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8:37 am
Thu November 21, 2013

As Real Change Expands to Eastside, Vendors Worry About Stigma

Buddy McArdle, a Real Change newspaper vendor, was in Bellevue to recruit new vendors for the papers expansion.
Credit KUOW Photo/Patricia Murphy

At a day shelter for homeless men in downtown Bellevue, Buddy McArdle was working hard trying to convince the men there to become vendors for Real Change.

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Agriculture
12:22 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Organic Farmers Bash FDA Restrictions On Manure Use

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Dan Charles/ NPR

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 12:01 pm

Many organic farmers are hopping mad at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and their reason involves perhaps the most underappreciated part of agriculture: plant food, aka fertilizer. Specifically, the FDA, as part of its overhaul of food safety regulations, wants to limit the use of animal manure.

"We think of it as the best thing in the world," says organic farmer Jim Crawford, "and they think of it as toxic and nasty and disgusting."

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'Another Man's Come Up'
4:05 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Anonymous Donor Drops Off $11K In African Artifacts At Goodwill

Jazlan Grigsby, the online appraiser, holds up a Kuba Artifact.
Photo courtesy of Goodwill

A Salvador Dali etching. A $10,000 dollar painting from American realist John Englehart. And earlier this month, antique artifacts from tribal ceremonies throughout Africa, worth $11,000.

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Environment
4:02 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

600,000 Bats Killed At Wind Farms In 2012, Study Says

Flickr Photo/J.N. Stuart

More than 600,000 bats may have been killed at wind farms in the continental US last year. That’s trouble for agriculture: the US Geological Survey estimated in 2011 that the bats’ natural pest-control saves the industry at least $3 billion a year.

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Obituary
3:03 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Nan Campbell, Bellevue's First Female Mayor, Dies After Suspicious Fire

Nan Campbell, Bellevue's first female mayor, died on Tuesday.
Credit Courtesy of Patty Campbell

When Don Davidson joined the Bellevue City Council in 1984, a fellow council member offered sage advice: “Get along with Nan. It’ll go a long way.”

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Typhoon Haiyan
1:41 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

A Chronic Problem In Disaster Zones: No Fuel

Filipino men stand in line to fill containers with gas in Tacloban, Philippines, on Sunday. The area experienced widespread gas shortages in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.
David Gilkey NPR

Originally published on Wed November 20, 2013 4:00 pm

In the wake of any natural disaster, there are almost always shortages of fuel. Even in the United States, gas stations shut down during blackouts because there's no electricity to run their pumps.

It was no different in the Philippines, where practically no fuel was available after Typhoon Haiyan struck. Aid agencies said the lack of gasoline was a major impediment to relief efforts.

One small American nonprofit called the Fuel Relief Fund is trying to change that.

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School Rules
9:33 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Seattle Parents Rankled By School District's Proposed Boundaries

Arlo Jackson and Nico Binuya say it's important to them to be able to walk from their Beacon Hill homes to Mercer Middle School.
Tom Jackson

At 6:55 a.m. last Friday, wearing a red backpack and holding an apple fritter, 11-year-old Arlo Jackson trudged out the door to Mercer Middle School.

"The cold air kinda wakes you up," Arlo said as he walked to his first stop, his friend Nico Binuya’s house. After Nico got a kiss from his mom, the two friends were on their way, chatting about “school, sports and, like, girls.”

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Searching For Answers
8:34 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Veterans Affairs Makes Getting Information Even Harder

The Veterans Affairs hospital in Seattle
KUOW Photo/John Ryan

After Army veteran Eddie Creed died at the Seattle VA hospital in April 2012, his loved ones awaited official word: Why had he received a lethal overdose of morphine in his sleep there? The VA still hasn't released the independent investigation it commissioned concerning his accidental overdose.

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Washington Taxpayer Law
8:31 am
Wed November 20, 2013

State Secret: Why You Can't See Boeing's Tax Bill

File photo of the Boeing 777x. Production of the 777X is scheduled to begin in 2017
Boeing

Originally published on Tue November 19, 2013 3:33 pm

Washington lawmakers recently rushed into special session to pass $8.7 billion in aerospace tax breaks. The aim: to land Boeing’s next generation 777 airplane. But how much does Boeing – or any other major company in Washington - pay in taxes?

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Cash Assistance
8:31 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Washington Welfare Rolls Hit Record Low

Originally published on Tue November 19, 2013 5:09 pm

The number of families on cash assistance in Washington has hit an all-time low. This follows a spike in welfare enrollment less than three years ago.

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GMO Labeling
8:36 am
Tue November 19, 2013

As GMO Labeling Fails, Whole Foods And Oregon Pick Up Torch

Some foods are already boasting that they do not contain GMO products.
Credit Flickr Photo/Becky Striepe

More than a week after the election, backers of the measure to label genetically modified food finally conceded defeat – but promised they would be back in 2016. In the meantime, national efforts to label GMO foods continue.

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Astronomy
7:47 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Not A Bird Or A Plane – It’s A Comet Named ISON

Comet ISON passed through Virgo earlier this month.
Credit NASA Photo/Aaron Kingery

If you wake up early and the skies are clear this week, a comet named ISON should be visible through binoculars over the southeastern horizon.

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Young Conservatives of Texas
7:18 am
Tue November 19, 2013

University Of Texas Students Cancel 'Catch An Illegal Immigrant Game'

Students walk through the University of Texas at Austin campus near the school's iconic tower in Austin, Texas.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Tue November 19, 2013 7:41 am

Update at 10 a.m. ET. Game Has Been Cancelled:

Our friends at NPR member station KUT report the Young Conservatives of Texas has called off a game of "catch an illegal immigrant," which had sparked condemnation from the University of Texas at Austin community at large.

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Entrepreneurs Welcome
7:17 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Celebration And Angst As Marijuana License Application Window Opens

Jeff Gilmore, right, with partner Dave Brown have applied for a license to grow legal marijuana. Gilmore says he was busted two decades ago for growing pot and believes it’s “about time” he can do so legally.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 3:07 pm

Would-be growers, processors and retailers applied online and in-person Monday as the 30-day window for marijuana business licenses applications opened in Washington.

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Crime & Courts
7:14 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Army Charges Soldier In 2007 Killing Of Deaf Boys In Iraq

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 8:54 am

A U.S. Army Sergeant will be transferred to Joint Base Lewis-McChord to face charges he murdered two unarmed, deaf boys in Iraq in 2007.

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