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Legislature
7:39 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Testy Exchanges, No Consensus On Governor's Climate Change Panel

File photo of the Washington State Capitol Building
Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri December 6, 2013 5:09 pm

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has been dealt a setback in his campaign to reduce carbon emissions.

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Veterans Affairs
3:06 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Other-Than-Honorable Discharge Burdens Like A Scarlet Letter

Reed Holway spent 13 months in Iraq. He says PTSD brought on a drinking problem when he returned to the States — and that eventually led to a bad-conduct discharge. Vets with "bad paper" have trouble getting any VA health benefits — even for PTSD.
Quil Lawrence NPR

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 8:21 am

Eric Highfill spent five years in the Navy, fixing airplanes for special operations forces. His discharge papers show an Iraq campaign medal and an Afghanistan campaign medal, a good-conduct medal, and that he's a marksman with a pistol and sharpshooter with a rifle.

None of that matters, because at the bottom of the page it reads "Discharged: under other than honorable conditions."

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Marijuana
2:55 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

People Of Pot One Year Later: Considering Doritos, ‘Dabbing’ And Black Market

Last year on Dec. 6, pot smokers gathered spontaneously at Seattle Center to celebrate the passage of Initiative 502.

The year since Washington became one of the first states to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana, entrepreneurs, regulators, police, drug counselors and everyone in between has tried to understand the implications of the new law. 

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Obituary
7:15 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Nelson Mandela, South Africa's 'Greatest Son,' Dies At 95

Nelson Mandela and former US President Bill Clinton.
AP Photo

Jamala Henderson interviews Robert Taylor, former dean of St. Mark's Cathedral in Seattle, reflects on his anti-apartheid work as a teen in South Africa. "It was a criminal offense to bear an image of his in public and all of his writings were banned. They could not be quoted. And so Mandela was … when he was spoken about, it was in very hushed tones."

Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first black president and anti-apartheid icon has died, according to South Africa President Jacob Zuma. He was 95.

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Flip Flop
7:08 am
Fri December 6, 2013

St. Louis Machinists President Changes Message, Says He’d Talk With Boeing

Boeing

Originally published on Fri December 6, 2013 11:10 am

The president of the St. Louis machinists union tells his hometown newspaper that he's “prepared and ready to sit down with Boeing” to discuss moving 777X production to Missouri. 

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Cracking The Code
11:44 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Live Event: Discussion About Gender And Tech

KUOW's Jamala Henderson attended a conference about encouraging young women to pursue careers in tech on Wednesday. Below are a collection of tweets -- many of them from Jamala -- that emerged from the conference. 

Labor
8:51 am
Thu December 5, 2013

St. Louis Machinists President: Keep 777X In Washington

File photo of a Boeing 777 jetliner.
Boeing

Originally published on Wed December 4, 2013 5:36 pm

The president of the machinists union in St. Louis says Boeing should build the 777X in Washington.

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Arts
8:31 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Dayna Hanson's 'The Clay Duke' Tackles Gun Violence

"The Clay Duke," a combination theater and dance production, runs at 8 p.m. on Dec. 5-8 at On The Boards' Merrill Wright Mainstage Theater.
On The Boards

Gun violence is something you hear about in the news every day. So it was only a matter of time before it was featured in a contemporary performance. Choreographer, writer and composer Dayna Hanson tackles the subject in her new performance, "The Clay Duke," premiering at Seattle's On The Boards this weekend (Dec. 5-8).

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Science
7:42 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Power Team: Fred Hutch, Sloan-Kettering Launch Cancer Research Start-Up

Dr. Phil Greenberg, head of the immunology program at Fred Hutchinson, is a co-founder of Juno Therapeutics, a commercial venture.
Credit Fred Hutch Photo/Bo Jungmayer

Imagine if rivals Boeing and Airbus teamed up on a new plane, or Microsoft and Apple built a computer.

That’s a bit like what Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center are attempting. Together, the two have launched a start-up, the goal being to develop a new cancer treatment that targets immune cells in the body and turns them into cancer-fighting soldiers.

