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Industrial Zoning
10:18 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Development Planning For Sodo, Seattle's 'Gritty Backbone'

Sodo development is in the midst of tension between sports boosters and the maritime industry.
Credit Flickr Photo/ArtBrom (CC-BY-NC-ND)

The stadium district in Seattle is located at the northern end of a larger swath of the city that's officially known as the Duwamish Manufacturing and Industrial Center, but more commonly referred to as Sodo.

It’s the largest concentration of industrially zoned land in Seattle and home to Harbor Island, the largest container port facility in the Pacific Northwest, as well as the Seattle Seahawks, Sounders and Mariners teams.

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Deportation Protest
9:09 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Lockdown Lifted As Hunger Strike Continues At Tacoma Detention Center

The Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Immigration officials say a lockdown has been lifted at a Tacoma detention center where hundreds of detainees are involved in a hunger strike.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement say the lockdown that started Sunday at the area of the Northwest Detention Center holding violent offenders was a precaution. 

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EarthFix Reports
8:45 am
Mon March 10, 2014

All-Nighter On Climate Change To Keep US Senators Occupied

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., (center) tours PGE's Smart Power Center in Salem, Ore. Wyden and other Northwest Democratic senators plan to take part in an all-night climate change talkathon on the U.S. Senate floor.
Credit Flickr Photo/Portland General Electric (CC BY-NC-ND)

They don’t have plans for a filibuster, since they lack a bill and a scheduled vote. But more than two dozen Democratic U.S. lawmakers do have a lot to say about the perils of climate change — along with a free Monday night and access to the floor of the U.S. Senate.

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EarthFix Reports
8:43 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Report Looks At Columbia Generating Station Safety

A new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists says the Northwest’s only commercial nuclear power plant reported three safety problems in 2013. Officials at the plant say the problems have been fixed.
Flickr Creative Commons: NRCgov

Originally published on Fri March 7, 2014 4:08 pm

RICHLAND, Wash. -- A new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists says the Northwest’s only commercial nuclear power plant reported three safety problems in 2013. Officials at the plant say the problems have been fixed.

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Government
8:40 am
Mon March 10, 2014

End In Sight For Washington Legislature, But Still Plenty Of Work To Do

Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri March 7, 2014 3:52 pm

Washington lawmakers are in the home stretch – or at least they hope they are. The current 60-day session is supposed to adjourn this coming Thursday.

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EarthFix Reports
8:36 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Improving River Health With Natural Infrastructure And Incentives

Craig Burns' hazelnut farm abuts the McKenzie River northeast of Eugene, Ore. A new voluntary program provides incentives for property owners to ensure their land is managed in ways that improve the river's health.
Amelia Templeton

Originally published on Mon March 10, 2014 2:00 am

For decades, the government has enforced regulations to protect and improve water quality. But what about rewarding people for voluntarily managing their land in ways that keep rivers cool and clean?

It's an approach that's underway along two Oregon watersheds: the McKenzie River east of Eugene and the Rogue River near Medford.

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Tracking Legal Marijuana
7:56 am
Mon March 10, 2014

To Experts' Dismay, Teens Embrace Marijuana As 'Healthy' And 'Non-Addictive'

Credit Flickr Photo/Kamera Kizi (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Recreational marijuana is legal – for adults. But it’s clear that the movement toward legalization is having repercussions for teenagers too.

Federal authorities have said they will be monitoring whether Washington’s legal marijuana supply makes its way to underage users. It’s one of the indicators that they say could lead them to intervene in the state’s experiment.

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Russian Military Presence
2:27 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Ukraine Crisis: Crimea Military Base Stand-Off 'Ends'

Pro-Russian soldiers are reported to have stormed a Ukrainian military base outside the Crimean city of Sevastopol, before withdrawing soon afterwards.

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Jobs Recovery
9:31 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Milestone: Washington Now Has More People Working Than Before Recession

Flickr Photo/WSDOT (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Washington’s Employment Security Department says the state now has more people working than before the start of the Great Recession.

It's an important milestone in the recovery. And though it comes as a result of genuine progress, it received an assist from a federal benchmarking that showed the state didn’t lose as many jobs as originally thought.

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Education
8:21 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Inslee, Teachers' Union Clash Over Evaluation Measure

File photo. Washington Governor Jay Inslee has made the case for a controversial teacher evaluation bill.
biologycorner Flickr

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 3:12 pm

They supported his campaign, but now some unionized teachers in Washington have stern words for Governor Jay Inslee.

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Cracked Dam
8:19 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Exposed Shoreline Behind Damaged Wanapum Dam Closed To Public

Grant County engineers have lowered water behind the Wanapum Dam to ease pressure on the crack in part of its spillway.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 5:46 pm

Officials in Grant County, Wash., are asking the public to stay away from the shoreline behind the damaged Wanapum Dam.

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Northwest Railway
8:18 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Passengers Wait Hours For Empire Builder, America's Least Reliable Train

Amtrak's Empire Builder rolls past the Izaak Walton Inn in Essex, Mont.

Originally published on Fri March 7, 2014 10:00 am

The worst train in America is right here in the Northwest: the famed Empire Builder.

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Police Reform
8:06 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Seattle Officials Probe 'Twilight Zone' Of Police Discipline Reversals

Interim Police Chief Harry Bailey's recent discipline reversals are coming under scrutiny from the police auditor and Seattle City Council.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

Seattle officials plan to seek changes to the obscure union appeals process that has allowed reversals of police misconduct findings.

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Sports
3:51 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Five Athletes With Northwest Ties In Sochi For Paralympic Winter Games

Paralyzed veteran Sean Halsted trained for Sochi in Sun Valley last winter.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Sun March 9, 2014 8:57 pm

American and European politicians are boycotting the Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi to protest Russian moves in Ukraine. But athletes with physical disabilities from Idaho, Oregon and Washington plan to compete in the Olympic host city as scheduled starting this weekend.

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Military
3:23 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Top Army Prosecutor Of Sexual Assault Cases Accused Of Groping

Military prosecutor U.S. Army Lt. Col. Jay Morse speaks to a law school class in November 2013. Morse has been accused of sexual assault from an incident in 2011.
AP Photo/LM Otero

The top Army prosecutor for sexual assault cases has been suspended after being accused of sexual assault.

Sources told the paper Stars and Stripes that an Army lawyer has alleged that Lieutenant Colonel Joseph “Jay” Morse attempted to kiss and grope her against her will. The alleged assault reportedly took place in a hotel room at a 2011 sexual assault legal conference in Alexandria, Va.

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