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Back-to-School Bargaining
9:10 am
Sun September 1, 2013

Seattle Teachers, District Reach Tentative Contract Agreement

Seattle School District headquarters
From Washington State Department of Ecology site.

Seattle School District and its teachers' union have reached a tentative agreement on a new, two-year contract.

The district and Seattle Education Association (SEA) bargained for more than 12 hours Saturday. The deal was finalized early Sunday morning.

The district and union are waiting to publicly release details of the contract until SEA has been able to relay the offer to teachers. 

Last-minute sticking points involved teacher pay, work hours and using student test scores in teacher evaluations.

Seattle teachers will vote on the contract Tuesday evening. 

School is scheduled to start on Wednesday.

Salmon Spawning
10:30 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Washington Tribes Grow Impatient With Fish-Killing Dam

The pink salmon run is strong this year. That's presented a challenge to the Army Corps of Engineers, which is responsible for moving returning salmon in the White River around the Buckley and Mud Mountain dams.
Credit EarthFix Photo/Ashley Ahearn

Right now there are tens of thousands of salmon dying at the base of an outdated dam on the White River east of Tacoma in Buckley, Wash.

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Spokane Beating
10:19 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Spokane Honors Slain Veteran At Memorial Service

Jessica Robinson. Michael Brown, 16, stands with his mom, Kim Brown, at the memorial for Delbert Belton.

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 4:51 pm

More than 300 people turned out Thursday in Spokane for the burial of World War II veteran Delbert Belton. The 88-year-old was robbed and beaten to death last week while he waited in his car.

Scores of veterans turned out to honor Belton at a cemetery in west Spokane. Friends and family remember a man who loved to repair cars by day and go out dancing at night, and went by the nickname Shorty.

The service also drew many people in Spokane who never knew Belton, but, like Karen Schute, felt compelled to be there.

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Federal Response
10:18 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Feds To Allow Washington, Colorado Pot Legalization With Caveats

Washington Office of the Governor. Washington Governor Jay Inslee takes notes while talking with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 6:18 pm

It was the call Governor Jay Inslee has been waiting for since the beginning of the year. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder giving Washington – and Colorado – the green light to proceed with marijuana legalization. But the feds reserve the right to intervene if they see problems.

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Financial Incentives
10:18 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Federal Tax Ruling Could Mean Upswing In Gay Marriages In Washington

Austin Jenkins

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 3:47 pm

County officials who issue marriage licenses in Washington are gearing up for a possible influx of new applicants.

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Health Care Exchange
10:10 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Certification Of Wash. Health Plans Delayed

Flickr Photo/Alex Proimos

It will be another week before Washington consumers will know how many new certified health plans will be be sold in the exchange. The exchange is a web-based market for health insurance that’s part of the Affordable Care Act. The nine-member board that governs the exchange voted Thursday to delay certification until next week.

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Afghan Massacre
6:49 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Thought Of 'Flames Of Hell' For Sgt. Bales Comforts Afghans

Sadiqullah (center), who was shot by Staff Sgt. Robert Bales and was a witness in the trial, stands with some of the Afghan civilians who traveled from Kandahar to the U.S. for Bales' trial. Translator Ahmad Shafi is at left, in the blue shirt.
Martin Kaste NPR

It was jarring for survivors and witnesses of the 2012 attack by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales on two villages in Afghanistan to come to the U.S. to testify at his trial this month, translator Ahmad Shafi tells Morning Edition.

They were at Washington State's Joint Base Lewis-McChord — a place much different than their homes in Kandahar. What's more, the U.S. military's system of justice was strange to them.

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Stadium Reopens
1:00 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Husky Stadium Has Long History Beyond Football

Husky Stadium viewed from Lake Washington
javacolleen Flickr

Early September means college football. And down along Montlake Boulevard, the University of Washington Huskies are getting ready to play in their remodeled and expanded stadium. Though most of the structure is new, there’s been a stadium on this same spot since 1920. And in nearly a century, it’s played host to a lot more than football games.

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Sexual Abuse Lawsuit
4:30 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Massive Lawsuit Filed Against Boy Scouts Of America Includes Local Charters

An alleged victim identified in the lawsuit as S.O. describes sexual abuse he says was perpetrated by his scoutmaster.
Credit Courtesy Kosnoff/Fasy PLLC

A lawsuit filed Thursday in King County Superior Court alleges that the Boy Scouts of America continues to cover up a culture that ignored serial pedophiles in its ranks.

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Minimum Wage Jobs
2:36 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Seattle Fast Food Workers Strike For $15 Wage

Credit KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Fast-food workers and union activists in Seattle and Tacoma joined a nationwide rally Thursday aimed to bring attention to a drive for a $15 minimum wage.

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Health Exchange
11:43 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Abortions Not Covered By Group Health, But Not Charged Either

Mike Kreidler, Washington state insurance commissioner.

Seattle’s nonprofit health care system, Group Health, has said they won’t be offering abortion coverage in the new health care exchange.

But they also said women will be able to get an abortion without paying more.

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Oil Transportation
11:14 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Shell Moving Ahead On Oil Train Project For Puget Sound Refinery

The oil refinery in Anacortes, Wash., with Mt. Baker in the background.
Flickr Photo/RVWithTito

On Thursday morning Shell Oil will be meeting with officials from a county in Washington state to talk about plans to build a rail extension to deliver oil from North Dakota to its refinery near Puget Sound.

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March On Washington Anniversary
11:02 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Local Civil Rights Leader's Story Of Sitting Near Dr. King

Reverend Samuel McKinney ringing a bell in honor of the March on Washington's 50th anniversary.
KUOW Photo/Allie Ferguson

Local civil rights leader Reverend Samuel McKinney of Mt. Zion Baptist Church was in Washington, D.C., for the March on Washington in 1963. In fact, McKinney had one of the best seats in the house: right next to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Minimum Wage
10:28 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Fast Food Workers Walk Out In Seattle, Protesting Wages

Wage strike in downtown Seattle on a rainy morning, August 29, 2013.
Twitter Photo/@acmyscp

Fast food workers have begun striking in Seattle this morning. According to organizers, strike lines will take place at several coffee spots around the downtown area.

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Marijuana Regulation
10:00 am
Thu August 29, 2013

City Moratoriums Could Thwart Legal Marijuana

Katheirne Hitt, Flickr.

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 4:16 pm

Legal pot? Not so fast. That’s the message from a growing number of Washington cities.

Several municipalities are considering whether to pass a moratorium on pot-related businesses. Others – like Bellingham and Olympia – have already enacted temporary bans.

Richland, Pasco and Kennewick are just the latest Washington cities to consider moratoriums. But it’s not just more conservative eastern Washington communities. Liberal Bellingham and Olympia have said ‘time out’ when it comes to legal, recreational pot.

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