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Recognition Limbo
10:51 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Duwamish Fight For Federal Status Inches Forward

Totem pole on the Lummi reservation near Bellingham, Wash.
Liz Jones KUOW

Seattle’s native people, the Duwamish, will learn today about their next step in a decades-old legal battle.  The tribe has petitioned the US government for federal recognition, which would make the Duwamish eligible for certain benefits like health care, fishing rights and the chance to run a casino.

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The High Cost Of Lost Nets
9:06 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Vanquishing Zombie Fishing Nets In Puget Sound

Ghost nets keep capturing fish even after they're lost. These nets cost the dungeness crab industry hundreds of thousands in estimated lost revenue every year.
Ashley Ahearn Earthfix

Doug Monk has been a commercial diver on the Olympic Peninsula for some 20 years, harvesting shellfish and sea cucumbers. But for the past decade, he’s been after a different harvest: ghost nets.

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School Board Race
5:12 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Two Seattle School Board Seats Up For Grabs In Primary

The current Seattle School Board
Seattle Public Schools

Six candidates are vying for two Seattle School Board seats in the August 6 primary election.

In Director District 5, which includes Capitol Hill, the Central Area, Beacon Hill and downtown, Kay Smith-Blum is stepping down from her board seat after one term.

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Seattle Mayor's Race
4:14 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Mayor McGinn Appoints Rival’s Partner to City Advisory Committee

Mayoral hopeful Ed Murray and partner Michael Shiosaki
Courtesy Ed Murray For Mayor

Here’s one for the “Seattle is such a small world” file:

State Sen. Ed Murray has been hitting the campaign trail of late in his effort to oust Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn.

But McGinn has just recognized Murray’s long-time partner, Michael Shiosaki, with an executive appointment to the city’s Arboretum and Botanical Garden Committee.

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The Two-Way
1:33 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Dozens Killed In Massive Tornado Near Oklahoma City

A woman carries her child through a field near the collapsed Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla., on Monday A tornado as much as a mile wide with winds up to 200 mph roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs flattening entire neighborhoods, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school.
Sue Ogrocki AP

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 1:54 am

(This post was last updated at 11:45 p.m. ET.)

A massive tornado ripped through the southern suburbs of Oklahoma City, Monday afternoon, killing at least 51 people, according to the state medical examiner's office.

The death toll was expected to rise.

Helicopter images showed large tracts of Moore, Okla., completely leveled by what the National Weather Service says was at least an EF-4 tornado with winds in excess of 166 mph. The tornado stayed on the ground for 40 minutes and traveled 20 miles.

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UW Endowment
12:19 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

UW Students Seek End of Fossil Fuel Investments

Correction 5/28/2013: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that Brown University in Rhode Island had divested from fossil fuels in response to student pressure.

Students at the University of Washington want the school to dump its investments in major fossil fuel companies like Exxon and BP as part of a nationwide campaign to combat climate change through public institutions.

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Elections 2013
8:55 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Tim Burgess Won't Seek Mayor's Office

Tim Burgess the night before he dropped out of the mayor's race.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Seattle City Council Member Tim Burgess is stepping down as a mayoral candidate.  His disclosure came as the filing deadline loomed for the November election. Burgess said he won’t yet endorse anyone. But he said he’s leaving the race to make it easier for another candidate to unseat incumbent Mayor Mike McGinn. 

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Closing Roads To Build New Ones
1:20 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

The West Side Of The Mercer Mess Ramps Up

Aerial view of the Mercer Street project
Flickr Photo/SDOT Photo

Driving around Seattle this weekend will be trickier than normal. The Seattle Department Of Transportation plans to close parts of Aurora and Mercer Street around South Lake Union as part of the effort to convert Mercer into a two-way street. The city's now focusing on the Mercer West project, the section of Mercer between Dexter Avenue and West Fifth Avenue.

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Seattle Mayor's Race
9:54 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Democratic Party Activists Weigh In On Seattle Mayor's Race

Members of the 46th District Democrats voting to endorse candidates for Seattle mayor
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Democratic activists in the city of Seattle last night began picking favorites in the Seattle mayoral election. Incumbent mayor Mike McGinn didn’t make their list.

The 46th District Democrats was the first local party organization to endorse in the race. The 46th Legislative District includes parts of north Seattle, Shoreline, and Kenmore.

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Marijuana Licenses
9:45 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Draft Pot Rules Do Not Cap Grow Sizes Or Number Of Licenses

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 4:43 pm

Washington’s Liquor Control Board has published 46-pages of proposed rules for the state’s new recreational marijuana market. But the regulations released Thursday are largely silent on two major issues: the number of business licenses that will be allowed and the size of marijuana grow operations.

The draft rules address marijuana producers, processors and retailers. On the production side, the Liquor Control Board proposes to ban outdoor marijuana grows. Pot would have to be grown within a fully enclosed secure indoor facility or greenhouse.

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Arlene's Flowers
9:44 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Washington Florist Sues State, Says She "Will Not Wilt"

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 4:24 pm

There’s a new development in the case of a Richland, Wash. florist who refused to sell flowers for a same sex couple’s wedding. The business owner’s lawyers announced a counter suit Thursday saying the florist “will not wilt.”

The owner of Arlene’s Flowers argues there are plenty of other shops in the Tri-Cities that could cater to a gay or lesbian wedding. But lawyers for Barronelle Stutzman say she’s refusing that business because of her religious beliefs.

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Terrorism Charges
9:44 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Boise Man Arrested On Terrorism Charges

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 5:22 pm

Federal agents arrested a man in Idaho Thursday suspected of conspiring to support a terrorist organization in Central Asia. Thirty-year-old Fazliddin Kurbanov is from Uzbekistan and lives in Boise.

Two federal grand juries – one in Idaho and one in Utah – handed down a total of four terrorism-related charges against Kurbanov. Federal authorities say he attempted to help the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan with money and computer software between August 2012 and May 2013. The U.S. government designates that group as a foreign terrorist organization.

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The Business Of Marijuana
8:47 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Lottery For Pot Retailers Draws Criticism

The state's newest logo
Washington State Liquor Control Board

A random drawing: That’s how the Washington State Liquor Control Board proposes choosing applicants for marijuana retail licenses. And it’s drawing major criticism from existing medical marijuana providers.

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Endangered Fin Whales
8:45 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Underwater Earthquake Recordings Reveal Mysterious Whale Calls

A fin whale is the second-largest animal after the blue whale. Researchers from the University of Washington have discovered that earthquake-detecting sensors off Vancouver Island also help monitor fin whale swimming patterns.
Aqqa Rosing-Asvid Flickr

The blue whale is believed to be the largest animal ever to exist. But nobody remembers number two. Fin whales are the second-largest animals on the planet, weighing in at around 80 tons.

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Marijuana Rules
6:48 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Marijuana Draft Rules Already Face Opposition

Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 7:10 am

Washington’s proposed marijuana rules aren’t even 24-hours old. But already critics are finding things not to like. The 46-pages of draft regulations were released Thursday and cover everything from where marijuana can be grown to the criminal backgrounds of license applicants. But it’s the section on marijuana concentrates that’s getting some negative buzz.

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