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Affordable Care Act
4:10 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Insurance Exchange Options in Limbo as Board Holds Out

Washington's health exchnage is set to go live October 1.
HealthCare.gov

The menu of health insurance plans that will soon be offered to Washington consumers is still up in the air. The board overseeing the new health benefits exchange is holding out for more choices.

Washington’s insurance commissioner has approved four providers to offer 31 plans on Washington HealthPlanFinder, the new online marketplace for individuals that’s supposed to launch Oct. 1.

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Rail Travel
3:57 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Crews Work to Prevent Landslides on Seattle-Everett Rail Corridor

Amtrak Cascades trains were delayed 81 times last winter due to landslides.
Oran Viriyincy Flickr

Rail is an increasingly popular option for commuters between Seattle and Everett. But there’s one big drawback: the tracks are plagued by falling mud, rocks, and plant material. Last winter, slides delayed 81 Amtrak trains, and 206 Sounder commuter trains.

Now heavy equipment is clearing debris from the slopes above the tracks and building walls to catch small stuff that slides. They’re also beefing up safety fences, which act like tripwires on the hillsides that automatically stop trains when there is a slide.

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Mental Health
5:01 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Therapist Uses Extreme Sports To Treat Mental Illness

Mikayla Cheney says the flight in iFly's wind tunnel made her live in the moment.
iFly Seattle

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You might think you’d have to be crazy to jump out of an airplane or scale a mountain with no ropes, but new research suggests extreme sports could actually have some therapeutic benefits for people with mental illness.

A Seattle-area therapist is hoping that action sports can help troubled young people find some relief, just as they helped him with his own struggles.

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Afghan civilian killing
4:24 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Army: Soldier, Wife Laughed about Killing Charges

DVIDS, Spc. Ryan Hallock, File/AP photo

Army prosecutors said Monday they have a recording of a phone call in which Staff Sgt. Robert Bales and his wife laugh as they review the charges filed against him in the killing of 16 Afghan villagers.

Bales, an Ohio native and father of two from Lake Tapps, Wash., pleaded guilty in June in a deal to avoid the death penalty for killing the civilians, mostly women and children, on March 11, 2012.

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Watershed
5:00 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Fifty Years after 1963 March in D.C., One Woman Remembers

AP Photo

Later this month marks the 50th anniversary of a watershed in American civil rights history. That’s when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and gave his “I have a dream” speech.

Tomorrow, the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists is organizing a march in Seattle to commemorate the 1963 March on Washington. For one woman who grew up in Seattle, the memory is still fresh. 

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Northwest outdoors
3:45 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Family of Sasquatch Campaigns for Discover Pass

Washington Department of Natural Resources

Sasquatch sightings are old news. But I bet you've never seen a Sasquatch family hula-hoop before.

Meet the family. Standing at 9 feet 2 inches, Papa Squatch likes fishing, spending time with his family and cutoff shorts. Mama Squatch aspired to have her own show about "found foods" on HGTV and enjoys cleaning up the trails. And Lil' Squatch likes to eat road-kill burgers and hopes to someday meet Smokey Bear.

The family is part of the state's campaign for the Discover Pass. The Washington Department of Natural Resources received a $5,000 state grant to educate people on state recreation rules. That money went toward TV ads that show Sasquatch family buying a Discover Pass. 

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Rent-a-bike
5:12 am
Mon August 12, 2013

City Council to Discuss Proposed Puget Sound Bike Share Program

A total of 500 of these bikes with fenders, lights and puncture-proof tires would be stationed at 50 spots in Seattle under the proposed Bike Share program.
Puget Sound Bike Share

After years of planning, Seattle officials are likely to move one step closer to bringing a new form of public transportation to the city. The Seattle City Council's transportation committee will discuss the rent-a-bike program called “Bike Share" at its meeting Tuesday.

