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Education Budget
5:01 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Gregoire Proposes New Fuel Tax For Education

School buses parked in a parking lot.
Credit Flickr / tncountryfan

Washington Governor Chris Gregoire proposed a new wholesale vehicle fuel tax Tuesday that you might notice at the gas pump. The governor said the move will help the state support education by helping cover the costs of getting kids to school.

Currently, school districts help pay for students' transportation needs, but a recent court ruling says state government is not doing enough to support education. That includes education-related transportation.

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Technology
3:01 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

The Day Instagram Almost Lost Its Innocence

Instagram was the target of a storm of outrage on Twitter and other sites after the company announced a change in its user agreement that hinted that it might use shared photos in ads.
Karly Domb Sadof AP

Originally published on Thu December 20, 2012 12:16 pm

The wildly popular photo-sharing site Instagram nearly caused a user revolt when it revamped its terms of service and privacy policy to suggest it could allow uploaded photos to be used in ads without users' permission.

The change — which was posted in dense legalese on its website Monday — sparked users to vow to stop posting their color-filtered, tilt-shifted photos to Instagram.

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School Funding
10:33 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Washington Governor Proposes Taxes For Schools

Austin Jenkins

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 4:20 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Outgoing Washington Governor Chris Gregoire is proposing to extend two temporary taxes for three-and-a-half years in order to make a $1 billion down payment on a recent Supreme Court ruling that found the state is not adequately funding public schools. Much of that new money would go to reduce K-2 class sizes, speed up the phase-in of all-day kindergarten and help districts with basic operating and maintenance costs.

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Fire Investigation Report
10:32 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Taylor Bridge Fire Likely Caused By DOT Contractors

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 2:07 pm

A massive fire that burned 61 homes in Central Washington was likely caused by Department of Transportation contractors. That’s the upshot of a report issued Monday by Washington’s Department of Natural Resources.

The aptly named Taylor Bridge Fire started August 13 right after transportation contractors did some welding work on that bridge. It happened near the mountain town of Cle Elum.

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Health Law Concerns
7:42 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Insurance Brokers Apprehensive About Health Exchange

Flickr Photo/Alex Proimos

In less than 10 months, Washington state will launch its own health exchange as part of the Affordable Care Act. The exchange will be an online marketplace where people can buy health insurance with the help of a navigator.

Some say it will be like Expedia for health plans, and this has some insurance brokers worried. Many fear it will have a negative impact on their livelihood, just like Expedia removed the need for travel agents.

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Suicide Prevention
3:56 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Military Suicide Prevention Should Include Personal Weapon Disclosure, Retired General Suggests

General Peter W. Chiarelli, former Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, retired
US Army

Suicide is now the number one cause of death for US troops. Nationally, more than two-thirds of suicides of active duty troops involve firearms. Most are personal weapons.

Former vice chief of staff for the Army General Peter Chiarelli wants commanders to have the ability to talk to distressed troop members about their private weapons as part of an effort to reverse the trend.

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Holiday Music
7:20 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Hanford Whistleblowers: Recorder Band Celebrates The Holidays

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon December 17, 2012 9:31 am

RICHLAND, Wash. – We’ve heard a lot about whistleblowers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington. Some workers there have gone public with serious concerns about how the government is cleaning up radioactive waste.

But this story is about a different kind of Hanford Whistleblower.

Every Sunday evening at 7:15 p.m. sharp, Chris Doran welcomes several Hanford Whistleblowers into his book-filled home. His wife Nancy brings out the tea and homemade baked goods. They sit and chat politely. And then, they start to play.

