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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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Undercover
2:01 pm
Sun November 24, 2013

A Special Agent's Secret Job: Hit Man

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives employs special agents who pose as hit men to stop contract killings.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 4:40 am

GQ Magazine correspondent Jeanne Marie Laskas calls him "Special Agent Charles Hunt," but that's not his real name. He's sometimes known as "Thrash" or "Hammer," Laskas says (also not his real name).

That's because Hunt is a special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, specializing in deep undercover work. Specifically, he poses as a contract killer.

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Pot DUI
5:16 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

More Drivers Testing Positive For Marijuana In 2013

The Washington State Patrol is arresting more drivers who test positive for marijuana than in previous years. That’s according to the latest statistics from the state toxicology lab.

The Washington State Patrol said that in the first half of 2013, 745 drivers tested positive for “active THC” from using marijuana. In recent years, about 1,000 drivers have tested positive for marijuana over the course of the year. So if the 2013 trend holds steady, this year would see a sizable increase in the number of marijuana-impaired drivers arrested. 

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Typhoon Haiyan
2:04 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

'It's My People': Northwest Filipinos Rally to Help Typhoon Victims

Vigil for victims of Typhoon Haiyan at the Filipino Community Center of Seattle
Liz Jones KUOW

After the devastating typhoon struck the Philippines, Jennifer Biyabos, of Lakewood, Wash., started accounting for her family.

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Skycicles
1:10 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Evel Knievel Redux: Daredevils Woo Twin Falls To Recreate Canyon Jump

Snake River Canyon. Evel Knievel’s 1974 launch ramp is the hump on the rim, top right.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 8:32 am

A passel of daredevils aim to succeed where the king of stunt performers once famously failed. They want to attempt Evel Knievel's jump over the Snake River Canyon.

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Not Fish Food
9:52 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Study: Eating Plastic Causes Tumors, Liver Problems In Fish

The unaltered stomach contents of a dead albatross chick photographed in September 2009 include plastic marine debris fed to the chick by its parents.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Photo/Chris Jordan

The majority of the plastic pollution in the ocean, by volume, comes in the form of tiny confetti-sized particles, which, as anyone who's ever kept a pet fish can attest, resemble fish food.

And fish are fooled as well.

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JFK Remembered
7:42 am
Fri November 22, 2013

KOMO Anchor: 'I'm There Trying To Ad Lib That The President' Has Been Shot

Bryan Johnson as a young reporter at KOMO.
KOMO

Longtime KOMO-TV and radio reporter Bryan Johnson covered many memorable stories during his more than 50 years as a Seattle broadcaster, but no event was more memorable than the day that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

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Typhoon Haiyan
5:20 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Northwest Relief Workers Return From Philippines: 'Amazing Acts Of Kindness'

Relief workers comb through wreckage of Typhoon Haiyan
Empact Northwest

Sil Wong is a member of the relief group, EMPACT Northwest.  She and several teammates returned Wednesday from a 10-day mission to the Philippines where Typhoon Haiyan has killed more than 4,000 people and left millions more injured or homeless.

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Economy
11:58 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Washington Sees 'Soft Patch' In Hiring, Slow Overall Growth

Originally published on Wed November 20, 2013 3:25 pm

Washington state hit a 'soft patch' in hiring and is looking at slow overall growth. That news comes from two new data points on the Washington economy out Wednesday.

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Fuel
11:57 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Washington Gas Tax Alliance Hits Rough Spot

File photo of the Washington State Capitol Building
Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed November 20, 2013 4:06 pm

Washington’s mostly Republican Senate majority will formally unveil a proposed 12-year, $12 billion transportation funding package Thursday.

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School Blues
11:43 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Seattle School Board Approves New Boundaries At Seven Hour Meeting

Terri Green, president of the Wedgwood Elementary Parent Teacher Association, addresses the Seattle School Board at Wednesday night's meeting.
Credit Courtesy of Rebecca Nelson, RavennaBlog.com

At a seven-hour meeting on Wednesday night, the Seattle School Board approved controversial new boundaries – to the chagrin of parents, teachers and students who packed the room to beg the board to reconsider.

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Newsies
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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