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Agriculture
1:45 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Afghan Farmers: Opium Is The Only Way To Make A Living

An Afghan farmer collects raw opium as he works in a poppy field in Nangarhar province on April 29. Poppy cultivation reached a record high this year despite Western efforts to reduce it.
Noorullah Shirzada AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 5:33 pm

Lashkar Gah is the capital of the volatile province that alone grows half of Afghanistan's opium poppy. Cultivation here grew by 34 percent over last year.

On Fridays, hundreds of men gather at the bazaar along the Helmand River, the lifeblood of this arid province. Vendors sell everything from livestock to boxes of artisanal medicine.

There's no sign of poppy here. In fact, the farmers we talk to like 26-year-old Khairullah, who goes by one name, say they are actually too poor to grow it.

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Business
8:40 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

777X In Danger: Machinists Reject Boeing Contract

Boeing union workers oppose the proposed contract for machinists.
Credit KUOW Photo/Jason Pagano

In a vote that could ultimately move Boeing out of Washington state, Boeing's machinists rejected the company's proposed contract, with 67 percent of union members opposed.

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Marijuana
7:53 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Pot License Investigators Will Be On Alert For 'Hidden Ownership'

Cannabis Training University Wikimedia

Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 3:19 pm

Pot entrepreneurs in Washington can apply for a business license beginning next Monday. The state now has a team of 14 license investigators ready to vet the applicants.

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Time After Time
7:52 am
Wed November 13, 2013

'Keepers' Make Sure Time Capsule Doesn't Get Lost In Time

Capsule 'Keeper' Jen Estroff speaks beside the Centennial Time Capsule in the Washington State Capitol.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 2:47 pm

In 1989, the organizers of the Washington State Centennial Time Capsule took measures to guard against it being forgotten -- and lost.

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PacMed Building
7:52 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Washington State Signs Pacific Tower 30-Year Lease

File photo of Pacific Tower, a building on Beacon Hill in Seattle, Wash.
Joe Mabel Wikimedia

Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 5:18 pm

Washington’s Department of Commerce has signed a lease to take over Seattle’s iconic Pacific Tower for the next 30-years.

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Health Exchange
6:54 am
Wed November 13, 2013

HealthCare.gov's Mystery Lady Says She's Been Cyberbullied

HealthCare.gov

Originally published on Wed November 13, 2013 10:21 am

The woman whose smiling face adorned the HealthCare.gov website in the first days after its launch has stepped forward to tearfully address those who she says cyberbullied her as they took potshots at the Obama administration's troubled online health exchange.

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Investigations
6:00 am
Wed November 13, 2013

'I Want To Get Out': Teens Rarely Extend Foster Care

Roel Williams said that by the time he was 18, he had "served his time," and opted out of Washington's extended foster care program.
Credit Investigate West/Mike Kane

When Roel Williams was 18, he couldn’t wait to leave foster care.

“I went to a foster home in the Central District, which was run by a reverend,” he recalled. “He told me I had to fight one of the other foster children to stay in that placement. That’s when reality hit me.”

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Crime & Courts
2:11 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Victims' Relatives To Face Whitey Bulger At Sentencing Hearing

James "Whitey" Bulger was captured in June 2011 in Santa Monica, Calif., with his longtime girlfriend, Catherine Greig.

Originally published on Wed November 13, 2013 7:59 am

It's the moment many victims of former Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger have been waiting decades for: In federal court in Boston, relatives of those killed by Bulger will face the former gangster and describe their pain.

Bulger was convicted in August of taking part in 11 murders while running a massive criminal enterprise for decades. There is little suspense around Bulger's sentencing — even the minimum would be enough to send the 84-year-old away for the rest of his life.

To many victims, Wednesday's sentencing hearing is less about Bulger than it is about them.

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Education
6:39 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

State Schools Chief Asks Legislature For Another $544M

Flickr Photo/Chris Campbell

Washington state Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn is calling on the Legislature to add more than half a billion dollars for K-12 education over the next two years.

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Environment
11:04 am
Tue November 12, 2013

5 Unexpected Ways Climate Change Will Impact The Northwest

Native fishermen on the Pacific coast are seeing fewer cold water animals and reporting more sightings of warmer water species. Humboldt squid are being reported in waters off Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. Ten years ago, sightings north of San Diego were rare.
Credit EarthFix Photo/Katie Campbell

The hairy woodpecker may need more living space. Sea levels are rising. And reduced snowpacks are storing less water for the hydropower dams on the Columbia River. 

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Crime & Courts
10:32 am
Tue November 12, 2013

How To Sentence Juvenile Killers? State Supreme Court Weighs 1988 Case

Two men convicted in the grisly slaying of an elderly couple when they were teens could get parole if the state Supreme Court rules in their favor.

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Energy Efficiency
9:27 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Heat Pump Water Heaters A Hot Commodity, But Not For Everyone

Diagram of a heat pump water heater
New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Originally published on Fri November 8, 2013 11:51 am

Electric water heaters eat up a lot of power -- and can take up about a fifth of your electricity bill. But there’s a hot new thing in the water heater world.

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Typhoon Haiyan
9:00 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Typhoon's Death Toll Likely Near 2,500, President Aquino Says

On Tuesday, a boy sat in the debris of destroyed houses in Tacloban, on the eastern Filipino island of Leyte.
Noel Celis AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 9:35 am

  • From the airport in Tacloban: NPR's Anthony Kuhn says Tuesday that "people are very hungry" and some are quite angry.
  • On 'Morning Edition': Marine Brig. Gen. Paul Kennedy talks about Typhoon Haiyan and the destruction in the Philippines

Update at 12:30 p.m. ET:

Grim estimates that the death toll in the Philippines from Typhoon Haiyan might be around 10,000 appear to have been "too much," President Benigno Aquino III told CNN Tuesday.

Aquino said that as more information has come in about the devastation, the figure is looking more likely to be between 2,000 to 2,500.

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Charter Amendment 19
7:23 am
Tue November 12, 2013

New Seattle Districts Could Hurt Poor, Minorities, Critics Say

District 2 is "majority-minority." Critics say it could be hard for minorities to get their voices heard in Districts 1 and 3.
Credit Courtesy of Seattle District Now

Seattle voters may have just voted for several city council races, but they’ll do it again in 2015.

That’s because Charter Amendment 19 calls for the city to be divided into seven districts, with one city council representative from each. But some advocacy groups worry the new system of districts may harm minorities and the poor.

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PacMed Building
6:52 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Nineties Real Estate Deal Proved To Be Money-Loser For Washington State

Nick Cockrell with Washington’s Department of Enterprise Services gives a tour of the state-owned Rhodes Center in Tacoma which, he says, loses about $500,000 a year.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 3:32 pm

The state of Washington is expected to sign a 30-year lease Tuesday for Seattle’s iconic Pacific Tower on Beacon Hill.

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