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Emergency Support
2:34 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Chaplain Training Academy Prepares For Support And Safety

Pastor Joel Ingebritson teaching a class for on-call chaplains.
KUOW Photo/Patricia Murphy

During an emergency, first responders are trained to work quickly to save lives. They’re deliberate and methodical.

People in emotional distress after a fire or accident need someone with different training. For them an emergency department may send a chaplain. The Police and Fire Chaplain's Training Academy in Seattle just graduated a new crop of chaplains for emergency departments around the country.

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Bridge Collapse
1:54 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

"Mom, The Bridge Collapsed"

The Interstate 5 bridge about an hour after the collapse over Skagit River Thursday night.
Credit Harley Soltes

A parade of people who live and work near the collapsed bridge in Mt. Vernon continued to visit the scene today to get a first-hand look at the damage, snap photos and swap news about the accident.

“I’m scared to drive over other bridges,” said Jerry Olmstead, who works in Mt. Vernon and crosses this bridge several times a week. “What if another bridge in Washington goes?”

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1:00 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Bridges And US Infrastructure Spending Are Falling: Is There A Link?

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Getting federal money to repair the country’s aging transportation infrastructure is getting increasingly difficult. The Atlantic Wire pulled together the numbers.
It's still not entirely clear what caused I-5 bridge over the Skagit River in Washington to collapse Thursday night. Nor is it clear, despite media reports, how strong the bridge was before it broke. What is clear is that, had the state needed to repair it, getting federal money to do so would be an uphill climb.
Bridge Collapse
10:53 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Engineer Says Truck Strike Could Bring Down Bridge

WSDOT

Originally published on Thu May 23, 2013 11:09 pm

Just prior to the I-5 bridge collapse Thursday night north of Seattle, eyewitnesses report an oversized load struck a portion of the bridge’s steel superstructure. That’s the frame that’s key to holding the bridge up.

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Bridge Collapse
10:22 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Wash. Governor Declares State Of Emergency In Three Counties

Mt. Vernon resident Susan Riedel took this photograph of the scene near the collapse Thursday night as first response teams arrived.
Susan Reidel

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has declared a state of emergency in three counties around a collapsed Interstate 5 bridge.

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Spokane Ricin Case
9:41 am
Fri May 24, 2013

No Evidence Of Grudge In Online Life Of Ricin Suspect

Originally published on Thu May 23, 2013 5:23 pm

The 38-year-old man accused of sending ricin-laced letters to a federal judge and the Spokane post office had an active social media presence. But his online profiles contain no hints at a grudge toward the federal government.

This was also not his first run-in with the law.

Federal agents in hazmat gear searched Matthew Ryan Buquet’s apartment last Saturday for evidence related to ricin, a dangerous toxin made from castor beans.

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Bridge Collapse
6:44 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Alternate Routes Around I-5 Skagit River Bridge

The primary detour around the closed section of I-5 crosses the Skagit River via Riverside Drive. The primary northbound route detours from I-5 at exit 227.
Credit WSDOT

WSDOT is asking drivers to allow ample time for travel through the I-5 Skagit River area. Both directions of I-5 are detoured in Skagit County.

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Sexual Harassment
11:14 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Wash. Harassment Lawsuit Gets Congress Members' Attention

A sexual harassment lawsuit against an Eastern Washington farm came under scrutiny this week during a congressional hearing. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently lost this expensive, high-profile case and some Congress members are now asking, “Was it worth it?” 

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Unregulated Transportation Services
10:58 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Professional Drivers Speak Out Against App-Based Car Services

Cabs lined up in Queen Anne.
Flickr Photo/Tim Dorr

Cab drivers spoke out against new app-based car services during a Seattle City Council meeting Thursday. Companies such as Uber, SideCar and Lyft offer smartphone apps that allow users to book a ride by the touch of a button. Those business operations are mostly unregulated, and their presence in Seattle has led to questions about whether the companies are legal.

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News
10:41 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Wash. Supreme Court Rejects Legal Fees, Hurdles For Poor

Abeda Jafar speaking at a fundraising event for Legal Voices, March 21, 2013.
Legal Voices Photo/Matt Hubbard

Washington’s judicial system abolished court fees for poor people in 2010, but county courts sought ways around the rule. Now in a unanimous decision, the Washington State Supreme Court has reaffirmed that if someone qualifies as indigent, courts need to give them access for free.

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Education Funding
10:23 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Highline District Offers Free Full-Day Kindergarten To All Students

A local kindergartener hard at work.
Ann Dornfeld KUOW

Highline School District plans to offer free, full-day kindergarten to all students next school year.

Currently, half-day kindergarten is the norm: two and a half hours a day. Most Washington parents have to pay tuition if they want their kids in full-day kindergarten.

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Breaking
8:55 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Portion Of Interstate 5 Bridge Collapses Over Skagit River

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) -- An Interstate 5 bridge over a river north of Seattle collapsed Thursday evening, dumping vehicles and people into the water, the Washington State Patrol said.  

The four-lane bridge over the Skagit River collapsed about 7 p.m., Trooper Mark Francis said. There was no immediate estimate of how many people were in the water or whether there were any injuries or deaths, he said.

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Gay Ban Lifted
5:05 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Washington Delegation Supports Vote To Allow Gay Members Into Scouts

Bronze statue in Hudson Wisconsin commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America.
MNKiteman Flickr

For the first time in 22 years, openly gay members will be allowed to join the Boy Scouts. Leaders of the Boy Scouts of America voted 61 percent in favor of eliminating sexual orientation as criteria for youth membership.

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Fairchild Air Base
10:31 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Fairchild Loses First Round In Competition For Tankers

Boeing

Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 4:55 pm

People living near Fairchild Air Force Base say they’re not worried by news they won’t get a brand new fleet of Boeing-built Air Force refueling tankers. The Air Force made the announcement Wednesday following a process that pitted Spokane against other other communities around the country.

McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas got the nod to be the first to house the new KC-46A refueling tankers. That dismayed Washington Sen. Patty Murray, who said she would press top Pentagon officials for an explanation.

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Habitat Protection
10:26 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Federal Protection For Bladderpod Plant Pushed Back

Carrie Cordova US Fish and Wildlife Service

Originally published on Thu May 23, 2013 4:34 pm

The federal government has pushed back the possible threatened listing of two rare plants that could affect farmers in southeast Washington. Umtanum desert buckwheat and the White Bluffs bladderpod have become very controversial, because part of the plants’ habitat spans valuable crop ground.

It’s a big topic of conversation at the Country Mercantile restaurant where many Franklin County farmers lunch. Ami MacHugh is an area cherry and horse farmer whose land could be affected by the possible federal protections.

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