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Sequester Furloughs
8:13 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Mandatory Furloughs Tough On Employees At Madigan Army Medical Center

Staff Sgt. David Kolodziejczak draws blood out of the arm of an ROTC cadet at the Madigan Army Medical Center (Joint Base Lewis-McChord).
Flickr Photo/Army Medicine

Correction 7/8/2013: A previous version of this story contained an error. Furloughs begin Monday, July 8, not Friday, July 12.

Beginning Monday, more than 2,600 civilian employees at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma will begin mandatory one-day-a-week furloughs.

The furloughs are a result of the federal spending cuts known as sequestration.

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Dance Community
12:01 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Seattle's Tonya Lockyer Creates Community Through Dance

Tonya Lockyer in front of Velocity Dance Center.
Bettina Hansen/The Seattle Times

If Seattle’s dance community had a mayor, it might be Tonya Lockyer. As executive artistic director of Velocity Dance Center, Lockyer oversees a busy hub of classes, performances, lectures, and even potluck dinners. Professional dancers mingle with aspiring amateurs and visiting artists check in at Velocity to learn more about the city’s dance scene. Velocity is busy seven days a week, and you’ll often find Lockyer at her desk, taking in the activity and plotting to create more.

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Ordeal Ends In Death
4:29 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Capitol Hill Man Shot By Police After 9-Hour Standoff

A man looking out from the fifth floor of the Marq Condos building. He was later shot by police.
capitolhillseattle.com

A Capitol Hill man is dead after a nearly 9-hour standoff with police early Friday morning. Shortly after 3 a.m., Seattle Police responded to reports of shots being fired from a fifth story apartment in the Marq Condos on Bellevue Avenue. Residents in and around the building were evacuated, and a SWAT team surrounded the apartment. At around 10 a.m., police shot and killed the man after he reportedly fired shots in their direction.

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Coming to America
11:16 am
Fri July 5, 2013

New Americans Sworn In At Seattle Center

Star Rush's alien resident card from when she immigrated to the US from Vietnam in 1972.
Courtesy of Star Rush

Against the backdrop of a giant American flag, 487 people from more than 80 countries became US citizens during a special 4th of July ceremony yesterday at Seattle Center.

Among them was Seattle resident Star Rush, 45, whose family came here from Vietnam in 1972 seeking refuge from the war.

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Columbia River Treaty
10:39 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Canada Defends Hydropower 'Entitlement' From U.S. Northwest

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 2:50 pm

Here's a little known fact that may affect your power bill: Every year, public utilities in the Northwest give British Columbia several hundred million dollars worth of electricity. That's to compensate Canada for managing the upper Columbia River to minimize flooding and maximize hydropower downstream.

Americans are pushing for a better deal, but the B.C. government is preparing to defend what's now considered an entitlement.

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Blackfeet Indian Reservation
10:38 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Hoof-To-Ground: Bringing Wild Bison Back To The West

Sandy White Shield Inter Tribal Buffalo Council

Originally published on Thu July 4, 2013 9:37 pm

Northwest Montana’s Blackfeet Indian Reservation stretches across 1.5 million acres. But it turns out that isn’t enough room for the free-roaming bison herd that tribes are attempting to establish. Northwest Native Americans are hoping restored buffalo herds may reopen ancient trade and cultural traditions.

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Changing Lives Of Yesler Terrace
8:50 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Portrait Of A Displaced Artist

Charles Henry Parrish is a sculptor and resident of Yesler Terrace, but will need to move before December to other housing.
Credit KUOW Photo/Dominic Black

Charles Henry Parrish is an artist. For him art is work, it's therapy, it's vocation. He has survived several upheavals in his life, and he’s about to face another.

Parrish meets me at the door of his home in Yesler Terrace. Yesler Terrace is set for a massive overhaul that will turn Seattle’s first public-housing project into a mixed-income community. Altogether, Parrish is among about 500 households that will need to be relocated in advance of the renovation that could take up to 20 years to complete.

