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Website Upgrades
12:16 am
Thu December 5, 2013

HealthCare.gov Now Allows Window Shopping, And A Do-Over

iStockphoto

Originally published on Fri December 6, 2013 3:31 am

One thing that's clear about the relaunch of the troubled HealthCare.gov website is that it can accommodate more people.

Federal officials said more than 1 million users logged in on Monday, and nearly that many on Tuesday.

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EarthFix Reports
3:08 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

The Cost Of Energy Efficient Windows

Two prefabricated houses serve as experiements for researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash. Researchers found that triple-paned windows are energy efficient, but expensive.

Originally published on Wed December 4, 2013 3:26 pm

RICHLAND, Wash. -- If you’re looking to keep out the winter cold, triple-paned windows will do the trick. But Northwest researchers have found have found it can take decades before savings from these highly insulated windows pay you back.

Researchers are using two identical homes to test some of the latest advances in energy efficient appliances, heating and cooling systems, and most recently, windows.

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EarthFix Reports
11:20 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Northwest Tribe Opposes Coal Terminal, But How Hard Will They Fight It?

Tribal treaty fishing rights give Washington tribes the opportunity to weigh in on, and even block, projects that could impact their fishing grounds.
Credit KUOW Photo/Ashley Ahearn

Dozens of crab pot buoys dot the waters around Lummi tribal member Jay Julius’ fishing boat as he points the bow towards Cherry Point – a spit of land that juts into northern Puget Sound near Bellingham, Wash.

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Wages
10:46 am
Wed December 4, 2013

'Our Industry Follows Poverty': Success Threatens A T-Shirt Business

Noreli Morales (right) works on the Planet Money women's T-shirt at a factory in Medellin, Colombia.
Joshua Davis for NPR

Originally published on Wed December 4, 2013 3:26 pm

The Planet Money men's T-shirt was made in Bangladesh, by workers who make about $3 a day, with overtime. The Planet Money women's T-shirt was made in Colombia, by workers who make roughly $13 a day, without overtime.

The wages in both places are remarkably low by U.S. standards. But the gap between them is huge. Workers in Colombia make more than four times what their counterparts make in Bangladesh. In our reporting, we saw that the workers in Colombia have a much higher standard of living than the workers in Bangladesh.

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Impact Of Foraging
10:18 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Mushroom Foraging: When The Fun(gi) Hunt Gets Out Of Hand

Hank Shaw, author of Hunt, Gather, Cook, snaps the end off a mushroom in a Washington, D.C.-area park. When broken, the inside turns blue, identifying it as an inedible species of bolete.
The Washington Post/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 8:26 am

The first heavy rains of the season fell two weeks ago at Salt Point State Park, on the northern California coast, and now ranger Todd Farcau is waiting anxiously for the forest floor to erupt with mushrooms.

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Murder Retrial
9:36 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Clallam County Dips Into Reserves For Death Penalty Case

Clallam County Courthouse
Flickr Photo/J. Stephen Conn

Clallam County has spent nearly a million dollars this year for the retrial of former death row inmate Darold Stenson in the most expensive trial in the county’s history.

As a result, county commissioners released on Monday nearly half a million dollars in emergency reserve funding for the Superior Court to pay for it.

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Education
9:02 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Improving Economy Means Lower Enrollment At Community Colleges

File photo of Portland Community College's Willow Creek Center in Hillsboro, Ore.
M.O. Stevens Wikimedia

Originally published on Tue December 3, 2013 4:15 pm

The improving employment picture in the Northwest isn't good news if you teach at a community college.

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Northwest Timber
9:00 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Groups Aim To Boost Logging, Restoration In Olympic National Forest

File photo of Mount Townsend Trail in the Olympic National Forest
Miguel Vieira Flickr

Originally published on Tue December 3, 2013 4:04 pm

Timber industry and environmental groups will make a stab at collaboration to boost both logging and habitat restoration in the Olympic National Forest.

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Labor And Industries
8:49 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Wilcox Farms Fined For Serious Violations Long Before Silo Collapse

Wilcox Farms, where a man was buried under tons of corn on Monday when a silo gave way, was cited for six violations last summer that could have put workers in serious danger, according to inspection reports.

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Mounting History
8:42 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Northwest Skier With Famous Last Name Hopes To Make Name For Himself In Olympics

Wing Tai Barrymore in front of his home mountain, Sun Valley's Baldy.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed December 4, 2013 10:06 am

A young man from the Northwest with a famous last name hopes to make his Olympic debut in a new medal event at the 2014 Games in Sochi - freestyle skiing in the halfpipe.

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Get Ready To Rumble
8:13 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Raise The Roof? Seahawks Fans Shake Ground, Trigger Small Earthquake

Seahawks fans may not literally raise the roof, but they do shake the ground.
Credit AP Photo

Monday night’s Seattle Seahawks game brought a whole new meaning to that gravelly sports rally, “Let’s. Get. Ready to rumbuuuuuul.”

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Legislature
3:11 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Democrats Choose Rep. Jaime Pedersen To Replace Sen. Ed Murray

Rep. Jamie Pedersen speaks before party activists in the 43rd District.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

UPDATE 12/03/13 10 p.m. PT:

As expected, Democratic Party activists chose state Rep. Jamie Pedersen to replace Ed Murray in the state Senate.

Pedersen was the only candidate in the running. He vowed to work to regain the Democratic majority in the Senate and to find new revenue for essential programs.

Pedersen's move to the Senate put his House seat up for grabs.

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Immigration Enforcement
12:03 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

King County Council Passes Bill To Deny Some Immigration Hold Requests

In a split 5-4 vote, the King County Council narrowly approved a measure Monday that’s at odds with federal immigration authorities. The legislation targets so-called immigration holds on people booked into county jail.

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Health Care
9:57 am
Tue December 3, 2013

The Nurse Will See You Now ... In The Drugstore

Bartell Drugs is building out clinic space behind its pharmacy at the University Village.
Credit BartellDrugs.com

When was the last time you called your primary care doctor and got in the same day? It doesn’t happen often.

“People often end up in the ER,” said Wellesley Chapman, a physician at Group Health, “or we like to have people go to an urgent care if they absolutely can’t get in to see us today.”

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Oil Equipment
9:44 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Megaload Pulls Out Of Northeast Oregon Port Despite Protesters

Cathy Sampson-Kruse is a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation. Police arrested her after she laid down in front of the so-called megaload bound for Canada.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue December 3, 2013 1:25 pm

A massive load of oil equipment is on its way to Canada, along a winding route that began near Hermiston, in northeast Oregon. 

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