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Unauthorized Immigrants
10:24 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Wash. Dreamers Pin Hopes On Special Session

Students wave signs at an immigration rally in Seattle on May 1, 2013.
Liz Jones KUOW

As lawmakers reconvene in Olympia Monday, the headliner is the state budget, but momentum is building to get the Washington State Dream Act added to the lineup too.  Under the measure, young immigrants who are living in the US illegally would become eligible for college financial aid.

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State Budget
10:06 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Washington Special Session Starts With No Budget Deal

Cacophony Wikimedia

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 8:20 am

  The Washington legislature reconvenes Monday for a 30-day special session. But there’s still no budget deal in sight – despite a two week break to negotiate.

Senate budget chair Andy Hill, a Republican, says both sides are “working in good faith.” But “true negotiations” have yet to begin. That’s because the House, Senate and governor are still working to agree on the basic assumptions for the next two year budget.

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Sobriety Checkpoints
9:36 am
Mon May 13, 2013

The Constitutional Question Of Sobriety Checkpoints In Washington State

Flickr Photo/Greg Matthews

Correction: The broadcast version of this story states that the Fourth Amendment protects against illegal search and seizure, when in fact it protects against unreasonable search and seizure. 

Washington’s lawmakers are debating new penalties for driving under the influence during a special legislative session beginning Monday.

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Intimidation At Work
4:12 pm
Sun May 12, 2013

Farm Worker Harassment Draws Increased Scrutiny

Farm workers picking strawberries.
Flickr Photo/Au Zut

In her green minivan, Angelica Villa navigates the farm roads north of Bellingham like a seasoned tour guide. She points out a cannery, a potato plant and miles of berry fields.  Villa previously worked at many of these places and she rattles off story after story about harassment on the job.

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Details From Pyongyang
3:00 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Kenneth Bae Convicted For Christian Mission To North Korea

A South Korean man watches a television news program showing Kenneth Bae at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, May 2, 2013.
AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon

North Korea said through its government news agency Friday that Kenneth Bae of Lynnwood, Wash., used his tour company as a front to bring a Christian mission within its borders. Bae was arrested in North Korea in November 2012 and was sentenced last week to 15 years of hard labor on charges of subverting the North Korean government.

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Seattle Start-ups
11:56 am
Fri May 10, 2013

GeekWire's John Cook: Seattle's Start-up Businesses Get A Boost

John Cook, Co-founder of Geekwire
Credit John Cook

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn announced a new start-up business initiative Thursday May 9  to support and boost technology business start-ups in Seattle. Technology reporter and GeekWire co-founder John Cook was part of the advisory group that aided the city’s process.

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Employment Discrimination
9:49 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Washington Exemption For Faith-Based Employers Challenged

The State Supreme Court today heard arguments in a case that could decide whether faith-based employers in Washington have some exemption from the state’s anti-discrimination law.

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Strength Of Evidence
9:45 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

King County Wants Derailed Death Penalty Case Back On Track

Prosecutor James Whisman delivering oral arguments in State of Washington v. Joseph T. McEnroe & Michele K. Anderson, May 9, 2013.
TVW

The Washington Supreme Court has heard oral arguments in the case of the Christmas Eve murders of six people in Carnation in 2007.

The central issue in this case is when prosecutors should consider the strength of the evidence against defendants in a capital murder case. The parties differed on whether evidence should be a consideration in deciding to seek the death penalty.

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Data Security
3:39 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Washington Courts Announce Potential Massive Data Breach

Cacophony Wikimedia

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 3:20 pm

A hacking incident involving Washington’s court system could affect upwards of a million people. The Administrative Office of the Courts announced that hackers breached its public website sometime last fall or early this year and social security and potentially driver license numbers were accessed.

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Genital Herpes
12:14 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Seattle Scientists Identify Cells That Could Lead To Herpes Vaccine

Scanning electron micrograph of a red blood cell (left), a platelet, and a T lymphocyte (T cell).
NCI-Frederick Photo

Scientists at Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center have found a class of cells they think suppresses herpes. This could explain why some people have no symptoms or lesions when the virus is reactivated. It also changes the way scientists understand how the virus works.

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Restoring The Elwha
7:25 am
Thu May 9, 2013

In Largest Dam Removal In US History, Which Fish Get To Recolonize?

Field technicians with the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe catch steelhead in a murky side channel near the mouth of the Elwha and prepare them to be transferred into pristine habitat above the former site of the lower dam.
Earthfix / Ashley Ahearn

From where Mike McHenry stands he can see several gray, torpedo-shaped bodies moving slowly through the brown water of this side channel of the Elwha River, not too far from the site of the largest dam removal project in US history.

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The Rodmonian
4:31 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Seattle Times Writer "Shocked" That Dennis Rodman Answered Kenneth Bae Challenge

Dennis "The Worm" Rodman publicly asked his friend Kim Jong-un to release Kenneth Bae of Lynnwood, Wash. from a 15-year sentence to hard labor. Rodman made the request in response to an article by Seattle Times writer Thanh Tan.
Twitter image

Thanh Tan says she was serious when she challenged former NBA star Dennis Rodman to get Kenneth Bae of Lynnwood, Wash. released from a 15-year hard labor sentence in North Korea.

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New Habitat Revealed
9:12 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Elwha River: Recovery Proceeds Despite Sediment Setbacks

The largest dam removal in US history has changed the face of Washington's Elwha River and scientists are trying to get a handle on what creatures are using the newly available habitat.
Earthfix / Ashley Ahearn

One of the two dams on the Elwha River has been completely removed and there are about 50 feet of the remaining Glines Canyon dam left. Already so much sediment has been released that it's clogged up and shut down one of the water treatment plants in nearby Port Angeles, temporarily halting the largest dam removal project in US history.

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Military Sexual Assault
9:56 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Washington Senator Patty Murray Introduces Bill To Combat Military Assault

Lt. Col. Jeff Krusinski, chief of sexual assault prevention in the Air Force, was arrested and charged with sexual battery over the weekend.
Arlington County Police Department

The latest report on military sexual assault from the Department of Defense shows a sharp increase in assaults from previous years.  For fiscal 2011, the military estimated there were 19,000 cases of sexual assault, while 3,192 cases were reported. In fiscal 2012, the estimate spiked to 26,000 cases, with just 3,374 cases reported. The estimates are based on surveys given by the DoD to military service members.

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Transit Investigation
9:43 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Fatal Sound Transit Bus Crash In Kirkland

A Sound Transit commuter bus similar to the one involved in the fatal crash
Flickr Photo/Oran Viriyincy

Investigators said they don’t yet know the exact cause of Tuesday night’s fatal crash between a Sound Transit bus and an SUV in Kirkland. Two people in the SUV died. Investigators are looking into whether the bus’ brakes malfunctioned.

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