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Education
11:15 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Washington State University Uncorks Its Own Student-Made Wine

Two hundred cases of Washington State UWashington State University is starting to release it's own student-made wines for the public to buy. So far, the bottles are flying off the shelves.
Flickr Photo/Matthew Rogers

Washington State University’s viticulture and enology facility won’t open in the Tri-Cities until next spring, but students aren’t waiting to bottle and sell their own wines.

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EarthFix Reports
10:53 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Tesoro To Upgrade To Safer Oil Tankers

A company that’s shipping crude oil through the Pacific Northwest has announced it’s upgrading its fleet to safer tanker train cars.
Flickr Creative Commons: Russ Allison Loar

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 4:03 pm

A company that’s shipping crude oil through the Pacific Northwest has announced it’s upgrading its fleet to safer tanker train cars. The announcement comes after several derailments, fires, and explosions prompted safety concerns, including an explosion in Quebec last summer that killed 47 people.

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Sports
8:53 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Two Northwest Athletes Chosen As Flag Bearers in Sochi

File photo of Roberto Carcelen of Seattle carrying the Peruvian flag at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Jude Freeman Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 3:37 pm

Two athletes from the Northwest had the honor of carrying their nation's flag in the Opening Ceremonies of the Winter Olympics -- but neither banner was the Stars and Stripes.

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Sports
8:52 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Watching Winter Olympics 'Live' Is For The Early Birds And Night Owls

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 3:56 pm

The 12-hour time difference between the Pacific Northwest and Sochi, Russia threatens to rob sleep from diehard sports fans and the families of local athletes competing at the Winter Olympics.

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Education & Immigration
8:48 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Washington Lawmakers Underfund Promise Of 'Real Hope' And 'Dreams'

Rachel Irish is a 35-year old pre-nursing student at South Puget Sound Technical College.

Originally published on Mon February 10, 2014 3:24 pm

The state of Washington could soon become the fourth in the nation -- after California, Texas and New Mexico -- to allow the children of illegal immigrants to qualify for state-funded college financial aid.

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Endangered Species
8:39 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Panel Finds Feds Didn't Use Best Science In Wolf Plan

US Fish

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 4:35 pm

A new independent review finds the federal government used uncertain science when it proposed taking the gray wolf off the endangered species list across the Lower 48.

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Government
8:39 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Divergent Agendas As Washington Legislature Approaches Halfway Point

File photo of the Washington State Capitol Building
Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 4:42 pm

Washington’s 60-day legislative session is approaching the halfway mark, but divergent agendas are likely to result in a lot of proposals dying when they cross the Rotunda to the other chamber.

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Seattle Police Department
7:35 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Legal Group Condemns Seattle Police Interim Chief For ‘Prejudging’ Shooting Investigation

Harry Bailey, interim chief of the Seattle Police, at a recent news conference.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

A legal organization in Seattle said that interim chief of the Seattle Police Department Harry Bailey’s comments about a recent officer-involved shooting will make it harder for investigators to do their jobs and undermine the troubled department's commitment to reform.

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Stuck In Place
4:51 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Seattle's Tunnel Machine Chokes On Dirt

Seattle Tunnel Partners workers atop a tank of soil conditioner used by tunnel builders
KUOW Photo/John Ryan

State officials said Friday afternoon that the tunneling machine known as Bertha had to stop, not because it hit foreign objects, but because it clogged with dirt.

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Religious Employers
9:31 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Washington Supreme Court Backs Discrimination Claim Against Catholic Hospital

Flickr Photo/SalFalko

Religious institutions in Washington have previously been exempt from discrimination rules but that could be changing. The Washington Supreme Court said in decisions Thursday that some employees whose duties are non-religious can bring discrimination claims against these nonprofits.

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Sochi Olympics
8:40 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Opening Ceremony Never Gets Old, Even For Olympic Veterans

U.S. Olympic snowboarder Nate Holland
Sarah Brunson U.S. Snowboarding

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 3:21 pm

For some of the Northwest athletes competing at the Winter Games, this will be the third or fourth time to experience the Opening Ceremonies.

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Religion
8:35 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Faith Healing Exemption Gets Scrutiny In Washington Legislature

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 9:13 am

Christian Scientists who treat their sick children with faith healing, instead of medical care, have special protection under Washington law. But that could soon change.

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EarthFix Reports
8:22 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Northwest Starfish Experiments Give Scientists Clues To Mysterious Mass Die-Offs

A dying Pisaster ochraceus sea star in the waters off West Seattle dangles by its tentacles off an underwater piling that would normally be covered with a rainbow of sea stars.
Credit Laura James

Near the ferry docks on Puget Sound, a group of scientists and volunteer divers shimmy into suits and double-check their air tanks.

They move with the urgency of a group on a mission. And they are. They’re trying to solve a marine mystery.

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Sochi Olympics
7:38 am
Fri February 7, 2014

U.S. Olympians Wearing Northwest Wool For Opening Ceremony

Woolgrower Jeanne Carver with the 2014 U.S. Olympic parade sweater
David Nogueras OPB

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 5:41 pm

When Team USA marches into the stadium for the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony Friday, they'll be swathed in the warmth of the Northwest, quite literally.

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Music
7:29 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Seattle's Rafe Pearlman Finds New Music In Old World Traditions

Singer-songwriter Rafe Pearlman brings a new audience to ancient spiritual traditions.
Credit Courtesy of Rafe Pearlman

Rafe Pearlman came into his music career 20 years ago, right when grunge was capturing the world's attention. He didn’t have a meteoric rise to the top, but the singer-songwriter is still moving forward, selling out local shows where he mixes rock music with the chanting of many faiths.

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