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National Security
3:17 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Life After Blowing The Whistle On The NSA

Former senior executive Thomas Drake blew the whistle on NSA.
Flickr Photo/Project On Government Oversight

Steve Scher talks with former NSA senior executive Thomas Drake about his experience before, during and after blowing the whistle on fraud and abuse in the United States government.

Civil Rights
3:17 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Advocates Push To Slow Deportation While Waiting For Immigration Reform

Pramila Jayapal is an advocate for immigrant, civil and human rights.
We Belong Together's Facebook page/Nathan Mitchell

Marcie Sillman talks with Pramila Jayapal, an advocate for immigrant, civil and human rights. She and other supporters are pushing to slow deportation while Congress constructs an immigration bill.

Author Interview
2:59 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Inside The Real American War In Vietnam

Nick Turse's book "Kill Anything That Moves."

Steve Scher talks with author Nick Turse about his book "Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam." It is about a detailed account of the widespread sanctioned killings that took place during the Vietnam War.

North Korea
2:02 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Obama: Kenneth Bae Deserves To Be Free

Kenneth Bae, right, an American man detained in North Korea since Nov. 2012, and his mother Myunghee Bae were able to meet at a Pyongyang hospital last October.
AP Photo/The Choson Sinbo, Mun Kwang Son

President Obama said Thursday the United States is still trying to win the release of former Lynnwood, Wash., resident Kenneth Bae from North Korea.

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Art Of The City
11:08 am
Thu February 6, 2014

How A Rainbow Of Plaid Pushed Robert Jones To Paint

"Garden," by Robert Jones, 2012
Courtesy of Beth Sellars

Standing in the middle of the main gallery at Cornish College of the Arts, you're surrounded by color: Artist Robert C. Jones' large paintings are vivid swaths of red and green, yellow and blue; punctuated by black lines or circles.

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EarthFix Reports
10:33 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Sally Jewell Straps On Snowshoes To Offer Perspective On Climate Change

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell at Mount Rainier National Park.
KUOW Photo/Ashley Ahearn

Hot on the heels of President Obama’s latest State of the Union address, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell came home to Washington to meet with scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Park Service.

But this wasn’t your usual boardroom PowerPoint session.

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EarthFix Reports
9:20 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Floating Wind Farm Off Southern Oregon Coast Gets A Green Light

An illustration of floating offshore wind turbines.
Courtesy of Principle Power Inc.

A Seattle company that wants to build a floating wind farm off the shore of Southern Oregon got a green light from some high-ranking officials on Wednesday.

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EarthFix Reports
8:58 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Energy Storage Battery Heads To The Market

Private companies are now interested in putting batteries capable of storing unused energy for later use on the grid into commercial production. A battery developed in the Northwest has been licensed by three companies.
Courtesy of UniEnergy Technologies

Clarification 2/6/2014: An earlier version of this report described the storage capacity of a 100-megawatt battery system that has since been disputed by a source for this story.

The push to build supersized batteries capable of storing unused energy for later use on the grid is taking a big step forward: Private companies are interested in moving the technology out of the laboratory and into commercial production.

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Command Culture
7:47 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Department Of Defense Declines To Release Investigation Into Bales' Command

Masooma, pictured with her children, recounted the events of pre-dawn March 11, 2012 when she says a U.S. soldier rampaged through two villages killing 16 people, mostly children. Staff Sergeant Robert Bales pleaded guilty to the massacre.
AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus

The Department of Defense has denied a request by reporters for information about Staff Sergeant Robert Bales’ murder of 16 Afghan civilians.

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Super Bowl Parade
1:58 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Seattle Celebrates Seahawks’ Super Bowl Victory

An estimated 700,000 Seahawks fans gathered for the Super Bowl parade on Wednesday.
Flickr Photo/Anne and Tim

A sea of fans flooded downtown Seattle on Wednesday as the Seahawks Super Bowl victory parade crawled its way from Seattle Center to CenturyLink Field.

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Microsoft's New CEO
9:29 am
Wed February 5, 2014

An Immigrant Success Story In Nadella's Rise

Satya Nadella is Microsoft's third chief executive.
Courtesy of Microsoft

Microsoft is celebrating a new leader: Satya Nadella is the company's third chief executive. Nadella likes cricket, and he quoted Oscar Wilde in his email to employees Tuesday. And for Seattle's Indian community, his appointment to the top job means a lot.

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Focus On Diversity
9:22 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Seattle Police Reforms Shift To Officer Training

U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan speaks at a press conference about Seattle Police reforms.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Seattle’s ongoing effort to reform the police department seems to be shifting to a new phase, from policy to implementation. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says 2014 will be “the year of training” for Seattle cops.

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EarthFix Reports
9:03 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Inaccurate Coal Leases Cost Taxpayers 'Millions'

An arial view of a coal mine on public land near Gillette, Wyoming. A new report finds flaws in the system for doling out leases for such mines.
KUOW Photo/Katie Campbell

Leases for coal mining on public lands in the West are costing taxpayers millions because they should be bringing in more money, a new government study suggests — and the problem could get worse if that coal gets exported through the Pacific Northwest.

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City Investment
4:53 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Does A Super Bowl Victory Boost The Economy?

Tom McMaster, of Just Sports in Alderwood Mall, hangs more "12th Man" uniforms. The success of the team has made them hot commodities.
KUOW Photo/Deb Wang

It feels great to win the Super Bowl, especially if you sell beer, T-shirts or season tickets. But that's not what people mean when they talk about a boost to the region's economy. And when you consider the businesses that will close for Wednesday's parade and the employees who will disappear to see that parade, there may even be a downside to winning the Super Bowl.

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Microsoft Names New CEO
10:47 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Analyst: Nadella 'Not A Marquee Name' But 'Solid Choice' For Microsoft CEO

Microsoft names Satya Nadella as its new CEO.
Flickr Photo/Heisenberg Media (CC BY-NC-ND)

Microsoft has confirmed that Satya Nadella, 46, will be its new CEO as of Tuesday.

Todd Bishop, co-founder of the tech website Geekwire, said Nadella, who has worked at Microsoft for 22 years, will be making a big leap. “He’s been a strong business leader inside the company, but he’s never led an organization at this scale before,” Bishop said.

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