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Syria Crisis
8:47 am
Thu August 29, 2013

British PM David Cameron Makes Case For Military Action In Syria

US Ambassador Samantha Power talks with British delegate Michael Tatham in the UN Security Council, Aug. 29, 2013. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the Inspection team in Syria is expected to complete its work Friday and report to him Saturday.
AP Photo/Richard Drew

Britain could launch strikes against the Syrian regime without the backing of the United Nations, according to its own legal advice.

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I Have A Dream
9:54 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Nation's Capitol Celebration: 50-Year Anniversary Of The March On Washington

Hundreds of thousands descended on Washington, D.C.'s, Lincoln Memorial August 28, 1963.
From Wikipedia.

In honor of the 50-year anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, NPR will be airing special live coverage of the celebration starting at 11:00 a.m. PT in the nation’s Capitol.

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Reduced Trail Work
9:50 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Forest Service Cuts Maintenance Projects In Sequester Response

US Forest Service. A trail crew widens the tread on the Tubal Cain Trail in the Olympic National Forest.

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 5:23 pm

Remember the "sequester" cuts? The dust is finally settling and the consequences becoming real for a program in the U.S. Forest Service that sends money to timber counties.

At the beginning of sequestration, the Forest Service demanded that rural counties pay back some of the timber payments they'd already received and spent. But all of the recipients of the federal aid refused to go along with this approach to across-the-board federal budget cuts.

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Rim Fire Danger
9:50 am
Wed August 28, 2013

California Weather Events Travel Through Idaho, Bringing Fire Risk

InciWeb. The Little Queens Fire is burning more than 20,000 acres near the town of Atlanta, Idaho.

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 4:17 pm

The same weather patterns that are making the Rim Fire a challenge for firefighters in California have been moving up through parts of the Northwest. Specifically, through central Idaho. Fire managers say the forests there are ripe for fire, and more lightning is in the forecast this week.

The fact that massive fires are raging both in California and in Idaho is no coincidence, according to Robyn Broyles. She's with the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise.

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Union Showdown
8:46 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Seattle Teachers Reject District's Contract Offer

Seattle teachers voted against the district's contract offer on August 26 at Benaroya Hall.
Seattle Education Association's Facebook page.

Correction 8/27/13: In a previous version, the length of the district's contract offer was stated as three years. The current offer is for a two-year contract. The length of the contract is negotiable.

Seattle's teachers' union voted down the school district's two-year contract offer Monday night at Seattle Education Association's general membership meeting at Benaroya Hall.

Reporters were not allowed inside the meeting, but teachers said that the voice vote was nearly unanimous, with only several teachers of the hundreds present supporting the contract offer.

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World's Longest Floating Bridge
1:30 am
Tue August 27, 2013

SR 520 Floating Bridge Celebrates 50 Years

Construction of the SR 520 floating bridge.
Flickr Photo/WSDOT

August 28, 1963 was a momentous day in American history, and it was also a pretty big day in Seattle. At the same time that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was giving his landmark “I Have A Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial, then-Washington governor Albert Rosellini was also addressing a crowd. But Rosellini was in the middle of Lake Washington, on a brand-new floating bridge that would eventually be known as State Route 520.

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Zim Djibouti Arrives
5:29 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Mega-Ships Big Opportunity For Northwest Ports

The Zim Djibouti, one of largest container ships in the world, arrives at the Port of Tacoma.
Jake Warga KUOW

One of the world’s largest ships arrived at the Port of Tacoma Sunday morning.

The Zim Djibouti slipped in at dawn, carrying loads of goods for big box stores. The vessel is 10,000 TEUs in size, meaning it holds 5,000 shipping containers. When the Zim Djibouti appeared on Sunday, fresh from a port in Vancouver, B.C., containers were 18 across on its upper deck.

The ship is part of a new wave of cargo ships emerging from Asian shipyards. They’re super-sized to save fuel costs.

