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Hanford Visit
12:13 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

New U.S. Energy Secretary Set To Visit Hanford This Week

US Department of Energy

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 4:35 pm

Ernest Moniz, the new secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy visits Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington on Wednesday. Among the issues he will have to deal with are the leaking underground tanks of radioactive waste and the troubled waste treatment plant.

From his resume, it appears Moniz isn’t short on brainpower. He’s been on the faculty of MIT since 1973. Secretary Moniz received a Bachelor of Science degree summa cum laude in physics from Boston College and a doctorate in theoretical physics from Stanford University.

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State Budget News
12:07 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Big Revenue Boost Could Break Budget Logjam In Olympia

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue June 18, 2013 2:49 pm

There’s suddenly a flurry of talk in Olympia about a quick resolution to the weeks-long budget stalemate. The change in rhetoric follows Tuesday’s positive revenue and caseload forecasts.

Budget writers will now have an additional $300 million-plus to help bridge their differences. They can thank a recovering housing market and improved consumer confidence.

The House and Senate have been locked in a partisan fight over whether to raise additional revenues by closing some tax exemptions. This new money could now fill that gap.

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Candidate Read 'N Greet
11:36 am
Wed June 19, 2013

By Popular Demand: More Peter Steinbrueck Reading Aloud

Former city councilmember and candidate for Seattle mayor Peter Steinbrueck
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

We've gotten a bit of feedback about our story yesterday on the Read 'N Greet event at the Seattle Public Library.

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Metal Thefts
11:18 am
Wed June 19, 2013

State Struggles To Prevent Metal Thefts

Copper cable is a common target of metal thieves.
Flickr Photo/Christopher Porter

There have been two major cases of metal theft this week. Yesterday federal prosecutors charged two men with allegedly stealing more than seven thousand feet of copper wire at SeaTac Airport.  That followed an earlier case where thieves made off with more than four miles of copper wire from Sound Transit.

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Paris Air Show
9:34 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Small Plane, Big Issue In Fairbanks

Alaska Airlines is replacing a Boeing 737 with the purchase of three Bombadier Q400s to expand turbo-prop service between Fairbanks and Anchorage, Alaska.
Wikipedia Photo

This week’s Paris Air Show is all about big planes, but a small deal announced this week is gaining attention.

Bombardier Inc. announced Horizon Air, a subsidiary of Alaska Airlines, will buy three of the manufacturer's Q400 NextGen planes. Alaska Airlines is buying more Q400s so it can expand turbo-prop service. The airline recently announced the first route in Alaska – from Fairbanks to Anchorage – where Q400s will replace a Boeing 737 jet.

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9:09 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Washington Bridges Perform Well Nationally

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There's a lot of water in Washington state, and therefore a lot of bridges. Transportation for America put together the numbers of structurally deficient bridges by state county and compared Washington to the rest of the country. There's good news: Washington is ranked 46 out of 51 states (including Washington, D.C.) in structurally deficient bridges. Pennsylvania performed the worst with 24.5 percent of bridges considered deficient.
Visualizing the numbers Did you know that in another ten years, one in four bridges will be 65 years old or older? And today, almost 50 percent of bridges of that age are structurally deficient? In the minute it'll take you to view this full infographic with more facts like that, another 180,000 trips will be taken on deficient bridges.
News
8:56 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Northwest Washington Relishes Return To Normal With Bridge Re-Opening

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed June 19, 2013 8:02 am

Traffic is rolling across the repaired Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River Wednesday morning, marking the end of  a hasty, round-the-clock salvage and reconstruction job.

Work started less than four weeks ago, when an oversize load brought down the vital bridge.  Northwest Washington drivers and businesses are relishing a return to normal.

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Special Ed Inclusion
8:17 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Wash. Teacher Prep Falls Short For Students With Disabilities

Chloe Burton with mom Amy Schley, sister Lexi, and dad Brian Burton, at home in Shoreline.
KUOW Photo/Ann Dornfeld

As educational practice catches up with federal law that requires students learn in the least restrictive environment, an increasing number of students with autism and other disabilities are learning alongside their typically-developing peers in mainstream classrooms.

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Seattle Mayor's Race 2013
2:43 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Candidates For Seattle Mayor Show Their Bookish Side

Seattle mayoral candidate Mary Martin shows her selection of books at the candidates' "Read 'N Greet" event at the Seattle Public Library
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

What can you tell about a person from the books he or she loves to read? A lot, according to Maggie Taylor, Board President of Friends of the Seattle Public Library.

Taylor invited the city's mayoral candidates to choose a passage from a favorite book and then read it aloud. Eight of the candidates accepted the challenge. They read their selections last night at the Central Library downtown.

The aim of the event was to give voters some insight into the candidates, said Taylor.

How well do you know the candidates for Seattle mayor? See if you can match up the candidates with their favorite books. 

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Hanford Tank Leak
12:24 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Report Says It Could Take Six Years To Empty Leaking Hanford Tank

US Department of Energy

Originally published on Tue June 18, 2013 3:11 pm

The federal government says in a new report that it may take six years to start emptying a leaking double-hulled tank of waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

Washington state law says any leaks must be dealt with as soon as possible – but the federal government’s soon as possible is maybe years away. That’s because it could take 18 months just to get and set up equipment to pump sludge from the leaking double-hulled tank called AY-102. In addition it will take about six years to secure appropriate tank space to put all that sludge.

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Washington Budget Debate
12:24 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Washington Lawmakers Hope For Positive Revenue Forecast

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 5:08 pm

Protracted budget talks in Olympia could see a breakthrough after Tuesday’s release of an updated revenue forecast. That’s the quarterly report that projects how much money will flow into state tax coffers in the coming months.

Lawmakers are expecting some positive news. A couple of hundred of million dollars to the positive could prove a game-changer in the weeks long budget stalemate.

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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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