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Health
4:59 am
Fri October 31, 2014

3-D Mammograms Improve Cancer Detection, UW Study Finds

While mammograms are successful in detecting early breast cancer, they are sometimes associated with false positives. Researchers at the University of Washington say 3-D mammograms are more accurate and can help find hidden tumors. 

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Health Care
4:38 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Roving, Free Health Clinic Sets Up Shop At KeyArena For Four-Day Stay

Reina Rosales has her cavity filled by Dr. Phillips Trautman.
Monica Spain

Even with the Affordable Care Act, adults in Washington are not getting the medical care they need often because they cannot afford deductibles or get into a Medicaid provider. Others go without eyeglasses and live with toothache because they don’t have coverage at all. This week, Seattle has a temporary clinic in an unlikely place to help solve some of those problems.

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Ebola Preparedness
5:00 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Sea-Tac Airport Has CDC Quarantine Station In Case Of Contagion

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Tetona Dunlap AP Photo

Nervous air travelers might know Sea-Tac International Airport doesn’t have any flights to or from Africa. What it does have is a quarantine station that’s prepared to stop the spread of contagious diseases, such as Ebola.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has 20 quarantine stations around the U.S. In Seattle, the station is located at Sea-Tac, and it’s not new. 

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Bike Share
5:00 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Seattle's Bike Share Program Launches With 500 Bikes Around Town

Holly Houser, executive director of Pronto Cycle Share, poses with one of the shared bikes.
Monica Spain

After years of planning, the wheels are rolling on Seattle’s bicycle sharing service. Fifty bike stations open around the city today.

Rows of identical lime-green bikes are lined up next to sky-blue containers holding sanitized helmets available on the honor system. Next to them is a kiosk, which resembles a vending machine.

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Environment
5:00 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Researchers: Keep An Eye Out For Tagged Monarch Butterflies

This photo shows a tagged monarch butterfly.
Washington State University

If you’re lucky enough to spot a lacy monarch butterfly as it heads south for winter, look closely. You might see something unusual on its wing.

In a town in northern California, a young girl noticed a white sticker with an email address on a butterfly’s wing when it landed on her garage door.

“She took note and emailed me, so it proved the system worked,” said Dr. David James, an entomologist at Washington State University.

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Space Travel
3:10 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Bezos' Company Blue Origin Chosen To Build NASA's Rocket

FILE - This photo released by Blue Origin shows the development vehicle Goddard being moved back into the barn in remote Culberson County in West Texas, after a test flight on Nov. 13, 2006.
AP Photo/Blue Origin

The U.S. has been wanting to ferry astronauts from U.S. soil to the International Space Station, but for now, American astronauts rely on Russia to get to space. That’s about to change, now that Boeing and Blue Origin, another Northwest company, are on board to build the rocket.

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Space Travel
1:21 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

NASA Picks Boeing And SpaceX To Ferry Astronauts

In this undated image provided by NASA, astronaut Randy Bresnik prepares to enter The Boeing Company's CST-100 spacecraft for a fit check evaluation at the company's Houston Product Support Center.
AP Photo/NASA

NASA is a giant step closer to launching Americans again from U.S. soil.

On Tuesday, the space agency announced it has picked Boeing and SpaceX to transport astronauts to the International Space Station in the next few years.

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Business
4:59 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

How Seattle's Mayor Plans To Enforce The Minimum Wage

A supporter of Seattle's increased minimum wage carries a sign outside city hall.

With the passage of a complicated minimum wage law in Seattle, officials want to ensure the law is easily understood.  The mayor is proposing a new office called the Office of Labor Standards, that would serve as a clearinghouse for information and enforcement.

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Public Transportation
6:32 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

With Cuts Looming, Transportation Officials Looking At Ways To Streamline Services

FILE - A light rail train is seen from the cab of another train during a test ride of SoundTransit's new light rail line from downtown Seattle to a station near the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Tukwila, Washington.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

It’s a curious time for transit riders in King County. New services like streetcars and light rail are being built. But several waves of bus cuts are looming, and transportation officials are working to streamline transportation efforts in the region.

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Homelessness
9:07 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Seattle City Council Mulls Pilot Programs To Fight Family Homelessness

When you’re a homeless person, finding shelter isn’t easy. But when you’re a homeless family, especially a family with a dad, the options are even more limited.

For Seattle’s homeless families with a male head of household, there are few choices for temporary shelter. There are hotel vouchers and encampments, but otherwise families are split. Women and children go off to one shelter, men end up elsewhere.

This year the Seattle City Council helped fund a new type of homeless shelter, called a congregate model, where families can stay together. As the council prepares for the 2015 budget, council members are reviewing a handful of pilot programs to fight family homelessness.  

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Youth & Education
4:39 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Seattle School Board To Appoint Interim Superintendent At Special Meeting

The Seattle School Board will hold a special meeting on Friday to select an interim superintendent, district officials said.

The 4:15 meeting, which will be streamed online, will be followed by a news conference around 5 p.m., officials said.

The superintendent position is being vacated by José Banda, who has accepted a superintendent position in Sacramento, California. His appointment was finalized Thursday.

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Legal Pot Stores
9:08 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Bumpy Start For State Pot Stores As They Try To Juggle Supply, Demand, Staffing

Margie Lemberger stands in front of her store in Bingen, Washington.
Courtesy of Amber Marra/The Enterprise.

Buying legal pot is turning into a game of Where’s Waldo. Stores are open one day, but closed the next. A small handful of shops are still doing business, but that could change at any time. 

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Bridge Collapse
1:07 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

NTSB: Systematic Errors Led To Skagit Bridge Collapse

An Interstate 5 bridge over a Skagit river collapsed north of Seattle Thursday evening May 23, 2013, dumping two vehicles into the water and sparking a rescue effort by boats and divers as three injured people were pulled from the chilly waterway.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

A series of mistakes led a truck to strike an overhead girder of the Interstate 5 bridge, causing it to collapse into the Skagit River last year, the National Transportation Safety Board said in an exhaustive list of safety recommendations released Tuesday.

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Rideshare Services
8:16 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Seattle City Council OKs Mayor-Brokered Deal To Lift Caps On Rideshare Services

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AP Photo

Rideshare services like Uber and Lyft will no longer operate in a state of legal limbo in Seattle. The Seattle City Council on Monday passed a bill, allowing the app-based companies to operate without a driver cap.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray brought forth the controversial regulation plan last month after meeting with taxi, for-hire and rideshare companies. But some council members say the regulation overlooks an important insurance gap. And taxi companies says there’s not enough room in the market for all these players. 

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Reproductive Health
8:00 am
Fri July 11, 2014

WSU Researchers: Age Of Woman's Eggs Not To Blame For Miscarriages, Birth Defects

This image shows a single egg cell, treated with fluorescence, under a microscope.
Courtesy of Ross Rowsey, Washington State University

At least 15 to 20 percent of all pregnancies end in miscarriage. Biologists puzzling over what can go wrong when egg and sperm get together are now one step closer to solving the mystery.  

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