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Seattle Loses Sonics...Again
6:32 am
Thu May 16, 2013

NBA Owners Reject Sacramento Kings Move To Seattle

Kiley Sullivan with the band Kore Ionz performing in Sonics gear hours after the NBA rejected Seattle's bid to buy the Sacramento Kings. His hat shows the word “robbed” on top of a basketball net.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

DALLAS (AP) -- NBA owners voted Wednesday to reject the Sacramento Kings' proposed move to Seattle, the latest in a long line of cities that have tried to land the franchise.

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Public Records Fight
5:45 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Wash. Supreme Court Considers SPD Dash-Cam Video Policy

The Temple of Justice, home to Washington's State Supreme Court.
Credit H. Barrison / Flickr

Washington Supreme Court Justices heard oral arguments Tuesday in a case that spotlights the Seattle Police Department’s policy regarding public access to dash-camera video footage. The lawsuit, brought by KOMO News against SPD, comes at a time when the police force faces heightened scrutiny about transparency and public accountability.

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Marijuana
5:36 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

DEA Letters "Tap The Brakes" On Legal Marijuana

Doug Gerdes outside The Only Natural in Ballard.
Amy Radil

Two weeks ago the federal Drug Enforcement Administration sent cease and desist letters to 11 medical marijuana dispensaries in Seattle. It was the first notable enforcement action in Washington since recreational marijuana was legalized last year. Federal officials say it won’t be the last.

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Financial Side Effects
5:15 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Seattle Study Shows Cancer Can Lead To Bankruptcy

Cancer patients are at greater risk of going into bankruptcy.
Credit Fried Dough / Flickr

Medical debt is one of the leading causes of bankruptcy, according to a study published online today in the journal Health Affairs. There are plenty of anecdotes of people who have used up their savings, borrowed from friends or filed for bankruptcy following a serious illness like cancer. Now researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle have documented exactly how great the risk of bankruptcy is for cancer patients.

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Marijuana Regulation
5:00 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Marijuana Quality Control Bible Nearing Completion

American Herbal Pharmacopoeia

Entrepreneurs who hope to cash in on legal marijuana will have some heavy reading to do Thursday. That’s when Washington’s Liquor Control Board is expected to release nearly 50 pages of proposed rules for growers, processors and retailers.

But it turns out that there’s another pot rulebook that’s also in development. It’s called the Cannabis Monograph. Think of it as an illustrated bible for pot quality control.

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Cyber Security
11:48 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Washington Courts Seek IT Security Review, Audit Following Breach

Wikimedia

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 4:50 pm

Washington’s court system will hire an outside expert to perform a computer security review and audit. The move follows a hacking incident – revealed last week - that exposed nearly a hundred Social Security numbers and perhaps up to a million driver license numbers. But now there’s another cyber security concern at Washington Courts.

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Employment
11:47 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Federal Sequester Turns Employment Workers Into Job Seekers

Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 5:20 pm

In the next couple of months, many employment office workers in the Northwest will join the unemployed. State labor agencies are having to make cutbacks in staffing. It's due to a combination of the economy getting better and federal budget cuts known as the “sequester” setting in.

Staffing at the local employment office usually moves in the exact opposite direction as the rest of the economy. When times are tough, unemployment rolls are booming.

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Women's Health
9:55 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Who Should Get A Genetic Test For Breast Cancer?

Correction 5/15/2013: A previous version on this story stated that Jolie had a one in 87 chance of getting breast cancer when in fact she had an 87 percent chance.

Now, the public knows about Angelina Jolie’s double mastectomy. She wrote in the New York Times that, thanks to genetic testing, she believed there was an 87 percent chance she’d get breast cancer, so she went for it.

Tuesday, Dr. Julie Gralow, director of breast medical oncology at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance spoke with KUOW's Sara Lerner.  Dr. Gralow says, “The majority of breast cancer in the United States is not gene-mutation cancer.”

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NBA
8:43 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Will Seattle Get Its Sonics?

Seattle Soncis fan Otis Williams with one of his prized Sonics Pumas.
Courtesy Otis Williams

The NBA’s Board of Governors meets in Dallas Wednesday to decide whether the Sacramento Kings move to Seattle. Until a few days ago, it seemed clear that the answer was no. In a key decision two weeks ago a committee of the NBA voted unanimously to keep the team in Sacramento.

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Special Session
11:26 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Washington Governor Narrows Special Session Agenda

Cacophony Wikimedia

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 4:36 pm

The Washington legislature is back in session – for a 30-day extra inning. Washington Governor Jay Inslee Monday narrowed his agenda to three key items: the budget, a roads-and- transit funding package and a crackdown on impaired drivers.

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Hanford Cleanup
11:26 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Some Hanford Water Cleanup Exceeds Expectations

CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 5:02 pm

Cleanup of a hazardous chemical called hexavalent chromium in the groundwater at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington is going faster than expected.

Hexavalent chromium is the nasty stuff that made Erin Brockovich famous down in California. The chemical was used to inhibit rust in coolant water in Hanford’s reactors. But that water was dumped into the desert, and now the cancer-causer is making its way toward the Columbia River in large groundwater plumes.

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Duwamish Contamination
10:44 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Time To Speak Is Now On $305 Million Duwamish Cleanup Plan

People in communities along Seattle's Lower Duwamish River, a superfund site, came together to learn about the EPA's proposed cleanup plan, open for public comment until June 13.
Earthfix / Ashley Ahearn

A century’s worth of contamination in Seattle's only river is about to get a $305 million cleanup. Before finalizing a decision on the proposed plan, the Environmental Protection Agency is asking the public to weigh in.

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Standardized Testing
6:00 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Seattle Schools Chief Scales Back Controversial MAP Test

COCOEN daily photos Flickr

The standardized test that inspired boycotts by teachers across Seattle School District will be scaled back next school year.

In a letter to district staff today, Superintendent Jose Banda announced that the Measures of Academic Progress test will still be required in kindergarten though eighth grade, but it will be optional at the high school level.

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Guilty Verdict
3:27 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Guilty Verdict At JBLM In Trial Of Sgt. Accused of Baghdad Shooting Spree

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 11:39 am

A case that featured harrowing testimony of combat-related mental illness ended Monday with a guilty verdict. Army Sergeant John Russell was convicted for murdering five fellow servicemen at a military mental health clinic in Baghdad in 2009.

A military judge found the 48-year-old Texas native guilty of premeditated murder. A public affairs spokesman at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma says Sergeant Russell showed no visible reaction.

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Gun Buyback
1:12 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

McGinn: Next Gun Buyback In Seattle Will Be Different

Sometime this summer, the Seattle Police Department is expected to hold another gun buyback event. Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn said there was enough money left over from private donations for the first event in January to hold a second buyback.

Like the first time, people who turn over firearms will be rewarded with a gift card. And this time, McGinn said the SPD will better organize and structure the event, to deal with things like the informal gun market that cropped up just outside the January event and some negative community response.

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