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Raising The Minimum Wage
9:28 am
Fri July 26, 2013

SeaTac City Council Signs Off On “Good Jobs Initiative"

A food court at Sea-Tac airport. The initiative would cover about 6,500 workers, including those who work at airport restaurants.
Flickr Photo/Matt Biddolph

People in the City of SeaTac could vote this November on an initiative that would create a $15 an hour hour minimum wage for thousands of workers at Sea-Tac airport and other places. The so-called “Good Jobs Initiative” would apply to about 6,500 workers in transportation and hospitality jobs in the City of SeaTac. Tuesday night, the SeaTac City Council decided to allow the measure to go before voters.

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All Nations Cup
1:00 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Seattle’s Version Of World Cup Draws Teams From Around The Globe

On opening night of the 2012 All Nations Cup, El Salvador faced off against Iran.
The Globalist Photo/Sihanouk Mariona

The 2013 All Nations Cup starts Saturday, July 27. It’s Seattle’s own miniature version of the World Cup. Mexico is the reigning champion.

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This Not Just In
12:30 am
Fri July 26, 2013

President Harding's Last Public Speech At Husky Stadium

President Warren G. Harding.
Wikipedia

On July 27, 1923, Warren G. Harding spoke at Husky Stadium. It would be the last public speech the president would ever give.

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Shellfish Safety
10:57 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Diarrhetic Shellfish Toxin Closes Some Harvesting Beds In South Puget Sound For First Time

The biotoxin responsible for Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning (DSP) was found at unsafe levels in shellfish near Olympia for the first time.
EarthFix Photo/Ashley Ahearn

Washington’s Department of Health closed some shellfish beds in South Puget Sound Wednesday for the first time because of elevated levels of diarrhetic shellfish toxin.

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Megaload Hurdles
10:23 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Shipper, Forest Service At Standoff Over 'Megaloads'

Bett Haverstick/Friends of the Clearwater. A member of the environmental group Friends of the Clearwater took this photo on July 22 at the Port of Wilma of what appear to be Omega Morgan’s 'megaload' shipments.

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 4:02 pm

An Oregon shipping company and the U.S. Forest Service appear to be at a standoff over whether huge pieces of oil equipment will pass through a scenic stretch of Idaho. These so-called “megaloads” are ultimately headed to the oil sands of Alberta, Canada.

The Forest Service says it can’t authorize shipments that are as wide as two lanes and the length of five semi-trailers to use a protected portion of Highway 12. At least, not without a lengthy review.

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Injured Troops
9:07 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Military Disability System Making Progress, Still Falling Short Of Goals

Sgt. Jake Koetje while on deployment to Afghanistan in 2010.
Credit Courtesy Sgt. Koetje

For soldiers who are injured or wounded, the process for determining whether they’re eligible for medical retirement is long.

Many, including the Government Accountability Office, say too long.

In a 2012 report to the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, the GAO found that soldiers at Washington’s Joint Base Lewis-McChord and other military installations were waiting nearly 400 days to get through the system.

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Immigration
2:35 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Undocumented? A Seattle City Light Bill Could Help

Flickr Photo/Seattle Municipal Archives

The city of Seattle wants to help clear the way for some unauthorized immigrants to get a work visa. Today city officials reminded young immigrants that they can use a Seattle City Light bill to help prove their residency.

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Immigration Enforcement
11:31 am
Wed July 24, 2013

King County Pushes Back On Federal Immigration Hold Policy

A proposal in King County aims to rein in how much access federal immigration authorities have at the county jail. A council committee held its first public meeting on the measure Tuesday.

Several counties in other states have already adopted similar policies, with mixed public reaction.

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Emergency Contraception
4:28 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Plan B Now Available In Drug Stores

The emergency contraception Plan B is now available in stores like Bartell Drugs.
Credit KUOW Photo/Ruby de Luna

The emergency contraceptive, Plan B, is now available on many drug store shelves. Last month, the  US Food and Drug Administration approved the pill for over- the-counter purchase, with no age restrictions. The pill’s availability doesn’t end the debate over controversial prescriptions in Washington state.

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Plant Species Status
10:14 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Farmers Question Science Behind Endangered Listing For Bladderpod

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 5:52 pm

A group of farmers in southeast Washington is trying to stop the federal government from giving endangered species protection to a rare plant. It’s called the White Bluffs bladderpod. And it grows on a narrow ribbon of federal land and farms.

A farmer group is using genetic tests to claim that the plant is not as rare as it seems.

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Negligence Claims
4:08 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Seattle School District Faces $29 Million In Sex Abuse Liability

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

According to a letter KUOW has obtained from Seattle Public Schools to the Washington State Auditor’s Office, the district faces $29 million in claims and settlement demands from current or former students who say they were sexually abused by a teacher or fellow student.

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Wage Disparity
2:09 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

200 Berry Pickers Resume Strike In Skagit Valley

Workers have once again walked off the job at Sakuma Brothers Farms in Burlington protesting wages.
From Sakuma Market Stands' Facebook page.

For the second time in 10 days, workers at Sakuma Brothers Farms have gone on strike. More than 200 berry pickers have walked off the job at the farm near Burlington, saying they want the farm to pay more for each box of blueberries and strawberries they harvest.

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Shooting Investigation
8:42 am
Mon July 22, 2013

King County Sheriff's Civilian Overseer "Disinvited" To Meetings

King County Sheriff John Urquhart and Charles Gaither of King County's Office of Law Enforcement Oversight.
Courtesy of King County

The King County Sheriff’s Office directly serves over half a million people in King County. Like the Seattle Police Department, the Sheriff’s Office is reforming the way it handles the use of force. The changes come in the wake of a shooting last year.

Dustin Theoharis was shot 16 times by a King County deputy and a Department of Corrections officer in Auburn in February 2012. He survived the shooting and reached a settlement for $3 million with King County.

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DUI Law
8:23 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Round-The-Clock Alcohol Monitoring Part Of New DUI Law

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 5:01 am

Washington’s new DUI law borrows an idea from South Dakota. Starting in January, as many as three Washington counties and two cities will pilot a 24/7 alcohol monitoring program. That could mean offenders wearing high-tech bracelets.

Ignition interlock devices are standard these days for drunk drivers. But there are ways around them. So technology to the rescue.

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Viaduct Replacement
12:09 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Bertha To Get Send-Off Before Burrowing Below Seattle

Credit Flickr Photo/WSDOT

Very soon, a massive piece of machinery will start to burrow two miles out from Seattle. It’s building the tunnel that will replace the Alaskan way viaduct.

Tomorrow, WSDOT is hosting a big sendoff for the biggest tunneling machine in the world, affectionately named Bertha. The public is invited to check it out Saturday between 11:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., provided closed-toed shoes are worn.

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