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5:18 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Six Months Later, Girl With Autism Thrives With Trained Teachers

This is how Chloe Burton draws herself today, complete with freckles and a wide smile.
Chloe Burton

Chloe Burton had a great year in kindergarten.

Although she has autism, she had no problem learning in a general education classroom alongside her peers.

But in first grade, things went downhill. Chloe wandered the classroom instead of finishing her work.

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Labor
5:08 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Highest Minimum Wage In US Takes Effect In SeaTac

Small businesses in SeaTac, Wash., are exempt from a new minimum-wage law but owners say they'll be affected anyway.
KUOW/John Ryan

The nation's highest minimum wage goes into effect Wednesday in the city of SeaTac, Wash. For all the national attention the new $15 an hour minimum has received, it affects a small number of businesses.

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Aerospace
1:28 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Politicians To Boeing Workers: Vote No, And The Wing Will Fly Away

Boeing machinists have been in heated negotiations with management over their contract. Politicians say that the machinists don't approve the latest contract, production of the plane will almost certainly move to another state.
Credit Flickr Photo/Tony Cyphert

The politicians and mayors stood together to tell the union machinists that a vote for Boeing’s contract is a vote for stability for everyone. Then they said Boeing had a message.

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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
11:55 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Why Didn't FAA Choose Washington For Drone Testing?

Federal Aviation Administration

Low population density and testing over water.

Those may be the reasons why the Federal Aviation Administration skipped over Washington state when selecting proposals for drone testing sites.

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Bubbles
11:15 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Does Champagne Actually Get You Drunk Faster?

Each bottle of Champagne contains around 50 million bubbles. But will any of them accelerate the inebriation process?
Victor Bezrukov Flickr.com

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 12:39 pm

Every time I spend New Year's Eve with my mom, she tells me the same thing: "Be careful with that Champagne, honey. The bubbles go straight to the head. And it won't be pretty tomorrow."

Thanks, Mom. Glad you're looking after me after all these years.

But is she right?

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Keihanaikukauakahihulihe'ekahaunaele
10:32 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Hawaiian Woman Gets IDs That Fit Her 36-Character Last Name

Janice Keihanaikukauakahihulihe'ekahaunaele holds her old Hawaii drivers license that lacked the space for her full name.
Chris Stewart AP

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Dim The Lights
10:13 am
Tue December 31, 2013

The End Of The Bulb As We Know It? Not Quite

Bruce Cudmore is the purchasing manager at Carr Sales
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 10:09 am

January 1 is the end of the era of your standard, soft white Edison-designed incandescent bulb in the United States. Or at least, in theory.

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Troubled Waters
8:14 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Shell Still Aims For Arctic Oil Drilling Despite Mishaps

Shell's Kulluk oil rig aground on Alaska's Sitkalidak Island in Jan. 2013.
U.S. Coast Guard

Exactly a year ago, an oil rig being towed to Seattle ran aground on a remote island in the Gulf of Alaska. The New Year's Eve accident capped a year of trouble for Shell Oil in Alaska and in Puget Sound.

Shell is still seeking federal approval to drill in the Arctic, and a critical ship in Shell’s Arctic fleet is still sitting idle on the Bellingham, Wash., waterfront.

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Postscripts
4:00 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Injured Vet Uses Film To Advocate, Connect With Civilians

A still from Keith Curry's short film "Hero," starring his own son Kyler.

Keith Curry wanted to be a career soldier, but injuries he sustained while deployed to Iraq ended that future.

“So,” Curry asked himself, “how can I continue to contribute?”

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Seattle History
2:51 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Norm Rice, Seattle's 'Mayor Nice,' Says It's Time To Retire

Norm Rice, left, and Barack Obama, around 2008.
Flickr Photo/Seattle Municipal Archives

It's been more than a decade since Norman B. Rice ran Seattle. But Seattleites still remember “Mayor Nice,” as he was known.

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Health Care
11:42 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Harborview Considers Closing Some Clinics For Poor

Harborview staff say they were told that several clinics could be closed later next year. Among Harborview's clinics for are the women's clinic, the pediatric clinic and the international clinic.
Credit uwmedicine.org

“Abruptly and brutally.”

That’s how Dr. Abe Bergman described the announcement by administrators to close some of the clinics at Harborview Medical Center. He said staff members were told that some of the primary care clinics housed at the hospital would close in July.

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Credit Protection
7:35 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Consumers May Start Seeing More Secure 'Chip' Credit Cards In 2014

U.S. consumers could soon start seeing a new generation of credit cards
EMV-Connection.com

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 8:48 am

Northwest banks say 2014 may be the year consumers start to see a new generation of credit cards that are less prone to fraud.

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Legislature
7:34 am
Mon December 30, 2013

New Oregon Laws: Taxes, Texting, Tethering And Tanning

The fine for texting while driving is set to double in the new year.
Jason Weaver Flickr

Originally published on Fri December 27, 2013 3:49 pm

Call it the year of the "T." Some of the new laws set to take effect in Oregon when the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Eve involve taxes, texting, tethering and teen tanning.

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'Tis The (Whale) Season
7:31 am
Mon December 30, 2013

How To Spot A Whale On The Northwest Coast

Larry and Marie Hinton keep an eye out for whales at Boiler Bay State Park near Depoe Bay, Oregon.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri December 27, 2013 2:58 pm

The week between Christmas and New Year's is one of the best times of the year to watch grey whales migrating along the Oregon coast.

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Activism
6:00 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Seattle 2013: A Year In Protest

We've reserved the slideshow above for a collection of reader-submitted photos from local demonstrations in 2013. Submit yours to pictures@kuow.org. In this photo: A scene from fast food workers demonstrating in Seattle on May 31, 2013.
Heather Villanueva

As we looked back on the last year, debating which stories to highlight here, we noticed a trend that surprised us: 2013 was a year of activism and protest in the Seattle area.

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