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Seattle Rattlesnake Captured
3:01 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Non-Native Rattlesnake Captured In Seattle

The Western Rattlesnake captured by Seattle Animal Control awaits transfer to Eastern Washington
Credit Seattle Animal Control

A rattlesnake is something that you’re not supposed to see in Seattle. But one was spotted this week around North 120th and Fremont Avenue North, sunning itself on a rock wall.  Don Jordan, director of the Seattle Animal Shelter says an animal control officer was able to bag it and take it back to the shelter.

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Sanctuary Shortage
11:38 am
Thu June 27, 2013

No Room In Northwest For Hundreds Of Retiring Research Chimps

Thomas Lersch Wikimedia

Originally published on Thu June 27, 2013 3:08 pm

The National Institutes of Health Wednesday announced it will retire the great majority of chimpanzees used in federally-supported medical research.

The institute director says the use of our closest animal relative for invasive studies can no longer be justified in most cases. That means more than 300 chimps are headed into retirement. But neither of the two chimpanzee sanctuaries here in the Northwest say they're prepared to take new chimps.

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Same-Sex Marriage Recogntion In Other States
11:38 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Effect Of DOMA Ruling Murky For Idaho, Oregon Couples Married Elsewhere

Charli Deltenre

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 5:48 pm

It's still not clear what the Supreme Court's ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act will mean for many same-sex couples in the Northwest. That's because of new legal questions surrounding the hundreds of couples who have marriage licenses from Washington state but live in states like Idaho and Oregon that have banned same-sex marriage.

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No Raise In Gas Tax
11:38 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Gas Tax Package Falls Short In Washington House

Theresa Murray Flickr

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 5:38 pm

A proposal to raise Washington’s gas tax by 10.5 cents to fund transportation projects has failed in the state House. Supporters Wednesday came up one vote short. But they vow to try again.

The transportation revenue package would raise $10 billion for maintenance and preservation of existing roads and to fund new projects. The proposal calls for a 6 cent gas tax increase this summer followed by another 4.5 cent increase next July.

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Road Safety
9:06 am
Thu June 27, 2013

The Toll Of Traffic Collisions In Washington

Washington residents always eagerly anticipate the summer months. But with warmer, dryer weather also comes a spike in impaired-driver collisions.
Flickr Photo/HeatherHeatherHeather

Summer’s almost here and more people are headed outside: that means more accidents. Statistics show that more road collisions happen during the dry season. Each year, about two million Americans are injured or killed in traffic crashes. For those who survive, picking up the pieces can be hard.

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A Day In The Life Of New Rights
7:42 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Seattle Same-Sex Marriage Supporters Celebrate DOMA Ruling

Janet Saul, Becky Shaw and their daughter Zoe, after their wedding ceremony.
KUOW Photo/Derek Wang

Same-sex couples around the Seattle area celebrated Wednesday’s historic ruling from the US Supreme Court that struck down some bans on gay marriage. The ruling spurred some couples to think about making wedding plans, now that they would receive new federal benefits. Others were inspired to apply for a marriage license, or even get married on the historic day. For many, Wednesday started out as a day of anticipation and anxiety and ended as a day of elation.

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It's All Politics
6:58 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Same-Sex-Marriage Fight Shifts Back To States

Allan Hoyle of North Carolina (center) protests gay marriage outside the Supreme Court.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 5:35 pm

The dual victories the Supreme Court handed to gay-marriage supporters Wednesday seemed to temporarily shift the focus of the fight from Washington to the states.

For instance, one of the more notable reactions to the Supreme Court decisions overturning the Defense of Marriage Act and upholding a lower court ruling that blocked California's Proposition 8 from taking effect came from the American Civil Liberties Union.

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Ruling Affirms Benefits
3:00 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Local Reactions To High Court Decision On DOMA

Same-sex advocates celebrate at downtown rally on Wednesday.
KUOW Photo/Meghan Walker

UPDATE: 6/26/13, 3:17 p.m. PT

More Questions Remain

University of Washington law professor Peter Nicolas co-wrote a book on same-sex marriage called "The Geography of Love."

