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Agriculture
8:03 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Alfalfa Growers Hope To Rake In More Green This Year

Drex Gauntt grows some of the earliest-harvested alfalfa in the Northwest near Burbank, Wash. Hay prices this year have him smiling.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 5:40 pm

Many Northwest alfalfa growers had a rough year with bad weather last summer.

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Minimum Wage
4:39 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Seattle's $15 Wage Campaign Eyes The Ballot

King County Council Member Larry Gossett and Vote 15 Campaign Manager Jess Spear at launch of charter amendment.
Credit KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

A Seattle group seeking a $15 minimum wage has filed paperwork to put the issue to voters. The move aims to increase pressure on Mayor Ed Murray and the City Council to pass a measure this year.

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This Not Just In
3:23 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Mixed Reaction To Lincoln's Death On West Coast

Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States. He died on April 15, 1865.
Credit Wikipedia/Alexander Gardner

On that Saturday afternoon, April 15, 1865, the news reached Seattle by telegraph. President Abraham Lincoln was shot dead by an assassin at Ford’s Theatre on Good Friday evening.

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April Election
11:42 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Will King County’s Prop 1 Fix Metro’s Bumpy Ride?

Metro Transit operator Lisa Nault says there's a free shuttle downtown as an alternative after the ride free zone ended, but no one knows about it.
KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

Low-income transit passengers say the last few years have been difficult in King County with multiple fare increases and the end of the ride free zone in Seattle. But they are torn about whether to support Proposition 1, which would raise taxes in order to maintain existing Metro transit service.

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Food Insecurity
9:17 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Food Pantries On The Rise To Help 'Starving Students'

The University District Food Bank has seen more students in recent years. Rising cost of tuition and living expenses have made it hard for students to buy food.
KUOW Photo/Ruby de Luna

The expression “starving students” is not just a cliché. It’s real.

Researchers call this situation “food insecurity,” and it’s a concern that affects schools across the country, including many in the Pacific Northwest. A recent study in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior found that 59 percent of students at Western Oregon University were going hungry.

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EarthFix Reports
8:17 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Sportman Group To Picket Native Fish Advocates' Banquet

A conflict between sport fishers and native fish advocates centers on management of hatchery fish.
Aaron Kunz

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 2:08 pm

A group of sport fishers plans to picket the annual banquet for native fish advocates in Portland Friday evening.

The conflict centers on management of hatchery fish.

Members of the Three Rivers Sportsman's Alliance say the Native Fish Society wants to eliminate hatchery fish.

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Erratic Cascade Snow
8:16 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Extended Season For Some Northwest Ski Areas, But Profits Scarce

Notice the brown hills around Sun Valley in this Dec. 29, 2013 file photo. Snowmaking allowed the famous resort to operate during the crucial holiday period.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 1:00 pm

Thanks to late-season snow that fell at many area Cascade ski areas will welcome skiers and snowboarders well past Easter.

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Community Recovery
7:23 am
Mon April 14, 2014

For Oso, Returning To Normalcy Means Chainmail And Jousting

Dame Richildis, aka Ann Shilling, has a quiet moment between rounds of jousting as the Seattle Knights perform on April 12, 2014, at Rhodes River Ranch in Oso.
KUOW Photo/Daniel Berman

Yellow ribbons are tied around each post you pass as you drive into the Rhodes River Ranch just outside of Oso, Wash., a town still recovering from the devastating mudslide on March 22.

Bonnie Rose does just about everything at the 200-acre ranch, which is spotted with horse stables, shoeing barns and a restaurant built to surround a large equestrian arena.

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License Plate Profiling
4:09 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Does Legalized Marijuana Put Washington Drivers At Risk Out Of State?

File photo. At least two Washington drivers say they were pulled over in Idaho on suspicion of using marijuana.
Ildar Sagdejev Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 5:41 pm

Some drivers from Washington and Colorado say they're being targeted by police when they cross into Idaho.

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EarthFix Reports
4:06 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Researchers Find Pocket Of Air Pollution In Central Washington

Researchers have found the source of an unusual pocket of air pollution in Central Washington. Tiny particles from large agricultural operations mix with vehicle exhaust. That creates nitrate pollution.
Flickr Creative Commons: Henry Alva

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 3:57 pm

Nitrate air pollution is higher in the Yakima Valley than many other places in Washington. The state Department of Ecology noticed the pocket of unusually high amounts of nitrate air pollution and commissioned researchers at Washington State University and Central Washington University to determine its source.

These fine particulates are so tiny that you can't see them, but if you breathe them in at high concentrations, they can cause heart and respiratory problems.

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Environment
4:05 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Washington's Wildfire Season Officially Starts Tuesday

File photo. Wildfire season officially starts on April 15 in Washington state
InciWeb

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 5:35 pm

Wildfire season officially starts on April 15 in Washington state. Oregon and Idaho have rolling starts to fire precaution rules depending on local conditions.

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Shooting
3:57 am
Mon April 14, 2014

'This Was A Hate Crime,' Police Say Of Kansas City-Area Killings

Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as Glenn Miller, is accused of killing three people Sunday in Kansas City. He allegedly attacked them at a Jewish community center and a Jewish retirement facility.
Johnson County, Kan., Sheriff's Office

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 2:38 pm

(This post was updated at 1 p.m. ET.)

The man who shot and killed three people Sunday near Kansas City will face federal hate crime charges for the attacks at a Jewish community center and a Jewish retirement home, authorities said Monday.

"This was a hate crime," Overland Park, Kan., Police Chief John Douglass told reporters at a midday news conference.

Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as Glenn Miller, is already in jail. The 73-year-old man was taken into custody shortly after the attacks and is accused of premeditated murder.

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Transportation
8:07 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Oregon, Washington Consider Alternative To Amtrak For Cascades Rail Service

The Amtrak logo could be gone from Cascades corridor trains in the future.
WSDOT Flickr

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 4:37 pm

Oregon and Washington might turn to a private company to operate its Cascades rail service.

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Environment
8:06 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Water Supply Rebounds Across Most of Northwest After March Storms

On this map of current snow conditions, blues and greens are good. Red, orange and yellow represent below average snowpack.
Northwest River Forecast Center

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 2:58 pm

Irrigators, hydropower dam operators and tugboat captains are sitting pretty across most of the Northwest according to the latest regional water supply forecast.

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EarthFix Reports
8:05 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Saving The Greater Sage Grouse

The West’s greater sage grouse are in trouble. They make their homes in desert sagebrush country. As their habitat shrinks, sage grouse numbers dwindle. Biologists are working to boost the birds' numbers.
Courtesy of Vince Patton, Oregon Field Guide

It’s early in the morning, hours before sunrise. An old pickup truck turns down a dirt road at Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area in Eastern Washington, about 90 minutes west of Spokane.

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