Patricia Murphy http://kuow.org en Washington Department Of Corrections Fined For Unsafe Asbestos Removal Program http://kuow.org/post/washington-department-corrections-fined-unsafe-asbestos-removal-program <p>The State Department of Corrections has shut down a decades-old program staffed by inmates to remove asbestos from prison facilities.</p><p>The Department of Labor and Industries originally fined the DOC $141,000 after determining that inmate workers were exposed to asbestos dust, but the penalty was reduced to $70,500 in a settlement. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:32:25 +0000 Patricia Murphy 33110 at http://kuow.org Washington Department Of Corrections Fined For Unsafe Asbestos Removal Program Meetings Will Continue At Rainier Beach Church Despite Revocation Of Boy Scout Charter http://kuow.org/post/meetings-will-continue-rainier-beach-church-despite-revocation-boy-scout-charter <p></p><p>The Boy Scouts of America has revoked the charter of <a href="http://rainierbeachumc.org/">Rainier Beach United Methodist Church</a> in Seattle after the church's youth program allowed a gay adult to continue leading the troop. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:27:54 +0000 Patricia Murphy 32962 at http://kuow.org Meetings Will Continue At Rainier Beach Church Despite Revocation Of Boy Scout Charter Washington State Jobs Picture Shows Slow Growth http://kuow.org/post/washington-state-jobs-picture-shows-slow-growth <p></p><p>The latest figures show the unemployment rate in Washington state is holding steady at 6.3 percent. The Employment Security Department said the <a href="http://www.esd.wa.gov/newsandinformation/releases/14-022.php">state added an estimated 6,700 jobs in March</a>.&nbsp;The biggest job gains last month were seen in professional and business services. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:52:41 +0000 Patricia Murphy 32691 at http://kuow.org Washington State Jobs Picture Shows Slow Growth Former Bonney Lake Man To Receive Medal Of Honor http://kuow.org/post/former-bonney-lake-man-receive-medal-honor <p></p><p>The White House announced President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor to a former Bonney Lake man on May 13, 2014.</p><p>The Medal of Honor is awarded to service members who distinguish themselves by gallantry above and beyond the call of duty. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:22:23 +0000 Patricia Murphy 32657 at http://kuow.org Former Bonney Lake Man To Receive Medal Of Honor Washington Commission Investigates 911 Outage http://kuow.org/post/washington-commission-investigates-911-outage <div id="lead"><p></p><p>The State Utilities and Transportation Commission has opened an investigation into last Thursday’s 911 emergency line outage. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:15:03 +0000 Patricia Murphy 32617 at http://kuow.org Washington Commission Investigates 911 Outage Highway 530 Will Take Months To Clear http://kuow.org/post/highway-530-will-take-months-clear <p>The Washington State Department of Transportation says it could take up to three months to clear debris from the mile-long stretch of State Route 530 covered by the Oso mudslide.</p><p>The task at hand is massive. WSDOT says it needs to move 100,000 cubic yards of material before the road can reopen. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:48:38 +0000 Patricia Murphy 32575 at http://kuow.org Highway 530 Will Take Months To Clear Emergency 911 Service Restored In Washington After Morning Outage http://kuow.org/post/emergency-911-service-restored-washington-after-morning-outage <p></p><p>Emergency 911 service has been restored for the state of Washington after an outage affected dispatch centers throughout the state and parts of Oregon.</p><p>The lines were restored in Washington and Oregon after separate, but unrelated problems, according to CenturyLink. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:27:24 +0000 Patricia Murphy 32268 at http://kuow.org Emergency 911 Service Restored In Washington After Morning Outage Justice Suffers When There Are 'Too Many Cases, Not Enough Time' http://kuow.org/post/justice-suffers-when-there-are-too-many-cases-not-enough-time <div><p></p><p>On a Friday in April 2013, King County District Court Judge Victoria Seitz had 66 cases on her docket.&nbsp;“We have too many cases and not enough court time, and so forth, to deal with them,” she announced to the court. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 17:23:44 +0000 Patricia Murphy 31992 at http://kuow.org Justice Suffers When There Are 'Too Many Cases, Not Enough Time' Overwhelmed With Donations, Oso Looks To Managing Flow Of Goods http://kuow.org/post/overwhelmed-donations-oso-looks-managing-flow-goods <p>Donations of new and used goods are pouring into the town of Oso, Wash., after the devastating mudslide two weeks ago; so many items that <a href="http://snohomishcountywa.gov/2362/How-to-Help">officials have been asking for cash donations </a>instead.</p><p>It’s taking a massive secondary effort to coordinate just how to store and distribute those items to the people who need them. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 17:57:06 +0000 Patricia Murphy 31920 at http://kuow.org Overwhelmed With Donations, Oso Looks To Managing Flow Of Goods Search Crews Struggle To Define Success In Mudslide Debris http://kuow.org/post/search-crews-struggle-define-success-mudslide-debris <p></p><p>As of Wednesday morning, the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s office has confirmed that 29 people have died in the Oso landslide. Hopes of finding survivors are dwindling.</p><p>That’s taking a toll on the families and the search crews, some who have been out there since the very beginning, doing intense physical and emotional work. Rescue operations managers are very conscious about giving those crews a break, letting them rotate in and out so they can rest and recharge. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 18:52:59 +0000 Sara Lerner, Patricia Murphy & Bill Radke 31785 at http://kuow.org Search Crews Struggle To Define Success In Mudslide Debris 'A Crazy Fun Day' With Seattle Seahawks, Sounders Lifts Mood In Darrington http://kuow.org/post/crazy-fun-day-seattle-seahawks-sounders-lifts-mood-darrington <p></p><p>About a dozen Seattle Seahawks and Sounders FC players visited the Darrington area Monday.</p><p>In a statement the Seahawks company said the teams wanted to offer a brief distraction for families devastated by the landslide near Oso, Wash. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 14:44:46 +0000 Patricia Murphy 31642 at http://kuow.org 'A Crazy Fun Day' With Seattle Seahawks, Sounders Lifts Mood In Darrington Data Breach At Archdiocese Prompts Early Student Release At Bishop Blanchet High School http://kuow.org/post/data-breach-archdiocese-prompts-early-student-release-bishop-blanchet-high-school <p>The Archdiocese of Seattle has hired a forensic security team to help investigate a data breach that has affected employees and church volunteers. Someone has apparently acquired personal information and has been using it to file false tax returns to collect the refunds. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 22:00:25 +0000 Patricia Murphy 30572 at http://kuow.org Top Army Prosecutor Of Sexual Assault Cases Accused Of Groping http://kuow.org/post/top-army-prosecutor-sexual-assault-cases-accused-groping <p>The top Army prosecutor for sexual assault cases has been suspended after being accused of sexual assault.</p><p>Sources told the paper <a href="http://www.stripes.com/army-s-top-sex-assault-prosecutor-suspended-after-assault-allegation-1.271461">Stars and Stripes</a> that an Army lawyer has alleged that Lieutenant Colonel Joseph “Jay” Morse attempted to kiss and grope her against her will. The alleged assault reportedly took place in a hotel room at a 2011 sexual assault legal conference in Alexandria, Va. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 23:23:59 +0000 Patricia Murphy 30016 at http://kuow.org Top Army Prosecutor Of Sexual Assault Cases Accused Of Groping Seattle Great Wheel Owners Want To Build A Downtown Gondola http://kuow.org/post/seattle-great-wheel-owners-want-build-downtown-gondola <p>Kyle Griffith’s family owns the Great Wheel on Pier 57. The Griffiths have been in business on the Seattle waterfront since the 1960s.</p><p>Now the family is hoping to build a gondola that would run along Union Street from the Washington State Convention and Trade Center to the waterfront with a stop at Pike Place Market. Wed, 05 Mar 2014 17:49:18 +0000 Patricia Murphy 29884 at http://kuow.org Seattle Great Wheel Owners Want To Build A Downtown Gondola King County Judge Admonished For 'One Day Special' In Courtroom http://kuow.org/post/king-county-judge-admonished-one-day-special-courtroom <p>The Washington Commission on Judicial Conduct admonished a King County judge this week for offering the equivalent of a “one day special” in her courtroom.</p><p>On April 26, 2013, Judge Victoria Seitz had a full docket in the King County District Court. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 20:51:24 +0000 Patricia Murphy 29499 at http://kuow.org King County Judge Admonished For 'One Day Special' In Courtroom