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Nike Tax Proposal
7:15 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Oregon Lawmakers Pass Bill To Give Nike Special Tax Status

Originally published on Sat December 15, 2012 9:31 am

SALEM, Ore. - Governor John Kitzhaber called the Special Session after he said Nike was being courted by other states for a major expansion. The Democrat said he wanted lawmakers to authorize the governor to extend Nike an offer: In exchange for freezing the way Oregon calculates its taxes for as long as 30 years, Nike would agree to spend at least $150 million in capital improvements and expand by at least 500 jobs. Lawmakers grumbled about the short timeframe to consider the proposal, but in the end relatively few voted against it. Democratic Senator Mark Hass said it was a fair bargain.

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Sandy Hook Shootings
7:02 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Obama: 'We Have Wept With You'

President Barack Obama speaks at a memorial service for victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. "I come to offer the love and prayers of a nation," he told the crowd in Newtown, Conn., Sunday.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon December 17, 2012 8:27 am

  • Listen: President Obama at Newtown, Conn., Memorial Service

President Obama grieved with the community of Newtown, Conn., Sunday night, telling residents at a memorial service that he was there to assure those who lost loved ones in Friday's brutal attack "that you're not alone in your grief, that our world too has been torn apart — that all across this land of ours, we have wept with you."

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Business Or Nuisance?
5:00 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Medical Marijuana Providers Want Access To Forbidden Cities

Muraco Kyashna-tocha of Green Buddha Patient Co-op (with cockatoo) obtained a Seattle business license.
Amy Radil

Marijuana legalization in Washington is taking effect against a patchwork of conflicting city laws. Some cities don’t allow marijuana dispensaries. But Seattle began requiring business licenses for them last year. Some medical marijuana providers see benefits to playing by cities’ rules. Others are fighting their restrictions.    

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Laws in Translation
5:13 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Border Patrol To Stop Acting As Interpreters For Local Police

U.S. Customs and Border Protection cpb.gov

When a police officer needs to question someone in Spanish, or any other language, they can no longer use US Border Patrol agents as interpreters. This change in federal policy comes after a group of attorneys and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) in Seattle filed a complaint earlier this year. 

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Helpful Tips
1:05 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Resources For Parents And Guardians: Discussing Tragedies With Children

Reminding your child of their safety and providing physical comfort can be helpful in navigating difficult tragedies.
Credit Flickr photo/Dimitris Papazimouris

KUOW has assembled advice from health care professionals and child advocates on how to manage the many emotions that may arise from tragic events, like the explosions at the Boston Marathon.

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Cancer Treatment
1:00 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Seattle Doctor Takes Cancer Treatment To Developing World

Mother and son in the children's ward at Uganda Cancer Institute in Kampala.
Joanne Silberner

Forty-two-year-old Corey Casper is tall, thin, and a bit hollow-eyed from all his responsibilities. He’s a cancer doctor at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. He performs research and trains young doctors in Seattle and Uganda. And in his own quiet way, he wants to make a difference in the world.

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History
7:03 am
Fri December 14, 2012

UW 150: Downtown Real Estate Helps Fund University

University Street sign.
Flickr photo/Michael Hilton

In Downtown Seattle, near where the Fairmont Olympic Hotel now stands, history was made back in 1861. The University of Washington was founded at this spot by a small group of local boosters, with the blessing of the Territorial Legislature. Seattle pioneer Arthur Denny donated the land. A single hall was built that housed the UW during the school's early decades, but the UW outgrew its first campus, and had to move and leave behind the old downtown site.

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Arctic Drilling
6:39 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Shell Ready To Try Again With Rebuilt Oil-Spill Dome

The Garth Foss tug and Shell's Arctic Challenger barge in Bellingham Bay
T.J. Guiton

The Arctic Challenger left Puget Sound's Bellingham Bay Wednesday night and arrived at a deep-water anchorage near Anacortes, Wash., Thursday morning. The barge is part of Shell Oil’s fleet of vessels aimed at exploring the Arctic Ocean for oil.

The Arctic Challenger’s oil-spill containment system failed its first field test off Anacortes in September. Since then, Shell has rebuilt a 20-foot oil-containment dome that was “crushed like a beer can” in the first test.

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