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Protests
11:42 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Ukraine's Prime Minister And Government Resign

Protests in Ukraine have led to the resignation of the prime minister and the deaths of at least five people.
AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov

Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych has accepted the resignation of the prime minister and his cabinet amid continuing anti-government protests. Mykola Azarov had offered to step down as prime minister to create "social and political compromise."

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EarthFix Reports
10:41 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Wild Fish Group Announces Plan To Sue Over Hatchery Fish In Puget Sound

Research indicates when hatcheries release juvenile fish in large quantities into a river, the influx can overwhelm the wild juveniles that may be present.
Credit Flickr Photo/Kitaro & Kawauso

Environmental groups are turning to the courts to block the placement of hatchery-reared fish in rivers where wild fish are struggling for survival.

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Politics
10:39 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Washington Considers Private 'Pay-For-Success' Investments To Fund Public Programs

Wall Street may help fill gaps in state funding for human services programs.
Flickr Photo/htmvalerio

Someday in the not too distant future, social service programs in the Northwest could get funding from Wall Street.

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Politics
10:05 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Lawmakers Consider Naming Endangered Person Advisory 'Silver Alert'

Originally published on Mon January 27, 2014 4:15 pm

We often hear of patients with dementia who wander from home or their nursing facilities. In Washington when they can’t be found, authorities can use what’s called an “Endangered Missing Person’s Advisory” to notify people of the disappearance.

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Sports
9:42 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Broken Ribs Can't Stop Seattle Skier's Drive To Compete In Winter Olympics

Roberto Carcelen of Seattle carried the Peruvian flag at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. He is tabbed to be Peru's flag bearer again in Sochi.
Jude Freeman Wikimedia

Originally published on Mon January 27, 2014 4:30 pm

It's every Olympic athlete's worst nightmare: After years of preparation, training and fundraising, an accident mere weeks before the Olympic Games derails everything.

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Education
9:37 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Can A Test Measure Critical Thinking? Schools Hope To Find Out

Students take a quiz in Eric Miller's eighth grade algebra class at Lakes Magnet Middle School in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue January 28, 2014 9:37 am

Northwest parents of school-aged children have a new acronym to learn: The SBAC.

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Interstate Bridge
9:37 am
Tue January 28, 2014

The Hour Of Decision Is Near For The Columbia River Crossing

Interstate 5 spans the Columbia River between Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington.
Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue January 28, 2014 9:51 am

The Columbia River lazily passes under Interstate 5 between Portland and Vancouver, Wash. You wouldn't really call the water troubled. The bridges over it, however, are. 

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Education
1:58 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Political Rivals Find Common Ground Over Common Core

Silver Lake Elementary School in Middletown, Del., has begun implementing the national Common Core State Standards for academics. The GOP largely backs the standards that are rolling out in 45 states, but Tea Party conservatives have been critical — and liberals increasingly have the same complaints.
Steve Ruark AP

Originally published on Tue January 28, 2014 9:25 am

Supporters of the new Common Core education standards adopted by 45 states say the standards hold American students to much higher expectations, and move curriculum away from a bubble-test culture that encourages test preparation over deeper learning.

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Labor
1:33 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

After The Machinists Vote, Labor Seeks New Directions

Seattle's Labor Temple, with its distinctive neon sign
Flickr Photo/Curtis Cronn (CC-BY-NC-ND)

The idea of coming together in common cause is woven into Washington’s social fabric, especially into its union history. But labor has suffered reversals before, and it suffered a large one on Jan. 3, when the Machinists union voted by a narrow margin to abandon the Boeing pension plan. At stake was a key production line.

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Workplace Wellness
11:04 am
Mon January 27, 2014

'Holistic Approach' To Employee Health Kicks Off With Kettlebell Record Attempt

The kettlebell was developed in Russia and has gained popularity in the U.S. in recent years, especially among CrossFit enthusiasts.
Credit KUOW Photo/Ruby de Luna

For years, businesses have tried different approaches to get workers to adopt healthy lifestyles: They’ve offered rewards; they’ve tried to get employees’ attention through their pocketbooks.

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Marijuana Retail
10:44 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Banks Remain Cautious, Washington Pot Entrepreneurs Turn To Cash, Bitcoin

Marijuana business owners say they frequently lose their bank accounts or operate entirely with cash.
Flickr Photo/401(K) 2012

Attorney General Eric Holder recently said that legal marijuana businesses need access to bank accounts as a public safety issue. Bankers and pot entrepreneurs hailed those comments as an important step. But they said it will take a change in federal law to make banks truly open their doors.

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Firearms
9:59 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Online Gun Exchange To Launch On Eve Of Washington Gun Hearings

File photo. An online firearms marketplace opens for business in Washington on Monday.
M Glasgow Flickr

Originally published on Mon January 27, 2014 10:50 am

Starting Monday, Washington gun owners will have a new place to sell their firearms. That’s when a website called Washington Gun Exchange plans to launch.

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EarthFix Reports
9:56 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Developing A Taste For Geoduck In The Northwest

Michael Gifford, chef at Seattle's How To Cook A Wolf, shows off a geoduck he's preparing.
Ashley Ahearn

Originally published on Mon January 27, 2014 1:00 am

The Locavore movement is thriving in the Northwest -- with one big exception. When it comes to Puget Sound geoduck clams, the shellfish industry and local chefs are still trying to create a demand for them at home.

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Texting While Driving
9:39 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Washington Lawmakers Want To Crack Down On Distracted Driving, Again

Jason Weaver Flickr

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 4:03 pm

In Washington and Oregon, if you want to talk on your phone while driving, you’re required to use a hands-free device. But now a Washington state lawmaker wants to go further.

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EarthFix Reports
9:32 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Wyden, Merkley Take Railroads To Task Over Oil Train Safety

U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley discussed concerns about oil train safety with dozens of public officials and railroad executives Friday.
Tony Schick

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 4:32 pm

U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley asked railroad company executives Friday to address mounting concerns about oil train safety in Oregon.

Following several oil train derailments and related emergencies in the past six months, the senators gathered in Portland with public officials officials and rail industry representatives.

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