Monica Spain http://www.kplu.org en Seattle School Board To Appoint Interim Superintendent At Special Meeting http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-school-board-appoint-interim-superintendent-special-meeting <p>The Seattle School Board will hold a special meeting on Friday to select an interim superintendent, district officials said.</p><p>The 4:15 meeting, which will be <a href="http://bit.ly/WatchSchoolBoard" target="_blank">streamed online</a>, will be followed by a news conference around 5 p.m., officials said.</p><p>The superintendent position is <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-schools-superintendent-banda-poised-leave-post-sacramento-job">being vacated by José&nbsp;Banda</a>, who has accepted a superintendent position in Sacramento, California. His appointment was finalized Thursday.</p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 23:39:30 +0000 Monica Spain 17795 at http://www.kplu.org Bumpy Start For State Pot Stores As They Try To Juggle Supply, Demand, Staffing http://www.kplu.org/post/bumpy-start-state-pot-stores-they-try-juggle-supply-demand-staffing <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159059271&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Buying legal pot is turning into a game of Where’s Waldo. Stores are open one day, but closed the next. A small handful of shops are still doing business, but that could change at any time.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 04:08:03 +0000 Monica Spain 17767 at http://www.kplu.org Bumpy Start For State Pot Stores As They Try To Juggle Supply, Demand, Staffing NTSB: Systematic Errors Led To Skagit Bridge Collapse http://www.kplu.org/post/ntsb-systematic-errors-led-skagit-bridge-collapse <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158881637&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 13.63636302947998px;">A series of mistakes led a truck to strike an overhead girder of the Interstate 5 bridge, causing it to </span><a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/3-pulled-skagit-river-after-i-5-bridge-collapse-mount-vernon" style="line-height: 1.5; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 13.63636302947998px;">collapse into the Skagit River</a><span style="line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 13.63636302947998px;"> last year, the National Transportation Safety Board said in <a href="http://www.ntsb.gov/news/events/2014/mtvernon_wa/abstract.html?utm_content=buffer635fc&amp;utm_medium=social&amp;utm_source=twitter.com&amp;utm_campaign=buffer" target="_blank">an exhaustive list of safety recommendations</a> released Tuesday.</span></p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:07:44 +0000 Monica Spain 17735 at http://www.kplu.org NTSB: Systematic Errors Led To Skagit Bridge Collapse Seattle City Council OKs Mayor-Brokered Deal To Lift Caps On Rideshare Services http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-city-council-oks-mayor-brokered-deal-lift-caps-rideshare-services <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158748841&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rideshare</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> services like </span>Uber<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and </span>Lyft<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> 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.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seattle Mayor Ed Murray brought forth the controversial</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;regulation plan last month after meeting with taxi, for-hire and&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">rideshare</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;companies. But</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;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.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 03:16:55 +0000 Monica Spain 17718 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle City Council OKs Mayor-Brokered Deal To Lift Caps On Rideshare Services WSU Researchers: Age Of Woman's Eggs Not To Blame For Miscarriages, Birth Defects http://www.kplu.org/post/wsu-researchers-age-womans-eggs-not-blame-miscarriages-birth-defects <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158219156&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At least 15 to 20 percent of all pregnancies end in miscarriage. Biologists puzzling over what can go wrong when egg and sperm get together are now one step closer to solving the mystery. &nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:00:09 +0000 Monica Spain 17691 at http://www.kplu.org WSU Researchers: Age Of Woman's Eggs Not To Blame For Miscarriages, Birth Defects Inslee Proposes Higher Fish Consumption Rate As Part Of New Clean Water Plan http://www.kplu.org/post/inslee-proposes-higher-fish-consumption-rate-part-new-clean-water-plan <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158066824&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Gov. Jay Inslee has proposed dramatically increasing the fish consumption rate that drives clean water standards in the state.</p><p>Inslee said Wednesday he plans to set the fish consumption rate at 175 grams a day, which would protect people who eat about a serving a day of fish. Current water quality standards assume only one serving of fish per month, or 6.5 grams a day.</p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:12:01 +0000 Monica Spain & Associated Press 17650 at http://www.kplu.org Inslee Proposes Higher Fish Consumption Rate As Part Of New Clean Water Plan King County Data Shows Heroin Deaths Among Young Adults On The Rise http://www.kplu.org/post/king-county-data-shows-heroin-deaths-among-young-adults-rise <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="400" scrolling="no" seamless="" src="//docs.google.com/a/plu.edu/spreadsheets/d/1fyvygPM1o2sa5FDmtdkR-pn8hX9-2vVkIXVkqoXuybE/gviz/chartiframe?oid=1583172370" width="580"></iframe></p><p>Heroin-related deaths used to be associated with users in their 30s on up through middle age. But a new <a href="http://adai.uw.edu/pubs/cewg/CEWG_Seattle_June2014.pdf" target="_blank">drug use study</a> in King County confirms a new phenomenon: heroin deaths in young adults are on the rise.