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8:50 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Oregonians Will Vote On GMO Labeling Initiative

File photo of supporters of a GMO labeling initiative rallying in front of the Oregon capitol earlier this month.

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 4:05 pm

An initiative that will give Oregonians the chance to vote on whether food companies should label products that contain genetically engineered ingredients qualified for the November ballot Wednesday.

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Wages And Housing
2:47 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Middle Income Group Overlooked In Seattle Affordable Housing Struggle

A Seattle high-rise apartment building.
Credit Flickr Photo/Andrew Smith (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien is looking for affordable housing solutions – for a population that may be overlooked.

Speaking with KUOW’s Ross Reynolds, O’Brien said that systems are in place for those making around 30 percent of the area median wage, but not for those between 60 to 100 percent of the median (for a single person that’s between $37,000 and $50,000 a year).

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Work Safety
9:20 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Feds Ban Free Climbing By Electric Utility Workers

Seattle City Light lineworkers 180 feet above the Seattle Ship Canal in 2011.
Credit KUOW Photo/John Ryan

The Obama Administration is putting an end to the common practice of "free climbing" by electrical lineworkers. Seattle City Light and other electric utilities let their lineworkers climb transmission towers without using safety harnesses.

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Oso Landslide
3:15 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Scientists Draw Lessons From Oso Landslide

The site of the Oso mudslide in March.
Flickr Photo/Washington State DNR (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with David Montgomery, professor of geomorphology at the University of Washington, who was part of a team of scientists studying the aftermath of the Oso mudslide in order to help other communities prepare for future disasters.

Immigration Control
2:26 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Texas To Deploy National Guard To Mexico Border

Texas Gov. Rick Perry announces he is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops over the next month to the Texas-Mexico border to combat criminals that Republican state leaders say are exploiting a surge of children and families entering the U.S. illegally, July 21, 2014, in Austin, Texas. (Eric Gay/AP)

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 1:13 pm

Governor Rick Perry has decided to send the National Guard to Texas’s southern border with Mexico to deter criminals he and other Republican leaders say are exploiting children and families entering the U.S. illegally.

The Texas Army National Guard is gearing up to send up to one thousand troops over the next month to support the state’s existing law enforcement surge, amid an influx of Central Americans to the region.

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Washington Wildfires
3:31 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

One Wildfire Victim Never Got An Evacuation Notice, Here's Why

The Washington National Guard continues to provide support to the people of North Central Washington who have been affected by the Carlton Complex Fire.
Flickr Photo/The National Guard (SFC Jason Kriess) (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Bill Radke speaks with Brenda Riggan of Brewster, Washington, about coming back to her home after the Carlton Complex wildfire tore through the area and her frustration over never having received an evacuation notice in the first place. Then, Ross Reynolds talks with Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers about why people like Riggan didn't receive the same notices that other residents did.

Megaprojects
9:58 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Seattle Tunnel Partner Wins $80 Million Dispute Over Boston’s Big Dig

Road signs from Boston's Big Dig.
Flickr Photo/Nantaskart!

One of the two companies attempting to dig a highway tunnel beneath the Seattle waterfront has won an $80 million dispute with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

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Parks
2:23 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

To Park District Or Not: Two Sides Debate Seattle Proposition One

Gasworks Park, Seattle
Flickr Photo/Roy Patrick Tan (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with two advocates concerning Seattle Proposition 1, which would create a Seattle Park District. Don Harper is with the group Our Parks Forever, which opposes the passage of Prop 1, and Ken Bounds is with Seattle Parks For All, which advocates for it.

Women's Health
8:01 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Half Of Texas Abortion Clinics Close After Restrictions Enacted

Texas gubernatorial hopeful and state Sen. Wendy Davis came to prominence when she opposed legislation restricting abortions. The bill eventually became law and is now blamed for the closure of abortion clinics across the state.
LM Otero AP

Originally published on Sun July 20, 2014 7:40 am

In a little over a year, the number of clinics that provide abortions in Texas fell to 20 from 41, and watchdogs say that as few as six may be left by September.

Many clinics closed because of a requirement that doctors at those clinics obtain hospital admitting privileges within a certain radius of the clinic, and many doctors couldn't comply. The requirement took effect last November. This week marks the first anniversary of the state law that started it all.

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MH17
3:25 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Obama: Evidence MH17 Hit By Missile From Rebel-Held Area Of Ukraine

A firefighter douses the smoldering wreckage of Flight MH17 on Thursday.
Alexander Khudoteply AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 11:24 pm

This post was updated at 5:00 p.m. ET.

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August Primary
7:42 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Washington's Mid-Term Elections Draw In More Than Nearly $33M So Far

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 4:53 pm

Washington’s August primary is less than a month away -- August 5. It’s a mid-term election year with no statewide offices on the ballot. Even so, already nearly $33 million have been contributed to campaigns.

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Nuclear Energy
7:41 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Hanford Workers Say They’re Not Satisfied With Working Conditions At Tank Farms

Dozens of workers from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation gathered for public meeting organized watchdog group Hanford Challenge.

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 8:16 am

Hanford Nuclear Reservation workers who are worried about getting sick turned out in droves for a public meeting Wednesday night in Richland organized by a Seattle-area watchdog called Hanford Challenge.

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Marijuana Edibles
2:49 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Hungry For Pot? Here's What You Need To Know

Credit Flickr Photo/Chris Baker (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Roger Roffman, University of Washington professor emeritus of social work, about how to stay safe with marijuana edibles.

Emergency Declarations
8:00 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Wildfires Blaze Their Way Across The Northwest

US Highway 26 near Mitchell, Oregon has been closed much of this week due to a wildfire.

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 8:53 am

As wildfires continue to blaze around the Northwest, both Oregon and Washington have issued emergency declarations for fire-ravaged portions of their state. Affected are 20 of Washington's eastern counties and central Oregon, where most of the state's 13 active fires are burning.

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