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Structurally Deficient
11:19 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Transportation Group Fears Funding Collapse For Bridge Repair

Crews survey the scene of a bridge collapse on Interstate 5 on May 23, 2013 near Mt. Vernon, Washington. There are currently 63,000 structurally deficient bridges in the U.S., and funding to fix them is running out. (Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 12:02 pm

There are 63,000 structurally deficient bridges across the U.S., and the fund to fix them is drying up, according to a new report from the trade group American Road & Transportation Builders Association.

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EarthFix Reports
9:21 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Residents Voice Fear And Concern Over Grays Harbor Oil Terminals

Westway's Grays Harbor Terminal is located in the Port of Grays Harbor, Wash. According to Westway, the port is the only Pacific Coast deep water port north of San Francisco.
EarthFix Photo/Ashley Ahearn

HOQUIAM, Wash. — More than 100 people gathered at the local high school Thursday night with questions and concerns about proposals to build train-to-ship oil terminals in their community.

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Climate Change
9:16 am
Fri April 25, 2014

U.S. Interior Secretary Jewell Meets With Washington Tribes To Discuss Federal Issues

Tribal leader Billy Frank, Jr. spoke at a meeting with U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell Thursday.
EarthFix Photo/Katie Campbell

Tribal leaders in the Puget Sound area gathered on Bainbridge Island Thursday for a summit about top issues in Indian Country. They were joined with U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to discuss federal priorities.

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Education Funding
7:25 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Feds Rescind Washington State's 'No Child Left Behind' Waiver

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 5:09 pm

Washington has become the first state to have its "No Child Left Behind" waiver revoked by the Obama administration. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan notified the state of his decision today, which will restrict Washington's flexibility in spending federal education dollars.

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Ballot Avoidance
7:20 am
Fri April 25, 2014

No Proposal Yet From Mayor's Minimum Wage Committee

Mayor Ed Murray addresses the press on Thursday afternoon, flanked by demonstrators on both sides of the minimum wage debate.
KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and his Income Inequaltiy Committee have not yet reached an agreement in raising the minimum wage.

Murray was expected to announce an initial proposal for the City Council at a press conference Thursday afternoon, but said that though the committee had reached an agreement in principle, there was not yet a viable proposal.

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Marijuana License Lottery
7:08 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Even University Mathematicians Have Role In Marijuana Legalization

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 5:12 pm

The path to marijuana legalization in Washington state is keeping a lot of people busy -- even university math professors.

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Government
7:07 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Military Says Efforts To Bring Idaho POW Home Not Disorganized

A video released by the Taliban in 2010 shows a man believed to be Bowe Bergdahl.

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 4:29 pm

There is mixed news this week on the fate of American prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl. The Associated Press is reporting efforts to bring home the Northwest soldier are in disarray.

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Income Inequality
4:02 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Who Would Be Affected By Seattle’s Minimum Wage Increase?

Credit Flickr Photo/Caleb Knott (CC BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde talks with Mark Long, associate professor of Public Affairs at the University of Washington, about a report that City of Seattle commissioned on the minimum wage issue. Long is a co-author of “Who Would be Affected by an Increase in Seattle’s Minimum Wage?

Politics
3:16 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

The National Popular Vote Bill: Why Some States Want To Change The Electoral Process

Credit Flickr Photo/Erik (HASH) Hersman (CC BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde sits down with Matt Barreto, political science professor at the University of Washington, to talk about a state-led movement to use popular vote for presidential elections in the U.S.

Income Inequality
3:14 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Mapping The Road To $15 Minimum Wage

McPoverty protesters outside Wendy's restaurant on Lake City Way in Seattle on Thursday, Feb. 20.
Credit KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

Marcie Sillman talks with Q13 Fox News political analyst, C.R. Douglas, about Mayor Ed Murray's upcoming proposal for a minimum wage hike and how Seattle got to this point.

Health & Politics
3:05 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

The Public Health Benefits Of Raising Smoking Age To 21

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David Hyde talks with Dr. Abigail Halperin, physician and faculty member in the School of Public Health at the University of Washington, about the health benefits of raising the age to purchase tobacco to 21.

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Government
9:11 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Entire City Council In Idaho Town Faces Recall Effort Over Shooting Of Dog

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 6:59 pm

A group of citizens in the small Idaho town of Filer started gathering signatures this week to recall the mayor and the entire city council.

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Same-Sex Marriage
9:11 am
Thu April 24, 2014

No Quick Ruling Expected In Oregon Gay Marriage Case

Ben West, right, and Paul Rummell are two of the plaintiffs in the case.

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 11:00 am

Attorneys for four same-sex couples called Oregon's gay marriage ban a "state imposed badge of inferiority" during arguments in federal court Wednesday.

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$15 Campaign
8:42 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Seattle Mayor To Announce Plan For Raising Minimum Wage

Demonstrators in Seattle formed a human chain around City Hall Wednesday in support of a $15 minimum wage.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is expected to announce his proposal for a minimum wage increase Thursday afternoon after his advisory committee was unable to reach a consensus.

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Medical Workers
3:49 am
Thu April 24, 2014

3 Americans Dead After Shooting At Kabul Hospital

An Afghan police officer kept watch Thursday at the gate of the Cure hospital in Kabul. Earlier, authorities say, a security guard at the hospital opened fire — killing three American citizens.
Shah Marai AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 4:25 pm

Three American citizens were killed Thursday at a Christian organization's hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, when an Afghan security guard opened fire. Another American citizen was reportedly wounded.

One of those killed was an experienced pediatrician from Chicago who had been working at the hospital for seven years, according to media reports. The other two killed were a father and son whose names and ages had not yet been released.

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