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Gates Foundation
12:38 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Why Bill Gates Fights Diseases Abroad, Not At Home

By ensuring vaccines are invented and distributed, Bill Gates says, his foundation is dramatically reducing the number of childhood deaths in poor countries.
Marie McGrory NPR

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 10:18 am

This week in Seattle, Bill and Melinda Gates are attending a meeting of the minds.

Five hundred of the world's top innovators in global health have gathered for the Global Health Product Development Forum, an annual event in which scientists, engineers, policymakers and activists work to develop new tools for fighting diseases.

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King County Elections
2:59 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Lake Wash. School District Bonds Failing On Second Round

Credit Flickr Photo/Marie Coleman (CC BY-NC-SA)

Along with Proposition 1, another measure on some King County ballots appears to be failing. The construction bond measure for the Lake Washington School District needed 60 percent to pass.

Early returns had just 50 percent of voters approving it.

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Quarterly Earning Report
2:31 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Boeing Says More Work Could Stay In-House

Flickr Photo/Chuck Taylor (CC BY-NC-ND)

Boeing announced quarterly earnings Wednesday morning that beat analysts' expectations. CEO Jim McNerney said part of the company's success story is the new economics of its labor force.

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Labor And Industries Report
12:32 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Washington Department Of Corrections Fined For Unsafe Asbestos Removal Program

A known carcinogen, asbestos needs to be removed with the use of safety equipment including respirators. L&I determined that the DOC failed to enforce the use of respirators in its asbestos removal program.
Flickr Photo/Asbestos Testing (CC-BY-NC-ND)

The State Department of Corrections has shut down a decades-old program staffed by inmates to remove asbestos from prison facilities.

The Department of Labor and Industries originally fined the DOC $141,000 after determining that inmate workers were exposed to asbestos dust, but the penalty was reduced to $70,500 in a settlement.

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Mount Everest Avalanche
10:39 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Seattle Mountaineering Company Shaken By Deaths On Everest

Staff members of Seattle-based Alpine Ascents International, in a photo taken earlier this year. Five of the team's Sherpas were killed in last week's avalanche on Mt. Everest.
Credit Courtesy Alpine Ascents International

Last Friday’s avalanche on Mount Everest was especially devastating for one Seattle-based mountaineering company.

Of the 16 Sherpa guides killed, five of them were employees of Alpine Ascents International.

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Same-Sex Marriage
8:17 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Judge Won't Issue Immediate Decision In Oregon Gay Marriage Case

File photo of the Wayne L. Morse United States Courthouse in Eugene, Ore.

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 5:50 pm

A federal judge in Oregon will not issue an immediate decision Wednesday in a lawsuit seeking to overturn the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

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Utilities
8:08 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Wanapum Dam Fix Could Cost $61 Million

File photo of a crew investigating the crack in Wanapum Dam near Vantage, Wash.

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 9:04 pm

Officials in central Washington revealed the latest update on how much it will cost to fix the massive crack in Wanapum Dam -- and how long it will take.

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Federal Support
7:36 am
Wed April 23, 2014

President Tours Disaster Zone, Offers Support One Month After Deadly Landslide

President Barack Obama speaks at the firehouse in Oso, Wash., Tuesday.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 7:26 am

President Obama says the “whole country” is thinking about the victims of the Oso landslide in Snohomish County.

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Limited Resources
1:29 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Citizen Volunteers Arm Themselves Against Crime In Rural Oregon

An old police car is permanently parked on the highway through O'Brien, Ore., where cuts to the sheriff's office have prompted some locals to mount crime patrols.
Jeff Barnard AP

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 10:10 am

It's after 10 p.m. as Sam Nichols slowly cruises through the tiny town of O'Brien, Ore., shining superbright spotlights into the shadows.

"We're just checking this commercial building here, just to make sure there's no one hiding around it or anything," Nichols says.

Nichols' King Cab pickup has a yellow flasher on top and signs on the doors identifying it as a Citizens Against Crime patrol. Riding with Nichols is fellow volunteer Alan Cress.

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EarthFix Reports
6:09 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Investigators Link Bee Die-Off To Unauthorized Hives In Oregon

A honeybee. The Oregon Department of Agriculture is investigating a die-off southwest of Portland in Sherwood.
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Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 4:37 pm

Investigators have discovered 30 unauthorized commercial honeybee hives near the site of a large bee die-off in Sherwood southwest of Portland.

Observers reported thousands of dead honeybees on a busy stretch of Highway 99W on Sunday.

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Environment
6:08 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Washington State Senator: Oil Trains 'Going To Be With Us For A While'

File photo of a crude oil train.

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 6:21 pm

Environmental regulators in Washington state are expecting a lively crowd Thursday in the coastal city of Hoquiam.

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EarthFix Reports
4:04 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Climate Model Shows Asian Pollution Influences Global Weather

The Pacific storm track, seen here in a simulation by NOAA, affects weather and climate around the world.
Courtesy of Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory.

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 2:43 pm

RICHLAND, Wash. — A new climate study says pollution in Asia can influence weather over much of the world.

Researchers from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory helped develop a new type of climate model that was used to develop the study. It was published in the current issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Megaprojects
12:05 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

No More Tunneling By Bertha Until March 2015

Drilling crews started on Friday and plan to continue around the clock for a month, injecting a cement-water mix into the ground where a shaft will be dug to expose the front of the stalled tunnel machine.
Credit KUOW Photo/John Ryan

State transportation officials say the tunnel machine now stuck beneath the downtown Seattle waterfront won't resume tunneling for another 10 months. Digging is now forecast to resume in March 2015.

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Environmental Marketing
9:16 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Environmentalist David Fenton: Stop Calling It 'Earth Day'

According to a campaign David Fenton worked on, Jesus would have driven a hybrid car.
Flickr Photo/Ingrid Taylar (CC BY-NC)

David Fenton has a piece of advice on celebrating Earth Day this Tuesday: If you really want to help, stop calling it Earth Day.

He said the day is not about the earth. “The planet is going to be fine. It just will eject us, and unfortunately a lot of other species,” Fenton said. “The planet will recover. We just won’t be here. That’s what we need to explain to people.”

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Disaster Relief Fraud
8:15 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Prosecutors Warn Scammers To Leave Oso Alone

Donations were sorted and stored at the Darrington High School gym on March 26, 2014.
Credit KUOW Photo/Phyllis Fletcher

Federal and county prosecutors issued a warning to people who might use the Oso disaster for their own personal gain. They said they are watching for people who rip off donors or take advantage of victims.

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