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Campaign Season
3:27 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Midterm Elections: Will Democrats Take Control Of The State Senate?

Steve Scher talks to writer and political consultant Chris Vance about key races that might tip the scale in favor of Senate Democrats.

Central Oregon
8:08 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Oil Train Preparedness A Gap For Oregon's Hazmat Response

Photo of an oil train headed south through the Deschutes River Gorge Sunday, May 4.
Courtesy of Friends of the Gorge

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 12:11 pm

For seven years, Central Oregon has been without a state hazardous materials team.

It means that in the event of an oil train spill in Deschutes County, the closest team assigned to the area comes from Salem, roughly two and half to three hours away.

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Original Birth Certificate
8:06 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Washington State Expects Rush When Adoption Records Open

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 6:45 pm

Washington's state Department of Health is expecting a rush when an adoption law change takes effect on July 1.

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Former Prime Minister Detained
6:27 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Soldiers Arrest Thai Politician As He Speaks Out Against Coup

Former Thai Education Minister Chaturon Chaisang (center) was detained by soldiers after speaking at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand in Bangkok on Tuesday.
Apichart Weerawong AP

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 4:12 pm

A former minister of Thailand's ousted Cabinet was detained Tuesday at a news conference at which he criticized the coup that took control of the country last week. The arrest comes as another detained official — ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra — was released.

From Bangkok, Michael Sullivan reports for our Newscast unit:

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Hidden Kitchens
12:22 am
Tue May 27, 2014

How Soviet Kitchens Became Hotbeds Of Dissent And Culture

A typical Russian kitchen inside an apartment built during the early 1960s, when Nikita Khrushchev led the Soviet Union — what later became known as Khrushchev apartments.
Courtesy of The Kitchen Sisters

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 11:45 am

When Nikita Khrushchev emerged as the leader of the Soviet Union after Stalin's death in 1953, one of the first things he addressed was the housing shortage and the need for more food. At the time, thousands of people were living in cramped communal apartments, sharing one kitchen and one bathroom with sometimes up to 20 other families.

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New Prime Minister
3:15 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

What India's Election Means For Washingtonians

Narendra Modi was elected as India's next prime minister.
AP Photo/Ajit Solanki

David Hyde interviews former Washingtonian, diplomat and scholar Haroon Ullah about the recent election of  Narendra Modi to be the next prime minister of India.

Around The Northwest
11:45 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Preserve Vs. Road: Southeast Washington’s Growing Pains Erupt In Public-Planning Battle

Scott Woodward shows off Amon Creek Natural Preserve in Richland, Washington.

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 3:40 pm

The Tri-Cities are growing faster than most other metro areas in the Northwest, or the nation. From a high spot like Badger Mountain, it’s easy see how rapidly new neighborhoods are leveling off ridgelines and hacking into fruit orchards.

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Politics
10:05 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Year After Skagit Bridge Collapse, Little Done To Improve Bridges

It's been a year since the Skagit River bridge collapsed and little has been done to improve the infrastructure of faltering bridges elsewhere in the state.
Credit Harley Soltes

On the day that Jan Auman, a coffee shop owner in Skagit County, had planned to celebrate the one-year anniversary of her new business, the nearby I-5 bridge collapsed.

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$15 An Hour?
9:22 am
Fri May 23, 2014

City Council Questions Mayor's Minimum Wage Plan

Matthew Hollek owns a Subway sandwich shop in Ballard. He said he functions like a small business and shouldn't have to pay higher wages than his competitors nearby.
Credit Amy Radil

The Seattle City Council took up Mayor Ed Murray’s minimum wage proposal Thursday. Labor leaders said they weren’t thrilled about the council's opening questions.

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Memorial Day
8:46 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Local Veteran 'Says A Little Prayer' When Flags Are Lowered To Half-Staff

Patrick Daly served in the U.S. Air Force for 26 years.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Memorial Day is just one of many days throughout the year when the American flag is lowered to half-staff. The President of the United States and state governors can also order flags lowered during times of mourning.

In Washington state, flags have flown at half-staff three times so far in 2014 to honor local soldiers who died on active duty. In April, Governor Jay Inslee also ordered to lower the flags for a week in memory of the victims of the tragic Oso landslide.

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Demographics
3:09 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Is Seattle's Growth Tied To Millennial's Migratory Habits?

A worker at a WeWork location. The collaborative work space provide has opened a location in South Lake Union.
Flickr Photo/Scott Beale/Laughing Squid (CC-BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde speaks with demographer Peter Francese about the migratory habits of the millennial generation and the fact that Seattle is now the fastest-growing city in the United States.

Wage Debate
3:08 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Seattle City Council Considers Changes To Mayor's Minimum Wage Proposal

Official photo of the current Seattle City Council.

Ross Reynolds talks to PubliCola reporter Erica C. Barnett about the Seattle City Council's review of Mayor Ed Murray's minimum wage proposal. The original plan was a hard-fought compromise between business and labor representatives.

Long-Term Unemployment
1:20 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Governor Inslee Allocates $4 Million In Federal Funds To Help Washington's Unemployed

Ross Reynolds speaks with Marlena Sessions, chief executive officer for Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County, about how they plan to use their portion of $4 million in federal funds to help King County's long-term unemployed get back to work.

Public Safety
10:31 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Advisory: E. Coli Cases In Washington Possibly Linked To Clover Sprouts

Clover sprouts from Evergreen Fresh Sprouts of Idaho are suspected in a series of recent E. coli cases.
Flickr Photo/Stephie189

Health officials have advised people not to eat clover sprouts until further notice because of a possible link to E. coli. Ten people have become ill from E. coli in Washington and Idaho since May 1; half of them were hospitalized.

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