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Ruby de Luna

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Year started with KUOW: 1994

Ruby de Luna is a features reporter at KUOW. She had originally planned to go into TV, but ditched the idea after discovering public radio.  Ruby has reported on immigrant communities. She currently covers health care issues.  

Ruby is a transplant from Taipei, Taiwan. She holds a BA in communication from Seattle Pacific University. 

In the age of computer/digital audio editing, Ruby is proud to be one of the few old–schoolers who can still edit tape with a razor blade. In her free time she practices her knife skills on new recipes. 

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Washington state is suing agro-chemical giant Monsanto. For decades Monsanto was the sole producer of PCB, an organic chlorine compound. The state is seeking damages and cleanup costs associated with the chemicals.

Mr. Sea the penguin receives laser treatment at Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo. Mr. Sea
Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren/Woodland Park Zoo

How do you treat a penguin with arthritis? First, you watch him walk.

Will the Affordable Care Act become history under the Trump Administration? Republicans want to see it go or replaced with something else. But some people, like Harriet Prudhomme , worry about what’s going to happen if it does.

From left: LeCriesha Lewis, Elizabeth Haile and Mia Wolde-Maskell at the Seattle Union Station, one of the few in-person voting centers in King County.
KUOW Photo/Ruby de Luna

Today’s the last day to mail in your ballot or drop it off at one of the drop boxes around King County. Also, there are a few places where you can vote in person.

Paige McGrath has been verifying voter signatures at King County Elections since 2010.
KUOW Photo/Ruby de Luna

Ever wonder what happens after you mail your ballot? If you live in King County, chances are, your ballot was inspected by someone like Paige McGrath. She and hundreds of elections employees process thousands of voter ballots during election season.

Brittany Johnson says the Freedom Foundation contacted her by mail to tell her she didn't have to be a member of SEIU. She said it was never clear how the right-wing organization got her information, and she wants her privacy.
KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

UPDATE 10/31/16, 2 p.m. On Friday the Washington state Attorney General’s Office said it filed a complaint in Thurston County Superior Court against the Freedom Foundation for campaign finance violations. The attorney general specifically said Freedom Foundation had failed to report its spending to oppose Initiative 1501.

When Mark Manuel’s family moved to Washington State in 1991, Bellevue had a certain reputation. “All I can remember about Bellevue growing up was, it’s white and it’s rich, you know, there’s no real reason to go across the bridge,” said Manuel.

Seattle Police Officer Louis Chan partners with Mariah Andrignis, a social worker from DESC who contracts with SPD to help with crisis response.
KUOW Photo/Kara McDermott

It’s 11 in the morning. Officer Louis Chan is scanning through the 911 calls that have come through, waiting to be handled. One call stands out: A patient with a history of attempted suicide didn’t show up for an appointment. The case manager was concerned and called 911.

Dakota Keogh and her daughter Adrienne, who applies makeup. Keogh recently came out as transgender to her family.
KUOW Photo/Kara McDermott

Dakota Keogh remembers that age when boys and girls start to go their separate ways, about four or five. “I felt like I got caught in the wrong tide,” she says. “I wanted to be over there.”

File photo of a flu shot.
Flickr Photo/Fort Meade (CC-BY-NC-ND)/http://bit.ly/1jxhkty

It’s that time of year again — the start of flu season. Health officials say don’t wait: Get a flu shot. Already, they’re getting reports of small clusters of people with the flu.

A task force to address King County’s heroin epidemic will release recommendations this week that could include a safe consumption site for people who use drugs. The group will make another recommendation: creating a buprenorphine program at the site of Seattle’s Needle Exchange program.

KUOW Photo/Ruby de Luna

West Seattle’s Delridge neighborhood has been struggling for years to get a grocery store in the area. It hasn’t been able to attract major retailers for various reasons.

birth control contraception
Flickr Photo/Raychel Mendez (CC BY NC ND 2.0)/https://flic.kr/p/7o4hRZ

People’s medical records and personal information are protected under federal law, b ut there’s a loophole in the law that allows employers to access information about employees’ health. You know those wellness programs that employers use to help improve workers’ health? They hold a wealth of information about employees: their lifestyles, diet, and medication, including birth control.

Rebecca Crimmins, 61, spent two years trying to find a job. During that time, her mother died and she got cancer. She must continue working to pay off her medical bills.
KUOW Photo/Ruby de Luna

Eight years have passed since the Great Recession. It almost seems like a distant event. But older workers haven’t completely recovered despite signs of boom times.

The state hospital association has teamed up with a toxicology company to address one gateway to opioid addiction. People prescribed pain medication sometimes don’t use all of it. And those drugs can get into the wrong hands. Washington residents may have another way of getting rid of their unused prescription drugs.

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