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Extreme Weather
4:38 am
Wed April 30, 2014

After Tornadoes, States Now Brace For Flooding

A severe thunderstorm wall cloud is seen over the area of Canton, Miss., on Tuesday. At least 35 people in six states have been killed by tornadoes unleashed by a ferocious storm system this week.
Gene Blevins Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 11:18 am

The weather system that spawned tornadoes that killed at least 35 people this week throughout the South and Midwest is dumping heavy rain, triggering fears of major flooding.

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Death Penalty
2:40 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

UPDATED: After One Botched Execution, Oklahoma Stays A Second

This file photo combo of images provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Clayton Lockett, left, and Charles Warner.
Uncredited AP

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 8:12 pm

Update at 8:19 p.m. ET. Execution Fails:

According to reporters tweeting from inside the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Oklahoma, the execution of Clayton D. Lockett has failed. Lockett died of a heart attack after the execution was aborted.

The execution of Charles Warner, which was supposed to take place at 9 p.m. ET., was stayed by Corrections Director Robert Patton.

According to the AP reporter on the scene, about 34 minutes after the execution was scheduled to begin, Lockett was still conscious.

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Oso Mudslide
1:57 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

The Five Hardest Minutes Working The Mudslide

A group of young people from the Washington Conservation Corps worked 14 - 16 hour days trying to recover victims in the Oso mudslide.
Credit KUOW Photo/Ashley Ahearn

The Oso mudslide drew hundreds of volunteers to the towns of Arlington and Darrington, Wash.

Mixed in among those responders were 50 young people in the Washington Conservation Corps between the ages of 18 and 25.

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Active Search Ends
8:02 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Detour Around Oso Mudslide Opens To Reconnect Darrington, I-5 Corridor

Jeannine Carr serves lunch at Rhodes River Ranch, one of the few open businesses in Oso, to Martha Lu Nunn and Kathleen Rhodes (no relation) of FEMA.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

The end of the large-scale recovery operation at the site of the Oso mudslide means that a road around the slide zone, once reserved for emergency vehicles, will be open for traffic.

State transportation officials opened the new detour, a primitive gravel road on Seattle City Light property, Monday night for local traffic.

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Devastation In The South
5:01 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Twisters In 3 States Kill More Than A Dozen People

A motel and restaurant show significant damage from a tornado that ripped through Tupelo, Miss., on Monday.
Jim Lytle AP

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 3:32 pm

This post was updated at 6:15 p.m. ET.

A second day of tornadoes has caused devastation in the South, killing more than a dozen people in Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee. Some 50 twisters were reported in the region in a 24-hour period from Monday into Tuesday, according to meteorologists.

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Light Rail
7:48 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Tunnel Machine Set To Dig Under Seattle, But It's Not Bertha

The machine Sound Transit is using to dig a light-rail tunnel from Northgate to the University of Washington in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/John Ryan

A tunnel machine is set to resume digging beneath the streets of Seattle in mid-June.

No, it's not Bertha. It's Brenda.

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Makah Indian Reservation
6:47 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Japanese Retrace Path Of History-Making Castaways, 180 Years Later

File photo of the 'Monument to the Three Kichis,' at Fort Vancouver, Washington.
nsub1 Flickr

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 5:48 pm

After 180 years, it is not too late to say thank you. That is what a Japanese delegation did last week as it retraced the history-making path of three  castaways to the Makah Indian Reservation on the Washington coast.

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Government
6:44 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Washington's Fictitious Driver's License Program Larger Than First Reported

Washington Department of Licensing

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 5:44 pm

A new report reveals the state of Washington issued nearly 3,000 fictitious driver’s licenses to police agencies over the last 25 years.

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Transportation
6:13 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Partial Derailment Of Empire Builder Sends One To Hospital

File photo of Amtrak's Empire Builder in eastern Minnesota.

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 6:03 pm

An Amtrak train carrying passengers from Chicago to Portland and Seattle "partially derailed" in eastern Montana Monday afternoon.

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Fatal Mudslide
12:31 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Active Search Efforts End In Oso Mudslide

Messages of support hang inside the Oso Fire Department.
Flickr Photo/Snohomish County (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with State Search and Rescue Coordinator Chris Long about the decision to call off active search and rescue in Oso, Wash.

This morning, Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary announced the end of active search operations at the site of the March 22 mudslide near Oso, Wash.

Trenary said it was a difficult decision to make and relied on “a little bit of soul searching and a lot of information from the scene.”

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Student Privacy
9:44 am
Mon April 28, 2014

What Parents Need To Know About Big Data And Student Privacy

iStockphoto

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 8:53 am

My first brush with professional journalism — and with violations of student privacy — came when I was a sophomore at Yale. It was 1999, and George W. Bush, a Yale alumnus, was running for president.

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Affordable Care Act
8:17 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Candidates Jump On Cover Oregon's Troubles

The state of Oregon has decided to scrap its troubled health insurance exchange website.

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 5:01 pm

The finger-pointing is underway now that the state of Oregon has decided to scrap its troubled health insurance exchange website.

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Immigrant Students
7:55 am
Mon April 28, 2014

University Of Washington's Secret Society Of Undocumented 'Dreamers'

A student takes notes at the white board during a recent Purple Group meeting.
Credit KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

There’s no special handshake. No code word. But for one secret group on the University of Washington campus in Seattle, identification papers – or, rather, a lack thereof – are a common denomination.

The UW’s student organization the Purple Group is for students, known as "dreamers," who came to the country illegally, often as young children.

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Severe Weather
3:35 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Killer Tornadoes Rip Through Arkansas, Oklahoma

Travel trailers and motor homes were piled on top of each other at Mayflower RV in Mayflower, Ark., on Sunday after tornadoes carved through the central and southern U.S.
Danny Johnston AP

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 10:55 am

This post was updated at 1:53 p.m. ET

Emergency officials were searching Monday for survivors after tornadoes tore through parts of Arkansas and Oklahoma overnight, killing at least 14 people and leveling entire neighborhoods.

"We don't have a count on injuries or missing. We're trying to get a handle on the missing part," Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe said at a news conference Monday. "Just looking at the damage, this may be one of the strongest we have seen."

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'Economic Discrimination'
1:46 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

49ers Fan Sues NFL For $50 Million Over Seattle Playoff Tickets

A 49ers fan displays her hopes for next season at a Seahawks game. If a San Francisco fan has his way, the sign could also refer to playoff tickets, which were limited to markets with strong Seattle support this year.
Kevin C. Cox Getty Images

Saying the Seattle Seahawks kept San Francisco 49ers fans from being able to pull for their team in January's NFC title game, a 49ers fan is suing the NFL, claiming the practice of limiting ticket sales to pro-Seahawks markets amounts to "economic discrimination." He is seeking $50 million in damages.

As hosts of the playoff game, the Seahawks limited credit-card sales of tickets to accounts with billing addresses in a list of nearby states. California wasn't on that list, which included parts of Canada and Hawaii. As a resident of Nevada, John E. Williams III was shut out.

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