Same-Sex Marriage
7:56 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Seattle Tourism Industry Hitched To Gay Marriage

Actor Jim Nabors during a visit to Marine Corps Base Hawaii April 22, 2010.
Orlando Perez U.S. Marine Corps/Wikipedia

The star of the 1960s TV show Gomer Pyle, USMC, married his longtime male partner at Seattle’s Fairmont Olympic Hotel this month.

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Human Slavery
7:25 am
Thu January 31, 2013

New Campaign To Fight Human Trafficking

A new King County billboard intended to fight human trafficking
King County

Seattle-area officials are touting a new campaign to fight human trafficking. Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn announced the new effort Wednesday that mainly involves Clear Channel Media and Entertainment.

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Ashley Gross is KPLU's business and labor reporter, covering everything from Amazon.com and Boeing to garbage strikes. She joined the station in May 2012 after working for five years at WBEZ in Chicago, where she reported on business and the economy. Her work telling the human side of the mortgage crisis garnered awards from the Illinois Associated Press and the Chicago Headline Club. She's also reported for the Alaska Public Radio Network in Anchorage and for Bloomberg News in San Francisco.

She studied history at Brown University and earned a master's in international affairs at Columbia University. She grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She lives in West Seattle with her husband and two sons.

Poetry
5:00 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

A Poet's View On Parenting And Chronic Illness

Poet Suzanne Edison
Credit Seedison.com

Poet Suzanne Edison knows the ups and downs of chronic illness too well. Her daughter has juvenile myositis, a rare autoimmune disorder. Today she reads two poems about the way her child’s illness affects her parenting: “Betrayal” and “Bloodwork.”

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787 Dreamliner Crisis
4:35 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Boeing Earnings Up, Company Stands By Battery

The lithium-ion battery taken from this Japan Airlines plane Jan. 7 is now at a Navy lab for testing
AP Photo/Stephan Savoia Associated Press

The Boeing Co. said today that there has been no negative financial impact as a result of the FAA's grounding of the 787 Dreamliner. The news dampened a wave of speculation over the potential cost of its safety troubles with its 787 which was grounded two weeks ago.

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Rites Of Passage
2:00 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Quinceañeras: A Cherished, But Costly Tradition

A young woman celebrates her quinceañera at Northgate Mall.
Credit Flickr photo/wonderlane

For many young Latina girls, there’s no rite of passage more important than the fiesta quinceañera. Traditionally it’s a party that celebrates a girl’s transition to a young woman when she turns 15. But it’s much more than a party. It’s more like a debutante ball, and it can cost as much as a wedding. Now, financial advisors are cautioning parents to take it easy.

We’ll sneak you into the party and let you steal a peek at the bill.

Other stories from KUOW Presents, January 30:

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International Adoption
12:40 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Exploring Cross-Cultural Adoption

Police in Moscow detain a demonstrator who protests Russia's new ban on American adoptions.
Associated Press

Russian President Vladimir Putin recently signed a law prohibiting US citizens from adopting Russian children. The US adopted 748 children from Russia in 2012, with roughly 8,600 adoptions from foreign countries in total. Every year, hundreds of families adopt children from places that are drastically different — socially, politically, and economically — from the United States. So our question is: How important is it to preserve the cultural identity of adopted children? Ross Reynolds takes your questions and discusses international adoption with Spring Hecht from the World Association for Children and Parents.

Pets
12:32 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Dog-Sharing Co-Op Offers Free Dog Sitting

Tallulah Bell is a 10-month old terrier/basset hound mix available for adoption at PAWS.
PAWS

People in the Northwest are among the most likely in the nation to have pets. That's according to a new survey by the American Veterinary Medical Foundation. Washington, Oregon and Idaho rank in the top 10 for pet-owning households — with Oregon at No. 4, Washington at No. 6 and Idaho at No. 9. Maybe you’re one of the Northwest’s many pet people. If you are, you know that owning a dog can be e lot of work. But what if you had help? Free help. Sound too good to be true? According to Eric Husk it isn’t. He is the founder of City Dog Share, which he describes as a dog-sitting co-op. Ross Reynolds gets the details.

Business
12:20 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Ross Nerds Out With Slate Magazine’s Matthew Yglesias

Matthew Yglesias
Matthew Yglesias Flickr

Matthew Yglesias is a business and economics correspondent for Slate Magazine. In March he published his latest book titled "The Rent is Too Damn High." Today Ross talks to him about everything from Patty Murray to Spotify to policies on immigration.

Education
12:00 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

A New Bill Would Require Kids To Start School At Age Six

At what age do you think kids should start school?
jeweledlion Flickr

By law, children in Washington state don’t have to attend school until they’re 8 years old. In every other state, besides Pennsylvania, children have to attend school when they’re younger — usually 6 or 7, sometimes even 5. Now a group of lawmakers wants to lower Washington’s compulsory age of education from 8 years old to 6 years old. The bill’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for tomorrow morning and today Ross talks to the main sponsor of the bill, Renton Democrat and state Representative Marcie Maxwell.

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