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Northwest Farmers
4:58 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Spud Snub? Potato Growers Steamed Over Exclusion From WIC Nutrition Program

Matthew Mead AP Photo

Northwest potato growers say they've been snubbed in a federal nutrition program. The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday finalized changes to the Women, Infants and Children program, or WIC. And it will cover all fruits and veggies — all but potatoes.

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Harborview Clinics
4:56 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Harborview Officials Say They Will Not Close Or Relocate Primary Care Clinics

Gabriel Spitzer

Officials overseeing Harborview Medical Center in Seattle have told staff by email they will not be closing or relocating the hospital’s clinics.

The fates of at least three primary care clinics on the main Harborview campus had been up in the air. Officials with UW Medicine, which runs the hospital, had said all along no decisions had been made. But staffers said they’d been told the clinics could close or move as early as this summer.

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Affordable Care Act
9:38 am
Tue February 25, 2014

High Enrollment In A State With No Love For Obamacare

FILE - Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, second from left, and other members of the House of Representatives leave after the Republican-controlled House voted to let insurance companies sell individual health coverage to all comers.
J. Scott Applewhite AP Photo

The latest figures on who's signing up under the federal health care law tell a surprising story about one of the most conservative states in the country.

Even though Idaho politicians regularly condemn Obamacare, Idahoans are signing up at one of the highest per capita rates in the country, second only to Vermont.

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Seattle Police
9:53 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Murray Reinstates Misconduct Finding For Embattled Seattle Police Officer

zeraien Flickr

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says it was wrong to change penalties against a police officer who threatened to harass a journalist. The comments mark an about-face for the mayor. 

In July, Dominic Holden of The Stranger was taking pictures as officers questioned a man in the International District. He says Officer John Marion got angry with him and threatened to come to The Stranger’s offices and “bother” Holden while he was at work.

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Prisoner Of War
1:03 pm
Sun February 23, 2014

Taliban Suspends Talks On Prisoner Exchange

AP Photo

The spokesman for Afghanistan's Taliban says they have suspended "mediation" with the United States to exchange captive U.S. soldier Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five senior Taliban prisoners held in U.S. custody in Guantanamo Bay.

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Bertha Blues
12:22 am
Sat February 22, 2014

Seattle Tunnel Builders To Dig Shaft In Front Of Bertha For Repairs

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WSDOT

The Washington state Transportation Department says that, as expected, the contractors digging a highway tunnel under downtown Seattle will repair a seal system on the tunneling machine by digging a shaft in front of it.

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Trash Pickup
12:06 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Mayor: Seattle To Stay On Weekly Trash Pickup Schedule

Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

Seattle will not switch its trash pickup schedule to every other week following an unpopular pilot program.

Mayor Ed Murray asked the Seattle City Council to shelf the proposed plan and keep the city on its current weekly pickup schedule.

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Please Insert Card
5:00 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Help City Of Seattle Choose Next Generation of Parking Meters

Ed Ronco with the IPS Freedom parking pay station, on Fourth Avenue between Blanchard and Bell.
Ed Ronco KPLU

Most of us know the drill: You walk up to one of those green parking meters on the street, put in your change or a credit card, and it spits out a little sticker for your car window. Those machines brought in $37 million last year.

But the city of Seattle says it’s time to upgrade those 10-year-old machines, and it wants the public’s input in choosing the next model.

SDOT: Try The Machines, Give Us Feedback

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Endowment 2.0
5:04 am
Wed February 19, 2014

University Of Puget Sound Receives $10,000 In Bitcoins From Alum

Nicholas Cary is seen making his bitcoin contribution to the University of Puget Sound from his hotel room in Berlin.
University of Puget Sound

As a 2007 alum of University of Puget Sound, Nicolas Cary has already established himself. The 28-year-old is the CEO of Blockchain, which runs the world's most popular digital wallet for bitcoin, a virtual currency.

But now he's making headlines for his bitcoin contribution to UPS. Cary has electronically transferred just over 14.5 bitcoins to the university, which was then exchanged into $10,000 actual U.S. dollars. It's reportedly the first donation of its kind to a U.S. college or university.

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Bertha Blues
12:39 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Expert: Bertha's Woes Are No 'Big Dig'

WSDOT

The prospect of taking the State Route 99 tunneling machine known as Bertha offline for as much as half a year is not good news for the company operating it. But one Seattle tunneling expert says it could be worse.

“It’s really a problem with the machine itself. I think it’s something that can be repaired,” said the University of Washington’s Joseph Wartman. “And I think in a couple of years when the tunnel is open, people will have forgotten about this.”

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Rideshares Services
5:00 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Seattle To Consider Regulating Rideshare Services

In this Jan. 4, 2013 photo, Lyft passenger Christina Shatzen gets into a car driven by Nancy Tcheou in San Francisco.
Jeff Chiu AP Photo

The Seattle City Council will consider a pilot program to regulate rideshare services with training and insurance requirements, as well as a cap on the number of licenses. 

App-based services like Sidecar, UberX and Lyft are becoming common alternatives to using taxis. And that's not necessarily a bad thing, says Seattle City Council member Mike O’Brien.

"Technology and new ideas have fundamentally changed the way we all think about transportation, and that’s just part of the reality going forward," O'Brien said.

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Homelessness
12:11 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Seattle May Soon Have A Citywide System Of Lockers To Serve Homeless Residents

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joolie Flickr

Seattle city leaders are working to establish a citywide system of lockers for the city’s homeless residents, council members Sally Bagshaw and Bruce Harrell announced in a guest blog post in The Stranger on Tuesday.

Lockers, the council members wrote, would free homeless residents from having to “drag your possessions with you to your interview, on your back, in bags, whatever you have, stigmatizing you for sure as homeless.”

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Matters Of The Heart
2:25 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Washington Is For Lovers, Says Amazon.com

"Fog can’t obscure the love and positive energy for this cute couple as they bring in the new year with a kiss."
Tim Durkan

It appears love is in the air in Washington state. 

The state is home to four of the 20 most romantic cities in the U.S. as ranked by Amazon.com. Leading Washington's pack is Seattle, which came in second place after San Antonio.

The online marketplace ranked cities using the number of romance-related purchases made by consumers in each city. Considered purchases include romance novels, books about relationships, Barry White CDs and romantic comedy movies.

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KPLU Rose Drive
9:35 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Make Valentines’ Day Sweeter With KPLU!

MrOmega Flickr

The 2014 Valentine’s Drive has begun at KPLU! Make your gift of $140 by midnight on February 11, and we’ll send a bouquet of red or mixed roses to your sweetheart.

Make Valentine’s Day special with KPLU, while supporting the jazz and blues you love most.

Click here, or call 1-800-677-5758 (1-800-NPR-KPLU) to learn more about the award-winning gift box presentation and the red or mixed rose options available.

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Harborview Clinics
5:01 am
Fri January 24, 2014

As Clinics Face Uncertain Future, Harborview Staffers Plead For Answers

Harborview Medical Center is considering changes in how it delivers primary care.
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center is considering big changes in the way it delivers primary care, with clinics serving thousands of patients hanging in the balance. And frustrated staffers are pleading with hospital brass to explain what’s going on.

Harborview may be best known as the region’s trauma center, but it runs a handful of primary care clinics at its First Hill campus, offering services such as obstetrics, pediatrics and family medicine.

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