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Investigative Journalism
3:26 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

How One Washington Doctor Changed The Course Of Flame Retardants

Flickr Photo/ John Niedermeyer (CC BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde talks with investigative reporter Sam Roe at the Chicago Tribune about the series on flame retardants and how one Washington doctor changed the debate.

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The Week In Review
1:35 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

KOMO Helicopter Crash, State Ferries, And Minimum Wage Phase-In Proposal

The KOMO news helicopter crash killed two and injured one on Tuesday.
KUOW Photo/Deb Wang

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says he'll review the city's regulations on helicopter use following Tuesday's crash of a KOMO News helicopter that killed two and injured one. Washington State Ferries chief David Moseley announces his resignation. Plus, Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant says she'll support a gradual phase-in of the $15 minimum wage for small businesses and nonprofits. 

Steve Scher reviews these stories and more with news analyst Joni Balter, Crosscut's Knute Berger, Eli Sanders of The Stranger and Livewire host Luke Burbank.

Safer Streets
9:18 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Seattle To Let Pedestrians Walk More Slowly

Cars and pedestrians compete for space in a busy Rainier Valley crosswalk.
KUOW Photo/John Ryan

The city of Seattle is re-timing traffic signals throughout the city to make crosswalks safer for all pedestrians.

A study conducted by a group of graduate students at the University of Washington School of Public Health in 2013 found that traffic signals in Rainier Valley force pedestrians to cross faster than signals on Market Street in the wealthier and whiter neighborhood of Ballard.

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Affordable Care Act
8:59 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Independent Audit Outlines Problems At Cover Oregon

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber called the audit of Cover Oregon a ' sobering critique' of the state's health insurance exchange.
Office of the Governor

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 2:53 pm

According to a scathing audit from an independent consultant, Oregon's health insurance exchange was riddled with internal conflict and unrealistic expectations.

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Cost Savings
7:53 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Washington Reports An 'Unprecedented' Drop In Medicaid ER Visits

Flickr Photo/Micheal J (CC BY-NC-ND)

A year after hospitals began discouraging Medicaid patients from making unnecessary emergency room visits, the results are promising. A new state report shows the number of unnecessary visits to ERs in Washington fell by 10 percent last year.  

“A 10 percent reduction is almost unprecedented,” said Dr. Nathan Schlicher, an ER physician at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tacoma.

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EarthFix Reports
7:29 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Puget Sound Tidal Energy Project Approved By Feds

A crew deploying a "sea spider" in 2011 to collect data from the floor of Puget Sound in Admiralty Inlet. That test was one of many steps that led the way to federal energy regulators' approval of a tidal energy project in that location.
Credit EarthFix Photo/Ashley Ahearn

Puget Sound tides may soon be generating power. A proposal for the world’s first grid-connected tidal energy project received a federal license Thursday. The project has been almost eight years in the making.

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Crimea Annexation
5:24 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Split Decisions: Ukraine Signs Up With EU, Russia Wraps Up Crimea

As Russian soldiers walked one way in the distance, a departing Ukrainian soldier carried some of his belongings Friday at a military base in Perevalne, Crimea.
Ivan Sekretarev AP

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 7:57 am

There will be few days that better symbolize the crisis in Ukraine.

On Friday:

As Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk was signing an agreement on closer relations with the European Union ...

... Russian President Vladimir Putin was signing the laws his country has put in place to take Crimea from Ukraine and make it part of the Russian Federation.

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Environment
5:08 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Fish Experts Plan A Salmon Water Slide On Cracked Wanapum Dam

File photo of the fish ladder at John Day Dam on the Columbia River. The fish ladders at the Wanapum and the Rock Island dams are dry.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 3:24 pm

The ongoing issue with the cracked Wanapum Dam in central Washington is now creating a problem for migrating salmon.

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State Transportation
4:16 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Financial Structure, Safety Among The Challeges Facing New Ferry Director

WSDOT Ferries Division Assistant Secretary David Moseley announced his resignation this week..
Flickr Photo/Washington State Department of Transportation (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with Douglas MacDonald, former Secretary of Transportation for Washington and current contributing writer for Crosscut. MacDonald talks about the challenges awaiting the new director of the Washington State Ferries. Current director David Moseley resigned earlier this week. His last day is April 15.

Cannabis Legalization
3:19 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Report: Pot Cases Plunge After Marijuana Legalization In Washington

Flickr Photo/Brett Levin (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with Mark Cooke, policy advocate with the ACLU of Washington, about the organization's findings that the number of marijuana possession filings have dropped significantly since Washington legalized pot.

Treatment Costs
10:04 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Screening Immigrants For TB Pays Dividends In U.S.

People who test positive for infection with bacteria that cause tuberculosis can be treated before they enter the U.S.
Janice Haney Carr CDC

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 11:39 am

Hundreds of people with tuberculosis wishing to come to the U.S. have been stopped before they reached U.S. borders, says a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Physicians overseas picked up more than 1,100 cases in prospective immigrants and refugees prior to their arrival in the U.S. The cases include 14 people with multidrug-resistant TB, the CDC says.

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Crimea Annexation
8:54 am
Thu March 20, 2014

U.S. To Impose Sanctions On More Russian Officials

President Obama on the south lawn of the White House Thursday as he spoke about new sanctions on some Russian officials.
Kevin Dietsch UPI/Landov

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 6:23 pm

More senior Russian officials are being added to the list of those who the U.S. will seek to penalize for their nation's interference in Ukraine's affairs, President Obama announced Thursday morning.

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Drunk Driving
7:26 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Washington's New 24/7 Sobriety Program Runs Into Snags

Commander Jim Rich of the Centralia Police Department displays the breath test machine used for the 24/7 Sobriety pilot program.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 6:17 pm

It’s been nearly a year since a repeat drunk driver caused a horrific accident in north Seattle.

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Russian Annexation
4:41 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Ukrainian Troops' Departure From Crimea Isn't A Simple Matter

A Russian flag flies behind him Thursday as a Ukrainian soldier leaves what was one of his military's bases outside Simferopol, on the Crimean Peninsula. Local "self-defense forces," followed by Russian troops, have seized many strategic locations.
Yuri Kochetkov EPA/Landov

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 3:36 pm

Ukraine's plans to withdraw its troops from Crimea, which as we reported were announced Wednesday, have apparently been complicated by the issue of whether they will be allowed to take their weapons and other equipment with them.

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EarthFix Reports
4:11 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Stopping A Stink Bug Invasion

Northwest researchers are teaming up to stop an invasion of stink bugs moving across the region. The bugs, which can smell like dirty gym socks, ruin tree fruit and grape vines.
Flickr Photo/Armed Forces Pest Management Board (CC BY-NC-ND)

You have to go through three airlocked doors to get to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s stink bug research lab.

The quarantined, closet-sized room has its own ventilation system. The brown marmorated stink bug colony is kept inside an even smaller room within the lab.

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