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Campfires Allowed
9:37 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Burn Ban Relaxed In Western Washington

Flickr Photo/Bejan

A burn ban issued by the Department of Natural Resources in late July has been partially lifted in Western Washington. Recreational fires in approved fire pits on DNR protected lands — such as state, county, municipal or other campgrounds — are now allowed west of the Cascades. Other outdoor burning is still banned in Western Washington.

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Education Reform
6:00 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Washington Schools At "High Risk" Of Losing No Child Left Behind Waiver

Washington state has been given one year to change its teacher evaluation law or risk losing $38 million in federal education funding.

In a letter Wednesday to state Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn, US Department of Education Assistant Secretary Deborah Delisle said the state was being granted a one-year extension of its conditional waiver from the requirements of the federal law known as No Child Left Behind.

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Fighting For Changes
5:43 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Seattle's Hempfest Enters New Era

Longtime "Hempsters" John Davis, left, and Vivian McPeak at the 22nd annual Hempfest.
Credit Amy Radil

Seattle’s 22nd annual Hempfest takes place in Myrtle Edwards park near Belltown this Friday afternoon through Sunday. And times have certainly changed. Initiative 502 has legalized recreational marijuana in Washington. But Hempfest founders say as long as marijuana is illegal under federal law, their festival will still focus on changing drug laws.

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Ancestry Controversy
10:57 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Nooksack Judge Halts Removal Of 306 Tribal Members

Nooksack tribal member Angel Rabang said she was wrongfully fired from her job at the tribal casino.
Courtesy of Angel Rabang

Hundreds of members of the Nooksack Tribe near Bellingham won a temporary victory Wednesday. Hearings were scheduled to start this week to potentially expel 306 members from the tribe, but a ruling from the Nooksack Court of Appeals has halted the proceeding for now.

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Health Exchange
10:36 am
Thu August 15, 2013

How Do You Say "Coverage Is Here" In 34 Languages?

Jennifer DeYoung, health reform policy analyst, and Penny Lara, project manager, at Seattle-King County Public Health with Michael Marchand, communications director at Washington Health Benefit Exchange, at a recent media briefing for ethnic media.
KUOW Photo/Madeline Ewbank

This week state and county officials met with local ethnic media. They hope the media will help them get the word out to non-English speakers about health care changes coming this fall.

The briefing was part of a statewide campaign to let consumers know that beginning in October, there will be 31 new health plans available for purchase at the state’s online marketplace. But the challenge for organizers will be more than just language barriers.

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Transportation
9:06 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Remote Yet Vital Inland Northwest Ferry Crossing Gets An Upgrade

Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 8:41 am

Washington's most famous ferries are in Puget Sound. But another, inland ferry operated by the state has been quietly shuttling cars across the Columbia River since 1948. And Wednesday, that ferry crossing got a badly needed update.

No new boat ceremony would be complete without breaking a bottle over the bow. But it took a few tries to actually break this bottle.

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FBI Crackdown
4:34 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Nicole: A Portrait Of A Seattle Sex Trafficking Survivor

Flickr Photo/Tom Woodward

Two and a half weeks ago the FBI, in partnership with local law enforcement, conducted a cross-country sweep looking to help stop child sex trafficking. They recovered dozens of under-age victims who have been forced into prostitution, and they arrested their pimps. Three child victims were found in Washington state, and nine people were arrested here.

On Tuesday,  something very different happened at FBI offices in downtown Seattle.

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Crime
10:16 am
Wed August 14, 2013

FBI Releases Videos Of Serial Killer To Find Unknown Victims

FBI. Israel Keyes, suspected of 11 murders, killed himself in December 2012.

Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 5:08 pm

The FBI is hoping a more detailed timeline and newly released video will revive a stalled investigation into a serial killer suspected of 11 murders -- four of them in Washington state. Israel Keyes committed suicide last year in an Alaska jail cell before agents could identify all his victims.

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Nuclear Waste Repository
10:15 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Federal Judge: Yucca Mountain Licensing Must Move Forward

Department of Energy. File photo of Yucca Mountain

Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 4:56 pm

Washington’s state Attorney General is praising an appeals court decision on a nuclear waste repository in Nevada. The ruling requires the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to get the licensing process back on track for Yucca Mountain.

The state of Washington wants Yucca Mountain to be the permanent waste repository for radioactive waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. But President Obama buried the project because of opposition from Nevada’s political leaders.

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Medical Mistakes
6:17 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Caution: Patients Falling At Washington Hospitals

Lester Reed of MultiCare models one of the wrist bands given to hospital patients at high risk of falling.
KUOW Photo/John Ryan

Medical mistakes are a leading cause of death and injury in America. One of the most frequent mishaps in Washington hospitals: patients who fall. A fall in a hospital can lead to serious complications, even death. Medical experts say that kind of fall should never happen.

One Small Step, One Big Fall

Helen Funston lies on her back in a darkened room. She pushes her shoulder down into physical therapist Stella In’s hand until she gasps with pain.

Funston tells In the pain is an eight out of 10.

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8:21 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Kenneth Bae, American Imprisoned In North Korea, Moved To Hospital

Lead in text: 
Kenneth Bae, an American man from Lynnwood, Wash., has spent more than nine months imprisoned in North Korea. Bae had been telling his family that his health was failing, possibly from diabetes-related complications. Bae is now suffering from severe back and leg pain and has lost more than 50 pounds, his sister Terri Chung told CNN late Sunday.
Seoul, South Korea (CNN) -- Kenneth Bae, the American citizen sentenced to 15 years in a North Korean labor camp, has been moved to a hospital after a serious deterioration in his health, his sister said.
Asiana 214
5:13 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Crash Victims Sue Boeing Over Asiana Airlines Crash

This aerial photo shows the wreckage of the Asiana Flight 214 airplane after it crashed at the San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, Saturday, July 6, 2013.
AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

Families of some passengers who were harmed in the Asiana Airlines flight that crashed at San Francisco Airport last month are suing Boeing as well as the airline.  The suits say Boeing bears some responsibility if Asiana pilots were not sufficiently trained to fly the 777, the plane involved in the accident. 

Boeing said it would not respond to questions about the lawsuits.

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Retired Tradition
4:15 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

No Room For Husky Helmet Car In New UW Stadium

A long-standing U.W. tradition, the Husky Helmet Car circles the field after a Husky football score. The car is being retired and donated to MOHAI.
Courtesy of University of Washington

When University of Washington Football fans attend their first game at the newly revamped Husky Stadium later this month, one thing will be missing — the Husky Helmet Car.

It’s been circling the stadium on the track, carrying pom-pom-waving cheerleaders after each score since 1977. But, the remodeled stadium no longer includes a track.

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Inmate Calling Rates
4:05 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Interstate Inmate Phone Call Rates Lowered by FCC

Phone calls made by inmates at Washington correctional institutions are expensive. That cost goes up if they’re calling out of state. A new ruling today  by the Federal Communications Commission will limit just how much an inmate will have to pay to connect with people on the outside.

The fight to lower inmate calling costs has gone on for more than a decade. 

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White House Press Conference
8:20 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Obama Set For News Conference Friday Afternoon

President Obama
White House Photo/Pete Souza

President Obama is set to hold a news conference at the White House on Friday at noon P.T. — his first such formal give-and-take with the press corps since "NSA leaker" Edward Snowden started spilling secrets about National Security Agency surveillance programs in June.

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