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Federal Enforcement On Tribal Land
4:04 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Yakama Nation And Justice Department Settle Lawsuit Over Raid

The Yakama Nation tribe and the US Justice Department have settled a lawsuit over access to tribal lands.

On February 15, 2011  federal agents raided a Yakama tribal cigarette manufacturer. The dispute over federal taxes in that case continues, but the raid prompted a lawsuit.

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Syria Crisis
3:28 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Kerry: There Must Be Accountability For The Use Of Chemical Weapons In Syria

Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at the State Department in Washington today about the situation in Syria.
AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

Secretary of State John Kerry gave a rare and pointed speech in which he sent a clear message to the Syrian regime of Bashar Assad that the use of chemical weapons defied "any code of morality."

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State Politics
11:43 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Susan Hutchison Named New Chairwoman Of Wash. State GOP

Susan Hutchison, State Republican Party Chairwoman.
Credit Flickr Photo/jseattle

Former Washington State Republican Party Chairman Kirby Wilbur surprised many of his colleagues when he resigned close to a month ago. Wilbur went to work for Young America’s Foundation, a conservative organization with a mission to train young people for jobs in the media.

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"Alvin" In Astoria
9:48 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Storied Research Subs Visit Northwest Coast

Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Upgraded minisub Alvin was loaded onto R/V Atlantis at the WHOI dock on May 13, 2013.

Originally published on Mon August 26, 2013 5:02 am

A storied research sub that explored and filmed the wreck of the Titanic is making an appearance in the Northwest. The deep-diving submarine "Alvin" is in Astoria this week while its support ship changes crews.

It's actually one of two well-known submersibles passing through the port town.

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Fruit Variety
9:48 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Tired Of Your Old Apple? A New Variety Is On The Horizon

Washington State University. The new Washington State University apple WA-38 is one consumers can’t get their hands on just yet.

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 4:17 pm

Northwest apple growers are expecting a bumper crop this year and harvest is already beginning on some farms.

But growers are excited over an apple variety you can’t even get in stores yet.

Washington’s crop this year is going to be the second largest on record – at 4.8-billion pounds. Only last year's crop was larger.

Northwest apple expert Rebecca Lyons attributes that recent growth to newer much-denser plantings. But more and more farmers are turning toward premium, newer varieties to earn profits.

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Chemical Weapons Inspection
8:07 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Syria Crisis: UN Inspectors' Convoy 'Hit By Sniper Fire'

AP Photo/STR

Unidentified snipers have opened fire on a convoy of UN experts investigating suspected chemical weapons attacks in Syria's capital, the UN has said.

One car was shot at "multiple times", forcing the convoy to turn back.

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Rural Medicine
3:25 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Rural Residency Shortage Means Doctors-In-Training Move Away

Vaughn Bullfinch. Medical resident Vaughn Bullfinch considers himself lucky to have residency spot in a rural Northwest hospital in an area where he hopes to settle down.

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 3:14 pm

For decades, rural parts of the Northwest have found it difficult to lure doctors to small towns. Community leaders in Yakima, Wash. went so far as to found a small medical school to train doctors to practice in these underserved areas.

The Pacific Northwest University opened in 2006. But there is a problem. Small towns throughout the region just don’t have enough residency programs. And that means many of these doctors-in-training may move away.

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Music
3:24 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Seattle Band To Release Pop Song Inspired By Hanford Tank Waste

Tangerine. The Seattle band Tangerine will release “Hanford Riviera” on Swoon Records aon August 31. From left to right, Toby Kuhn, guitar, Miro Justad, drums, Ryan Baker, bass, and Marika Justad, vocals, guitar and keyboard.

Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 4:00 pm

The Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington has inspired documentaries, museum exhibits, art shows and even a book of poetry. Now, a Northwest band call Tangerine is about to release a new song that tackles the leaking tanks of radioactive waste at the federal site.

“I guess it’s a slightly unusual topic for a pop song," admits Marika Justad. "Especially one that has a romantic angle. Justad sings and plays guitar and piano for Tangerine, an alternative pop band from Seattle.

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