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gaming
4:54 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Gamers Storm Benaroya for Championship Tournament

A sold-out crowd of gamers watch an early round of The International Dota 2 Championship
Florangela Davila

How to describe your typical Benaroya Hall crowd? Folks attending the Seattle Symphony. Folks who sip white wine and wear pants—long ones. 

But this week, it's mostly guys—a lot of guys—downing energy drinks and walking around with felted toy collectibles that are packing Benaroya. through the weekend. These are serious gamers, and they're here through the weekend.

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Tourist in Your Own Town
5:00 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Flowers, Fish—and Phantoms? The Ghost Tour at Pike Place Market

Aaron Hushagen KPLU

Ten million people visit Pike Place Market every year, and that doesn’t even count the spirits haunting the place. There are ample legends, of course, and those ghost stories offer a window into Seattle’s history.

Even if you think all that ghost stuff is just bunk, the cool thing about the Market Ghost Tour is that it lets you see beyond the flowers and souvenir Space Needle magnets. It helps you imagine all the people who have worked and lived at the market since it was created in 1907.

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Youth Suicide
3:47 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Alarming Jump in Youth Suicide Prompts Call to Action

King County saw an unexpected spike in youth suicides last year, prompting a group of experts to push for much wider awareness of how to prevent suicide.

Eleven kids took their own lives in King County last year – almost triple the average year, and the highest total since at least 1999.

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Tourist in Your Own Town
5:01 am
Thu August 1, 2013

At Hydroplane Museum, Vintage Boats Tell Tales of Sport's Heyday

In the years before the Mariners, the Sonics, the Seahawks and the Sounders came to the Pacific Northwest, there was just one big time spectator sport in the region. And it came every summer to the shores of Lake Washington.

For generations of us Northwesterners who grew up in the 1950s, 60s or 70s, unlimited hydroplane racing was the sporting event of the year. The Seafair races were broadcast wall-to-wall on all three network TV affiliates and several radio stations.

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Public Health
5:01 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Washington's Tobacco Quitline Cuts Off the Uninsured

Julio Cortez Associated Press

If you’re trying to quit smoking and you don’t have health insurance, it’s going to be harder to find help as of August 1. The state’s free tobacco quitline will be cutting services to the uninsured, due to budget cuts.

Those without insurance can get a little bullet-point advice from the quit counselor, but after that, they’re on their own. State Health Department spokesman Tim Church said the cutbacks will harm some of the most vulnerable.

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Other News
1:52 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Al Jazeera America Launching Seattle Bureau with KING Veteran

OsamaSaeedDotOrg Flickr

One of Al Jazeera America's first bureaus will be located in Seattle, the network announced Tuesday. And taking the helm for Pacific Northwest news is former KING 5 reporter and news anchor Allen Schauffler, who said goodbye to local TV news on Friday. 

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Affordable Care Act
5:00 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Choices for Health Coverage under Obamacare Coming into Focus

Governor Jay Inslee spoke at a recent event promoting the state's new health insurance exchange.
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

Washington consumers will know later this week what insurance plans they’ll have to choose from on the state’s new health exchange. Insurance companies face a Tuesday deadline to submit plans to the state.

Nine have applied so far to offer products on the Washington Healthplan Finder, the online marketplace where consumers can comparison-shop for coverage. The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, requires those exchanges to be open for business by Oct. 1.

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microparks
4:49 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Tiny Parks Called 'Parklets' Coming to 3 Seattle Neighborhoods

An artist's rendering of a proposed "parklet" at 421 Sixth Avenue South in Seattle's Chinatown/International District.
CIDBIA

Meet the "parklet," a little patch of public space about to take root in three Seattle neighborhoods.

"We want people to be out enjoying the sun and having lunch outside," said Don Blakeney, executive director of the Chinatown-International District Business Improvement Area, a group hoping to fund a parklet in the neighborhood.

The city is granting permits for the parklets, but private businesses are responsible for building and maintaining these micro public spaces. These would be temporary spaces, but they could last a few years. 

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