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9:13 am
Tue September 24, 2013

South Africa's Craze For Heroin-Marijuana Cocktail

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Nyaope is a whitish powder - low-grade heroin mixed with ingredients such as rat poison and sometimes even crushed-up medicine for people with HIV. Sprinkled on top of marijuana, it is a highly addictive, life-wrecking cocktail.
In an open space near the railway in the South African township of Soweto, several young men and women in their early twenties are smoking nyaope, a new drug cocktail. Some look like the walking dead they are so stoned. "I was studying but then I quit because of the drugs.
Seattle Budget
8:46 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Seattle Mayor Proposes Spending Increases In 2014 Budget

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn delivering his 2014 budget address in Seattle City Council chambers.
Flickr Photo/Mayor McGinn

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn presented his 2014 budget proposal yesterday. In a speech before the Seattle City Council, he outlined a plan to boost spending for a host of government programs — from police staffing to universal preschool.

McGinn said the city is in a position to spend more because tax revenues are coming in stronger than expected. “Construction remains strong, our sales tax and real estate excise tax are exceeding forecasts," he said. "That means we can make new investments in our people and our infrastructure.”

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Campaign Finance
8:43 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Washington Billionaires Staying Out Of State Politics This Year

Nine men and one woman from Washington state made this year's list of American billionaires, recently updated by Forbes magazine.

The group of 10 had an oversized influence on Washington state politics in 2012. But so far this year, the billionaires are mostly sitting on the sidelines.

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Industry And Tourism
1:00 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Anacortes: One Town Debates Its Future

Tesoro's oil refinery near Anacortes backdropped by Mount Baker.
Flickr Photo/Scott Butner

From Anacortes, Wash., you get the classic, gorgeous views of the San Juan Islands.  But tourists mostly breeze by this city, thinking of it as just the gateway to greater places. Anacortes does have its own thing going, though. It’s an unusual mix of a real working city with super lovely landscape.

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Tribal Council
4:43 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Nooksack Members March In Seattle To Protest Possible Disenrollment

A group gathered in downtown Seattle on Friday to protest what could potentially be the biggest tribal disenrollment in Wash. history.
KUOW Photo/Meghan Walker

A group gathered in downtown Seattle on Friday to protest the potential disenrollment of hundreds of Nooksack members from their tribe. If it goes forward, it would likely be the largest tribal disenrollment in Washington history.

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Paid Sick Leave
3:25 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Businesses Adjust To Seattle's Paid Sick Leave Law

Last September, Seattle began requiring employers with five or more employees to provide paid sick leave. The requirement was controversial. Some businesses feared it would affect their bottom lines. Now a series of new reports aims to gauge the law’s impact. The latest one, commissioned by the city of Seattle, looks at how employers have dealt with the mandate. 

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Volcanic Activity
11:51 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Colombians Urge Pacific Northwesterners To Appreciate Lahar Danger

RJ Landa USGS

Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 10:50 am

Name the volcano that geologists consider the most dangerous in the Northwest.

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Pot Ruling
7:54 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Washington High Court Sides With Non-Card-Carrying Medical Marijuana Patient

Cacophony Wikipedia

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 3:18 pm

The Washington Supreme Court has sided with a wheelchair-bound pot user who lacked an official medical marijuana card. In a split ruling Thursday, the high court said even non-card-holding patients can mount a medical necessity defense at trial.

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Tech Industry
1:00 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Seattle Is The Wild West Of Game Design

A sculpture inside DigiPen beckoning viewers to the interactive media industry.
KUOW Photo/Jamala Henderson

One reason the Puget Sound region stayed stronger than some surrounding areas during the economic downturn is because of its tech industry. A particular bright spot is the computer gaming and interactive media industry.

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Farmworker Labor Dispute
6:41 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Labor Strike Continues At Burlington Berry Farm

Immigrant advocates and workers on strike from Sakuma Brothers Farms boycott a store in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood in August.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

More than a week has passed since more than 200 berry pickers walked off the job at a major farm near Burlington, marking the third strike at Sakuma Brothers Farms since July.

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Recession Recovery
1:00 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Rents Rising In Seattle And Portland As Wages Stay Flat

Flickr Photo/Daniel Spils

If you’re on the hunt for an affordable apartment in Seattle, Bellevue or Tacoma – good luck. Rents in these urban areas continue to climb higher while people’s earnings remain stagnant, according to a new annual census report released Thursday.

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Welder Demand
1:00 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Passing The Torch To A New Generation Of Welders

Welding student Mike Mullins.
KUOW Photo/Jake Warga

Welding torches have sizzled at the Vigor Industrial shipyard on Seattle’s Harbor Island for a century. But the men and women behind the welding masks in this particular warehouse have only been at it for two weeks. The demand for skilled welders is so high that the shipyard and the state are now paying to teach the skill to displaced workers.

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Conspiracy To Cheat
7:38 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Indictments Over Alleged Casino Scam on Tribal Grounds

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 7:25 pm

Tribal casinos take a lot of steps to keep players from cheating. But 42 people in Central Washington are facing charges of conspiracy to cheat on a raffle at a casino run by the Yakama Nation.

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Excessive Force Review
5:27 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Seattle Police Get High Marks From White, Asian Residents, But Panned By Blacks, Latinos

Flickr Photo/Brittney Bollay (CC BY-NC-ND)

Three out of four Seattle residents think the Seattle Police do a good job keeping the public safe.  But the police get much worse reviews from the city’s African-American and Latino communities. Seventy percent of African-Americans and 62 percent of Latinos think the department often uses excessive force.

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State Revenue
3:40 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Washington Revenues Show Slow And Steady Recovery

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 3:40 pm

Slow and steady. That’s how Washington’s chief economic forecaster sums up the recovery in state revenues.

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