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Health
7:40 pm
Sat November 10, 2012

Cautiously Optimistic: Off To College, With Autism

Housemates Patrick Andrews (left) and Alex Brenner in their kitchen.
KUOW photo/Bryan Buckalew

Alex Brenner walked into his psychologist's office one day this summer and right away, he thought he had done something wrong. Both his parents were standing at the front desk. As he closed the door, his mom handed him a letter. “She said, 'read it.' I sat down. It said, ‘you’re getting into the University of Washington.’”

Alex was stunned. His dad helped him uncork a bottle of champagne and they celebrated on the spot. The University of Washington in Seattle was Alex’s first choice among schools. He had been studying for four years at a community college to get his grades up. All his hard work had finally paid off. But sitting there holding his acceptance letter, another wave of realization washed over him. Soon he’d be living on his own in a new city, a long drive from his parents’ home in Tacoma. He suddenly felt nervous.

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Elections 2012
11:09 am
Sat November 10, 2012

Republican Recriminations Fly In 1st District Congressional Race

Republican 1st District candidate John Koster says the GOP gave his campaign only token support.
Deborah Wang

The 1st District was supposed to be the Republican Party’s best chance of picking up a Congressional seat in the state this year. But after Democrats won the seat decisively, Republicans are pointing fingers over who is to blame.

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Military
9:45 am
Sat November 10, 2012

Afghan Witnesses Describe Horror At Bales Hearing

Updated: Tuesday, November 12, 1:00 p.m.

Witnesses and survivors recounted a horrific scene following a massacre at two villages in Kandahar Province March 11 that killed 16 civilians and wounded six. They testified via a live video link from Afghanistan during a pretrial hearing for Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state.

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Election 2012
8:51 am
Sat November 10, 2012

McKenna Calls Loss “Very Disappointing” In Concession Video

A Screenshot Of Republican Rob McKenna From His Facebook Video Announcing His Concession
Northwest News Network

Republican Rob McKenna was leading in 31 of 39 Washington counties. But it was not enough. Friday night he conceded defeat in the race for governor to Democrat Jay Inslee. McKenna called Inslee after the latest vote tally showed the race narrowing, but not fast enough to reverse the Democrat’s lead. Later, McKenna posted a video to Facebook.

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Election 2012
8:28 am
Sat November 10, 2012

McKenna Concedes Wash. Governor’s Race

A Screenshot Of Republican Rob McKenna From His Facebook Video Announcing His Concession.

Originally published on Fri November 9, 2012 8:39 pm

Former Democratic Congressman Jay Inslee has declared victory in Washington’s tight contest for governor. The announcement came Friday night shortly after Republican Rob McKenna conceded the race.

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Government
5:48 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Federal Judge Lets Veterans For Peace March In Auburn Parade

Veterans for Peace members Dan Gilman and Mike Dedrick celebrate Judge Marsha Pechman's decision outside the U.S. Courthouse in Seattle.
Credit Amy Radil

US District Chief Judge Marsha Pechman said Veterans for Peace must be allowed to march in the Auburn Veterans Day parade Saturday. She called Auburn’s policy a textbook violation of the First Amendment.

The city of Auburn’s Veterans Day parade is one of the largest in the country. It started during the Vietnam War. The group Veterans for Peace started marching in the parade during the Iraq war. They hold signs saying “bring the troops home.”

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Military
11:46 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Reporter Update: Joint Base Lewis-McChord Soldier Accused Of Massacre

Pre-trial hearings continue this evening at Joint Base Lewis-McChord for Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales. He’s accused of massacring 16 civilians in Afghanistan, including nine children. Prosecutors say he left his base last March and went on an overnight five-hour killing spree.

The hearings will determine whether the case will advance to court-martial, where the government has said it plans to seek the death penalty. KUOW’s Sara Lerner spoke with Patricia Murphy, who’s covering the hearings.

Military
10:50 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Afghan Witnesses Testimony Next Step In Bales Hearings

Staff Sergeant Robert Bales.

Pretrial hearings for Staff Sergeant Robert Bales continue tonight when Afghan villagers and soldiers are expected to testify by video. The hearings are expected to run into the early morning hours US time.

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Elections 2012
8:03 am
Fri November 9, 2012

John Koster Plans To Concede 1st District Congressional Race

John Koster in his Snohomish County Council office.
Deborah Wang

The battle for Jay Inslee’s old seat in Congress now appears to be over.

Republican John Koster sent a letter to supporters Thursday night informing them that he plans to officially concede the race today.

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Election 2012
8:01 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Oregon Same-Sex Marriage Supporters Look To Washington For Inspiration

Gay rights groups are hoping Oregon will be the next state to legalize same-sex marriage. Photo by Chantal Andrea

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 4:36 pm

Gay rights groups are hoping Oregon will be the next state to legalize same-sex marriage at the ballot. Washington did that this week. But to follow suit, Oregon voters would have to reverse themselves and repeal a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

Voters passed that ban in 2004 after a campaign led by the conservative Oregon Family Council. Spokeswoman Teresa Harke says her group will oppose any efforts to overturn it.

"I think there are still a lot of people who support one man, one woman marriage. And we are ready to fight for that."

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Election 2012
8:00 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Growing Latino Electorate Reflected In Candidates

Pablo Gonzalez of Zillah, Wash., lost his bid for the Washington House. That's despite coming from a district in the Yakima Valley where Latinos are the majority. Photo by Jessica Robinson

Originally published on Fri November 9, 2012 7:18 am

Exit polls show Latino voters helped push President Obama to victory on Tuesday. But there was another sign of the growing influence of Hispanics on election day: That was the actual names on many ballots.

A public radio analysis done before the election found that just 2 percent of the Northwest's elected officials were Latino.

Oregon may have nudged that up. Voters in the Portland area elected Jessica Vega Pederson and Joseph Gallegos, both Democrats, to the state House.

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Environment
7:56 am
Fri November 9, 2012

New Science Teams To Tackle Hanford Plant's Vexing Challenges

The Hanford Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant or vit plant, located on the U.S. Department of Energy's Hanford site is a 65-acre complex. Photo courtesy of Bechtel National, Inc.

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 3:56 pm

RICHLAND, Wash. – Energy Secretary Steven Chu is bolstering the scientific brain power at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation’s waste treatment plant. A memo released to employees Thursday says the aim is to solve nagging technical problems at the plant more quickly.

The massive factory at Hanford is supposed to treat 56 million gallons of radioactive waste. That goo is currently in leaking, aging underground tanks near the Columbia River.

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Government
7:32 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Immigrants Demand Reform From Newly Re-elected Obama

Felicitas Flores and daughter Claudia rally for immigration reform in Seattle.
Credit Liz Jones / KUOW

Immigrants and advocates rallied in Seattle today to highlight their priority for the President Obama’s second term:  comprehensive immigration reform.

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Elections 2012
7:24 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

New Washington Democrats Face Tough Choices In Congress

Suzan DelBene will be a newcomer to Congress in the lame-duck session.
Credit Amy Radil

At a post-election lunch for politicians and labor leaders, Democrats were savoring their victories, but also contemplating the tough choices awaiting progressives in Congress this month.

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Referendum 74
11:05 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Gay Marriage Supporters Declare Victory

Jodi Denney celebrates with same-sex marriage supporters in Seattle.
Credit Catrena Hampton / KUOW

Supporters of same-sex marriage in Washington are celebrating victory. The campaign to approve Referendum 74, Washington United for Marriage, says it's now confident their four-point lead will hold.

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