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Zaneta Reid says she fled her home with her children after an ex-boyfriend tried to strangle her. "One of the hardest things I ever did was to leave my home knowing I’m not going to go back here."
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In 2009, Zaneta Reid left her abusive boyfriend in order to start a better life for herself and her four sons.

Soon after the break-up, Zaneta's ex-boyfriend came to her house and tried to strangle her. She went to court to testify against him, and he was sentenced to nine years in prison.

Zaneta came to StoryCorps to talk about what happened next and how it led to her leaving her home.

Arctic drilling protesters at the Port of Seattle.
KUOW Photo/John Ryan

Hundreds of protesters blocked entrance gates to Terminal 5 at the Port of Seattle for most of the day Monday.

The climate activists intended not just to gain publicity but to stop work on the Polar Pioneer, an Arctic drilling rig that arrived at Terminal 5 on Thursday.

If you were to catch a salmon in Puget Sound, chances are you won’t be able to say exactly where that fish came from. That’s because salmon spawn in rivers and streams and then swim hundreds or even thousands of miles to the ocean to mature.

Some new research could help fisheries managers better protect salmon by studying their ear bones - that’s right, ear bones.

Wyoming Governor Matt Mead is in the midst of his second tour in less than a year to drum up support to export coal through the Northwest.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has signed several new mental health laws in recent days. The question is whether they will be funded.

Oregon could join a national movement to change the way the president is elected.

Marijuana sales and a recovering housing market should help boost Washington tax collections by more than $300 million over the next two years.

Tesoro Announces Rail Car Upgrades

May 19, 2015

Oil company Tesoro announced Monday it’s upgrading the fleet of tank cars it uses to carry crude oil by rail.

The company moves crude oil by train through the Pacific Northwest to its refinery in Anacortes, Washington.

Officials with the company said it will add 210 “enhanced” tank cars. According to Tesoro executives, the new tank cars exceed federal standards announced earlier this month.

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Seattle planning officials say the Arctic drill rig at the Port of Seattle has to leave or get a new permit by June 4. 

The city issued a notice of violation to the Port of Seattle, Shell Oil and Foss Maritime on Monday afternoon.

The notice says the port's permit is only good for cargo ships, not oil rigs like the Polar Pioneer.

From Homeless To UW At Age 16: 'I Can Make It'

May 18, 2015
Solomon Muche with mentor Elizabeth Stein, who first saw him as he sat in a homeless shelter studying for the SAT.
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Solomon Muche and his family came to the U.S. as refugees from Ethiopia in September 2012, when he was 14 years old. That December, his parents could no longer afford their rent and together with Solomon and his three younger brothers and sister, they were evicted.

At StoryCorps, Solomon talks to his mentor — shelter volunteer Elizabeth Stein — about the experience, and how he’s come a long way since then.

The controversial Idaho bill dealing with foreign child support orders is moving ahead in the legislature, despite impassioned opposition on the House floor.

Alena Rogers had been rejected for rental after rental when she emailed Raj Kumar.
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In 2013 Alena Rogers was homeless with her two young boys. She had made multiple applications to local landlords, but her past substance abuse problems and criminal history meant that every landlord turned her down. 

Maria Moses of Dockside Cannabis in Shoreline, Washington, shows off a jar where customers can smell a marijuana sample.
KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

When recreational marijuana became legal in Washington state, people wondered what would happen to medical marijuana dispensaries.

Gov. Jay Inslee answered that question in April, when he signed a law requiring they obtain licenses and join the state regulatory system.

But medical marijuana dispensary owners have more questions about emerging from the shadows, and they’re turning Robert McVay, an attorney with Seattle’s Canna Law Group.

Seattle's planning department is weighing whether to fine Shell, Foss, the local contractor, or the Port of Seattle -- or all three -- for bringing the oil rig to the city.
KUOW Photo/John Ryan

City inspectors with the Department of Planning and Development paid a visit to Shell’s Polar Pioneer oil rig within 24 hours of its arrival in Seattle.

They had a look around the rig, parked at the Port of Seattle’s Terminal 5, for possible permit violations on Friday.

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The Seattle Public Library is about to make the Internet as lendable as everything else in its collection.

It's the next step in the library's reinvention. A grant from Google means the Seattle Public Library will begin lending Wi-Fi hotspots to library patrons. By the summer it will also lend laptop computers packaged with wifi. 

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