group Health workers.

Alicia West is a student at the alternative school. She’s 19, and finishing up some credits so she can attend nursing school. She’s also raising her son, Xavion. “He’s going to turn 11 months old. His birthday is in August, I’m excited for that, planning for that.”

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World Cruiser Christening
7:04 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Dream About To Take Flight For Seattle Couple

Seattle pilots Bob and Diane Dempster with their Douglas World Cruiser replica, 2013.
Credit Courtesy of Bob and Diane Dempster

In 1924, Seattle’s Sand Point was the site of one of the greatest aviation milestones of all time. But the event was eclipsed by other aviators like Charles Lindbergh and the Wright Brothers. Now, a Seattle couple wants to breathe new life into that momentous time with their own pioneering project.

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Family-Run Business
7:00 am
Fri June 28, 2013

U District Greek Restaurant To Close After Four Decades

The Continental will close Sunday, June 30.
Bond Huberman

One of the oldest restaurants in the University District is closing its doors on Sunday. The Continental Greek Restaurant and Pastry Shop has been a fixture on “The Ave” since 1967. It’s a family business.  As news of the closure spread, 40 years’ worth of regular customers have been filling the sky blue dining tables, eating their favorite dishes one last time.

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Pride March
6:40 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Seattle Hosts First Transgender Pride Event In 16 Years

During Pride weekend, Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood will host a march and party specifically for transgender people - the T in LGBT.

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State Supreme Court
4:08 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

State High Court Weighs Prosecutors Call For Death Penalty in Monfort

Washington's Supreme Court justices will decide if King County prosecutors can seek the death penalty against Christopher Monfort.

Monfort is accused in the shooting death of Seattle Police Officer Tim Brenton on Halloween night four years ago. One other officer was wounded that night.

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Seattle Rattlesnake Captured
3:01 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Non-Native Rattlesnake Captured In Seattle

The Western Rattlesnake captured by Seattle Animal Control awaits transfer to Eastern Washington
Credit Seattle Animal Control

A rattlesnake is something that you’re not supposed to see in Seattle. But one was spotted this week around North 120th and Fremont Avenue North, sunning itself on a rock wall.  Don Jordan, director of the Seattle Animal Shelter says an animal control officer was able to bag it and take it back to the shelter.

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Sanctuary Shortage
11:38 am
Thu June 27, 2013

No Room In Northwest For Hundreds Of Retiring Research Chimps

Thomas Lersch Wikimedia

Originally published on Thu June 27, 2013 3:08 pm

The National Institutes of Health Wednesday announced it will retire the great majority of chimpanzees used in federally-supported medical research.

The institute director says the use of our closest animal relative for invasive studies can no longer be justified in most cases. That means more than 300 chimps are headed into retirement. But neither of the two chimpanzee sanctuaries here in the Northwest say they're prepared to take new chimps.

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Same-Sex Marriage Recogntion In Other States
11:38 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Effect Of DOMA Ruling Murky For Idaho, Oregon Couples Married Elsewhere

Charli Deltenre

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 5:48 pm

It's still not clear what the Supreme Court's ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act will mean for many same-sex couples in the Northwest. That's because of new legal questions surrounding the hundreds of couples who have marriage licenses from Washington state but live in states like Idaho and Oregon that have banned same-sex marriage.

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No Raise In Gas Tax
11:38 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Gas Tax Package Falls Short In Washington House

Theresa Murray Flickr

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 5:38 pm

A proposal to raise Washington’s gas tax by 10.5 cents to fund transportation projects has failed in the state House. Supporters Wednesday came up one vote short. But they vow to try again.

The transportation revenue package would raise $10 billion for maintenance and preservation of existing roads and to fund new projects. The proposal calls for a 6 cent gas tax increase this summer followed by another 4.5 cent increase next July.

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Road Safety
9:06 am
Thu June 27, 2013

The Toll Of Traffic Collisions In Washington

Washington residents always eagerly anticipate the summer months. But with warmer, dryer weather also comes a spike in impaired-driver collisions.
Flickr Photo/HeatherHeatherHeather

Summer’s almost here and more people are headed outside: that means more accidents. Statistics show that more road collisions happen during the dry season. Each year, about two million Americans are injured or killed in traffic crashes. For those who survive, picking up the pieces can be hard.

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A Day In The Life Of New Rights
7:42 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Seattle Same-Sex Marriage Supporters Celebrate DOMA Ruling

Janet Saul, Becky Shaw and their daughter Zoe, after their wedding ceremony.
KUOW Photo/Derek Wang

Same-sex couples around the Seattle area celebrated Wednesday’s historic ruling from the US Supreme Court that struck down some bans on gay marriage. The ruling spurred some couples to think about making wedding plans, now that they would receive new federal benefits. Others were inspired to apply for a marriage license, or even get married on the historic day. For many, Wednesday started out as a day of anticipation and anxiety and ended as a day of elation.

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