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Repairs To Start Immediately
12:02 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

FAA Accepts Boeing's 787 Battery Fix

A 787 destined for All Nippon Airways waits to be retrofitted and delivered at Boeing in Everett, WA.
KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

This story was last updated on Saturday, April 20, 2013.

The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed it has accepted Boeing's proposed fix to the 787 battery system. It says next week it will issue instructions to operators for making changes to the aircraft.

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Medical Marijuana
10:10 am
Fri April 19, 2013

State Yanks License Of Hempfest Pot Doc

Medical marijuana dispensary sign.
Credit Flickr Photo/Neeta Lind

How long does it take to get a prescription for medical marijuana? More than a few minutes, according to the Washington State Department of Health.  State regulators have suspended the license of a Seattle-area naturopath who did a brisk business at Hempfest event 2011.

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Program Methods Questioned
8:56 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Army Surgeon General Suspends Trust Enhancement Program Following Investigation

Program’s Director, Claudette Elliott. Investigators claim Elliott encouraged employees to participate in what were deemed to be questionable practices, including the unauthorized use of Wiccan rituals and energy readings.
Courtesy/LinkedIn

  

Correction: An earlier version of this story misspelled the name of the program director, Claudette Elliott.

The Army has suspended the Trust and Enhancement Sustainment Task Force, a program that was created to help improve patient care by building on trust. Documents from the investigation obtained by KUOW show that investigators found the task force lacked the structure and employee training standards needed to execute its mission.

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Pink Slips
7:29 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Boeing Engineering Layoffs To Start Friday

Boeing plane manufacturing.
Credit Courtesy/Boeing Company

Boeing officials say pink slips will go out Friday to about a hundred engineers in the Puget Sound area. It’s the first round of more expected cuts for the engineering staff, which Boeing said it plans to reduce by 1,500 to 1,700 positions through layoffs and job openings that will not be filled.

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Specialized Cancer Care
4:38 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Seattle Children's New Cancer Treatment Program For Teens, Young Adults

One of the rooms in the new cancer unit for adolescents and young adults at Seattle Children's Hospital. This is the first unit in the US dedicated to teen and young adult patients
Credit Courtesy/Seattle Children's Hospital

Seattle Children’s Hospital is opening a new cancer unit Sunday specifically designed for teens and young adults. 

When young cancer patient age 15 to 29 goes in for treatment, they end up either in a pediatric or adult facility. A designated place for this age group could play a crucial role in their survival, according to Dr. Becky Johnson.

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High School Exit Exams
12:16 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

New Wash. Math Requirement May Delay Graduation For 3,730 High School Seniors

Math is the only state standard standing in the way of graduation for 3,730 high school seniors.
Lou FCD Flickr

Two months before high school commencement, 9,083 seniors still haven’t passed Washington state’s new math graduation requirement.

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False ID Program
9:07 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Inslee Would Apply 'Broad' Definition Of Law Enforcement For False IDs

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 5:45 pm

Washington Governor Jay Inslee says he would apply a "broad" interpretation to the term “law enforcement” when issuing fictitious driver licenses to undercover agents. The governor’s comment follows our report that the CIA has obtained nearly 300 so-called confidential Washington driver licenses since 2007.

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Senate Bill Filed
8:58 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Immigration Reform Bill Draws Mixed Reaction

Immigrants Otts Bolisay and Xochitl Rojas hug at a press conference about immigration reform.
Credit Liz Jones / KUOW

The mood was upbeat Wednesday afternoon as supporters of immigration reform gathered in Seattle for a press conference. Students, union workers and immigrant advocates cheered the long-awaited arrival of a proposed bill in Congress. But many at the event also voiced mixed feelings about a few things the bill includes and a few things it leaves out.

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Elephant Care And Well-Being
8:07 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Woodland Park Elephants Focus Of Seattle Task Force

The Woodland Park Zoo Society's elephant task force will meet over the next few months.The panel will evaluate the well-being of the zoo's elephants.
Credit johnmuk / Flickr

A task force will meet Thursday to review the health and living conditions of three elephants at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo. The panel was created after a citizen petition last year called for an investigation into the living conditions and treatment of elephants.

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Sports & Recreation
4:39 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

An Uncertain Future For Lynnwood Municipal Golf Course

The Lynnwood Municipal Golf Course.
Credit KUOW Photo/Jeannie Yandel

If you’ve never been to the Lynnwood Municipal Golf Course before, it’s kind of tough to find. The course itself is way at the back of the parking lot of Edmonds Community College. The only clues you’re in the right place are the high ball nets surrounding the course. And, of course, golfers like Espie Grundy and Jackie Garmeyer, who are wheeling their clubs towards the green for their weekly tee time. “We try to play even if it’s raining,” Espie says.

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Exploring The Ocean Depths
2:49 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Getting Ready For World’s Largest Underwater Observatory

Jeff Cram, a mechanical engineer at University of Washington's Applied Physics Laboratory, oversees the engineering of a set of 12 devices like this one, which will gather information from the bottom of the Pacific off the Northwest coast.
Ashley Ahearn

Want to see a volcano explode hundreds of meters below the surface of the Pacific Ocean? How about in real-time streaming video, online, from the comfort of your own iPad? Well, there’s a massive scientific project underway that could help you with that and more.

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Protecting Pacific Octopus
3:00 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

New Protections Proposed For Octopuses In Puget Sound

A giant Pacific octopus on display at the Seattle Aquarium. The species' population is considered healthy in Puget Sound. Public outcry over legal octopus hunting near Seattle's Alki Beach has prompted possible restrictions.
Flickr/canopic

Right now it’s legal to hunt octopuses in Puget Sound – unless you’re in a marine preserve or conservation area. In fact, if you have a state fishing license you can harvest one every day.

But the killing of a giant Pacific octopus off Alki Beach in Seattle last October prompted a public outcry. Hundreds of scuba divers and members of the public submitted petitions to the state of Washington asking for better protection for the giant Pacific octopus in Puget Sound.

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Seattle Runners Remember
12:48 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Stories From The Boston Marathon Finish Line

62-year-old Jeff Poppe (in red) at the 26-mile mark--about 2 minutes before the explosions.
Credit Photos courtesy Jeff and Anita Poppe

The force of the first blast at the Boston Marathon threw runner Bill Iffrig of Lake Stevens, Wash. to the ground. The photograph of Iffrig has become an iconic image of Monday’s tragedy.

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Remembering Marathon Tragedy
10:25 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Lake Stevens Man In Iconic Photo Recounts Marathon Bombing

The force of the first blast at the Boston Marathon threw runner Bill Iffrig of Lake Stevens, Wash. to the ground. The photograph of Iffrig has become an iconic image of Monday’s tragedy.

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Confidential Driver License Program
7:22 am
Tue April 16, 2013

CIA Obtains False IDs From Washington Dept. Of Licensing

Central Intelligence Agency

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 11:54 am

Editor's note: This story does not contain any identifying details of undercover officers from law enforcement agencies or agents of the Central Intelligence Agency. Instead, it includes aggregate numbers of confidential licenses issued by the state of Washington to local, state and federal agencies. This is consistent with what the Washington Department of Licensing has proposed to release under pending legislation in Olympia.

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