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Investigations
3:00 am
Thu December 5, 2013

How A Recalled Medical Device Killed A Vet At Seattle's VA Hospital

A screenshot from an Infusomat training video warns of the danger of a "free flow" of drugs pouring from the machine if loaded improperly.
Credit B. Braun training video on YouTube.com

Editor’s note 2/7/2014: This story has been edited to remove references to VA officials’ incorrect claim that a Seattle VA nurse saw the Infusomat recall at the FDA website in March 2012. While manufacturer B. Braun sent the VA and other customers its recall notice in March, FDA did not post information about the manufacturer’s March 23, 2012, recall letter until August 1. The story has also been edited to attribute to medical records the statement that, the night Eddie Creed died, a doctor asked his sister if she wanted an autopsy to be done. Creed's sister claims the VA never asked her about an autopsy. The content in the edited story differs from the audio in the original broadcast.

When Eddie Creed, a Seattle jazz musician, died at the Veterans Affairs hospital on Beacon Hill last year, his death certificate said throat cancer had killed him.

But a KUOW investigation reveals what his doctors knew: A medical device called an Infusomat, which had been recalled the month before, ended his life. Still, nobody knows why.

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Website Upgrades
12:16 am
Thu December 5, 2013

HealthCare.gov Now Allows Window Shopping, And A Do-Over

iStockphoto

Originally published on Fri December 6, 2013 3:31 am

One thing that's clear about the relaunch of the troubled HealthCare.gov website is that it can accommodate more people.

Federal officials said more than 1 million users logged in on Monday, and nearly that many on Tuesday.

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EarthFix Reports
3:08 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

The Cost Of Energy Efficient Windows

Two prefabricated houses serve as experiements for researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash. Researchers found that triple-paned windows are energy efficient, but expensive.

Originally published on Wed December 4, 2013 3:26 pm

RICHLAND, Wash. -- If you’re looking to keep out the winter cold, triple-paned windows will do the trick. But Northwest researchers have found have found it can take decades before savings from these highly insulated windows pay you back.

Researchers are using two identical homes to test some of the latest advances in energy efficient appliances, heating and cooling systems, and most recently, windows.

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EarthFix Reports
11:20 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Northwest Tribe Opposes Coal Terminal, But How Hard Will They Fight It?

Tribal treaty fishing rights give Washington tribes the opportunity to weigh in on, and even block, projects that could impact their fishing grounds.
Credit KUOW Photo/Ashley Ahearn

Dozens of crab pot buoys dot the waters around Lummi tribal member Jay Julius’ fishing boat as he points the bow towards Cherry Point – a spit of land that juts into northern Puget Sound near Bellingham, Wash.

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Wages
10:46 am
Wed December 4, 2013

'Our Industry Follows Poverty': Success Threatens A T-Shirt Business

Noreli Morales (right) works on the Planet Money women's T-shirt at a factory in Medellin, Colombia.
Joshua Davis for NPR

Originally published on Wed December 4, 2013 3:26 pm

The Planet Money men's T-shirt was made in Bangladesh, by workers who make about $3 a day, with overtime. The Planet Money women's T-shirt was made in Colombia, by workers who make roughly $13 a day, without overtime.

The wages in both places are remarkably low by U.S. standards. But the gap between them is huge. Workers in Colombia make more than four times what their counterparts make in Bangladesh. In our reporting, we saw that the workers in Colombia have a much higher standard of living than the workers in Bangladesh.

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Impact Of Foraging
10:18 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Mushroom Foraging: When The Fun(gi) Hunt Gets Out Of Hand

Hank Shaw, author of Hunt, Gather, Cook, snaps the end off a mushroom in a Washington, D.C.-area park. When broken, the inside turns blue, identifying it as an inedible species of bolete.
The Washington Post/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 8:26 am

The first heavy rains of the season fell two weeks ago at Salt Point State Park, on the northern California coast, and now ranger Todd Farcau is waiting anxiously for the forest floor to erupt with mushrooms.

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