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Special Ed Inclusion
8:17 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Wash. Teacher Prep Falls Short For Students With Disabilities

Chloe Burton with mom Amy Schley, sister Lexi, and dad Brian Burton, at home in Shoreline.
KUOW Photo/Ann Dornfeld

As educational practice catches up with federal law that requires students learn in the least restrictive environment, an increasing number of students with autism and other disabilities are learning alongside their typically-developing peers in mainstream classrooms.

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Seattle Mayor's Race 2013
2:43 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Candidates For Seattle Mayor Show Their Bookish Side

Seattle mayoral candidate Mary Martin shows her selection of books at the candidates' "Read 'N Greet" event at the Seattle Public Library
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

What can you tell about a person from the books he or she loves to read? A lot, according to Maggie Taylor, Board President of Friends of the Seattle Public Library.

Taylor invited the city's mayoral candidates to choose a passage from a favorite book and then read it aloud. Eight of the candidates accepted the challenge. They read their selections last night at the Central Library downtown.

The aim of the event was to give voters some insight into the candidates, said Taylor.

How well do you know the candidates for Seattle mayor? See if you can match up the candidates with their favorite books. 

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Hanford Tank Leak
12:24 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Report Says It Could Take Six Years To Empty Leaking Hanford Tank

US Department of Energy

Originally published on Tue June 18, 2013 3:11 pm

The federal government says in a new report that it may take six years to start emptying a leaking double-hulled tank of waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

Washington state law says any leaks must be dealt with as soon as possible – but the federal government’s soon as possible is maybe years away. That’s because it could take 18 months just to get and set up equipment to pump sludge from the leaking double-hulled tank called AY-102. In addition it will take about six years to secure appropriate tank space to put all that sludge.

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Washington Budget Debate
12:24 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Washington Lawmakers Hope For Positive Revenue Forecast

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 5:08 pm

Protracted budget talks in Olympia could see a breakthrough after Tuesday’s release of an updated revenue forecast. That’s the quarterly report that projects how much money will flow into state tax coffers in the coming months.

Lawmakers are expecting some positive news. A couple of hundred of million dollars to the positive could prove a game-changer in the weeks long budget stalemate.

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Race To Finish Quiet Planet
12:24 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Sound Tracker In Race Against Silence

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue June 18, 2013 2:31 pm

The man who identified the quietest place in the Lower 48 - dubbed the "One Square Inch of Silence" - is going deaf. This Olympic Peninsula fellow campaigned against noise pollution, particularly at his symbolic spot in the Hoh Rain Forest in Olympic National Park. The self-described "Sound Tracker" is now in a race to edit his life's work before he loses more of his hearing.

For Gordon Hempton, it started with a common experience -- having to keep saying, "What, what?" Then the stakes got higher.

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Energy Subcommittee Hearing
8:33 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Army Corps To Congress: Climate Change Of Burning Coal Won't Be Considered

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn speaks out against coal export terminals at a coal export hearing in Seattle in Dec. 2012.
Michael Werner

The federal agency in charge of approving Northwest coal export terminals delivered a setback for environmentalists, telling a congressional panel Tuesday morning that it will not be considering the area-wide effects of transporting coal, or the global impact of burning it in Asia.

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Taliban Peace
7:31 am
Tue June 18, 2013

U.S. Says Talks With Taliban Could Begin In Days

Originally published on Tue June 18, 2013 8:37 am

U.S. officials say the Taliban has agreed to begin long-stalled negotiations with the Afghan and American governments at the group's new political office in Doha, Qatar.

The talks with the U.S. could begin in days, NPR's Scott Horsley tells our Newscast unit. He says the milestone agreement comes after months of "diplomatic spadework."

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Superfund Clean-Up Training
9:11 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Seattle’s Dirty River Offers Gift Of Green Jobs

14 people from the neighborhoods surrounding the Duwamish River Superfund site are undergoing training, provided by the EPA, so they will be qualified to work on the clean-up.
Ashley Ahearn Earthfix

In a classroom at South Seattle Community College 14 local residents shimmy into hazmat suits, waving their arms like Michelin men and women. They’re part of a program run by the EPA to train people who live near Superfund sites to qualify to work on the cleanup.

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Marijuana Regulation
8:53 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Marijuana Growing Could Hamper Seattle's Climate Change Goals

Indoor marijuana production facilities are more secure than outdoor growth, but require a lot of energy to run and produce a large amount of greenhouse gases.
Flickr Photo/Rusty Blazenhoff

The Seattle City Council is embracing a wide-ranging action plan to address climate change. But it’s also considering zoning for a new power-hungry business: indoor marijuana growing.

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787
8:14 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Airbus Scores On Boeing Before Paris Air Show

The wide-body Airbus 350 completed its maiden flight in Toulouse, France on June 14.
Credit Airbus Industrie

The Paris Air Show opens today. It’s where manufacturers show off their new planes – and where Boeing and Airbus try to best each other.

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Estate Tax Legislation
9:29 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Washington Estate Tax Refunds Halted After Midnight Bill Signing

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 3:16 pm

There were dramatic developments in Olympia overnight. Governor Jay Inslee held a midnight bill signing to amend Washington’s estate tax. The move means the Department of Revenue will not begin to issue refund checks Friday morning to the heirs of some multi-million dollar estates.

The state of Washington was about to embark on a months-long process of refunding an estimated $140 million to more than 100 estates. This was the result of a Supreme Court ruling earlier this year. The money would have come out of a fund dedicated to public schools.

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Call To Ban Pot Candy
7:09 am
Fri June 14, 2013

How To Keep Kids From Eating Marijuana? Go Gray

King County included this photo in pressing for new restrictions on marijuana products.
Courtesy of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration

As Washington state moves toward licensing marijuana retail stores, a major concern for public health experts is preventing kids from eating marijuana. They are asking the state to ban marijuana-infused candy and other sweets, and require packaging and flavors that are less appealing to kids.

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Reducing Immigration Holds
4:41 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Proposal Seeks To Shrink King County Role In Immigration Enforcement

King County council members on Thursday introduced a measure that would limit when unauthorized immigrants can be held in jail.

Every year, hundreds of people booked into King County jail automatically get handed over to immigration authorities. That's even if the person has not yet been convicted of a crime and has no criminal record. Council member Larry Gosset introduced legislation that would change that.

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Unlikely Adoption
4:05 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Northwest Scientist Discovers Unlikely Father

Lissa Ongman hugs her dad a few months before his death in 2007.
Credit Gudrun Ongman

There are lots of great dads out there. Not all of them are human. Lissa Ongman is an animal scientist who grew up in Woodinville, Wash. She's known two great models of fatherhood in her life. One was her own dad. The other came from a place she never expected.

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Veterans Higher Ed
9:10 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Veterans In College Face Unique Challenges

Courtesy of the Husky United Military Veterans Facebook page.

Sam Talkington is cramming. It’s finals week at the University of Washington and he’s got an economics exam soon.

Talkington is majoring in finance at the Foster School of Business and he’s been feeling the crunch. “I have an extremely heavy course load right now,” he said. “I’m taking four courses and some stuff I’m not familiar with but becoming more familiar with as the days progress.”

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