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Transportation
8:56 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Oregon's Treasurer Casts Doubt On I-5 Bridge Tolling Plan

An artist's rendition of the proposed 1-5 bridge over the Columbia River.
Columbia River Crossing

Originally published on Fri January 10, 2014 3:36 pm

Oregon's state treasurer says he won't approve bonds for a new I-5 bridge across the Columbia River without a guarantee: that Oregon can collect tolls from Washington drivers.

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Immigration
7:57 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Why Immigrant Deportations Dropped 30 Percent In Northwest

Thirty-three women staged a sit-in at the state’s Republican Party headquarters in Bellevue on Nov. 7, 2013. The protesters called on their representatives to take action on immigration reform.
Credit KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Deportations of unauthorized immigrants in Washington and Oregon dropped 32 percent from 2012 to 2013, according to data from the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. Yet, people on both sides of the immigration debate find the numbers troubling.

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Brown v. Board of Education
12:07 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Decades Later, Desegregation Still On The Docket In Little Rock

Eight of the nine black students who integrated Little Rock Central High School walk from school to their waiting Army station wagon on Oct. 2, 1957.
Ferd Kaufman AP

Originally published on Mon January 13, 2014 10:23 am

In Little Rock, Ark., on Monday, a federal judge is considering a deal that would end one of the longest-running and most notorious school desegregation cases in the country. The state, its largest school districts and lawyers representing black students have agreed to settle a complex lawsuit over unequal education.

Little Rock has long been the symbol of the South's violent reaction to Brown v. Board of Education, the 1954 Supreme Court ruling that declared school segregation unconstitutional.

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Clean Rigs
12:12 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Immigrant Investors Could Finance Green Trucks For Green Cards

Paul Jerry Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri January 10, 2014 7:46 am

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has approved an unusual way for prospective immigrants to earn a U.S. green card and permanent residency.

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Crime & Courts
10:50 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Feds Search Seattle Coach’s Home For Child Porn

The US Department of Homeland Security has searched the home of a Seattle coach and substitute teacher at The Bush School for evidence he was producing and distributing child pornography.

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EarthFix Reports
10:06 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Oil, Rail Companies Offer Little Information About Shipments

Rail and oil companies do not have to disclose how many DOT-111 tanker cars travel through the Northwest. DOT-111 tanker cars, which exploded in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, and killed 47 people, have a design flaw and are easily punctured.
Credit Transportation Safety Board of Canada

The oil-by-rail boom is underway, and with that, several high-profile, fiery derailments.  

But state officials don't have the information they need to prepare for an oil train mishap because railroad and oil companies are not required to disclose much on shipments or response strategies.

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Fatal Crash
8:57 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Two Northwest Airmen Killed In U.K. Helicopter Crash

File photo of a Pave Hawk helicopter.
US Air Force

Originally published on Fri January 10, 2014 8:35 am

Two airmen from the Northwest were killed in a helicopter crash in England this week. One grew up in north Idaho, the other hailed from Vancouver, Wash.

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Health Care
7:47 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Thousands Of Medicaid Recipients Lose Health Coverage

Nelly Kinsella demonstrates the Washington Healthplanfinder website, where consumers will be able to shop for health insurance, following a news conference Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, in Seattle.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

Washington residents who tried to buy health insurance through the health exchange weren’t the only ones to experience technical difficulties.

About 20,000 Medicaid recipients encountered similar problems when they went to the exchange in November, preventing them from renewing their coverage. That’s roughly a third of Medicaid patients for that month.

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Labor
10:51 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Machinists To Labor Board: Boeing Vote Was Unfair

Boeing machinists stand in line to vote on an upgraded contract on Jan. 3. They narrowly approved the contract. Now eight machinists say the vote was unfairly pushed on workers while so many were away.
Credit KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

Eight union machinists have filed complaints with the National Labor Relations Board about the contract vote that determined the Boeing 777X jet would be built in Washington state.

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EarthFix Reports
10:37 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Report: Bellingham Bay A Hostile Place For Small Marine Creatures

Brittle stars are sensitive to stressful environmental conditions and were absent or rarely found in a survey of Bellingham Bay's sediment.
Credit Clifton Herrmann

A wide array of tiny marine critters are struggling to survive in Bellingham Bay, according to a recently released report from the Washington Department of Ecology.

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Retirement
10:04 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Washington Senator Proposes End To Pensions For Elected Officials

Washington state Senator John Braun
Washington Legislature

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 4:55 pm

A Washington state senator says if 401(k)s are good enough for Boeing machinists, they should be good enough for those who hold elected office.

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Science Meets Sasquatch
10:04 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Sasquatch Reality Show Filmed In Northwest Premieres This Week

The search for Sasquatch is on on '10 Million Dollar Big Foot Bounty.'
Spike TV

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 5:06 pm

A new cable reality show features rugged Northwesterners tromping through the region’s beautiful landscapes. They’re searching for a Northwest icon -- Sasquatch.

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Interim Chief
9:15 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Mayor Murray: Seattle Police Shakeup Avoids 'Collision Course'

Retired Seattle Police Assistant Chief Harry Bailey will take the helm.
Credit KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, sworn in on Monday, wasted no time hiring a new interim police chief: Former Assistant Chief Harry Bailey.

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Opera
5:00 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Rigoletto: The ‘Gateway Drug’ Of Opera?

A photo from the 2004 production of Rigoletto at Seattle Opera. The same production opens on Saturday, although with different principals.
Seattle Opera Photo/Rozarii Lynch

If your eyes roll back in your head when you hear the word "opera," maybe you should talk to Sue Elliott. She's the education director at Seattle Opera, and her passion for her subject is obvious. And contagious. Just get her talking about Giuseppe Verdi's classic opera "Rigoletto."

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Crime & Courts
10:13 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Investigated For Tampering, Rape Suspect’s Wife Hired As Magistrate

Seattle Municipal Court, where Jennifer Grant, the wife of an accused rapist, works as a magistrate. Grant had been investigated for tampering with her husband's investigation.
Credit City of Seattle Photo

A recently released report commissioned by the Seattle City Attorney’s office has found that one of its supervising prosecutors may have violated criminal law and professional rules for attorneys.

Three months after resigning, that prosecutor, Jennifer Grant, got a temporary job with Seattle Municipal Court as a magistrate.

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