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:00:00 +0000 Monica Spain 17631 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle Mulls Reviving Downtown Streetcar In Hopes Of Easing Gridlock http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-mulls-reviving-downtown-streetcar-hopes-easing-gridlock <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156316234&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The Seattle City Council is scheduled to vote today on whether to bring back the downtown streetcar. &nbsp;</p><p>The <a href="http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/docs/download/LPAExhibitv9%204-20-2014.pdf" target="_blank">proposed line</a> would traverse First Avenue and link to the existing South Lake Union line and the First Hill line, which is slated to open later this year.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Monica Spain 17456 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle Mulls Reviving Downtown Streetcar In Hopes Of Easing Gridlock Grieving Widow Helps Spearhead First-Of-Its-Kind State Law On Suicide Prevention http://www.kplu.org/post/grieving-widow-helps-spearhead-first-its-kind-state-law-suicide-prevention <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144249830&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Depression is one of the biggest <a href="http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/learn/riskfactors.aspx" target="_blank">risk factors</a> for suicide, and people who seek help for it tend to go to their regular doctor. But, as one Seattle family discovered, doctors aren’t always prepared to deal with a patient who has thoughts of suicide. A <a href="http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=2315" target="_blank">new law&nbsp;in Washington state</a>, the first of its kind nationwide, seeks to change that. &nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Monica Spain 15946 at http://www.kplu.org Grieving Widow Helps Spearhead First-Of-Its-Kind State Law On Suicide Prevention New Products Complicate Enforcement Of State Smoking Ban http://www.kplu.org/post/new-products-complicate-enforcement-state-smoking-ban <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nearly a decade has passed since Washington state banned smoking in public areas and workplaces.&nbsp;</span></p><p>But smoking has evolved since, and that leaves health officials with challenges as they try to enforce a law that didn’t foresee the rise of new products.</p><p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Monica Spain 11771 at http://www.kplu.org New Products Complicate Enforcement Of State Smoking Ban Public Party Planned for One-Year Anniversary of Legal Pot http://www.kplu.org/post/public-party-planned-one-year-anniversary-legal-pot <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It happens. People smoke marijuana at the Seattle Center. You’ve seen it or smelled it, but it’s never been—and still isn’t—legal. &nbsp;</span></p><p>This Friday, there will be an exception.&nbsp;To celebrate the one-year anniversary of pot legalization, the city is allowing a <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/571096302939303/" target="_blank">pot party on Seattle Center grounds</a>.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 13:05:00 +0000 Monica Spain 11404 at http://www.kplu.org Public Party Planned for One-Year Anniversary of Legal Pot At Roughest of Nickelsville's New Sites, a Strong Sense of Community http://www.kplu.org/post/roughest-nickelsvilles-new-sites-strong-sense-community <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What used to be </span>Nickelsville<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is now three. The homeless encampment split up into three locations—two in the city’s Central District and the third in Skyway—after being evicted from city-owned property two months ago.</span></p><p>The campsite at Skyway appears to have it the worst in almost every way, but it’s also where campers have found unwavering camaraderie.</p><p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Monica Spain 10681 at http://www.kplu.org At Roughest of Nickelsville's New Sites, a Strong Sense of Community Gates Foundation Earns 'Very Poor' Scores on Transparency http://www.kplu.org/post/gates-foundation-earns-very-poor-scores-transparency <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation should be more transparent about its aid spending in developing countries, according to an advocacy group that tracks international aid organizations.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The group Publish What You Fund ranked the Gates Foundation </span>43rd<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> out of 67 humanitarian agencies in transparency. The agency earned scores noted as “very poor” in the aid transparency index report for failing to publish their spending in a useful and timely manner.</span></p><p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Monica Spain 10667 at http://www.kplu.org Gates Foundation Earns 'Very Poor' Scores on Transparency King Co.: Waste Not, Want Not; Shop Smart and Eat What You Buy http://www.kplu.org/post/king-co-waste-not-want-not-shop-smart-and-eat-what-you-buy <p></p><p>Imagine your weekly grocery trip. You come home with four bags, but instead of putting it all away, you throw out one full bag of food.</p><p>That’s effectively what the average American household disposes of each week.&nbsp; And the habit is costing us money, and maybe even our sanity.</p><p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 18:28:57 +0000 Monica Spain 10003 at http://www.kplu.org King Co.: Waste Not, Want Not; Shop Smart and Eat What You Buy King County Sheriff to Testify at Pot Rules Hearing in D.C. http://www.kplu.org/post/king-county-sheriff-testify-pot-rules-hearing-dc <p>On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on conflicts between state and federal marijuana laws in Washington D.C., and King County Sheriff John Urquhart will be there to testify.</p><p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Monica Spain 9915 at http://www.kplu.org King County Sheriff to Testify at Pot Rules Hearing in D.C.