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Regulating Pot Marketing
8:39 am
Fri July 5, 2013

No "Joe Camels" Of Pot, But Pot Candy Still Okay

In draft rules filed Wednesday,  the Washington State Liquor Control Board laid out new regulations for advertising, packaging and labeling marijuana. The rules forbid ads by Joe Camel-type cartoon characters. But they don’t restrict marijuana-infused gummy bears.

After the state issued its initial round of marijuana regulations in May, drug abuse experts had a lot to say. They asked the state to beef up its rules around marketing, labeling and packaging of marijuana.

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Fasting for Change
10:13 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Wash. Groups Join National Fast For Immigration Reform

Seattle resident Roy Medina Pode aimed to fast for three days to support immigration reform.
Credit Liz Jones/KUOW

Across Washington state this week, supporters of immigration reform are taking up a new challenge: no food for 24 hours. The effort is part of national fast that’s underway as Congress debates a sweeping immigration bill.

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Mergers Under Scrutiny
8:13 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Governor Inslee Intervenes In Hospital Controversy

A partnership is pending between UW Medicine and PeaceHealth, a Catholic health care provider. Gov. Inslee has issued a new directive that going forward, such alliances or mergers will need to be reviewed by the Department of Health.
Flickr Photo/I-5 Design & Manufacture

Governor Jay Inslee has stepped into the debate over hospital mergers and partnerships. On Tuesday, the governor ordered the State Department of Health to update the rules that govern hospitals when they plan to expand or form affiliations.

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Charter Schools
8:02 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Spokane Only School District Seeking Charter Authorizer Status

Nalini Prasanna Flickr

Thirteen Washington districts formally expressed interest in being charter authorizers this spring, but only Spokane applied to the state by the July 1 deadline.

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Hanford Fined
9:51 am
Tue July 2, 2013

EPA Fines Hanford For Improperly Handling Radioactive Waste

Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 10:52 am

The U.S. Department of Energy has agreed to pay $136,000 in fines for allegedly mishandling waste left over from plutonium production at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The penalty comes from the Environmental Protection Agency. The Department of Energy doesn’t agree with EPA's findings.

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Columbia Bridge Update
9:50 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Joint Washington-Oregon Columbia River Crossing Office To Close

Cacophony Wikimedia

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 5:40 pm

In what Washington Governor Jay Inslee calls "a dang shame," plans for a new bridge over the Columbia River are shelved -- if not dead. The Washington legislature adjourned without funding the construction phase of the project.

You might call the Columbia River Crossing “the bridge to the archives.” That’s where the blueprints will go now that the Washington Senate said “no” to a gas tax increase. That nixes $450 million for the new bridge over the mighty Columbia between Vancouver and Portland.

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Fire Season Northwest
9:49 am
Tue July 2, 2013

19 Firefighter Deaths Send Chill Through Northwest As Heat Wave Strikes

National Interagency Fire Center

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 4:53 pm

The loss of 19 firefighters in Arizona is sending a chill through the firefighting community in the Northwest. Fire season is about to begin here -- ushered in by a heat wave sweeping the region.

Word spread fast among wildland firefighters in the Northwest. “We are saddened but [must] honor our fallen by continuing with the job at hand,” wrote the hotshot crew out of Union, Ore., on Facebook.

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2013 Seattle Mayoral Endorsements
8:27 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Endorsements In Seattle Mayor's Race Favoring Ed Murray

State Senator Ed Murray, left, and Mayor Mike McGinn at a recent candidates' forum.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

The endorsements are flying in the crowded race for Seattle mayor, and over the past week State Senator Ed Murray has captured the lion’s share.

Last Wednesday, Murray received an unlikely pair of endorsements: from Washington Conservation Voters, the largest environmental political group in the state and from CASE, the political arm of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.

On Thursday, former King County Executive Ron Sims appeared at Murray’s headquarters and announced his endorsement of Murray.

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