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Race To Finish Quiet Planet
12:24 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Sound Tracker In Race Against Silence

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue June 18, 2013 2:31 pm

The man who identified the quietest place in the Lower 48 - dubbed the "One Square Inch of Silence" - is going deaf. This Olympic Peninsula fellow campaigned against noise pollution, particularly at his symbolic spot in the Hoh Rain Forest in Olympic National Park. The self-described "Sound Tracker" is now in a race to edit his life's work before he loses more of his hearing.

For Gordon Hempton, it started with a common experience -- having to keep saying, "What, what?" Then the stakes got higher.

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Energy Subcommittee Hearing
8:33 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Army Corps To Congress: Climate Change Of Burning Coal Won't Be Considered

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn speaks out against coal export terminals at a coal export hearing in Seattle in Dec. 2012.
Michael Werner

The federal agency in charge of approving Northwest coal export terminals delivered a setback for environmentalists, telling a congressional panel Tuesday morning that it will not be considering the area-wide effects of transporting coal, or the global impact of burning it in Asia.

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Taliban Peace
7:31 am
Tue June 18, 2013

U.S. Says Talks With Taliban Could Begin In Days

Originally published on Tue June 18, 2013 8:37 am

U.S. officials say the Taliban has agreed to begin long-stalled negotiations with the Afghan and American governments at the group's new political office in Doha, Qatar.

The talks with the U.S. could begin in days, NPR's Scott Horsley tells our Newscast unit. He says the milestone agreement comes after months of "diplomatic spadework."

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Superfund Clean-Up Training
9:11 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Seattle’s Dirty River Offers Gift Of Green Jobs

14 people from the neighborhoods surrounding the Duwamish River Superfund site are undergoing training, provided by the EPA, so they will be qualified to work on the clean-up.
Ashley Ahearn Earthfix

In a classroom at South Seattle Community College 14 local residents shimmy into hazmat suits, waving their arms like Michelin men and women. They’re part of a program run by the EPA to train people who live near Superfund sites to qualify to work on the cleanup.

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Marijuana Regulation
8:53 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Marijuana Growing Could Hamper Seattle's Climate Change Goals

Indoor marijuana production facilities are more secure than outdoor growth, but require a lot of energy to run and produce a large amount of greenhouse gases.
Flickr Photo/Rusty Blazenhoff

The Seattle City Council is embracing a wide-ranging action plan to address climate change. But it’s also considering zoning for a new power-hungry business: indoor marijuana growing.

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787
8:14 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Airbus Scores On Boeing Before Paris Air Show

The wide-body Airbus 350 completed its maiden flight in Toulouse, France on June 14.
Credit Airbus Industrie

The Paris Air Show opens today. It’s where manufacturers show off their new planes – and where Boeing and Airbus try to best each other.

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Estate Tax Legislation
9:29 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Washington Estate Tax Refunds Halted After Midnight Bill Signing

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 3:16 pm

There were dramatic developments in Olympia overnight. Governor Jay Inslee held a midnight bill signing to amend Washington’s estate tax. The move means the Department of Revenue will not begin to issue refund checks Friday morning to the heirs of some multi-million dollar estates.

The state of Washington was about to embark on a months-long process of refunding an estimated $140 million to more than 100 estates. This was the result of a Supreme Court ruling earlier this year. The money would have come out of a fund dedicated to public schools.

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Call To Ban Pot Candy
7:09 am
Fri June 14, 2013

How To Keep Kids From Eating Marijuana? Go Gray

King County included this photo in pressing for new restrictions on marijuana products.
Courtesy of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration

As Washington state moves toward licensing marijuana retail stores, a major concern for public health experts is preventing kids from eating marijuana. They are asking the state to ban marijuana-infused candy and other sweets, and require packaging and flavors that are less appealing to kids.

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Reducing Immigration Holds
4:41 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Proposal Seeks To Shrink King County Role In Immigration Enforcement

King County council members on Thursday introduced a measure that would limit when unauthorized immigrants can be held in jail.

Every year, hundreds of people booked into King County jail automatically get handed over to immigration authorities. That's even if the person has not yet been convicted of a crime and has no criminal record. Council member Larry Gosset introduced legislation that would change that.

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Unlikely Adoption
4:05 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Northwest Scientist Discovers Unlikely Father

Lissa Ongman hugs her dad a few months before his death in 2007.
Credit Gudrun Ongman

There are lots of great dads out there. Not all of them are human. Lissa Ongman is an animal scientist who grew up in Woodinville, Wash. She's known two great models of fatherhood in her life. One was her own dad. The other came from a place she never expected.

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Veterans Higher Ed
9:10 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Veterans In College Face Unique Challenges

Courtesy of the Husky United Military Veterans Facebook page.

Sam Talkington is cramming. It’s finals week at the University of Washington and he’s got an economics exam soon.

Talkington is majoring in finance at the Foster School of Business and he’s been feeling the crunch. “I have an extremely heavy course load right now,” he said. “I’m taking four courses and some stuff I’m not familiar with but becoming more familiar with as the days progress.”

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US Department Of Interior Report
1:19 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Government Report: Coal Companies Are Pocketing Millions At Taxpayers’ Expense

Heavy equipment moving coal at a mine in Wyoming. A new federal report says taxpayers aren't getting the full value of coal mined on public land.
Katie Campbell Earthfix

Coal mining companies are saving tens of millions of dollars that should be going into state and federal treasuries, according to a new report by the Inspector General at the US Department of Interior.

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Public Safety
5:32 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

School Speed Zone Cameras Net Big Returns For Seattle

Credit drewesque / Flickr

Seattle drivers: Get ready to tap the brakes around more school zones. The city plans to install speed cameras at five more schools after early results indicate that the enforcement devices – and resulting $189 traffic tickets – are motivating drivers to slow down.

In December, the city rolled out the enforcement cameras at four schools. In those school zones, the cameras snap a photo of any vehicles that exceed the 20-mile-per-hour limit. Then the driver later gets a citation in the mail.

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I-5 Bridge Collapse
5:19 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

NTSB Releases Preliminary Report On The Skagit River Bridge Collapse

A visualization of the temporary fix for the I-5 bridge.
Flickr Photo/WSDOT

Federal investigators released a preliminary report Tuesday about last month’s I-5 bridge collapse over the Skagit River. The report says the driver of the truck that struck the bridge before it fell had moved over closer to the edge of the bridge because of a passing truck.

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Marijuana Logo Controversy
11:19 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Washington Pot Logo Viewed As Promotional By Critics

Washington State Liquor Control Board

Originally published on Mon June 10, 2013 5:03 pm

Washington’s Liquor Control Board has been inundated with feedback on its proposed marijuana regulations. The deadline to submit comments was Monday. The Board is writing the rules for legalized cannabis. Among the many concerns: the state’s new pot logo.

It’s called the Produced in Washington icon. It’s an outline of the state with a marijuana leaf in the middle. The idea was to require this label be affixed to any package containing marijuana sold at a retail store.

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