government http://kuow.org en Three Americans Dead After Shooting At Kabul Hospital http://kuow.org/post/three-americans-dead-after-shooting-kabul-hospital Three American citizens were killed Thursday at a Christian organization's hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, when an Afghan security guard opened fire. Another American citizen was reportedly wounded.<p>Government spokesman Sediq Sediqqi says the gunman was shot and wounded and is now under arrest, NPR's Sean Carberry reports from Kabul. His gunshot wound may have been self-inflicted.<p>As Sean tells our Newscast Desk:<p><blockquote><p>"Attacks on foreigners have been on the rise this year. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:49:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 33177 at http://kuow.org Three Americans Dead After Shooting At Kabul Hospital Reports Of Mass Slaughter As South Sudan Teeters On The Brink http://kuow.org/post/reports-mass-slaughter-south-sudan-teeters-brink South Sudan has been in a downward spiral for months, and now the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/21/305656375/u-n-reports-hundreds-killed-in-ethnic-violence-in-south-sudan" target="_blank">United Nations</a> says hundreds of civilians were rounded up and killed by a rebel group when it recently took control in the town of Bentiu, an oil hub.<p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/22/statement-press-secretary-south-sudan" target="_blank">The White House</a> condemned the attacks as an "abomination" and implored the country's leaders to end the cycle Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:31:17 +0000 Gregory Warner 33160 at http://kuow.org Reports Of Mass Slaughter As South Sudan Teeters On The Brink Snohomish County Considers Development Ban In Landslide Risk Areas http://kuow.org/post/snohomish-county-considers-development-ban-landslide-risk-areas <p>Marcie Sillman hears from Snohomish County Council President David Somers about his proposed six-month moratorium on building and development in landslide prone areas. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:26:39 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Christine Streich 33113 at http://kuow.org Snohomish County Considers Development Ban In Landslide Risk Areas Why More Police Departments Are Under Scrutiny Today http://kuow.org/post/why-more-police-departments-are-under-scrutiny-today <p></p><p>Ross Reynolds talks with police accountability expert, Samuel Walker, about the increased policing of the police. Walker is also the co-author of "The New World of Police Accountability." Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:20:26 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Hannah Burn 33149 at http://kuow.org Why More Police Departments Are Under Scrutiny Today 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 After Bitter Split, Palestinian Factions Pledge To Reconcile http://kuow.org/post/after-bitter-split-palestinian-factions-pledge-reconcile Seven years after a violent split, the two main Palestinian factions said Wednesday that they are <a href="http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/04/palestinian-factions-form-unity-government-2014423134227518508.html" target="_blank">attempting to reconcile</a> and form a national unity government within five weeks.<p>The Palestine Liberation Organization and Hamas have tried several times to resolve their feud, but those efforts quickly unraveled.<p>So will this attempt fare any better?<p>The plan, announced after talks in Gaza City, calls for a unified government by the end of May, en Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:14:00 +0000 editor 33109 at http://kuow.org After Bitter Split, Palestinian Factions Pledge To Reconcile Judge Won't Issue Immediate Decision In Oregon Gay Marriage Case http://kuow.org/post/judge-wont-issue-immediate-decision-oregon-gay-marriage-case <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/04/042214CL_gaymarriage_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>A federal judge in Oregon will not issue an immediate decision Wednesday in a lawsuit seeking to overturn the state's ban on same-sex marriage.<p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:17:17 +0000 Chris Lehman 33090 at http://kuow.org Judge Won't Issue Immediate Decision In Oregon Gay Marriage Case President Tours Disaster Zone, Offers Support One Month After Deadly Landslide http://kuow.org/post/president-tours-disaster-zone-offers-support-one-month-after-deadly-landslide <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/04/042314AJ_PresidentialVisit-web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">President Obama says the “whole country” is thinking about the victims of the </span>Oso<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> landslide in Snohomish County.