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EarthFix Reports
7:49 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Yakama Nation Protests Coal Export Terminal

Yakama Nation fishers and tribal leaders hopped on boats to the fishing site. As a protest, they dropped a net right next to the proposed Morrow Pacific coal export facility.
Courtney Flatt

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 5:44 pm

BOARDMAN, Ore. -- Yakama Nation tribal members took to the Columbia River Tuesday to protest a proposed coal export facility in eastern Oregon. The tribe says the export facility would cut fishers off from treaty-protected fishing sites along the river.

More than 70 people held signs and waved flags on the banks of the Columbia River, just downstream from the proposed Morrow Pacific coal export terminal.

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Washington Supreme Court
7:49 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Inslee's Judicial Appointees Virtually Unopposed On Ballot

Washington Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu takes the oath in the state’s Temple of Justice.

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 10:48 pm

The Washington Supreme Court has its first openly-gay, Asian-American, Latina justice. Former King County Superior Court Judge Mary Yu was sworn-in Tuesday.

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Overloaded Quincy Hospital
7:49 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Rural Hospital Frustrated With Role As Sasquatch Festival's Emergency Room

Dr. Fernando Dietsch is the chief medical officer and E.R. director at Quincy Valley Medical Center.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 8:31 am

Over three days, the annual pilgrimage of 25,000 rollicking concertgoers to the Sasquatch Music Festival turns central Washington's picturesque Gorge Amphitheater along the Columbia River into the largest city in Grant County.

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Law
3:37 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

New State Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu's Judicial Philosophy

Washington Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu.
Flickr Photo/OnceAndFutureLaura

David Hyde speaks with the Justice Mary Yu, who was sworn in to the Washington Supreme Court on May 20.  She's the first Asian-American and openly gay Supreme Court justice in Washington.

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Police Culture
3:36 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Are Police Departments Still Boys Clubs?

Former King County sheriff Sue Rahr in 2008.
Credit Wikipedia

Ross Reynolds talks to Sue Rahr about the issues women face as leaders of police departments. Rahr was the first woman to become elected as sheriff of King County in 2005 and served in that role until 2012.

On Monday Kathleen O'Toole was picked to be the the first female chief of the Seattle Police Department.

International Trade
2:52 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Aviation Consultant: WTO Trade Rules Are 'Toothless'

Credit Flickr Photo/Andrew W. Sieber (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with Scott Hamilton, an aviation consultant from the Leeham company, about the European Union's potential challenge to Boeing's tax breaks and what that says about trade rules and international business.

Seattle Police Department
2:48 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Chief Nominee O'Toole: 'I Don't Want To Just Tick Boxes'

'X' marks the spot. Kathleen O'Toole was announced as Mayor Ed Murray's nominee for Seattle Police Department chief.
KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

Ross Reynolds talks with Seattle police chief nominee Kathleen O' Toole about her top priorities for leading the Seattle Police Department.

'Gentle Giants'
10:08 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Bear-Feeding Case Will Go To Court In A First For Washington

Accused bear feeder Doris Parks created a nine-acre wildlife reserve by buying undeveloped land across the street from her house in Ilwaco, Washington.

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 8:21 pm

A 70-year-old Ilwaco, Washington, woman has been criminally charged for allegedly feeding bears at her house on Washington's Long Beach peninsula. It is believed to be the first time someone has been prosecuted under a relatively new law against feeding large wild carnivores.

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Around The Northwest
10:08 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Pocatello Vote Seen As Test Of Gay-Rights Measures In Idaho

File photo of the Pocatello City Council hearing testimony from gay rights supporters at one of several public hearings in April 2013.

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 4:57 pm

Voters in Pocatello, Idaho will decide the fate of the city’s non-discrimination ordinance Tuesday.

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Courts
10:07 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Judge's Ruling Clears Way For Same-Sex Weddings In Oregon

Jammie Russell and Michelle Hatfield were one of the first same-sex couples to apply for a marriage license in Marion County.

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 4:36 pm

Same-sex couples can now marry legally in Oregon after a federal judge Monday overturned the state's ban on gay marriage.

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Housing
3:27 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

City Proposes New Rules For Building New Houses On Existing Lots

Instead of just one to a lot, some are trying to build multiple houses on one lot.
Flickr Photo/jseattle (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with Seattle homeowner Erin Miller and Seattle City Councilmember Mike O'Brien about proposed regulations for building additional new homes on small existing lots.

Seattle 2035
3:17 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Imagining Capitol Hill's Transit Future In 2035

The Capitol Hill light rail site under construction.
KUOW Photo/Ross Reynolds

Ross Reynolds speaks with Frank Chiachiere, general manager and board member of the Seattle Transit blog, an advocacy group for more mass transit options, about why he thinks we need more density in our future. The two spoke at the light rail station under construction on Capitol Hill as part of KUOW's series on Seattle's comprehensive plan for 2035.

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Economics And Crime
3:17 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Can The Promise Of Opportunity Reduce Crime?

Credit Robert Crutchfield's book "Get a Job."

Steve Scher talks to UW Sociology professor Robert Crutchfield about the research in his new book ,"Get A Job: Labor Markets, Economic Opportunity, And Crime."

One argument for raising the minimum wage is that better pay will tie a person to the work in a positive way. More pay could give a worker hope that they will be able to  build a better life for themselves and their family. Research shows that  kids will pick up on that hope and be less likely to commit crimes. 

Crutchfield  has worked as a parole agent and a juvenile probation officer. His research focuses on the connections between labor markets, economic opportunity and crime. Basically, he says, a good job reduces crime. 

Law Enforcement
10:47 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Former Boston Top Cop Kathleen O'Toole Picked To Head Seattle Police

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announces Kathleen O'Toole as his nominee for Seattle chief of police.
Credit KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

Kathleen O’Toole, formerly the Boston police commissioner and Ireland’s chief inspector, has been selected as Mayor Ed Murray's nominee as Seattle's top cop.

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Vetting
8:19 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Carfax For Candidates? Nonprofit Offers Politician Background Checks

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 9:21 am

Even though it is a mid-term election year, some 300 candidates are vying for 162 local, state and federal positions in Washington state alone.

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