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Land Use
12:26 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Future Of South Lake Union Up For Debate

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

The Seattle City Council is debating a plan that would transform a huge swath of the city’s center, and that for the first time would allow developers to build residential high rises just a block from Lake Union.

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HIV Prevention
7:25 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Memorial For U-District Needle Exchange Founder

People's Harm Reduction Alliance

A public memorial service is planned Thursday for Bob Quinn. Quinn was a public health maverick. He died last month.

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Washington State Legislature
7:22 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Former Wash. Governor: Speaker Is Not 'Alternate Governor'

Wikimedia

Originally published on Wed December 12, 2012 3:39 pm

Washington Speaker of the House Frank Chopp (D-Seattle) will “have to learn” to negotiate. That tough talk comes from former Republican Governor Dan Evans in reaction to the announcement that a philosophical majority of Republicans and two Democrats have formed to take control of the state Senate for the 2013 session.

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Mall Shooting
7:19 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Oregon Lawmaker Calls For Ban On Large Capacity Ammo Magazines

Keith LaFaille Flickr

Originally published on Wed December 12, 2012 2:44 pm

SALEM, Ore. – An Oregon lawmaker wants to ban high-capacity ammunition magazines in the wake of Tuesday's shooting at the Clackamas Town Center.

Police say Jacob Tyler Roberts opened fire at the crowded shopping mall, killing two people and seriously wounding another. Then he turned the gun on himself. Investigators say he was using a stolen AR-15 semiautomatic rifle.

Democratic Senator Ginny Burdick says she's circulating a bill for the upcoming legislative session that would ban the sale of magazines with more than 10 rounds in Oregon.

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Portland Mall Shooting
10:16 am
Wed December 12, 2012

UPDATE: Shooter Identified, Mall Shooting Victim Expected To Survive

Jacob Tyler Roberts, 22, has been identified as the gunman at the Clackamas Town Center shooting on December 11, 2012.
Credit courtesy of Clackamas County Sherriff's Department.

Two people, plus the suspected shooter, are dead after police say a gunman opened fire at a crowded shopping mall in suburban Portland Tuesday.

An ambulance took one survivor of the attack to OHSU Medical Center in Portland. The young woman is expected to survive.

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Coal Terminal Conversations
9:30 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Where Coal Divides, Community Remains

Lisa McShane and Mark Lowry are long-time Bellingham residents and friends. They disagree on the issue of exporting coal but they're still talking about it
Ashley Ahearn

Exporting coal via the Northwest has become an issue so divisive that old friendships and alliances strain under the pressure. No matter how you feel about climate change or construction jobs or any number of issues bound to the five coal export terminals under consideration around the Northwest, chances are you know someone who feels differently about the issue than you do.

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Sex Trafficking
8:57 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Washington Settles Over Failed State Sex Trafficking Law

The state of Washington will not appeal a federal court decision to strike down a new state sex trafficking law. The law would have held online websites like Backpage.com accountable for illegal ads posted on their sites.

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Education Funding
7:20 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Seven Seattle-Area School Districts Win $40M Race To The Top Grant

Seattle-area schools, with some of the highest populations of students living in poverty, have been awarded a $40M federal grant.
Flickr Photo/ccarlstead (CC BY-NC-ND)

Seven Seattle-area school districts have been awarded a $40 million federal Race to the Top grant. The money is aimed at improving academic achievement in high-poverty schools in the Seattle, Kent, Federal Way, Highline, Renton, Auburn and Tukwila districts.

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Recession And Recovery
8:30 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Unemployed Workers Brace For End Of Federal Support

Christopher Clow in his former neighborhood, Seattle's University District.
Carolyn Adolph KUOW

Correction: This story has been corrected to show that of the 120,000 people who were cut off unemployment benefits before they found a job from summer to 2008 to November 2012, 70 percent have not yet found work.

A program Congress has extended 10 times over the last four years is expected to end this month. The emergency unemployment compensation program has been a safety net for 400,000 people in Washington since the summer of 2008. Four years later 70 percent of people who were cut off from benefits before they found work are still looking. That's about 84,000 people.

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Clean Air
8:29 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Audit: Port Of Seattle's Clean-Diesel Subsidy Illegal

A Port of Seattle program to reduce air pollution has been deemed illegal by the state auditor.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

A state audit that criticized the Port of Seattle for accidentally giving away free parking at Sea-Tac Airport has also faulted the Port for some intentional gift giving.

State auditors said a program that pays ocean-going ships to use low-sulfur fuel while they dock in Seattle constitutes an illegal gift of public funds.

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Senate Power Play
8:02 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Democrats React Angrily To Power Grab In Wash. Senate

Washington Legislature

Originally published on Tue December 11, 2012 8:06 am

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Some Washington Democrats are reacting angrily to a power grab in the state senate. A coalition of Republicans and two breakaway Democrats announced Monday they will seize the majority, but share power.

The chair of the Washington State Democratic Party says Senators Rodney Tom and Tim Sheldon are turning their backs on their own party. The two Democrats say they will join forces with Republicans to govern the chamber from the middle.

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Health Exchange
8:00 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Feds Say Washington Making Progress On Health Exchange

It's official: Washington has reached a milestone in creating its own health exchange. On Monday the US Department of Health and Human Services announced Washington is among six states to make significant progress in developing an online market for health plans.

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School Funding
7:55 am
Tue December 11, 2012

New Wash. Senate Majority Will Not Promise $1B More For Schools

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon December 10, 2012 3:51 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A big shake-up in the control of the Washington state senate could have major implications for how lawmakers address funding for schools next year. A coalition of Republicans and two breakaway Democrats announced Monday it has just enough votes to depose the current Democratic majority.

The chair of the Washington Democratic party calls it a “coup” and a “prescription for instability and division.” But former Republican turned Democrat Rodney Tom -- who will lead the new majority coalition -- says voters want governing from the middle.

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State Audit
7:21 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Free Parking Glitch Costs Sea-Tac Airport $400,000

Sea-Tac International Airport
Credit John Ryan

If you study your credit card bills closely, you might have figured this one out already. If not, the Port of Seattle may have a little holiday gift for you.

Sea-Tac International Airport, run by the Port of Seattle, has given away nearly $400,000 in unintentionally free parking this year. That news comes courtesy of the Washington State Auditor’s Office.

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Indian Health Service
5:27 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Native American Veterans Get New Access To Local Health Care

American Indian and Alaska Native veterans can now see local Indian Health Service providers for care that is covered by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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