</span><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:36:05 +0000 Austin Jenkins 33086 at http://kuow.org President Tours Disaster Zone, Offers Support One Month After Deadly Landslide One Approach To Head Start: To Help Kids, Help Their Parents http://kuow.org/post/one-approach-head-start-help-kids-help-their-parents President Obama has called repeatedly on Congress to help states pay for "high-quality preschool" for all. In fact, those two words — "high quality" — appear time and again in the president's prepared remarks. They are also a refrain among early childhood education advocates and researchers. But what do they mean? And what separates the best of the nation's preschool programs from the rest?<p>NPR found one answer to those questions in Tulsa, Okla. The city is known as a national leader in early childhood education. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:03:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 33065 at http://kuow.org One Approach To Head Start: To Help Kids, Help Their Parents Citizen Volunteers Arm Themselves Against Crime In Rural Oregon http://kuow.org/post/citizen-volunteers-arm-themselves-against-crime-rural-oregon It's after 10 p.m. as Sam Nichols slowly cruises through the tiny town of O'Brien, Ore., shining superbright spotlights into the shadows.<p>"We're just checking this commercial building here, just to make sure there's no one hiding around it or anything," Nichols says.<p>Nichols' King Cab pickup has a yellow flasher on top and signs on the doors identifying it as a Citizens Against Crime patrol. Riding with Nichols is fellow volunteer Alan Cress.<p>"We're not trying to take the place of law enforcement," Cress says. "In fact, we have a great deal of respect for what law enforcement does. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:29:00 +0000 editor 33071 at http://kuow.org Citizen Volunteers Arm Themselves Against Crime In Rural Oregon Obama Views Mudslide Scene, Mourns With Survivors http://kuow.org/post/obama-views-mudslide-scene-mourns-survivors <p></p><p>OSO, Wash. (AP) — Swooping over a terrain of great sadness and death, President Barack Obama took an aerial tour Tuesday of the place where more than three dozen people perished in a mudslide last month, then mourned privately with those who lost loved ones in the destruction. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:43:19 +0000 The Associated Press 33059 at http://kuow.org Obama Views Mudslide Scene, Mourns With Survivors Community Police Commission Weighs In On Discipline http://kuow.org/post/community-police-commission-weighs-discipline <p>Marcie Sillman talks with Lisa Daugaard, co-chair of the <a href="https://www.seattle.gov/community-police-commission">Community Police Commission</a>, about the discipline system for Seattle police officers. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:55:25 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Andy Hurst 33053 at http://kuow.org Community Police Commission Weighs In On Discipline Supreme Court Upholds Michigan's Ban On Affirmative Action http://kuow.org/post/supreme-court-upholds-michigans-ban-affirmative-action The Supreme Court has ruled that a Michigan ballot initiative to ban racial preferences in college admissions is constitutional, overturning a lower court decision.<p>In a 6-2 decision Tuesday, <a href="http://www.supremecourt.gov/about/biographies.aspx">the justices</a> said the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals was wrong to set aside the voter-approved ban as discriminatory.<p>Justice Anthony Kennedy <a href="http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/13pdf/12-682_j4ek.pdf">wrote the majority decision</a> in the case <em>Schuette v. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:28:48 +0000 Scott Neuman 33003 at http://kuow.org Supreme Court Upholds Michigan's Ban On Affirmative Action Youth Access To Marijuana Remains A Concern Under Legalization http://kuow.org/post/youth-access-marijuana-remains-concern-under-legalization <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/04/042114AJ_MJRegs_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>As Washington and Colorado go where no state or nation has gone before concerns remain about kids getting their hands on pot.<p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:07:40 +0000 Austin Jenkins 33008 at http://kuow.org Youth Access To Marijuana Remains A Concern Under Legalization National Group Attempts 11th-Hour Intervention In Oregon Gay Marriage Case http://kuow.org/post/national-group-attempts-11th-hour-intervention-oregon-gay-marriage-case <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/04/042114CL_challenge_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>A national group that opposes same-sex marriage is trying to intervene in a case scheduled to go before a federal judge in Oregon this week.<p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:07:22 +0000 Chris Lehman 33005 at http://kuow.org National Group Attempts 11th-Hour Intervention In Oregon Gay Marriage Case