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5:00 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Certain Birth Control Pills Linked To Breast Cancer Risk, Say Seattle Scientists

This undated photo provided by the American Cancer Society shows a mammogram procedure
AP Photo/American Cancer Society

Seattle researchers have found a troubling link between certain kinds of birth control pills and a risk of breast cancer. But the lead scientist says women should not panic.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Mariners Make Down-To-The-Wire Deals For Two Starting Players

Detroit Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson leaves the game against the Chicago White Sox in the 7th inning Thursday, after he was traded to the Mariners.
Paul Sancya AP Photo

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Energy Exports
5:55 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Oregon Terminal Developer Gets Blessing For Natural Gas Exports

A proposed liquefied natural gas terminal near Astoria, Oregon received the U.S. Department of Energy’s blessing Thursday to export to all overseas markets. It's a necessary approval to make the controversial project pencil out, but many hurdles remain.

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Washington Supreme Court
5:22 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Jailed In Washington? You Have A Right To A Bail Bondsman

This file photo shows the Washington state Supreme Court in Olympia, Washington.
Cacophony Wikimedia Commons

You’ve heard of your Miranda rights, but did you know that most state constitutions also give you a right to a bail bondsman?

In a unanimous ruling Thursday, the Washington Supreme Court affirmed that criminal defendants can go to a third-party, like a bondsman, who will put up bail for a fee.

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Business
5:05 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Ferry Cancellation Coincides WIth Anacortes Arts Festival, Worrying Businesses

compdude787 Flickr

With four vessels out of service, users of Washington state’s ferry system are coping with disruptions all around Puget Sound. In Anacortes, the international ferry to Sidney, British Columbia is canceled through Friday, and business leaders in Anacortes say they’re concerned that hotels could be hurt on the town’s busiest weekend of the year.  

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Boat Woes
10:57 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Washington Ferries To Be Back To Normal Saturday

The Washington state ferry boat "Cathlamet" sails with Mount Rainier in the background, Wednesday, July 16, 2014, near Seattle.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

Washington State Ferries hopes to restore service to normal on Saturday on Puget Sound.

Capt. George Capacci says that will be made possible by the return of the ferry Wenatchee, which has been in drydock in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Business & Labor
10:33 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Northwest Farmers Worried About Visa Backup For Legal Migrant Workers

This file photo shows workers at a berry farm outside of Eltopia, Washington.
Anna King

A breakdown in a U.S. State Department computer system that processes foreign worker visas has sowed major worries at some Northwest orchards.

Those farmers are concerned about getting enough pickers for late summer and fall crops.

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Washington Wilderness
9:38 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area Expansion Bill Clears Key Committee In Congress

The Pratt River Valley, which is the heart of the more than 20,000 acres of Wilderness additions to the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. The bill would also designate the Middle Fork Snoqualmie and Pratt Rivers (pictured) as "wild and scenic."
Rick McGuire Courtesy Washington Wild

A bill that would expand the Alpine Lakes Wilderness area east of Seattle is one step closer to becoming law. For the first time in nearly four years, the proposal has moved forward in the U.S. House.  

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Boat Woes
5:04 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Ferry Delays Almost Everywhere As State Repositions Fleet

The fight is on over proposed ferry-service cuts in Gov. Gregoire's budget plan. At a Bremerton meeting last night, lawmakers said they'll oppose reductions to mid-day service.
AP Photo

There are big delays on Washington State Ferries just about anywhere you go this week. The fleet has been redistributed to make up for some out-of-service vessels, which is having ripple effects that are nearly system-wide.

Some examples:

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Going Places
5:00 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Why You Should Take Your Hobbies With You On Vacation

Fans react as the home team scores during an upset of the out-of-town favorite Havana Metropolitanos, a farm-team of the well-known Industriales, during the Cuban National Baseball Series in Holguin, Cuba.
AP Photo

Traveling, whether around the globe or across the state, doesn’t have to be all about food, lodging and tourist attractions. KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley says it also can be about trying familiar things in new places.

First of all, this advice isn’t for everybody. If you want to see the sights, lounge around the pool or the beach, or spend the day in museums, by all means, go for it. Those are great things to do on vacation.

But for travelers who enjoy blending in, and almost becoming a local, bringing your hobbies along on vacation can be worthwhile.

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Early Childhood Education
10:51 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Unions Sue City Leaders, Hoping To Give Seattle Voters A Second Early Ed. Option

Supporters of I-107 silently protest a Seattle City Council vote to pit the initiative they favor against a city-endorsed preschool pilot proposal at a meeting in June 2014.
Kyle Stokes

Seattle voters might not have to choose between the two early childhood education programs slated for the November ballot despite city leaders' warnings that the two questions are incompatible and contradictory.

Union leaders backing Initiative 107, a ballot initiative that would hike wages and mandate training for the Seattle's 4,000 early childhood workers, filed a lawsuit Wednesday seeking to allow voters to give separate up-or-down votes on their measure as well as on a second, city-backed proposal to create a preschool pilot program.

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Law
4:59 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Court Rules Against Families Of Wildland Firefighters Killed In 2003

Mark Ransdell was a 23-year-old contract firefighter who died in a fiery van crash in 2003.
Courtesy of the Ransdell family.

These days, you can often find contract firefighters on the front lines. They’re usually indistinguishable from government firefighters.

But a recent court ruling has made it clear: if they’re killed in the line of duty, their families are not eligible for federal survivor benefits.

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Aerospace
12:44 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Boeing Will Handle Final Assembly Of 787-10 In South Carolina, Not Washington

Boeing says final assembly of its 787-10 plane, a planned larger version of its "Dreamliner" aircraft, will take place in South Carolina.

The company says the work will be done in North Charleston, South Carolina, because the plane is too large to efficiently transport it from North Charleston to a facility in Washington state. The 787-10 is still being designed and Boeing expects to start final assembly of the first planes in 2017.

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Controversial Words
9:51 am
Wed July 30, 2014

How Twitter Amplified An NRA Lobbyist's Comments About Anti-Gun Jews

The Yes on 594 campaign used Twitter to quickly disseminate comments by NRA lobbyist Brian Judy.

Supporters of a Washington gun control measure on the November ballot may have just gotten a mid-summer boost. They’re capitalizing on an audio recording that recently surfaced.

The hard-to-understand audio recording first appeared on the left-wing blog “Horses Ass.” The blog’s author said the audio is of NRA lobbyist Brian Judy speaking recently to a pro-gun group. Judy questioned Jewish people who are anti-guns.

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Church And State
9:36 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Pierce County Becomes First In Northwest To Approve 'In God We Trust' Motto Display

This file photo shows the exterior of the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Ad Meskens Wikimedia Commons

A divided county council in Pierce County, Washington Tuesday voted to display the motto "In God We Trust" in its chambers, becoming the first jurisdiction in the Northwest to take part in a national campaign to feature the motto.

But the approval came with a twist.

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