The Salt
11:03 am
Sun March 24, 2013

Backyard Chickens: Cute, Trendy Spreaders Of Salmonella

Backyard chickens can be a great hobby. They can also spread disease.
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Originally published on Sun March 24, 2013 8:59 am

Backyard chickens have become a coveted suburban accessory, one that packages cuteness, convenience and local food production in one fluffy feathered package.

But animal husbandry can be a nasty business, a fact that's often glossed over by poultry partisans like Martha Stewart and New Yorker writer Susan Orlean.

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war
11:02 am
Sun March 24, 2013

Visas slow for Iraqis who helped U.S. war efforts

The federal government has issued less than a quarter of 25,000 visas created for Iraqis who helped American efforts during the Iraq War and the program is set to end this year.

As the nation marks the 10th anniversary of the war, advocates and a group of Republican and Democratic congress members are urging the Obama Administration to extend and reform the visa program.

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Environment
12:10 pm
Sat March 23, 2013

Big city lights to go out for Earth Hour tonight

If you see a big bridge or stadium suddenly go dark tonight, don't be alarmed.

Seattle and Tacoma are joining thousands of cities around the world and turning out the lights for Earth Hour, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Landmark buildings will go dark for the hour, and residents are encouraged to take part by turning out all non-essential lights to support the ongoing fight against climate change.

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sequester
12:01 pm
Sat March 23, 2013

FAA to close 5 towers in Wash.

The Federal Aviation Administration has decided that five air traffic control towers in Washington are among 149 that will close beginning April 7 as part of the agency's sequestration implementation plan.

The five towers are at Olympia Regional Airport; Renton Municipal Airport; Felts Field in Spokane; Tacoma Narrows Airport and the Yakima Air Terminal.

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Science
12:00 pm
Sat March 23, 2013

Resurrected Frog Gives Us Cause To Brood

This week scientists announced they have reproduced the genome of an extinct amphibian, the gastric brooding frog.
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Originally published on Sat March 23, 2013 11:06 am

The gastric brooding frog may be coming back. Does that give us a lot to brood about, too?

This week scientists at the University of New South Wales' Lazarus Project announced they have reproduced the genome — that bit of biological material that carries our genetic structure — of a gastric brooding frog.

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legislature
9:03 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Teachers' union tops lobbying spending in Olympia so far

Originally published on Fri March 22, 2013 4:45 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – New disclosure reports are out on money spent for lobbying in Olympia. Who tops the list? So far Washington’s teachers’ union is spending the most to influence state lawmakers this legislative session.

The Washington Education Association has five top priorities for the 2013 legislature. The list includes more money for schools as directed by the Washington Supreme Court. The union is also pushing for competitive salaries and benefits for teachers and support staff.

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The Two-Way
4:27 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Saturday Mail Delivery: Safe For Now?

Veteran USPS letter carrier Michael McDonald gathers mail to load into his truck before making his delivery run in the East Atlanta neighborhood on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, in Atlanta.
David Goldman AP

Originally published on Fri March 22, 2013 3:25 pm

Does the budget bill passed by Congress this week derail the United States Postal Service (USPS) plan to end Saturday delivery of first class mail?

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health
3:09 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

105 U.S. kids died of flu; most didn't get vaccine

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The flu season is winding down, and it has killed 105 children so far — about the average toll.

The season started about a month earlier than usual, sparking concerns it might turn into the worst in a decade. It ended up being very hard on the elderly, but was moderately severe overall, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Politics
3:09 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Inslee promoting new I-5 Columbia River bridge

Gov. Jay Inslee said Friday that Washington has a closing window of opportunity to replace the bridge carrying Interstate 5 over the Columbia River, warning that failure to act would "start that erosion process in our economic competitiveness."

Speaking with Southwest Washington business and government leaders, the governor said the opportunity for more than $1 billion in federal funding won't be available for at least another decade.

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Business and labor
1:44 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Boeing to lay off 800 local machinists, shrink workforce

Associated Press

The Boeing Co. will lay off approximately 800 local workers in the Puget Sound area as part of a larger plan to reduce local headcount by 2,000 to 2,300 people, the company said Friday.

Spokesman Doug Alder said affected employees are machinists who handle refurbishment and change incorporation — implementing necessary post-production updates — to the 787 and the 747-8 models.

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Northwest notes
12:07 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

New national monument planned in San Juan Islands

President Barack Obama is designating five new national monuments, using executive authority to protect historic or ecologically significant sites —including one in Washington state.

The San Juan Islands National Monument off Washington's northwest coast includes roughly 1,000 acres of public land already managed by the BLM.

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same-sex marriage
9:30 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Meet the 83-year-old taking on the U.S. over same-sex marriage

Edith Windsor in her New York City apartment in December 2012. Next week, the U.S. Supreme Court hears her challenge to the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act.
Richard Drew Associated Press

The tiny dynamo asking the U.S. Supreme Court to turn the world upside down looks nothing like a fearless pioneer. At age 83, Edith Windsor dresses in classic, tailored clothes, usually with a long string of pearls, and she sports a well-coiffed, shoulder-length flip. She looks, for all the world, like a proper New York City lady.

Proper she may be, and a lady, but Windsor, who likes to be called Edie, is making history, challenging the federal Defense of Marriage Act, known as DOMA. The law bans federal recognition and benefits for legally married same-sex couples.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
9:13 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Snow or no snow, Northwest spring began months ago

A snow-covered lawn is seen in Bothell, Wash. on Friday, March 22, 2013.
Bellamy Pailthorp

Snow on the third day of spring has some people wondering: what gives?

Well, actually, spring here began a long time ago, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.

“The problem we have here in the Northwest is spring lasts too long,” says Mass, professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington.

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Business and labor
8:00 am
Fri March 22, 2013

NTSB scolds Boeing over 787 comments

Associated Press

It appears that Boeing's comments about the smoldering batteries on its 787 have annoyed the National Transportation Safety Board.

Boeing gave its own account of two battery incidents, which include a fire, at a detailed press briefing in Tokyo last week. The problem is that the NTSB is still investigating the incidents.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Should Seattle go for 2024 Summer Olympics?

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A lot of people are talking about Seattle being one of the U.S. cities inquiring about a bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. 

Is the city ready for something like this? KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel looks at the pros and cons.


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