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Crime Fighters
6:39 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Seattle Police Say It’s OK To Stop Crime – But Be Safe

Seattle Police are applauding the efforts of three bus riders who stopped a man robbing fellow passengers at gunpoint.

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Elections 2013
5:22 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

As $15 Minimum Wage Passes In SeaTac, Labor Looks To Seattle

Credit Flickr Photo/Alan Turkus

Three weeks after Election Day, supporters of a measure to increase the minimum hourly wage to $15 in SeaTac celebrated their victory. With the last batch of votes counted, King County declared the proposition had passed with more than 1 percent of the vote.

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Education Reform
5:13 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

22 Contenders Vie To Become State's First Charter Schools

Thirty-one schools, as shown above, filed a notice of intent with the state to establish a charter school, over half of which would be in either King or Pierce county. Twenty-two schools completed applications by Friday's deadline.
Credit Kara McDermott

A military school for at-risk youth.

A high school that uses sports to teach life lessons.

A school focused on special education.

These are three of the 22 proposals for Washington state’s first charter schools that made it in by last Friday’s deadline.

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History
12:00 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Looking Back: Thanksgiving Flood Sinks Old I-90 Bridge

The Lacey V. Murrow Floating Bridge across Lake Washington lists and sinks while undergoing renovation in November 1990. No one was hurt, but several construction vehicles sank along with the old concrete pontoons.
Photo courtesy Washington State Department of Transportation

The Lacey V. Murrow Memorial Bridge that connected Seattle to Mercer Island sank to the bottom of Lake Washington 23 years ago this weekend.

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Transportation
8:38 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Washington Ferry System Sets Course To Convert To Natural Gas

Schematic showing LNG fuel tank retrofit atop a Washington State ferry.
Washington State Ferries

Originally published on Wed November 27, 2013 8:24 am

The nation's biggest ferry system is aiming to convert some of its fleet from diesel to natural gas propulsion.

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Oil Equipment
8:38 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Controversy Follows 'Megaloads' Through Oregon-Idaho Route

File photo of a megaload parked along Idaho’s Highway 12. A federal judge blocked the route to further megaload traffic until the Forest Service reviews the impact to a wild and scenic corridor.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 4:13 pm

The first of three hulking pieces of oil equipment, known as “megaloads,” is expected to start its slow, winding journey through eastern Oregon Monday.

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Reducing Gun Violence
5:36 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Health Officials Take A Shot At Gun Safety With Discounted Safes

An example of a safe displayed at a recent press conference to promote a new discount program to improve gun safety.
KUOW Photo/Ruby de Luna

In the quest to improve gun safety, public health officials are borrowing a practice that’s common in car sales — talking up safety features. Now when people shop for guns, they’ll be encouraged to exercise safety and buy a lockbox as well.

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Legends
12:00 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

T'Was The Night Before Thanksgiving When DB Cooper Jumped ...

Renderings of the hijacker who came to be known as D.B. Cooper.
FBI Photo

If you don’t know the story of D.B. Cooper, the short version goes like this:

On Nov. 24, 1971, a man referred to as D.B. Cooper hijacked a Boeing 727 on a flight between Portland, Ore., and Seattle. He extorted $200,000 in ransom, and parachuted from the plane. No one has ever seen him since.

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Buzz Kill
10:32 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Oregon Restricts Pesticides Responsible For Bee Die-Offs

Officials say they believe two pesticides – when sprayed on trees that have their own natural toxicity – become fatally toxic to bees and other pollinators.
Credit Xerces Society Photo/Rich Hatfield

The Oregon Department of Agriculture is restricting the use of two pesticide ingredients implicated in the deaths of more than 50,000 bumble bees earlier this year.

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Environment
9:20 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Women Are Consuming Less Mercury In Their Fish

Blood mercury levels in women are down. EPA says fish advisories have helped women choose fish more wisely. Catfish and salmon are examples of low-mercury fish

Originally published on Thu November 21, 2013 3:45 pm

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Guns
7:25 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Signatures Submitted For Dueling Gun Measures In Washington

Alan Gottlieb of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms poses with boxes of petitions for Initiative 591, a gun rights initiative.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu November 21, 2013 4:41 pm

Washington voters can expect a pair of dueling gun-related measures on next fall’s ballot.

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Accidental Incumbents
7:23 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Jobs For Life? Meet The Politicians Of A Tiny Northwest Town

Mayor Lynette Oswald leads the monthly meeting of the Prescott City Council.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 5:52 pm

There are some towns in the Northwest that are so small, nearly everybody is a politician.

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Nuclear Waste
7:23 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Hanford Researchers Puzzle Over Preventing Sludge Tank 'Burps'

Phil Gauglitz is a chemical engineer with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington. He shows off one of his experiments aimed at solving the problem of possible deep sludge gas at Hanford.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 8:27 pm

We all burp sometimes. It turns out, so do underground waste tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

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Child Brides
6:47 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Can Child Marriages Be Stopped?

Christina Asima says she had no choice but to marry last year at age 12 to help care for younger siblings after her mother abandoned the family. But she says her husband was abusive, so she left him, and now must look after her 8-month-old son, Praise, alone.
Jennifer Ludden NPR

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 3:05 pm

Christina Asima seems tired for a 13-year-old. I meet the shy-mannered girl in the remote farming village of Chitera, in the southern African nation of Malawi. She wears a bright pink zip-up shirt and a blue print cloth wrapped up to her chest. Snuggled in that, hugging her side, is a chubby-cheeked baby boy.

My gut assumption is that the infant must be Christina's little brother. I know 8-month-old Praise is actually her son. Still, it's startling when, as we speak, she shifts him around front to nurse.

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Your Health
11:54 pm
Sun November 24, 2013

In Pregnancy, What's Worse? Cigarettes Or The Nicotine Patch?

Illustration by Daniel Horowitz for NPR

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 10:41 am

Lots of studies have shown that cigarette smoke isn't good for a fetus. So many pregnant women use nicotine gum or skin patches or inhalers to help them stay away from cigarettes.

A few years ago, Megan Stern became one of those women. "I smoked heavily for the first seven weeks of my pregnancy because I didn't know I was pregnant," she says. "It was an accidental pregnancy, and I found out while I was in the emergency room for another issue."

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