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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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Ring, Ring, The Phone Is Dead
6:51 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Is It The End Of The Line For The Landline?

Phone line switches are reaching an end life, one expert says.
Credit Flickr Photo/Austin Squire

America's traditional phone system is not as dependable as it used to be. Just last month, the Federal Communications Commission told phone companies to start collecting stats on calls that fail to complete. According to one estimate, as many as 1 in 5 incoming long-distance calls simply doesn't connect.

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On The Waterfront
4:47 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Seattle Waterfront Braces For Replacement Of Crumbling Seawall

Workers close off parking areas beneath the Alaskan Way Viaduct in downtown Seattle in preparation for seawall construction
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Construction begins this month on the long-anticipated plan to replace Seattle’s crumbling downtown seawall.

Waterfront businesses are bracing for what is likely to be three years of disruptions from the $290 million project, which was approved by voters last year.

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Crime & Courts
4:40 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Auditor: Former Head Of Sex Offender Center Should Not Have Profited From Contract

The McNeil Island Correctional Center in Washington state, photographed here in 2007, was closed to save money, but the Special Commitment Center, where sexually violent predators are indefinitely held for treatment after completing their prison sentences, remained open.
Credit AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File

A former superintendent at Washington’s Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island – which houses the state’s most dangerous sex offenders – should not have profited from a contract that he negotiated when he was a superintendent, the state auditor wrote in a report.

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Budding Debate
11:51 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Could Legalized Pot Hurt Washington’s Medical Marijuana Industry?

Sean Green's medical marijuana collective features a window into the light-filled grow room.
KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

A year after Washington state voters approved the legalization of recreational marijuana, the licensing process is underway. Starting Monday, applications to grow, process or sell recreational marijuana can be submitted online, by mail or in person.

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Aerospace
9:59 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Boeing Introduces 777X, Boasts $95B In Advance Sales

Emirati officials greet each other on Sunday in front of an Emirates Airbus A380 on display during the opening day of the Dubai Airshow in Dubai.
AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili

Days after Boeing said it would look outside the Puget Sound area to build the 777X, the aerospace giant formally introduced the jetliner at the Dubai Airshow this weekend.

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Technology
7:41 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Working In The Shadows To Keep Web Free Of Child Porn

Project Space, a Canadian investigation targeting child pornography, spanned three years and resulted in the rescue of 386 children.
Credit Courtesy of Toronto Police

Rich Brown knows how to crack a child pornography case. For decades, he was a cop for the New Jersey State Police. He worked on a task force dedicated to Internet crimes against children. And part of his job was to look through suspects' hard drives, image by image.

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