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Workforce
2:27 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Us Too! King County Considers Minimum Wage For Employees

In the “me too” department, King County is jumping on the bandwagon to consider a higher minimum wage for its employees. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray issued a similar proposal for city workers soon after he took office in January.

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Arts
12:47 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Seattle Opera Director Speight Jenkins Takes A Bow

Speight Jenkins.
Credit Courtesy of Seattle Opera/Brandon Patoc

Speight. That's the name that conjures Seattle Opera for tens of thousands of fans.

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Health Reform
11:11 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Parents Discover That Even Obamacare Has Gaps

The Clarks, from left to right: Jenni, Luke, Jonathan and Micah. Micah, 2, was rushed to Children's with groin pain - his family later learned that Children's wasn't included in their new health plan.
Credit Photo Courtesy Jenni Clark

Not all health plans are the same, as Washington consumers have learned the hard way.

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Pollution Limit
8:21 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Inslee Predicts Washington Will Adopt Controversial Fuel Standard

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 8:59 am

Washington will likely adopt a pollution limit on gasoline and other transportation fuels. That’s the prediction from Democratic Governor Jay Inslee. He recently ordered a feasibility and cost study of a low-carbon fuel standard.

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Astoria, Port Angeles, Nanaimo
8:20 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Large Cruise Ships Call On Small Northwest Ports To Fill Out Itineraries

The Norwegian Pearl at port in Astoria, Oregon in May 2013.

Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 5:17 pm

Cruise season has begun in the Pacific Northwest with the arrival of gleaming cruise ships. They'll be steaming back-and-forth to Alaska all summer from Vancouver and Seattle.

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Unstable Slopes
5:43 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

DNR Promises Tighter Controls On Logging Near Landslide Zones

Washington Department of Natural Resources image shows 2004 clear-cut (near dotted purple line) extending into no-logging zone (marked with yellow line) at site of the March 22, 2014, Oso landslide.
Credit Washington Department of Natural Resources

Washington State officials announced new restrictions on logging near landslide zones Friday afternoon.

The change in policy comes six weeks after a landslide near the town of Oso killed at least 41 people.

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Art and Tech
3:25 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Flight Path: Bees, A Hackathon And Sea-Tac Airport

Beekeepers manage hives at Sea-Tac airport as a plane flies overhead.
Rod Hatfield

Did you know there are bees at Sea-Tac Airport? Twenty beehives are already in place in green space around the airport. And tonight, a two-day hackathon gets going that’s centered around the idea of bees and flight. It’s connected to a new art installment that’s going in at Sea-Tac: “Flight Path.”

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Mudslide
1:12 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

After Oso: The Emotional Phases Of A Disaster

In the entryway to the Darrington Community Center, Red Cross Volunteer Christine Dahl works through the list of area residents seeking gas cards to help with the cost of traveling the two and a half hour detour created by the devastating mudslide.
KUOW Photo/Daniel Berman

Aid agencies are reducing their presence in Oso and Darrington, a month and a half after a landslide hit the small community there, killing at least 41.

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EarthFix Reports
11:02 am
Fri May 9, 2014

School Districts Explore Solutions For Too Many Portable Classrooms

Students examine a SEED portable classroom recently installed at the Perkins School in North Seattle.
Credit EarthFix Photo/Katie Campbell

SPOKANE, Washington — Teachers at Spokane’s Jefferson Elementary don’t have to look far to know what they left behind.

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Kickstarter Project
8:14 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Washington State Files Lawsuit Over Alleged Crowdfunding Scam

Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 8:23 am

One of the victims of an alleged crowdfunding scam says he’s not counting on getting his money back, but he’s glad Washington’s attorney general has filed a consumer protection lawsuit.

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Western State Hospital
6:04 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Audit Dings Hospital's 50-Year Practice Of Paid 'Transition Time'

The main entrance of Western State Hospital in Lakewood, Wash.
Credit John Ryan / KUOW

State auditors say Western State Hospital has been losing about $800,000 a year paying for work that's not being done. For decades, the hospital has been letting hundreds of employees start late and leave early -- and still paying for their time.

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Looking Ahead
12:24 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Among Supporters Of $15 Minimum Wage, Some Trepidation

The Downtown Emergency Services Center operates an emergency shelter for homeless people, along with permanent housing, at The Morrison Building in Seattle's Pioneer Square
Credit KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Non-profit human service providers Wednesday voiced concerns on Wednesday about a proposed plan to raise the minimum wage in Seattle to $15 an hour.

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Central African Republic
8:25 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Civil War Invades An Elephant Sanctuary: One Researcher's Escape

A female forest elephant charges, in Dzanga-Sangha Special Reserve in the Central African Republic.
Michael K. Nichols National Geographic/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 7:14 am

Ivory poachers are killing some 22,000 African elephants a year. Among the recent casualties was a group of rare forest elephants in the Central African Republic.

Those elephants were featured in an NPR program, Radio Expeditions, in 2002, when former NPR host and correspondent Alex Chadwick and sound engineer Bill McQuay went to central Africa to record them.

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EarthFix Reports
8:23 am
Thu May 8, 2014

States Don't Limit Use Of Portable Classrooms

Workers at Blazer Industries push a half-built portable classroom out the door of the modular building manufacturing plant in Aumsville, Oregon.
Credit EarthFix Photo/Cassandra Profita

AUMSVILLE, Oregon – After affixing the roof to the walls, five workers push a half-built classroom out the door of the Blazer Industries manufacturing plant. Clearly, this is a portable classroom.

It’s one of about 130 portables Blazer has been contracted to build this year. Most will go to overcrowded schools in Washington state, and most will be built in four to seven days. Inside this warehouse, the company has built entire schools, churches, hospitals and high-end homes — one truckable piece at a time.

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Northwest Improvement
8:14 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Little Change In National 12th-Grade Math, Reading Scores

Score gains for math and reading among high school seniors in 11 pilot states.

Originally published on Wed May 7, 2014 5:44 pm

The federal government just released its latest national test scores for high school seniors and it’s not good news. A significant number of graduates are below standard for math and reading.

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