In an interview today on The Conversation with Ross Reynolds, Nicolas said one question that remains regarding the today’s Supreme Court decision is whether legal same-sex marriages will be recognized across state borders.

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Fraud Plan Thwarted
1:41 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Notorious Arsonist Facing More Prison Time For Identity Theft

Detectives stopped convicted arsonist Martin Pang just days before he was staged to steal nearly $20 million from firefighters, police officers and witnesses involved in a decades-old arson case. Pang is currently serving a prison sentence for the notorious 1995 warehouse blaze that killed four Seattle firefighters. Now, he could be facing more prison time for identity theft.

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Senate Immigration Overhaul
1:23 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

U.S. Senate Seeks To Limit Border Patrol Checkpoints, Searches

US Customs and Border Protection

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 4:24 pm

The U.S. Senate wants to put a stop to Border Patrol checkpoints and warrantless searches taking place far from the border with Canada. The policy change was included in an amendment to the larger immigration overhaul being debated this week. It pleases civil liberties and immigrant advocates, but concerns frontline Border Patrol agents.

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Health Provider Shortage
1:23 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Study: Idaho, Oregon Among Top 10 States Facing Dentist Shortage

Gelmini Wikimedia

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 5:19 pm

Oregon and Idaho need more dentists. That's according to a new study out Tuesday from the Pew Charitable Trusts. It puts Oregon and Idaho among the top 10 states with the worst shortages.

Unless you live in a rural area, you probably haven't felt the dearth of dentists found in the Pew study. As Portland dentist Jill Price puts it, the problem isn't so much a shortage as poor distribution. She says, “We need to find ways to move people into the outlying areas.”

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Gay Marriage
10:37 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Supreme Court Strikes Down Defense Of Marriage Act

Plaintiffs in the Prop. 8 case, react on steps of the Supreme Court, June 26, 2013, after justices cleared the way for the resumption of same-sex marriage in California. From left: Jeff Zarrillo, Paul Katami, David Boies, Sandy Stier and Kris Perry.
AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

The Supreme Court issued rulings on two highly-anticipated cases on gay marriage today. By 5-4, it ruled the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman, is unconstitutional.

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Puget Sound Energy
5:41 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Washington’s Largest Coal User Unfazed by Obama’s Climate Plan

President Barack Obama wipes his face as he speaks about climate change, Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at Georgetown University in Washington.
AP Photo/Charles Dharapak

President Barack Obama’s wide-ranging plan for action on climate change, announced Tuesday at Georgetown University, includes regulating carbon emissions from existing coal-burning power plants for the first time. In the Pacific Northwest, relatively little coal is used, but one of the region’s biggest coal consumers is sticking with its plans to keep relying on the dirtiest of all fossil fuels.

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Beloved Descendent Remembered
5:14 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Pacific Northwest Pioneer Descendant Brewster Denny Dead at 88

Brewster Denny, dean emeritus of the Evans School of Public Affairs, completes his plan of ringing the Denny Bell to announce Homecoming for a half century.
Mary Levin UW Photography

Seattle pioneer descendant Brewster Denny passed away this past Saturday from natural causes. He was 88 years old.  Denny spent much of his life as a champion of local history, and for many, he was a living embodiment of Seattle’s pioneer era.

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Troop Reductions
2:37 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Army Will Reduce JBLM Troop Numbers By Deactivating 4th Stryker Brigade

Soldiers from 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team out of JBLM prep their Stryker fighting vehicles and equipment for training.
Flickr Photo/The U.S. Army

The Army says Joint Base Lewis-McChord's 4th Stryker Brigade will be one of 10 combat teams deactivated nationwide. The move is just one part of the Army’s plan to reduce its forces as the war in Afghanistan winds down.

The brigade has about 4,000 soldiers. Nearly 350 of them returned home Sunday after a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan. Overall, the Army plans to reduce the force by 80,000 soldiers by 2017.

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