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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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Information Marketplace
12:00 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

UW Robot Helps Students Register For Classes, For A Fee

On registration day at the University of Washington, alarms go off all over campus at 5:50 a.m. Thousands of students stumble out of bed, load the UW website, and hit refresh over and over. Then at 6 a.m. there is a flurry of action.

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Same-Sex Marriage
7:10 pm
Sun December 9, 2012

Married At Last

Newlyweds Danielle Yung and Robin Wyss kiss on the Grand Staircase outside City Hall.
Michael Clinard

Wedding bells rang throughout Washington state Sunday as hundreds of same-sex couples said “I do.” December 9 was the first day gay couples could legally marry here, after voters upheld the state’s marriage equality law in the November election.

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Music
8:51 am
Sun December 9, 2012

How London Redefined Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix Hits London
courtesy of Experience Music Project

Jimi Hendrix may be one of Seattle’s most famous musical sons, but the legendary guitarist really made his name after he left home. A new show at the Experience Music Project, “Hear My Train A Comin': Hendrix Hits London,” argues that while Jimi Hendrix had a solid musical career in the United States, it wasn’t until he arrived in London in 1966 that he became the rock icon we remember.

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Federal Policy
5:17 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Supreme Court Rulings Could Benefit Same-Sex Couples In Washington

Alice Goodman and Jane Martin have been together for 21 years.
Courtesy of Jane Martin.

Washington’s law allowing same-sex marriage just took effect this week. And that could be not a moment too soon for same-sex couples hoping to receive marriage-related federal benefits.

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School District Embezzlement Case
3:33 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

33 New Charges For Former Seattle Schools Manager Silas Potter

Silas Potter and his attorney Seth Conant in King County Superior Court Friday.
KUOW Photo/Ann Dornfeld

Former Seattle Public Schools manager Silas Potter faces 33 new felony theft charges for allegedly embezzling more than a quarter of a million dollars from the district.

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Marijuana Legalization
9:08 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Medical Marijuana Distributors Divided On New Law

Sean Green's medical marijuana collective features a window into the light-filled grow room.
Amy Radil

Sean Green is the owner of Pacific Northwest Medical, a medical marijuana collective in the city of Shoreline. Today he’s wearing a suit and tie, a vestige of his former career in real estate. Green says he supported Initiative 502, but he’s celebrating legalization by turning off his phones. That’s because he’s gotten so many calls from recreational users who are under the delusion that it’s now legal for Green to sell them marijuana.

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Homeland Security
9:03 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Northwest Scientists Seek New Ways To Trace Chemical Weapons

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu December 6, 2012 7:24 pm

RICHLAND, Wash. -- President Barack Obama has been publicly warning Syria’s leaders not to use chemical weapons against their own people. The news is unexpectedly relevant in southeast Washington. Researchers at at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are developing new scientific techniques to trace chemical agents back to their sources.

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