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5:25 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Court Appoints Independent Monitor For Seattle Police

Seattle police patrol cars.
Credit Flickr Photo/Brittney Bollay

A federal judge has appointed Merrick Bobb as the independent monitor to oversee reforms to the Seattle Police Department. Bobb’s appointment follows disagreement between the Seattle city council, the police department,  and the mayor over whether he was the best choice.

Bobb was one of four finalists. As monitor he will assess the City’s compliance with a settlement agreement between the police and the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Environment
5:10 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

New Report: Puget Sound Ports Curb Emissions

Air pollution from the major shipping ports in Puget Sound has decreased, according to a new report released Tuesday. The 300-page report compared emissions of diesel particulates, greenhouse gases and other air pollutants in five Puget Sound ports from 2005 to 2011. Overall, emissions have gone down.

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History
3:26 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

"War Of The Worlds" Broadcast Touches Off Panic In Pacific Northwest

"War of the Worlds" director and narrator, Orson Welles, 1937.
Library of Congress Van Vechten Collection

On October 30, 1938, Orson Wells' infamous "War of the Worlds" broadcast across the nation.  Fake news of a Martian landing fooled a lot of people on the East Coast, especially around New Jersey, where phony live reports described the alien landing site. But the most infamous panic of all didn't happen in the East. And it wasn't just a single person. It was an entire town, and it happened right here in Washington state.

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Election 2012
6:06 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

High Turnout For Last-Minute Voter Registration

A voter drops off his ballot in downtown Seattle.
Credit KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Procrastinators. That’s how a lot people described themselves while waiting in line Monday for voter registration. It was the final deadline for Washington residents to register for the Nov. 6 election. Hopeful voters had to fill out the paperwork in person since the deadline had already passed to register by mail or online.

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Boeing
12:57 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Boeing, SPEEA Contract Talks Take Positive Turn

Credit Boeing Company

After months of stalemate, Boeing and its engineering union say contract talks have taken a positive turn. In fact, both parties sent out identical statements Thursday saying talks are “productive.”

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Law
9:18 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Pot Measures Would Widen Legal Chasm Between Northwest States

Voters in both Oregon and Washington are considering measures this November that would legalize marijuana for recreational use. Photo courtesy DEA

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 4:49 pm

Voters in both Oregon and Washington are considering measures this November that would legalize marijuana for recreational use. If they pass, the laws would further widen the legal gap with neighboring Idaho, where police worry about spillover.

Idaho State Police Major Kevin Hudgens just learned about the two measures to the west of his state. He says they concern him.

“Common sense tells me that I’m sure we’d see some of our residents going over to Oregon and Washington to purchase marijuana. So, we would likely see an increase in that.”

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Law
5:43 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Frustrated Police Monitors Could Hold Lessons For New Commission

The city of Seattle is seeking citizens for its new Community Police Commission. The commission is being established as part of an agreement with the U.S. Justice Department to reform the Seattle Police Department. Federal and local officials have expressed hopes that the commission will play a strong role in police oversight. But it faces some limitations that could hamper its abilities, as the members of another police review board have already found.

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News
11:46 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Gregoire To Candidates: 'Sounds Good, Doesn't Work'

Outgoing Washington Governor Chris Gregoire says campaign rhetoric doesn’t match budget reality. Photo by Austin Jenkins

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 4:03 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Outgoing Washington Governor Chris Gregoire has a message for the candidates to replace her: “sounds good, doesn’t work.” That’s Gregoire’s take on several of the budget-balancing ideas she’s hearing from fellow Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna.

In response to reporter questions, Gregoire got to play the role of seasoned eight-year veteran of the governor’s office. Both candidates say they would look to close outdated tax loopholes.

“I said that eight years ago," the governor says. "I’ve learned a lot.”

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Elections 2012
3:25 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Obama Urges “Yes” On Ref. 74

Trenton Garris, right, joins other demonstrators on May 10, 2012, showing their support for President Barack Obama as he visits the Paramount Theater one day after announcing his support for same sex marriage, in Seattle.
AP Photo/Kevin P. Casey

President Obama is formally throwing his support to Referendum 74, which asks Washington voters to decide on same-sex marriage.

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Energy
2:55 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

$178 Million Smart Grid Project Launches In Northwest

Jamie Rowe, a graduate student at the University of Washington, shows Senator Maria Cantwell how personal energy monitoring technology works.
KUOW Photo/Ashley Ahearn

The University of Washington got its launch Wednesday as the country's biggest testing ground for smart grid technology.

Smart grid is a catch-all term for something power providers are still trying to figure out — namely, how do you use modern technology, like the Internet, to manage how much power is flowing through the grid at any given time?

Read the full story on KUOW's EarthFix

Elections 2012
10:12 am
Thu October 25, 2012

How Will The Next Washington Governor Shape Medicaid?

Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna at a recent debate in Seattle
Images via TVW

Whoever is elected as governor this fall could change the course of Washington state's Medicaid program. When the US Supreme Court ruled on the Affordable Care Act in June, it determined that the law went too far when it required states to expand Medicaid. The ruling left it up to states to decide whether or not to open up the program to cover people without insurance.

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Elections 2012
9:32 am
Thu October 25, 2012

No Electoral College, But Statewide Races Have Math To Victory

Washington Secretary of State

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 4:12 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. - In the presidential race, we hear a lot about the electoral map -- and the math to winning the presidency. It’s all about swing states like Ohio and Florida. At the state level, there’s no electoral college. The candidate with the most votes wins. But there’s still a formula for victory -- even in blue states like Washington and Oregon.

Former state Democratic Party Chair Paul Berendt says the way to navigate a path to victory in Washington -- if you’re a Democrat -- involves what he calls a “salt water strategy.”

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Arts & Life
9:30 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Polka Is Out, Even At World Accordion Competition

Spokane accordionist Yev Nosov, 24, is one of the U.S. musicians competing at the World Trophy Accordion Championship this year. Photo by Jessica Robinson

SPOKANE, Wash. - This week, the Northwest is hosting an historic event –- historic, at least, in the world of accordion music. The top players from 19 countries are competing in Spokane at the World Trophy Accordion Championship.

It's the first time the prestigious international competition has come to the United States and U.S. accordion players feel they've got something to prove.

There's one big problem facing accordion players here. It goes a little something like this.

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Elections 2012
9:29 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Wash. Democrats Won't Return JZ Knight Contribution

The gate to Ramtha's School of Enlightenment, Yelm, Washington. Photo by Richard David Ramsey via Wikipedia

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 9:40 am

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Democratic Party says it will not return $60,000 in contributions from a controversial spiritual leader from Yelm, Washington. This, despite the release of a video that shows JZ Knight delivering a profanity-laced attack on the Catholic Church and others.

In the video, Knight paces a stage in front of a large boisterous audience. In events like these she claims to be channeling an ancient male spirit named Ramtha. Knight as Ramtha uses the f-word repeatedly and rails against Catholics and the Catholic Church.

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Vaccine
5:24 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

CDC Recommends Pertussis Vaccine For Expectant Moms

Public health experts are now recommending that pregnant women get the vaccine for whooping cough during pregnancy.
Flickr/ Neal Gillis

Public health experts are now recommending that pregnant women get the vaccine for whooping cough during pregnancy. The recommendation is in response to the growing outbreak of the disease in the U.S. So far, there are more than 32,000 reported cases of whooping cough across the country.  If the trend holds, it’s on track to be the highest number of cases since 1959.   

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