Dueling Initiatives
3:54 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Poll: Gun Rights Initiative Losing Support While Background Check Remains Popular

FILE - Supporters Zach Silk, left, and Cheryl Stumbo deliver boxes of petitions for Initiative 594 to the Secretary of State's office Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, in Olympia, Washington.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Support for a gun rights measure on Washington’s fall ballot is flagging, according to a new Elway poll released Tuesday. Meanwhile, a dueling measure that would expand background checks remains popular.

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Shots - Health News
2:13 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

What's Going On In There? How Babies' Brains Practice Speech

The magnetoencephalograph can record electrical signals from a baby's brain without requiring the child to be perfectly still.
University of Washington

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 5:08 am

A baby's first words may seem spur of the moment, but really, the little ones have practiced their "Mamas" and "Dadas" for months in their minds.

Using what looks like a hair dryer from Mars, researchers from the University of Washington have taken the most precise peeks yet into the fireworks display of neural activity that occurs when infants listen to people speak.

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The Salt
1:56 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Captain Ahab's Revenge: Brewing Beer From An Ancient Whale Bone

Jasper Akerboom of the Lost Rhino Brewing Co. in Ashburn, Va., tested a dozen yeasts before finding one that was perfect for making bone beer.
Ryan Kellman NPR

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 2:54 pm

What happens when an amateur paleontologist with a love for beer teams up with a microbiologist? Bone beer, or beer made from yeast scraped from a 35-million-year-old whale fossil, to be precise.

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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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Wildlife
10:00 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Feds To Remove Fewer Wild Horses From Western Rangelands This Year

This file photo shows the August 2010 Wild Horse Gather by the Bureau of Land Management at the Stinkingwater Herd Management Area near Burns, Oregon.
Bureau of Land Management

The federal Bureau of Land Management plans to capture and remove fewer wild horses from Western rangelands this summer. An agency statement blames budget constraints and already-full holding pens.

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Prisoner Of War
9:35 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Bergdahl Retains Lawyer For Army Investigation Into His Disappearance

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AP Photo

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has retained a lawyer to counsel him during the Army's investigation into the circumstances of his capture.

In the meantime, the former prisoner of war who spent nearly five years as a Taliban captive in Afghanistan, has returned to regular duty at an Army base in Texas. 

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Aerospace
8:40 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Moses Lake Selected As Test Flight Center For Japanese Regional Jet

Japan-based Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation has announced plans to test its new regional jet in Moses Lake, Washington.
Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp.

A Japanese airplane maker will test its new regional jet in Moses Lake, Washington. Mitsubishi Aircraft Company made that announcement Monday at the Farnborough Air Show in England. 

Gov. Jay Inslee is attending the air show with a delegation. He told reporters in a conference call that Mitsubishi’s investment could put central Washington on the global map for flight tests.

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Beach Closures
11:26 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

As Temps Rise, Invasive Weed Prompts Closure Of Several Bellevue Beaches

Meydenbauer Beach Park
Kurt Clark Flickr

As temperatures hike into the high 80s this week, many will be flocking to beaches to cool down. But some swimming areas in Bellevue will be temporarily shutting down this week, specifically Bellevue’s Newcastle, Meydenbauer and Clyde beach parks.

The culprit for the closures is milfoil, an invasive weed that the state Department of Ecology views as the most problematic plant in Washington. The city of Bellevue and homeowners will be applying herbicide to shoreline areas adjacent to the three beach parks to control invasive milfoil blooms.

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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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Legal Rights
2:48 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Is Carrying A Knife A Constitutional Right? Recent Wash. Case Highlights Divide

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AP Photo/Transportation Security Administration

Should the constitutional right to bear arms include the right to carry a knife in public? That was the question addressed in a recent Washington state court decision.

The case highlights a growing movement advocating the right to carry knives.

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Women's World Cup
2:08 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Want More World Cup? 2015 Women's Final To Be Held In Vancouver, B.C.

United States goalkeeper Hope Solo celebrates with teammates after winning the gold medal match against Japan at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in London.
Andrew Medichini AP Photo

Organizers of the next FIFA Women's World Cup hope to leverage the unusually high interest in this year's men's tournament in Brazil to their benefit. Group play and the 2015 World Cup final will take place just across the border in Vancouver, Canada.

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Fighting Wildfires
11:36 am
Mon July 14, 2014

How Do Wildland Firefighters Cope With Triple-Digit Heat?

A portable, temporary air monitor was placed on the roof of the high school in Entiat, Washington and has been collecting samples since Thursday. Note the ground-hugging wildfire smoke in background.
Courtesy of Chelan County Emergency Management

Crews battling wildfires in eastern Washington and southeastern Oregon are dealing with sizzling hot temperatures of a heat wave.

Firefighters are gaining ground this weekend despite the wilting heat. Four of the five largest fires are nearly 100 percent contained.

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Federal Reserve Building
9:17 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Why Seattle Homeless Advocates Feel Vacant Downtown Building Is Rightfully Theirs

"I think it’s very reasonable that the federal government agencies involved want to make sure that six months down the road things don’t just fall apart,' said Alison Eisinger of the Seattle-King County Coalition on Homelessness. "Well, so do we."
Kyle Stokes KPLU

Look past the clunky antiques that once made the now-empty building at Second and Spring a working bank — brass teller windows, secured loading docks, a two-story vault with heavy metal doors to match — and it's not difficult to dream about what the vacant property could become.

A group of advocates for the homeless did just that. The Seattle-King County Coalition on Homelessness drew up a nearly $18 million plan to transform what was once the Federal Reserve Bank branch as a comprehensive service center for the homeless, putting a range of services from mail to primary health care under one roof.

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Artscape
7:30 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Here's A Taste Of A New Album That Salutes Seattle’s Forgotten Funk And Soul Scene

Cover art for the 1987 LP "Our Night Out" by Romel Westwood, one of the musicians featured on "Wheedle's Groove: Seattle Funk, Modern Soul & Boogie Volume II 1972-1987"
Light in the Attic Records

Back in the day — we’re talking the 1960s, '70s and ‘80s — local Seattle bands played funk and soul music in the city’s dance clubs.

The music was the soundtrack of a black-owned radio station operating out of the Central Area called KYAC.

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Youth & Education
5:00 am
Mon July 14, 2014

UW Study Examines New Ways To Involve Immigrant Parents In School Activities

Photo courtesy of the Kent School District

Students do better in school when their parents volunteer and have a relationship with teachers and staff, decades of research have shown.

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