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Nuclear Waste
7:54 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Just How Clean Is Clean In Hanford Waste Tanks?

File photo of tank farms under construction at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
US Department of Energy

Originally published on Thu December 12, 2013 4:47 pm

Just how clean is clean when it comes to removing radioactive tank waste? That’s one of the questions tackled in a new federal plan that will guide cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

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Labor
7:54 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Washington State Sees Big Jump In Use of Temporary Foreign Farmhands

File photo.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu December 12, 2013 5:38 pm

Northwest farmers hired significantly more foreign guest workers this season under a special immigration program.

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Charter School Law
7:04 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Ruling Allows Charter Schools To Move Forward In Washington

King County Judge Jean Rietschel found charter schools ineligible for some state funds.
Flickr Photo/everyday Zoid

A King County Superior Court ruling Thursday will allow the introduction of charter schools in Washington, but struck down part of the law as unconstitutional.    

In her ruling, Judge Jean Rietschel upheld much of the charter school law, and the state attorney general said the state will continue to implement it.

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Labor
6:48 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Boeing Says Machinists Rejected Its 'Best And Final' Offer

Boeing union machinists opposed the original contract proposed by 67 percent. The union rejected Boeing's "final" offer on Thursday night.
Credit KUOW Photo/Jason Pagano

Boeing says its machinists have rejected the company’s “best and final” counterproposal.

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Taxes
4:00 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Get Ready For Another Sales Tax Debate In Oregon

File photo. Oregon is one of five states without a sales tax.
Richard Masoner Flickr

Originally published on Thu December 12, 2013 3:37 pm

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is setting his sights on a major overhaul of the state's tax system.

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EarthFix Reports
1:05 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Plan To End Hatchery Fish Release Would Give Wild Fish Refuge

A hatchery fish is found among wild fish returning to the Elwha River on the Olympic Peninsula this past spring. Wild fish advocates around the region have filed several lawsuits calling for restrictions on the use of hatcheries.
Credit EarthFix Photo/Ashley Ahearn

Fish and wildlife departments in Oregon, Washington and Idaho release millions of hatchery-raised salmon and steelhead into the rivers of the Northwest every year.

But a growing body of research suggests that hatchery fish are semi-domesticated and weaker than wild fish. Hatchery fish have also been shown to interbreed with the wild fish and compete for food.

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Drivers Ed
7:31 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Watching For 'Spray' And Other Tips For Navigating Icy Roads

File photo. Winter is just arriving and potentially icy commutes could be around for months in the Northwest.
Michael @ NW Lens Flickr

Originally published on Wed December 11, 2013 3:46 pm

The Northwest’s deep freeze is over for most of the region, but snow remains in some areas and winter is just arriving. That means more cold temperatures and potentially icy commutes in the months ahead.

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Flotsam
7:30 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Washington Shuts Down Tsunami Marine Debris Hotline

This fishing skiff, found on the Makah Reservation in mid-May, is the most recent confirmed item of Japanese tsunami debris to wash ashore on the Washington Coast.
Eyewitness photo Wash. Marine Debris Task Force

Originally published on Wed December 11, 2013 4:11 pm

Washington and other Pacific Coast states set up tsunami debris reporting hotlines in the wake of the 2011 disaster in Japan.

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Nuclear Parks And Rec
7:30 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Manhattan Project Park Left Out Of Defense Bill, Supporters Not Giving Up

File photo of the B Reactor at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
Department of Energy

Originally published on Wed December 11, 2013 5:15 pm

A plan to turn part of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation into a national park has been dropped from a compromise defense authorization bill.

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777X
5:47 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Machinists Union Makes Formal Offer To Boeing To Try To Win 777X

The 777X prototype.
Credit Boeing handout

There’s a proposal on the table.

The Machinists Union says it has presented Boeing with a contract that could secure the 777X production line for the Puget Sound region.

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777X
3:22 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Washington State Machinists In Talks With Boeing

A prototype for the Boeing 777X. Washington state machinists and Boeing were in talks on Tuesday and Wednesday, one month after the machinists refused Boeing's proposed contract.
Credit Boeing handout

Boeing and the Machinists Union have resumed formal talks over the 777X — specifically how to keep production of the plane in Washington state.

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Health Insurance
2:54 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Washington Ranks Fifth For Health Exchange Enrollment (Oregon Ranks Last)

Washington state ranks fifth in terms of percentage of people signing up for health insurance through an exchange. (See below for the full graphic.)
Credit NPR Graphic/Matt Stiles

You wouldn’t know it given the technical problems that plagued Washington’s health exchange over the last several days, but the state is fifth in the country for enrollment based on population, according to the Department of Health and Human Services and the US Census Bureau.

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Sports
12:56 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

The Real Soccer Moms: Elite Women Players Return After Giving Birth

Seattle Reign FC defender Stephanie Cox and her daughter Kaylee are greeted by Washington Spirit opponent (but US National teammate) Ali Krieger at a league game in July.
Credit Courtesy of mikerussellfoto.com/Mike Russell

When US Soccer announced last year where national team members would play in the inaugural season of the National Women’s Soccer League, Seattle Reign FC scored offensive powerhouse Amy Rodriguez.

But Rodriguez, 26, would never play a single game for Seattle.

After the teams were set, Rodriguez found out that she was pregnant and unavailable for the season. “We were quite surprised. We weren’t planning on starting a family this year,” Rodriguez told KUOW.

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9 To 5
10:25 am
Wed December 11, 2013

How Does A Rock Star Get To His Desk Job? He Commutes Like The Rest Of Us

Dave Dederer from the Presidents of the United States of America performing at the Gnomodex technology conference in June 2006.
Flickr Photo/Ted Leung

What happens when you become a star and then you’re not anymore? Where do you go after that?

Seattle guitarist Dave Dederer was a member of The Presidents of the United States of America. In the '90s they had three top-40 hits, two Grammy nominations and a platinum album.

Dederer’s star has faded but his career hasn’t. Now he’s at Amazon as the head of music programming. Bill Radke asked Dederer what made him switch careers.

Mexico
10:02 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Daughter Of Jailed Renton Woman: Mom Is Political Prisoner In Mexico

Nestora Salgado's daughter Griselda Rodriguez wipes away tears as she talks to the crowd in Seattle Tuesday.
Alex Garland

Community activist Nestora Salgado lives in Renton, normally.

She grew up in Olinala, Mexico, and over the last few years she’s been returning frequently and getting involved in the community – so involved that she ended up running a legal community police force. Mexican law allows indigenous communities to form such groups.

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