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12:00 am
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Weather with Cliff Mass
3:25 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

Rain, Rain And More Rain: Record-Breaking March For Parts Of W. Wash.

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Elaine Thompson AP Photo

This weekend's rain caused parts of western Washington to see the wettest March on record as was predicted by KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass

"My lawn has turned into a carpet of moss and my deck is now green," Mass said on Sunday.

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Natural Disaster
9:10 pm
Sat March 29, 2014

Oso Landslide Death Toll Rises, Number Of Missing Drops

A dog works with searchers at the scene of a deadly mudslide Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Oso, Wash.
Elaine Thomopson AP Photo

The death toll has risen to 18 following the devastating landslide near Oso. One bright spot: The number of people missing has fallen dramatically, down to 30.

Searchers are still pulling bodies from the debris, sometimes in pieces. Steve Schertzinger, a chaplain with the nearby Marysville Police Department, described what it was like to deliver bad news to a grieving family member.

"We sat down and I just said, 'Well, the waiting is over.' And then I cried. I cried," he said.

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Oso Slide
5:34 pm
Sat March 29, 2014

One Week After Deadly Mudslide, Darrington Observes Moment Of Silence

First responders shield two babies from drizzle in Darrington, Wash., during a brief ceremony to mark one week since the deadly mudslide on Highway 530 just west of town.
Kyle Stokes KPLU

Local leaders in Darrington bowed their heads and observed a moment of silence at 10:37 a.m. Saturday, exactly one week after the deadly mudslide wreaked havoc in nearby Oso.

Search and rescue workers, firefighters and other first responders marked the moment in front of Darrington's fire station, standing in steady rain that continues to hamper rescue efforts at the site of the slide 12 miles down the road.

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Oso Slide
8:12 am
Sat March 29, 2014

The Landslide Statistic Everyone's Using Is From 1985

Office of the Governor Flickr

The massive landslide in Oso, has shined a national spotlight on the damage this kind of natural disaster can cause.

But geologists say they don't have comprehensive data on landslides in most places. In fact, the most frequently cited statistic on landslides in the U.S. is out of date.

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Shots - Health News
8:00 am
Sat March 29, 2014

A Third Of School-Age Kids May Have Risky Cholesterol Levels

Getting kids to exercise regularly and eat right can reduce their risk of heart disease down the road.
Robert Brown iStockphoto

Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 3:46 pm

Of all the things parents worry about when it comes to their children's health, high cholesterol probably isn't very high on the list.

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Oso Slide
10:06 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Oso Crews Opt For More 'Methodical' Tactics As Wet Weather Slows Search

Authorities have released the names of five of the victims of last weekend’s deadly mudslide in Oso that left at least 25 people dead and dozens more missing.

The Snohomish County medical examiner confirmed the names of five victims. The youngest is 5-year-old Kaylee Spillers. Also killed were Christina Jefferds, William Welsh and Linda McPherson of Arlington, and Stephen Neal of Darrington.

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Patient Safety
6:37 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

England's Health Secretary Models Nationwide Reforms On Seattle Hospital

English Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt (right), along with Virginia Mason Medical Center CEO Gary Kaplan, says the Seattle hospital is one of the safest in the world.
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

England’s health secretary has taken the unusual step of using a Seattle hospital to announce a major policy reform in his own country. The new patient safety policies are partly inspired by Seattle’s Virginia Mason Medical Center.

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Natural Disaster
6:05 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Snoqualmie Tribe Donates $275,000 To Agencies Responding To Oso Slide

Chuck Morrison, left, of the Red Cross accepts a check for $50,000 from Snoqualmie Tribe vice chair Bob De Los Angeles.
Kyle Stokes KPLU

Leaders of the Snoqualmie Tribe announced it would donate $275,000 to six groups and agencies responding to last weekend's deadly mudslide in Oso.

Tribal elders announced donations of $50,000 to the Oso, Arlington and Darrington fire departments on Friday. They'll also contribute $50,000 apiece to the Red Cross and the Cascade Valley Hospital Relief Foundation, in addition to $25,000 to the Snohomish County Search & Rescue K-9 team.

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Minimum Wage
4:18 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Group Pushing A $15/Hour Minimum Wage In Seattle Plans To File Ballot Initiative Language

A $15/hour minimum wage has been Seattle city council member Kshama Sawant's signature issue
Shannon Kringen

Ever since Seattle Mayor Ed Murray set up a committee to study how to hike Seattle’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, there’s been the faint sound of a clock ticking. Now that clock is getting louder. 

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Natural Disaster
12:06 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Weather Working Against Deadly Landslide Responders

WSDOT

Heavy rain in Friday’s forecast threatens to hinder ongoing search and recovery operations at the side of the catastrophic mudslide near Oso.

Mother Nature is just not cooperating with the hundreds of searchers and heavy equipment operators at the scene of Saturday’s deadly landslide.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
10:09 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Rain This Weekend Could Make March Our Wettest On Record In W. Wash.

Wet weather in western Washington is expected to get wetter over the weekend.
Photo by Neil Banas Flickr via Compfight

Friday's steady rain is contributing to what may become a record-breaking March for total rainfall in many places in the Northwest.

KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass says a wet front is coming through western Washington.

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Oso Slide
7:25 am
Fri March 28, 2014

At The Landslide Front Line, Comparisons To Mount St. Helens Devastation

Members of the Washington Air National Guard wade through mud and debris looking for signs of missing persons.
Spc. Matthew Sissel 122D PAOC Washington National Guard

A local fire chief is warning communities around the deadly landslide in northwest Washington to brace for a jump in the death toll Friday.

Meanwhile, fresh crews are rotating in to relieve exhausted first responders. Friday is the seventh day of the rescue and recovery mission at the place known in shorthand as “the pile.”

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Affordable Care Act
5:01 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Who In Washington Deserves An Extension On Monday's Obamacare Deadline?

Ads from Washington's health exchange are urging people to get covered before the March 31 deadline.
Washington Health Benefits Exchange

Washington’s health exchange is wrestling with how to accommodate people who have had trouble signing up for insurance. The March 31 deadline has been looming for months, as officials urge people to get covered or face a fine.

But considering the well-known problems at the state and federal exchanges, officials figured some people will need an extension. The question is who gets it.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Mariners 'Not Ready' For Regular Season

Tony Gutierrez AP Photo

The Mariners begin their regular season Monday against the Angels in California. But KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says they're not ready.

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