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EarthFix Reports
7:12 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Federal Government Blazes Ahead On Comprehensive Fire Management Plan

Wildfire seasons in many parts of Oregon and the rest of the West are getting hotter and longer.

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 3:45 pm

A new national strategy for preventing and fighting wildfires has been announced by the federal government in response to increasingly costly firefighting seasons in the West.

Rather than waiting to address wildfires until after they ignite, the new strategy emphasizes restoring forests and rangelands while stabilizing funding.

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Oso Disaster
7:09 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Inslee Happy With Federal Aid For Landslide, But Says It Won't 'Make People Whole'

Washington Governor Jay Inslee and Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson visited the landslide site on April 6, 2014.
Office of the Governor

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 5:45 pm

Washington Governor Jay Inslee says he's pleased with the federal disaster relief flowing to the state for last month's deadly landslide in Snohomish County.

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Central Washington
7:07 am
Thu April 10, 2014

What Cracked Wanapum Dam? Experts Won't Know Until June

A view of the lowered Columbia River at Crescent Bar near Vantage, Wash.
Grant County PUD

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 5:25 pm

Central Washington could be in for a bummer of a summer as Grant County officials have said they won’t nail down the cause of the crack on Wanapum Dam until June.

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Emergency Numbers
5:27 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Emergency 911 Service Restored In Washington After Morning Outage

Flickr Photo/Bryan Jones (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Emergency 911 service has been restored for the state of Washington after an outage affected dispatch centers throughout the state and parts of Oregon.

The lines were restored in Washington and Oregon after separate, but unrelated problems, according to CenturyLink.

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Urban Planning
4:07 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Re-Engaging Neighborhoods For Seattle's Future

Seattle's Magnolia neighborhood.
Credit Flickr Photo/cleverdame107 (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds speaks with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray about the April 5 Neighborhood Summit and how the city could support thriving neighborhoods in the future.

Transportation
3:06 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Kirkland City Council Endorses Prop 1 Despite Concerns

Credit Flickr Photo/clappstar (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen about why the city voted to support the transportation funding measure despite reservations.

Affordable Care Act
2:12 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

What To Do If You Still Don't Have Health Insurance

Credit Flickr Photo/Subconsci Productions (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Richard Onizuka, CEO of the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, about what people can do if they missed the March 31 deadline to sign up for health insurance.

Democracy
2:12 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Washington Electoral Process Among The Best In The Nation

Credit King County's Facebook page.

Steve Scher talks with Zachary Markovits, project manager of Pew Charitable Trusts' Election Performance Index, about how well Washington state is operating when it comes to election and voting.

Public Safety
1:24 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

EPA Cleans Up 'Chemical House' In Seattle's Green Lake Neighborhood

Containers were found inside and outside the house.
EPA Photo

The Environmental Protection Agency is working to remove hundreds of containers of hazardous chemicals from a Craftsman home in Seattle's Green Lake neighborhood.

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Federal Disaster
8:40 am
Wed April 9, 2014

President Obama To Visit Oso Landslide Site

File photo of cleanup at the site of the Oso landslide site on April 3, 2014.
Washington National Guard

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 2:47 pm

President Barack Obama is expected to visit the site of the deadly landslide in Snohomish County, Wash., later this month.

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U-Drive, U-Text, U-Pay
8:04 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Statewide Special Patrols To Crack Down On Distracted Driving Starting Thursday

Flickr Photo/Skip&Nell (CC BY-NC-ND)

You’ve probably heard the slogan “Click It or Ticket” to promote seatbelt safety. Now, Washington state is joining in a new national campaign to target people who text and drive.

Special patrols will be out statewide, starting Thursday, with a new snappy slogan to add: “U-Drive, U-Text, U-Pay.”

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Breaking
6:22 am
Wed April 9, 2014

At Least 20 Students Injured In Knife Attack At Pa. High School

Emergency responders gather in the parking lot on the campus of Franklin Regional High School in Murraysville, Pa., on Wednesday after an attack there left at least 20 people, nearly all of them students, injured. Most suffered stab wounds or lacerations.
Keith Srakocic AP

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 3:48 am

(This post is being updated as news comes in.)

At least 20 teenagers and one adult were injured, two of them critically, Wednesday morning at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pa., when a 16-year-old fellow student attacked them with two knives.

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Federal Aid Rates
12:49 am
Wed April 9, 2014

States, Lawmakers Want Feds To Use New Math For FEMA Calculations

About 1,000 homes were damaged or destroyed by a tornado in Washington, Ill., last November. Some senators are pushing for a better disaster formula for communities to get financial help.
Tasos Katopodis Getty Images

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 5:02 am

It's no question the weather's been brutal for some communities, including Washington, Ill., a town of 15,000 in the central part of the state. When a tornado ripped through the area last November three people died and more than a thousand homes were damaged.

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Seattle Police Reform
2:14 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Mayor Murray On SPD: It Will Take Time, But The Culture Will Change

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray.
Credit KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Ross Reynolds speaks with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray about efforts to bring the Seattle Police Department in line with federally mandated reforms.

Rwanda Genocide
1:28 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Remembering Rwandans Who Followed Their Conscience

Godleaves Mukamunana, left, hid Domitil Mukakumuranga, in her house for weeks so that Hutu militias wouldn't kill her. "Seeing her alive is the best thing," Mukamunana says. "That kind of relationship we have is priceless. The fact that I don't have more like her --€” those who were killed — that's what's hurting."
Gregory Warner NPR

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 2:24 am

Olive Mukankusi lives in a two-room house with mud walls and a dirt floor in a village called Igati, in eastern Rwanda's Rwamagana province. To get there, you have to drive about 30 minutes down a dirt road.

It's there, in her home, on a warm and sunny afternoon, that she tells a story that she's only told three times in 20 years: first to a local judge, then to an American genocide researcher — and now.

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