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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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Oso Mudslide
4:17 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Focus In Oso Shifts To A Search For Justice

A massive landslide engulfed Oso, Wash., on March 22.
Credit AP Photo/Rick Wilking

David Hyde speaks with Karen Willie, an attorney who specializes in water law, about what the law can — and cannot — do for victims of the Oso mudslide.

Police Reform
3:31 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Assistant Police Chief Jim Pugel Retires; What's Next For SPD?

Assistant Seattle Police Chief Jim Pugel.
Credit Courtesy/Seattle.gov

Steve Scher talks with Lisa Daugaard, policy director of the Public Defender Association, about the Assistant Police Chief Jim Pugel's decision to retire.

Then, Q13 Fox political analyst C.R. Douglas examines what Pugel's retirement means for the Seattle Mayor Ed Murray's administration and overall police reform in Seattle.

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Affordable Care Act
2:53 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

No Extension In Washington For Health Insurance Sign-Up

March 31 is the deadline for Washington Healthplanfinder's open enrollment.
Credit Screenshot of Washington Healthplanfinder website

Ross Reynolds sits down with Washington Healthplanfinder spokesman Michael Marchand to get an update on the last day of open enrollment.

Costly Coverage
12:55 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Federal Disaster Declaration Could Bring Relief To Oso Homeowners Without Landslide Insurance

Governor Jay Inslee signs the request for a Major Disaster Declaration for the Oso mudslide.
Flickr Photo/GovInslee (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Washington Governor Jay Inslee Monday filed a formal request for a federal disaster declaration. If this is granted, it means the survivors of the massive landslide near Oso, Washington, would be eligible for federal assistance. Many of them will be counting on that since they don’t have landslide insurance.

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Politics
10:57 am
Mon March 31, 2014

What To Expect For The 2014 Midterm Elections

Credit Flickr Photo/LaMenta3 (CC BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde talks with Andrea Seabrook, founder and host of DecodeDC, about news from Washington, D.C. Pollster Nate Silver recently said the Democrats are expected to lose the Senate in the midterm elections this fall, and Representative Mike Rogers, R-Mich., announces retirement before the 2016 presidential campaign.

Oso Devastation
6:52 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

Gov. Inslee: 'We're Providing Every Opportunity To Find That Miracle'

A young boy attends a Sunday church service at the First Baptist Church in Darrington, Wash., a week after the devastating Oso mudslide.
Credit KUOW Photo/Kara McDermott

As the local community held Sunday church services a week after the devastating Oso mudslide, searchers continued their work in the sodden destruction zone.

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner confirmed on Sunday evening that 21 people have died in the mudslide. Of these, only 15 have been officially identified.

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Landslide Damage
4:05 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

The Landslide Statistic Everyone's Using Is From 1985

Aerial photo of the mudslide in Snohomish County, Wash.
Office of the Governor Flickr

Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 6:24 pm

The massive landslide in Oso, Wash., has shined a national spotlight on the damage this kind of natural disaster can cause.

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Oso Tragedy
8:38 am
Sat March 29, 2014

Landslide Death Toll Rises, Number Of Missing Drops

Dog rescued from mudslide debris on March 25, 2014.
Flickr Photo/Snohomish County

The death toll has risen to 18 following the devastating landslide near Oso, Washington. One bright spot: The number of people missing has fallen dramatically. It's now down to 30. 

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Oso Mudslide
4:07 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Factors To Consider Before Releasing Names Of Missing People

Snohomish County Emergency Management Director John Pennington at a press conference on March 24, 2014, in Arlington, Wash.
KUOW Photo/Phyllis Fletcher

Ross Reynolds speaks with Joel Reidenberg, who teaches law at Fordham and Princeton universities, about the ethical complexities of releasing the names of those missing or unaccounted for in the Oso mudslide. Reidenberg co-authored a report on privacy and missing persons after natural disasters.

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