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Northwest Improvement
8:14 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Little Change In National 12th-Grade Math, Reading Scores

Score gains for math and reading among high school seniors in 11 pilot states.

Originally published on Wed May 7, 2014 5:44 pm

The federal government just released its latest national test scores for high school seniors and it’s not good news. A significant number of graduates are below standard for math and reading.

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Threatened Species
8:13 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Lone Caribou Herd In Lower 48 Keeps Federal Protection

A Woodland Caribou from the Southern Selkirk Mountains population.

Originally published on Wed May 7, 2014 5:29 pm

Officials from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Wednesday, a small herd of mountain caribou found in the Northwest will retain federal protection, but it will be as a threatened species rather than endangered.

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Immigration Enforcement
5:27 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Detainee Hunger Strike In Tacoma Sparks Federal Bill

File photo of the interior of Northwest Detention Center.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

A hunger strike at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma recently ended after nearly two months, but the ripple effects continue. U.S. Congressman Adam Smith, D-Bellevue, plans to introduce a bill Thursday that would change how federal agencies operate and audit detention centers.

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White House Advisor
3:30 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

How To Make The Affordable Care Act Better

Credit Ezekiel Emanuel's book "Reinventing American Health Care."

Steve Scher talks to Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel about his book “Reinventing American Health Care.”  Dr. Emanuel was previously a health care adviser to the White House.

Affordable Care Act
3:16 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Why Oregon's Health Exchange Website Failed

Credit Flickr Photo/Sara Westermark (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Oregon Public Broadcasting reporter and producer Kristian Foden-Vencil about  Oregon's troubled health exchange website, Cover Oregon.

Police Chief Search
3:16 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Seattle Police Chief Candidate From Mesa Weathered Tough Political Climate

In this file photo from 2005, then Phoenix police Lt. Frank Milstead describes the circumstances surrounding an arrest.
AP Photo/Paul Connors

Marcie Sillman talks with Arizona Republic reporter Gary Nelson about Mesa Police Chief Frank Milstead, who is a candidate to become Seattle's next police chief.

News From Canada
1:14 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Fighting Between Branches Of Canada's Government, And Other Updates From Canada

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Flickr Photo/The Prime Minister's Office (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks to Vaughn Palmer, Vancouver Sun columnist, about the latest news from Canada.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is accusing Canada's Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin of trying to talk about a court case with him, furthering a dispute between the two government branches.

TransCanada Corp, the company responsible for the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline, says it's losing too much money while they wait for regulatory delays in the United States. They are considering a challenge under NAFTA.

Finally, the latest news about Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is that he has gone to rehab.

Campaign Finance
7:41 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Washington Governor Finds Wealthy Partner In Fight Against Climate Change

California billionaire Tom Steyer has launched a crusade to combat global climate change.

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 5:01 pm

In the world of Democratic politics, Tom Steyer, a former California hedge-fund manager, is like a real-life Bruce Wayne, aka Batman.

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Never-Ending Cycle
12:34 am
Wed May 7, 2014

The Changing Picture Of Poverty: Hard Work Is 'Just Not Enough'

Victoria Houser of Painted Post, N.Y., is raising her son, Brayden, on her own. She says she feels stuck in a never-ending cycle, constantly worried that one financial emergency will send everything tumbling down.
Pam Fessler NPR

Originally published on Wed May 7, 2014 2:27 pm

There are 46 million poor people in the U.S., and millions more hover right above the poverty line — but go into many of their homes, and you might find a flat-screen TV, a computer or the latest sneakers.

And that raises a question: What does it mean to be poor in America today?

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National Climate Assessment
3:15 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Floods, Insects, Torrential Downpours: Here's What To Expect from Northwest Climate Change

Flickr Photo/Clark Maxwell (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher speaks with Amy Snover, Director of the Climate Impacts Group at the University of Washington, about the findings of the National Climate Assessment. The report, which was released Tuesday, is an extensive study on how climate change is affecting the United States. Snover was one of 300 experts consulted in the creation of the assessment.

Police Chief Search
3:15 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Seattle Police Chief Candidate Had Brief, Turbulent Career In Boston

Former Boston Police Commissioner Kathleen O'Toole at a press conference in 2005. O'Toole is a candidate for Seattle Police chief.
Credit AP Photo/Elise Amendola

Marcie Sillman talks with USA Today reporter Donovan Slack about former Boston Police Commissioner Kathleen O' Toole, who is a finalist to become Seattle's next police chief. Slack covered police and city hall at the Boston Globe from 2003 to 2011.

Wage Debate
12:28 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Seattle Chef Tom Douglas To City Council: Tips Should Count Towards Minimum Wage

Chef and restaurant owner Tom Douglas.
Flickr Photo/Ronald Woan (CC-BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde speaks with Seattle chef and restaurant owner Tom Douglas about a proposed hike to the minimum wage in the city.

Remembrances
10:51 am
Tue May 6, 2014

'From Fighter To Conciliator': Friend Remembers Billy Frank, Jr.

Billy Frank, Jr., a veteran of the fish wars, Hank Adams, a tribal advocate, and Shawn Yanity, chairman of the Stillaguamish Tribe confer in Olympia in January.
Northwest News Network/Taylor Winkel

Bill Radke talks with University of Colorado-Boulder law professor Charles Wilkinson, author of "Messages From Frank's Landing," about his friend and colleague, Billy Frank, Jr.

Background Checks
9:36 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Tacoma May Close 'Gun-Show Loophole'

Credit Flickr Photo/M Glasgow (CC BY-NC-ND)

Bill Radke talks with Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland about a plan to close the so-called "gun show loophole" by requiring a background check for any gun sold on city property.

Valley Fever
8:19 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Source Of Fungal Illness Discovered In Eastern Washington Soil

Coccidioides’ tube-shaped cells living in the soil can break into spores and go airborne.

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 8:57 am

A disease-causing fungus thought to be confined to the deserts of the U.S. Southwest has been discovered in soil samples from eastern Washington.

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