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Seattle Police Reform
1:12 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

New Lawsuit Complicates Seattle Police Reform Plan

Two Seattle police unions have filed a lawsuit against a federal plan to reform the police department.

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Coal Export Terminals
9:17 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Coal Dust’s Environmental Impacts In Pacific Northwest

A coal train travels along Puget Sound.
Katie Campbell

There are five proposed coal export terminals under consideration in Washington and Oregon. They would be built to transfer coal off of trains from Wyoming and Montana mines and on to ships bound for Asia. Some coal dust will escape along the journey from mines to terminals. In the second part of our series, Ashley Ahearn looks at the environmental impacts of coal dust.

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Efforts Fall Short
8:51 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Vote Delayed On Gun Background Check Measure In Washington House

M Glasgow Flickr

Originally published on Mon March 11, 2013 7:15 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Efforts to muster the 50 votes needed to pass a universal background check measure for gun sales were falling short Monday afternoon in the Washington House of Representatives. A planned vote after 3:00 pm was delayed while backers of the measure continued to work behind the scenes to secure the necessary support. Meanwhile majority Democrats moved on from the topic of reducing gun violence to consider non-related health care measures.

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Workforce Housing
6:16 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

City Council At Odds Over South Lake Union Affordable Housing

Aerial image from developer Vulcan highlights Seattle's South Lake Union.
Image Courtesy/Vulcan

The city of Seattle is trying to solve a problem: Many of the people who work in Seattle can’t afford to live here.

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Soldier Mental Health
1:40 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

New Army Report Finds Trouble With Behavioral Health System

The Army has more than doubled its number of military and civilian behavioral health workers in the past five years, however, a newly released report that examines how the Army evaluates soldiers for mental health issues finds that the system is riddled with problems. 

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Mayor's Race 2013
11:52 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Ron Sims Will Not Join Seattle's Mayoral Race

King County Executive Ron Sims speaks at a news conference where he announced that President Barack Obama would nominate him to be deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Monday, Feb. 2, 2009, in Seattle.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

Former King County Executive Ron Sims announced today on KUOW that he will not run for Seattle mayor as many people have speculated.

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Coal Dust Impacts
7:52 am
Mon March 11, 2013

What Coal-Train Dust Means For Human Health In Pacific Northwest

The Westshore Terminal near Vancouver, B.C. handles about 30 million tons of coal per year, loading it onto ships for export. Westshore spent $7 million upgrading pumps, rain guns and misting devices around the site used to dampen and control coal dust.
Katie Campbell

With five coal export terminals under consideration in Washington and Oregon, Northwest residents are grappling for the first time with issues that are old hat in coal states like West Virginia and Kentucky. One of those issues: coal dust. How much of it will escape along the journey from mines in Wyoming and Montana to proposed export terminals on the West Coast? And what might that dust mean for public health?

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Education Funding
4:49 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Summer School Back In Seattle Public Schools

Summer school will be back in session on a limited basis in Seattle Public Schools after it was cut from the budget two years ago.

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Tricks Of The Trade
8:32 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Inside The World Of Business Lobbying In Olympia

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu March 7, 2013 4:27 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – In the world of state legislatures, there’s a powerful breed of players who normally shun the spotlight. They prefer to work behind the scenes to influence policy outcomes. We’re talking about business lobbyists. Inside this often hidden world, you’ll meet two of the most successful corporate contract lobbyists in the Washington state capitol. And learn some of their tricks of the trade.

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Safety Vs. Freedom
6:37 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

The Sanka Party Brews Activism Inside A Mental Hospital

The Sanka Party's homemade logo.
KUOW Photo/John Ryan

The Tea Party has become a fixture in American politics. But the Sanka Party? Not so much. Other than an interest in hot beverages, the two activist groups have little in common. The Sanka Party got started last summer near Tacoma, Wash., in the unlikeliest of places: inside the walls of the state’s largest psychiatric institution.

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787 Crisis
5:16 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Boeing's Battery Fix: Containment

The lithium-ion battery that started a fire on a 787 at Boston Logan Airport. An NTSB report said the fire injured one firefighter and was hot enough to melt steel.
NTSB Photo

  The National Transportation Safety Board says it still does not know the root cause of the battery fire that triggered the grounding of the Boeing Co. 787 fleet.

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Vision For State Transportation
4:03 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Gov. Inslee On Transportation Needs And How To Fund Them

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee looks out the window of his plane as it flies over the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, Wednesday, March 6, 2013, on the way to Richland, Wash. Inslee toured the facility and met with Dept. of Energy officials.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Governor Jay Inslee spoke with Ross Reynolds on The Conversation Thursday about the proposed gas tax increase and his vision for Washington's transportation needs. Expiring federal funds, booming population and the need for more jobs create an urgency for the Legislature to come up with bipartisan solutions, according to the governor.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
11:28 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Inslee: Hanford Tank Waste Removal Will Take Years

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu March 7, 2013 10:55 am

RICHLAND, Wash. – It may take two to four years to even begin clearing radioactive waste from leaking tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. That’s according to Washington Governor Jay Inslee. He toured the southeast Washington nuclear site Wednesday.

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Death Penalty Hearing
11:05 am
Thu March 7, 2013

House Committee Takes No Action On Death Penalty Bill

A House Committee in Olympia took no action Wednesday on House Bill 1504 which would eliminate the death penalty and replace it with a sentence of life without parole.

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Hanford Cleanup Timeline
7:29 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Inslee: Leaking Tank Waste Removal Can't Begin For Years

Office of the Governor

Originally published on Wed March 6, 2013 10:21 pm

RICHLAND, Wash. - Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says it may take two to four years to begin removing liquids from leaking tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The Democratic governor made the comments Wednesday after a tour of the southeast Washington site.

The governor told reporters on the tour that there is no technology that can stop the leaks.

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