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Oso Mudslide
9:55 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Week Two Of Mudslide Recovery, Decisions Get Harder

The 2005 La Conchita landslide in California killed 10 people and destroyed 13 homes.
Credit Flickr Photo/Doc Searls (CC BY-NC-ND)

Bill Radke talks with Los Angeles Fire Captain Ronald Klamecki about his own work in a landslide recovery in California and how authorities will decide regarding their next steps.

"As days go by, the potential of finding live victims diminishes. The rescuers are really putting forth the great effort and it wears on them too," he said. "They're doing their very best to bring closure to the victims' families."

Advice For Police Chiefs
9:18 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Jim Pugel Reflects On 31 Years With The Seattle Police, From WTO To Drug Policy Reform

Assistant Chief Jim Pugel speaking at a press conference on gun safety, April 18, 2012.
Credit SPD Photo

After 31 years with the Seattle Police Department, Jim Pugel is leaving. But he has no plans to retire.

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Natural Gas
8:49 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Washington LNG Plant Still Not Safe For Investigators

Google Earth view of the liquefied natural gas storage facility in Plymouth, Wash.
Google Earth

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 3:20 pm

State and federal pipeline safety investigators have not yet been able to access the scene of an explosion and fire at a natural gas facility in southeast Washington.

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Detainee Protests
5:46 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Hunger Strikers At Northwest Detention Center Moved To Isolation

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

Several immigrants being held at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma have been moved to isolation after a recent hunger strike at the facility.

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EarthFix Reports
5:30 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

What Does The Plymouth Explosion Mean For LNG Proposals?

Duane VanBeek tells Plymouth residents that the evacuation zone had been reduced to one mile. An explosion at an LNG storage tank forced them from their homes Monday morning. Many returned home after spending the day at the Umatilla County Fairgrounds.
Credit EarthFix Photo/Courtney Flatt

People opposed to exporting liquefied natural gas in Oregon say Monday’s explosion along the Columbia River points out safety problems at these types of facilities. But project supporters say the explosion should not affect decisions about their facilities.

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EarthFix Reports
5:06 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Landslide Mapping An Unfinished Task For Geologists

A preliminary map of the landslide area in northwest Washington.
Credit U.S. Geological Survey

The last time the U.S. Geological Survey made a national map of landslide hazards, it did so on paper. It didn’t use laser imaging for landslide detection and it didn’t render the maps with high-powered geographic software near-universally used in today’s maps.

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Affordable Care Act
3:22 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

What Made Washington's Health Care Exchange Successful?

Credit Courtesy of Washington Healthplanfinder

Marcie Sillman talks with Jennifer Haberkorn, healthcare reporter for Politico, about what made Washington's health care exchange work and how other state's system compared.

Rebuilding Iraq
2:54 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Iraqi Ambassador To The United States Visits Seattle

Ambassador Lukman Faily
Credit Embassy of the Republic of Iraq in Washington, D.C.'s Facebook page.

Marcie Sillman talks with Ambassador Lukman Faily about his visit to Boeing and his goals and challenges as the Iraqi ambassador to the United States.

Land Use Issues
11:41 am
Tue April 1, 2014

DNR Investigates Out-Of-Bounds Clear-Cut, Other Possible Factors In Oso Landslide

Geomorphologist Paul Kennard at Discovery Park in Seattle.
Credit KUOW Photo/John Ryan

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story stated that land above the Oso landslide zone was logged in 2005. The site was logged in 2004 and replanted in 2005.

Seattle just wrapped up its wettest March on record, with 9.4 inches of rain reported at Sea-Tac International Airport. 

Geologists say near-record rain in the Cascade foothills was key in triggering the fatal landslide near the town of Oso, Wash., on March 22. But they say clear-cutting nearby could also have worsened the risk of the hillside collapsing.

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Same-Sex Marriage
9:57 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Washington To Convert Domestic Partners To 'Married' In June

Credit Flickr Photo/John Heil (CC BY-NC-ND)

The wedding day for about 7,000 same-sex couples in Washington is just three months away. It’s not a date they chose, but one set by the state’s same-sex marriage law. Some couples are excited, but others never planned to marry at all.

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Past Wars' Casualties
7:30 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Pentagon Reorganizing How It Brings Home America's War Dead

The Central Identification Laboratory of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Pentagon announced that it will overhaul how the organization finds, identifies and returns the remains of thousands of service members lost in past wars.
Elyse Butler for NPR

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 5:23 am

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced an overhaul Monday of the agencies responsible for finding, identifying, and returning the remains of servicemen lost in past wars.

The Pentagon spends more than $100 million a year on the effort, but last year only identified 60 of the more than 80,000 missing.

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Radioactive Waste
7:14 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Washington State Tells Feds Hanford Cleanup Must Go Faster

File photo. Construction of Hanford's waste treatment plant is way behind schedule.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 5:52 pm

Washington Governor Jay Inslee and state Attorney General Bob Ferguson complained Monday that the federal government will likely miss major deadlines for cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

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Natural Gas
7:13 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Washington State To Investigate Explosion At LNG Plant

Google Earth view of the liquefied natural gas storage facility in Plymouth, Wash.
Credit Google Earth

State and federal pipeline safety investigators have been dispatched to the site of an explosion and fire at the Williams Northwest Pipeline liquefied natural gas facility in Plymouth, Wash.

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Open Enrollment Ending
7:10 am
Tue April 1, 2014

HealthCare.Gov Woes Frustrate Last-Minute Shoppers And Helpers

Loretha Cager talks with an applicant at MNSure's call center in St. Paul, Minn., Monday. Monday was the open enrollment deadline for signing up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
Ann Heisenfelt AP

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 12:30 pm

Last-minute health insurance shoppers turned up in record numbers Monday, both online and in person at clinics, county health departments and libraries. They were there to sign up for Obamacare on the last official day of open enrollment.

Public radio reporters checked out the scene in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Houston — three of the 36 states that are using HealthCare.gov — as well as in Minnesota, which has one of the most troubled state-run marketplaces.

Congested In Cleveland

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Oso Mudslide
4:08 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Death Toll From Mudslide Increased To 27

In Arlington, Wash., neighbors and businesses are raising money for the families of those affected by the mudslide in Oso, a part of that city.
Elaine Thompson AP

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 11:03 am

This post was updated at 1:45 p.m. ET.

The search continues in Oso, Wash., for victims of the massive mudslide that swept through about 50 homes and properties on March 22.

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