Donna Gordon Blankinship http://kplu.org en Survivors Wonder: Why Are We Alive? http://kplu.org/post/survivors-wonder-why-are-we-alive <p style="margin-bottom: 10px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 17px; line-height: 24px;">It was a sound like a jet engine. Then a forest of trees collapsed. And all was quiet except for the calls for help.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 10px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 17px; line-height: 24px;">LoAnna Langton ran out of her house with her baby boy in her arms. Confused about what had just happened, she shouted for her children and their friends. She knew she needed to have her all her babies close at hand.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 10px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 17px; line-height: 24px;">"Larry, Larry, did you see those trees? There's a hundred trees that just went down," she screamed to her neighbor, Larry Taylor, who opened his door and poked his head out.</p><p> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 20:02:52 +0000 Donna Gordon Blankinship 15730 at http://kplu.org Survivors Wonder: Why Are We Alive? Fears Rise That More Than 8 Died In Snohomish County Mudslide http://kplu.org/post/fears-rise-more-8-died-snohomish-county-mudslide <p>The search for survivors of a deadly Washington state mudslide grew Monday to include 108 names of people who were reported missing or were unaccounted for, but authorities cautioned the figure would likely decline dramatically.</p><p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 16:25:22 +0000 Donna Gordon Blankinship, Ed Ronco & Bellamy Pailthorp & Rae Ellen Bichell 15233 at http://kplu.org Fears Rise That More Than 8 Died In Snohomish County Mudslide Landslide Death Toll Doubles To 8 In Snohomish County, At Least 18 Missing http://kplu.org/post/landslide-death-toll-doubles-8-snohomish-county-least-18-missing <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/141179431&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Authorities say the death toll from a massive landslide in rural Washington state has doubled to eight.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>Snohomish County Sheriff's Lt. Rob Palmer said four more bodies were discovered late Sunday. Earlier in the day, authorities said one body had been found on the debris field. Three people were already confirmed dead on Saturday.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 03:48:06 +0000 Donna Gordon Blankinship & Gabriel Spitzer 15218 at http://kplu.org Landslide Death Toll Doubles To 8 In Snohomish County, At Least 18 Missing Inslee: Deadly Mudslide Caused 'Total Devastation' In Snohomish County http://kplu.org/post/inslee-deadly-mudslide-caused-total-devastation-snohomish-county <p>Eighteen people were unaccounted for a day after a terrifying wall of mud, trees and debris destroyed as many as 30 houses in rural northwestern Washington state and killed four people, authorities said Sunday.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Snohomish County Fire District 21 Chief Travis Hots said Sunday that crews were able to get out to the debris and found the fourth body buried in the mud. Hots said emergency responders and technical rescue personnel found "no signs of life" as they scoured the area.</p><p> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 19:51:32 +0000 Donna Gordon Blankinship & Gabriel Spitzer 15198 at http://kplu.org Inslee: Deadly Mudslide Caused 'Total Devastation' In Snohomish County Wash. Health Exchange Offline Despite Deadline http://kplu.org/post/wash-health-exchange-offline-despite-deadline <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Washington's online health insurance exchange was offline overnight until nearly 9 a.m. on Monday morning despite a looming deadline for Washington residents to sign up for health insurance — or at least try to start the process.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>A spokesman for the Washington Healthplanfinder says the site was down for scheduled maintenance overnight. And then they extended the closure for another few hours to run some applications that had previously been stopped by error messages.</p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 18:00:27 +0000 Donna Gordon Blankinship 12009 at http://kplu.org Wash. Health Exchange Offline Despite Deadline Eastside Catholic Students Protest Forced Departure of Gay Vice Principal http://kplu.org/post/eastside-catholic-students-protest-forced-departure-gay-vice-principal <p style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px;">Students at a Seattle-area Catholic school are gaining national attention for their protest over the forced departure of a gay vice principal.</p><p style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px;">An online petition started by the senior class president of Eastside Catholic was the third fastest growing U.S. petition on change.org Friday, attracting around 15,000 signatures in one day.</p><p> Sat, 21 Dec 2013 00:08:37 +0000 Donna Gordon Blankinship 11969 at http://kplu.org Eastside Catholic Students Protest Forced Departure of Gay Vice Principal Started, But Didn't Finish GED? Deadline Looms http://kplu.org/post/started-didnt-finish-ged-deadline-looms <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Thousands of Washington residents who started the GED high school equivalency test sometime this past decade but never finished now have just a few weeks to complete their exams or start&nbsp;over.</span></p><p> Sun, 15 Dec 2013 19:11:34 +0000 Donna Gordon Blankinship & Florangela Davila 11727 at http://kplu.org Started, But Didn't Finish GED? Deadline Looms Brokers Get Creative to Keep Work during Change http://kplu.org/post/brokers-get-creative-keep-work-during-change <p>When Jeff Lindstrom started buying health insurance-related Internet domain names a few years ago, he thought he was being a smart, creative&nbsp;businessman.</p><p>Lindstrom, an insurance broker who works in the Seattle area, bought 40-50 domain names and hit the jackpot with one choice: washingtonhealthplanfinder.org. No, that&#39;s not the state&#39;s new health insurance marketplace. That&#39;s Lindstrom&#39;s brokerage&nbsp;site.</p><p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 18:46:29 +0000 Donna Gordon Blankinship 10447 at http://kplu.org Brokers Get Creative to Keep Work during Change Legislative Critics Don't Like Ed Funding Report http://kplu.org/post/legislative-critics-dont-ed-funding-report <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;">When the Legislature made its annual report to the Washington Supreme Court this week on progress toward improving the way the state pays for public schools, lawmakers said they did the best they could under the circumstances. Legislative critics do not agree.</p><p> Sat, 31 Aug 2013 00:21:27 +0000 Donna Gordon Blankinship 9847 at http://kplu.org Tuition Freeze in Place at Wash. State Schools http://kplu.org/post/tuition-freeze-place-wash-state-schools <p style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px;">Higher education budgets are getting their first increase from the Washington general fund since 2009, and with that boost, comes a mandated one-year tuition freeze that provides a welcome break for those paying for college.</p><p style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px;">School officials say the moves came just in time. Tuition rates have nearly doubled over the past four years to help make up for a series of state budget cuts. Further increases, administrators feared, would prevent some students from enrolling.</p><p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 17:46:34 +0000 Donna Gordon Blankinship 9399 at http://kplu.org Tuition Freeze in Place at Wash. State Schools Report: Wash. kids are poorer, but better educated http://kplu.org/post/report-wash-kids-are-poorer-better-educated <p style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px;">More Washington kids are living in poverty today than before the recession, but they are better educated and their health has improved, according to a new report released Monday.</p><p style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px;">The annual survey released Monday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows the number of Washington children living in poverty has increased to 18 percent, but poverty in the state is still well below the national average.</p><p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 19:15:09 +0000 Donna Gordon Blankinship 9153 at http://kplu.org Report: Wash. kids are poorer, but better educated Money for college getting harder to come up with, study finds http://kplu.org/post/money-college-getting-harder-come-study-finds <p>Despite signs that the state economy is improving, finding money to send children to college is still becoming more difficult.</p><div><p>More students received financial aid last year, but even more families aren&#39;t getting the help they need, according to a new report from the Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board.</p><p> Mon, 30 Jan 2012 21:22:13 +0000 Donna Gordon Blankinship 3975 at http://kplu.org Money for college getting harder to come up with, study finds