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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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Earthquake Research
10:04 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Research Cruise Investigates 'Lock Zone' Of Dangerous Offshore Fault

Matt Cooper University of Oregon

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 3:37 pm

This week a research ship is retrieving dozens of seismometers that have spent the last year on the ocean floor off the Northwest coast. Earthquake scientists hope the data they're about to get will shed more light on the structure of the offshore Cascadia fault zone. That plate boundary will be the source of the Big One whenever it rips.

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Legislative Recap
10:03 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Governor Inslee Chalks Up Wins, Losses In First Session

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 8:01 am

Washington Governor Jay Inslee can claim some significant legislative wins, along with several losses now that the legislature has finally adjourned. The Democrat’s first dance with lawmakers was made more difficult when Republicans and two breakaway Democrats took control of the state senate.

Let’s go all the way back to January 16th and Governor Inslee’s inaugural address. One of his biggest applause lines was his call for the legislature to pass a bill that would require health insurance companies to cover abortion.

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Pride Parade
8:57 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Seattle Pride Parade Draws Thousands

Colorfully-dressed crowds lined the street for Seattle's Pride Parade.
KUOW Photo/Meghan Walker

Sunny skies and warm weather brought thousands of people to downtown Seattle on Sunday for the annual Pride Parade. Hot on the heels of the demise of DOMA, people had plenty reason to celebrate.

Jerry Praul was watching the parade from the corner of Pine and 4th. “I love the parade! We’re so happy this year that DOMA got overturned because we just married!” Another woman was waving her rainbow flag and dancing near the corner of Pike St. “It’s just a wonderful day. Especially with DOMA being dead, there’s so much to celebrate.”

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Transportation In The Balance
4:54 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Seattle Leaders Want Transportation Package Approved

Seattle area leaders gathered Friday to urge state lawmakers to pass the transportation budget before the end of the legislative session.

King County Executive Dow Constantine said a new transportation budget is long overdue. He added that the state’s transit health and economic vitality depends on it.

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Paying To Drive
4:21 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Bridge Toll Rate Hike Takes Effect

A former toll booth on I-90 in 1940.
Flickr Photo/WSDOT

New toll rates for the Highway 520 floating bridge and the Tacoma Narrows Bridge take effect July 1. The increase is the latest toll hike and has been part of the plan since the tolls were put on the bridges.

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