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EarthFix Reports
5:04 am
Wed March 19, 2014

How Industry Specs And A Federal Loophole Allow Railroads To Avoid Response Planning Oversight

Unlike marine vessels, pipelines and terminal facilities, railroads are not required to file response plans for trains of tanker cars.
EarthFix Photo/Katie Campbell

Neither states nor the federal government have oversight over how railroads plan for responding to spills from trains carrying crude oil, meaning environmental regulators cannot identify gaps in the plans or verify a railroad’s abilities to carry them out.

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Author Interview
3:26 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Carol Cassella On Weaving Together Medicine And Prose

Carol Cassella's book "Gemini."

Marcie Sillman sits down with Bellingham author and anesthesiologist Carol Cassella to talk about her new book, "Gemini." Cassella will be available at a series of local events coming up.

Cocoa Flavanol
3:26 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Researchers Studying A 'Chocolate Pill' To Help Prevent Heart Disease

A new study is researching the health benefits in a cocoa flavanol pill - but will that take the fun out of eating chocolate?
Flickr Photo/Boz Bros

Marcie Sillman checks in with Garnet Andersen, director of Public Health Services at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, about a new project to encapsulate the cocoa flavanol from chocolate and study its benefits on post-menopausal women.

College Basketball
3:26 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

March Madness In The Workplace

Flickr Photo/mvongrue

Steve Scher talks with Andy Challenger, vice president of the outplacement firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas, about the firm's report that the college basketball tournament costs billions of dollars in worker productivity.

Fatal Crash
3:15 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Witness, Helicopter Pilot Provide Insight On Seattle Center Crash

A line of fire was formed from fuel that leaked out of the helicopter and the cars it hit on Tuesday morning. The Fire Department was quickly able to extinguish the flames.
Twitter Photo/Deb Slater

KUOW reporter Liz Jones speaks with Justin Rabung, who works a couple of blocks away from where a KOMO News helicopter crashed on Tuesday morning.

Also, Steve Scher speaks with Larry Welk about the technical aspects of the helicopter that was involved in the crash. Welk has been a helicoper pilot for 15 years and has a company in Los Angeles called Angel City Air which operates news helicopters.

Science & Technology
2:44 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

A Tour Of The Intellectual Ventures Lab In Bellevue

Pablos Holman is an inventor and futurist at Intellectual Ventures. Behind him are boxes of mosquitoes destined to be targets for the laser mosquito zapper.
KUOW Photo/Ross Reynolds

Ross Reynolds goes on a tour of the Intellectual Ventures Laboratory in Bellevue with inventor and futurist Pablos Holman.

Holman's team projects include a laser that can quickly detect if a person has malaria, a cooler that can keep vaccines from going bad and the high tech kitchen — more like a science lab actually — used to produce Nathan Myrhvold's 51 pound, multi-volume "Modernist Cuisine" books.

Road Caps
2:44 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Seattle Passes Limits To Ridesharing, Uber Not Pleased

Uber has been fighting against caps on their cars by the Seattle City Council, a measure that was unanimously voted through on Monday.
From Uber's Facebook page.

Marcie Sillman talks with Brooke Steger, general manager for Seattle Uber, about the new limits to ridesharing Seattle's City Council passed Monday.

$15 An Hour
2:42 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

The Latest On The Minimum Wage Debate

Dominic Holden, associate editor at The Stranger.
From Dominic Holden's Twitter account.

Marcie Sillman talks with Dominic Holden, associate editor at The Stranger about the very latest on the minimum wage debate in Seattle.

Giving Back
12:45 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Fighting Discrimination Against Disabled Kids In Nepal

Photographer Robert Rose in Nepal.
Courtesy of Robert Rose

Steve Scher talks with Robert Rose, a Bellevue-area portrait photographer, about challenging Nepal's cultural bias against the disabled community. In 2005, he started the Rose International Fund for Children, a non-profit organization that seeks to assist children with disabilities in Nepal .

Rideshare Services
9:15 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Seattle City Council Legalizes Rideshares, But Puts Cap On Cars

Drivers and supporters of app-based rideshare service UberX pack Seattle City Council chambers.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

You may see fewer cars with pink mustaches on the road in the coming months.

Seattle’s City Council yesterday gave final approval to a plan that would limit the number of cars that rideshare companies like Lyft, UberX and Sidecar can operate.

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Chopper Crash
8:22 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Fatal News Helicopter Crash At Seattle Center, Injured Man Improving

Officials on the scene of the crash.
KUOW Photo/Deb Wang

KUOW reporter Patricia Murphy speaks with several voices of the day; including NTSB investigator Dennis Hogenson, witness Daniel Gonzalez, who ran to the scene to aid the survivors, Corwin Haeck from KOMO News Radio, and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray.

Steve Scher talks with KUOW reporter Patricia Murphy about the latest update on Tuesday's helicopter crash.

KUOW's Bill Radke interviews Mike Thielen, helicopter pilot and president of Glacier Aviation, Inc. in Olympia.

An investigation is underway as the National Transportation Safety Board tries to determine what caused the news helicopter to crash near the Space Needle on Tuesday morning, killing two people and injuring one.

NTSB has released a preliminary report on the crash.. The full report will take about a year to complete according to NTSB estimates.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said that the city will also be reviewing rules of helicopter pads in the city.

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Membership Challenge
5:12 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Nooksack Vote Shows Divide On Disenrollment Struggle

Nooksack tribal member Angel Rabang said she was wrongfully fired from her job last July at the tribal casino for being one of the Nooksack 306..
Courtesy of Angel Rabang

This weekend’s tribal council election on the Nooksack reservation near Bellingham leaves an uncertain future for hundreds of its members. The tribe has sought to remove about 15 percent of its people in what would be the largest tribal disenrollment in Washington state’s history.

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Flight 370
3:59 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

What The Boeing 777 Can Tell Us About The Missing Malaysian Jet

Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER.
Flickr Photo/Aero Icarus (CC BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Wall Street Journal aerospace reporter Jon Ostrower about the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 and how its makeup can provide clues to finding the missing aircraft.

Public Education Funding
2:58 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Education Advocate Reacts To State Legislature's Shortcomings

Flickr Photo/Kathy Cassidy (CC BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman checks in with Nick Brossoit, Edmonds School District superintendent and president of the Network for Excellence in Washington Schools (NEWS), about the Washington State Legislature's failure to meet goals for public education funding during this past session.

Bird Watching
2:46 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Noah Strycker: We Learn About Ourselves Through Bird Behavior

Hummingbirds
Flickr Photo/Coconino National Forest (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with Noah Strycker about his book, “The Thing With Feathers: The Surprising Lives of Birds and What They Reveal about Being Human.”

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