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8:02 am
Tue November 5, 2013

9 Elections To Watch

Republican Gov. Chris Christie listens as Democratic challenger Barbara Buono answers a question during a debate at Montclair University in Montclair, N.J., on Oct. 15.
Mel Evans AP

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 3:19 pm

Tuesday's elections are anything but dull. From the Eastern Seaboard to the Pacific Northwest, there's a colorful and compelling roster of political contests. Although there isn't anything close to the drama of an Election Day in a presidential year, many of the races have national implications.

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Technology
11:12 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

State Health Exchange Launches App For 'Young Invincibles'

iPhone screenshots of Washington's Young Invincibles app, which also works for Android.

Washington state’s health exchange has just released an app for iPhone and Android users aimed at so-called "young invincibles," or young adults up to age 35. Their participation is crucial for the Affordable Care Act to work. But traditionally, this age group is least likely to buy health insurance for a variety of reasons.

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Environment
1:46 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Orca Population Declines As Puget Sound ‘Remains In Crisis’

Courtesy of NOAA/Candice Emmons

Citing worsening marine water quality and the declining orca population, Chinook salmon and herring, the state agency Puget Sound Partnership referred to the Puget Sound as a patient in “critical condition.”

“Puget Sound remains in crisis,” says a report released last week by the agency. “It is increasingly likely that we will not reach our legislatively established targets by 2020.”

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International Relations
9:27 am
Mon November 4, 2013

A Year Later, Kenneth Bae Remains Imprisoned In North Korea

Kenneth with North Korean Children
Bae family Freekennow.com

It’s been a year since Kenneth Bae, a missionary who once hailed from Lynnwood, Wash., was arrested and imprisoned in North Korea. Over the weekend, his family quietly marked the anniversary of his arrest.

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Gun Rights
8:42 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Shhh! Seattle Libraries Now Allow Guns, But Please Be Respectful

The Seattle Public Library has reversed its rule banning patrons from bringing in guns.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Librarians have long asked you to “shhh,” and starting Monday, they may also ask you to please stop waving your gun around.

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Elections 2013
5:40 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Ed Murray: Comcast Donations Won't Stop Me From Supporting Internet Competition

Mayoral candidate Ed Murray speaks at the Wallingford Community Senior Center as Election Day approaches.
Credit KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

One of Mayor Mike McGinn’s campaign promises when he ran in 2009 was to extend high-speed Internet in Seattle. Now the city is partnering with  Gigabit Squared to extend high-speed service that, while initially limited to a few neighborhoods, could compete favorably with Comcast.

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Government Assistance
10:27 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Food Stamp Benefits Shrink As Congress Debates Further Cuts

Cuts to food stamp benefits could lead to more reliance on food banks like the University District Food Bank in Seattle.
Credit KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

In Washington state, food stamp recipients are being notified that their benefits will be reduced in November. Federal stimulus funding has provided a boost to benefits since 2009, but that funding just expired.

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International Relations
4:43 am
Fri November 1, 2013

U.S. Spying Efforts Sometimes 'Reached Too Far,' Kerry Says

Secretary of State John Kerry.
Fang Zhe Xinhua/Landov

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 10:10 am

Some of the electronic surveillance programs of the National Security Agency have been on "automatic pilot" in recent years and have inappropriately "reached too far," Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday.

Kerry's comments are causing something of a stir.

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Labor
11:36 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Analyst: Boeing Announcement A Play For Tax Breaks

The Boeing 777.
Credit Boeing handout

Boeing’s announcement that much of the detailed design work on the 777X jetliner will take place outside Washington state is a play for better tax incentives, according to a top aviation analyst.

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Financial fraud
9:41 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Fraud Against Washington Nonprofits Exposed

Source: IRS “990” tax filings compiled by the Washington Post.

White-collar crime often occurs in the very profitable realms of Wall Street and big business. But financial fraud also takes place in the nonprofit world. A Washington Post investigation out this week found more than a thousand nonprofit groups have reported their money going missing in recent years.

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Guns
7:35 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Idaho School District Dumps Plan To Arm Teachers

Quagmar Flickr

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 4:16 pm

Officials at a school district in north Idaho say a plan to arm teachers is off. The proposal has been generating controversy in the Sandpoint area.

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Elections 2013
3:23 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Activist Democrats Support Socialist Candidate Kshama Sawant

City Council candidate Kshama Sawant, a member of the Socialist Alternative Party, with Democratic Party supporters Daniel Norton and Jeanne Legault
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

A self-declared Socialist candidate for Seattle City Council is making waves among the city’s Democratic Party establishment.

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Final Countdown
7:57 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Seattle Mayor’s Race Now Comes Down To The 'Ground Game'

Volunteer Gordon Myers and his dog, Skipper, prepare to canvas for Ed Murray
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

It’s down to the wire in the hotly contested Seattle mayor’s race.

With the public debates and forums now largely over, the campaigns have shifted to what is called the “ground game”—phone calling, doorbelling, sign waving.

Volunteers for incumbent Mayor Mike McGinn have knocked on more than 20,000 doors and made more than 150,000 phone calls so far, according to the campaign. Even though the mayor is behind in recent polls, the campaign has long claimed that it runs the superior field operation, and will make up the difference in the final days of the election.

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Social Services
7:50 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Daybreak Star Center Struggles After Feds Pull Head Start Funding

Friends celebrate at the 25th Annual Seafair Indian Days Pow Wow at the Daybreak Star Cultural Center at Discovery Park, Seattle, in July 2010.
Credit Flickr Photo/sea turtle

The Daybreak Star Cultural Center in Seattle’s Discovery Park is in financial trouble. Now the United Indians of All Tribes board is trying to raise enough money to stay open through the end of the year.

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Crime & Courts
1:30 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Skagit Couple Who Beat Adopted Ethiopian Daughter Head To Prison

Hana Williams, believed to be about 13, was honored at a vigil held after her adopted parents were sentenced to decades in prison.
Credit KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Liz Jones reports on the vigil for Hana Williams, the Ethiopian girl found dead in her adoptive parents' yard in Skagit County.

Liz Jones reports on the sentencing of Carri and Larry Williams, adoptive parents of Hana Williams.

A Skagit County couple convicted of beating their adopted Ethiopian daughter and leaving her to die in the cold outside were sentenced Tuesday to decades in prison.

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