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Anthropology
4:21 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Bones Found Near Wanapum Dam Repatriated To Northwest Tribes

File photo. Two skeletons were found several weeks ago along newly exposed Columbia River shore.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 4:46 pm

Two skeletons found upstream of the cracked Wanapum Dam have been handed over to Northwest tribes.

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Oso Mudslide
3:40 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

First Trooper On Scene Of Landslide Describes Baby Rescue

Trooper Rocky Oliphant emerges from the Oso landslide after assisting with the rescue of an infant boy. Oliphant was the first trooper on the scene of the disaster on Saturday.
Washington State Patrol

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 3:22 pm

One of the first pictures from the Oso landslide was of a muddied state trooper emerging from the disaster zone just after helping to rescue a critically injured baby.

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Oso Tragedy
11:58 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Dogs Most Effective Search Tool As Landslide Death Toll Mounts

Search dog Stratus leaps through a debris field while working with a handler on the Oso mudslide site.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

Rescuers are employing high tech electronics to help locate buried victims in the Oso mudslide. But old fashioned tools have actually worked best according to local fire chief Travis Hots.

“In the last three days, the most effective tool has been dogs and just our bare hands and shovels uncovering people," he says. "The dogs are the ones that are pinpointing a particular area to look. We’re looking and that’s how we’re finding people.”

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Homes On Coastal Bluffs
11:26 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Perkins Lane: Seattle's Poster Child For Landslide Risk

Ruth Trail, a resident of the Magnolia area of Seattle, surveys where a landslide took out homes on Perkins Lane in 1996.
Credit KUOW Photo/Deb Wang

It’s no secret that Western Washington is prone to landslides. The combination of glacial soils, steep slopes and water creates a risk that’s greater than in other parts of the U.S.

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Oso Mudflow
8:55 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Rain Makes Slippery Search At Deadly Landslide More Complicated

Rain on Tuesday is complicating the search for victims of the landlside in Snohomish County.
Al Maguire Washington Dept. of Natural Resources

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 9:34 am

Light rain is falling on the valley north of Seattle Tuesday where hundreds of rescuers are still combing through debris from Saturday’s catastrophic landslide.

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Oso Mudflow
8:53 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Washington National Guard Deploys Search Unit, Fatality Recovery Team

An aerial view of the massive landslide in Snohomish County.
Office of the Governor Flickr

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 9:34 am

The Washington National Guard has deployed two technical units to help at the scene of the massive landslide in Snohomish County.

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Oso Mudflow
8:53 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Why It's So Hard To Pin Down The Number Of Missing People After A Disaster

An aerial View of the landslide over SR 530 near Oso, Wash.
WSDOT Flickr

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 9:34 am

More than 100 people are considered missing after last weekend's devastating landslide near Oso, Washington. That number continues to fluctuate.

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Government
8:48 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Washington Senate Panel Approves $30 Per Diem Increase

File photo of the Washington Senate chamber
Lincolnite Wikimedia

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 4:55 pm

Washington state Senators are giving themselves a pay raise. They will get $120 a day in per diem when they are in session -- up from the current $90 a day.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
8:29 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Hanford Fumes Lead Some Workers To Seek Medical Attention

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 6:31 pm

Some workers from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation’s tank farms were transported to a Richland hospital Tuesday morning.

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Oso Mudslide
8:27 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Latest Landslide Science Not Connecting With County Planning

The cabin that Bonnie Brown's family built in the 1970s that was in the path of the Oso mudslide.
Credit Courtesy of Bonnie Brown

Bonnie Brown still has photos to remind her of the cabin her parents built in the 1970s near the Stillaguamish River. It was the kind of place that kids dream of.

“It was just a very beautiful place,” she said. “With beaver ponds and streams and meadows and trails through the wood.”

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Religious Objections
7:00 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Justices Divide By Gender In Hobby Lobby Contraception Case

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 6:12 pm

There was a clear difference of opinion between male and female justices at the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday. The issue was whether for-profit corporations, citing religious objections, may refuse to include contraception coverage in the basic health plan now mandated under the Affordable Care Act.

The female justices were clearly supportive of the contraception mandate, while a majority of the male justices were more skeptical.

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Oso Mudflow
6:45 am
Wed March 26, 2014

High Tech Tools And Tricks Aid Search For Landslide Victims

A view of mud-covered SR 530 after Saturday's landslide that struck near Oso, Wash.
WSDOT Flickr

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 9:35 am

Rescuers are employing high technology tools and tricks to help locate victims buried deep under the muck and debris of Saturday’s landslide in Northwest Washington.

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Oso Mudslide
4:28 am
Wed March 26, 2014

More Bodies Found In Mudslide Debris

The mudslide resulted in flooding of the Stillaguamish River east of the slide.
Flickr Photo/GovInslee (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Officials believe the Oso mudslide has killed at least 24 people, although eight bodies found have not been recovered, according to Snohomish County District 21 Fire Chief Travis Hots in a briefing Tuesday evening.

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Oso Mudslide
1:31 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

County Officials Say Stricken Neighborhood Made Aware Of Landslide Risk

Slide area map posted outside Darrington grocery store.
Credit KUOW Photo/Phyllis Fletcher

With the death toll expected to rise from Saturday’s catastrophic landslide near Oso, Snohomish County officials and emergency planners are starting to field hard questions about permitting home construction in a known landslide zone.

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Oso Mudslide
10:25 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Death Toll From Mudslide Expected To Rise As Rain Complicates Search Efforts

Snohomish County Fire District 21 Chief Travis Hots addresses the press about the mudslide.
KUOW Photo/Phyllis Fletcher

The official current death toll from the Oso mudslide remains at 14, but is expected to increase as crews continue to search through the soupy, debris-laden field Tuesday.

"We're expecting that number to go up throughout the day," Snohomish County Fire District 21 Chief Travis Hots said in a Tuesday morning press conference.

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