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food assistance
6:58 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

For 1 Million in Wash. State, Food Stamps to Shrink Starting Nov.

Lynn Friedman Flickr

An estimated 1.1 million low-income people in Washington state, or 1 in 6 residents, will find less money in their monthly food allowances starting Nov. 1.

That’s because food stamps, otherwise known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), are being cut. For most families, their monthly food allowance will be reduced anywhere between $11 and $36.   

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Affordable Care Act
9:46 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Wash. Site Outage Linked to Federal Health Care Woes

Elaine Thompson AP Photo

The Washington state health care exchange website was temporarily down on Wednesday morning as a result of a digital snag in Washington, D.C.

Michael Marchand, spokesman for the state exchange, says Washington state's website depends on a component of the federal system to work. At the moment, it doesn't work, but once it's fixed, the state site can start accepting applications again.

He spoke to KPLU's Ed Ronco about the details during Morning Edition. 

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Medical Marijuana
5:00 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Ex-'Pot Czar' Gives Mixed Marks to Proposed Medical Pot Rules

Associated Press

Washington’s former “pot czar” says a proposed overhaul of medical marijuana could drive lots of business to the coming state-licensed pot stores. And though they’ve come in for criticism from some advocates, Mark Kleiman says the proposed changes would probably be good for patients, too.

Kleiman is the UCLA professor hired to advise the Washington state Liquor Control Board. That contract has now ended.

Right now, medical marijuana users in Seattle buy pot at one of an estimated 240 loosely-regulated dispensaries. But state agencies are recommending rules that would basically shut those stores down. Patients would have to shop instead at one of the state-licensed stores set to open next year under Initiative 502.

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earthquake preparedness
5:01 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Statewide Earthquake Drill Planned for 10:17 on Oct. 17

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Damian Dovarganes AP Photo

State officials are hoping people across Washington will drop to the floor and take cover on Thursday morning. It’s part of a massive earthquake drill that organizers say has attracted more than 800,000 people so far.

Go to the website for the Great Washington ShakeOut, and you’re met with video showing a major earthquake violently shaking the ground. The video, and the website it's on, are a project of the Washington state Department of Emergency Management.

Earthquake drill set for Thursday

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medal of honor
3:40 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Seattle Native Honored with Presidential Medal of Honor

President Barack Obama awards the Medal of Honor to former Army Capt. William D. Swenson of Seattle, Wash., during a ceremony in the East Room at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP Photo

President Barack Obama says a former Army captain and Seattle native who survived one of the Afghan war's deadliest firefights is a reminder that Americans look out for one another, even when it's difficult.

Obama commented at a White House ceremony Tuesday before placing America's highest military honor, the Medal of Honor, around former Army Capt. William D. Swenson's neck. Before the ceremony, the president spoke with Swenson’s parents, Carl and Julie.

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Low-Power FM
8:16 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Microradio Boom: Local Groups Vie for Low-Power FM Licenses

A map of organizations seeking low-power community radio licenses.
Courtesy of Sabrina Roach Brown Paper Tickets

Your radio dial could be getting a bit more crowded in the next few years depending on where you live.

At least 13 Seattle-area nonprofits are expected to apply for eight low-power FM radio licenses. They include a southeast Seattle community development group, two universities and a group that organizes in immigrant communities (see below for the full list). Each station would broadcast at about 100 watts—enough to cover at least a 3.5-mile radius.

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Water Main Break
8:16 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Crews Fix U-Village Water Main Break

A massive water main break near the University Village Shopping Center in Seattle is fixed. Seattle Public Utilities says it restored service shortly after 2 a.m. Wednesday.

The incident began Tuesday afternoon, when a 16-inch pipe burst near the busy U Village Shopping Center, flooding streets and hampering the evening commute.

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SUPPORT YOUR STATION
12:00 am
Sat October 5, 2013

Thank You For Making This Fall Pledge Drive a Sucess!

Your generosity was on full display this week during our 2013 Fall Pledge Drive! Because of the support of our listeners, we were able to meet our goal of $440,000 in less than four days.

If you missed out on the chance to participate in this year's drive, you can still make your gift this weekend to show your support of your public radio station, and pickup some of our awesome thank you gifts! 

Make your gift now!

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Vaccine Refusal
11:33 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Team Develops Early Warning Tool for Vaccine Skepticism

Seattle researchers say their survey helps predict which kids will be behind schedule on immunizations.
USACE Europe District Flickr

Seattle researchers have developed a kind of early-warning device for identifying parents suspicious of childhood vaccines. With an especially high rate of parents opting out of vaccines for their kids in Washington, pediatrician Doug Opel has been trying to figure out how to intervene early on.

Opel practices at Seattle Children’s Hospital and at its research institute. He is also an assistant professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He and others developed a survey of parents’ attitudes about vaccination. In a new study published in JAMA Pediatrics, they found that the survey does a pretty good job of predicting which kids would be under-vaccinated by the time they’re 19 month sold.

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Affordable Care Act
4:38 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Volunteers Plaster King County with Obamacare Sales Pitch

Stu Jennings got the manager of Malo's Auto Body in White Center to post a flier about Wahington HealhtPlanFinder.
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

On the same day House Republicans voted to defund the Affordable Care Act, King County is making a big push to implement it. Volunteers went door-to-door and business-to-business across the county Friday.

Public health officials are trying to get uninsured King County residents to buy insurance on the state’s new exchange. Many of them have never had coverage before.

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Aviation
3:52 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Amelia Earhart Look-Alike Plane to Retire in Seattle

Ted Huetter/The Museum of Flight, Seattle

A 1935 Lockheed Electra is scheduled to fly into Seattle early Saturday afternoon. The plane, one of only two that are still around, is  identical to the one Amelia Earhart flew during her ill-fated around-the-world flight in 1937.

The plane will anchor a new permanent exhibit on Earhart that opens next month at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. 

And she’s a beauty, says Dan Hagedorn, curator and director of collections at the museum. 

"It will catch your eye. It's highly polished, gleams in the sun with those wonderful round engine cowlings, its glistening propellers. It's just the epitome of 1930s engineering."

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VIDEO
11:00 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Put A Camera On An Eagle And What Do You Get? Soaring VIDEO

The eagle's view.
YouTube/Srachi

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 10:09 am

If this is a trick, it's a spectacular one.

A video that purports to have been taken by a GoPro or similarly small camera strapped to an eagle soaring above Chamonix, France, is quickly going viral.

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home design
5:01 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Home Tour Showcases Innovative and Sustainable Design

Greenfire Campus
Johnston Architects

How do you push the envelope when it comes to designing an apartment building?

You bring in windows and high ceilings to spaces that are usually cramped and dark, like a laundry room.

"I think there are more windows than there are washing machines and dryers," says architect Ray Johnston.

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marijuana money
4:30 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Pot Taxes Paid in Cash? Wash. State Says OK

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Ed Andrieski Associated Press

Marijuana-based businesses in Washington will be able to pay their taxes in cash, according to the state’s Department of Revenue. The agency is gearing up for more cash filers in its field offices.

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Affordable Care Act
4:35 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Options Double for Wash. Health Insurance Exchange

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Paul Beaty AP Photo

The menu of choices on Washington’s new health insurance exchange now includes 43 different plans provided by eight companies.

Consumer choice will vary by county, but every county in the state will have at least two providers to choose from.

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