Oil Trains
1:29 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Gov. Inslee Orders Wash. State To Develop Oil Train Spill Plan

Matthew Brown AP Photo

With rail traffic continuing to increase in the Northwest, Gov. Jay Inslee directed Washington state on Thursday to begin developing an oil train spill response plan.

Inslee announced the directive in a meeting with The Columbian newspaper in Vancouver.

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Bike Share
1:01 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Study Finds Bike Shares Increase Proportion Of Head Injuries; Seattle To Offer Helmets

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 25, 2013, photo, a biker rides without a helmet on a Citibike, as part of New York City's bike sharing system, in New York.
Bebeto Matthews AP Photo

New research suggests that bike share programs have a downside, but the program Seattle is launching this fall will have a key feature that could help mitigate it.

Researchers from the University of Washington and Washington State University looked at bicycle injury data from 10 major cities, both with and without bike share programs. They found that when a city gets a bike share program, a higher proportion of injuries to its cyclists are head injuries. 

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Northwest Vineyards
10:12 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Wash. State Setting Traps For Moths That Attack Wine Grapes

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Anna King

Washington state is setting traps to learn if four species of moths that attack wine grapes have moved into Washington.

Washington is the second-largest grape-growing state in the nation, but vineyards could be damaged if certain species of moths appear.

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Workplace Safety
9:43 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Washington Capitol Employees Train For Active Shooter Scenarios

Austin Jenkins

Get out. Hide out. Take out. That’s the lesson employees at the Washington state Capitol got Wednesday in a class on active shooters. The refresher course comes in the wake of recent high profile shootings in the Northwest.

The sign on the door to the legislative hearing room said it all: “Workplace Violence Prevention and Active Shooter Survival.” About 50 state legislative and executive branch employees showed up for the lunch-hour training.

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Prisoner Of War
9:34 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Commissioner Of Bergdahl's Home County Asks Media, American Public For Space

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A county commissioner in Blaine County, Idaho, has asked both members of the media and critics of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to give the soldier’s hometown some space. The commissioner says the town of Hailey is tired of being the target of people’s “misguided rage” over the former POW.

Blaine County Commissioner Larry Shoen says not only the Bergdahl family but some community members have received personal threats.

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Politics
9:27 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Northwest Lawmakers Likely Not In Running For House Majority Position

File image of Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash.
Susan Walsh AP Photo

The surprising upset for House Majority leader Eric Cantor has the GOP looking for a possible successor.

Pundits are already throwing a few names around as possible replacements, including two Northwest lawmakers who have prominent roles in the House Republican leadership. But neither is likely to seek a promotion.

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Going Places
5:00 am
Thu June 12, 2014

To Enjoy A Place, 'Take Your Nose Out Of The Guide Book'

Yes, you should see the big sights. But pausing just to look at the everyday things nearby — like this evening gathering near a river in Kyoto, Japan — can add a lot to your sense of a new place.
Ed Ronco KPLU

Here’s how not to do it: 8 a.m.: breakfast, 9 a.m.: Eiffel Tower, 10 a.m.: Arc de Triomphe, 12 p.m.: lunch in nearby café, 12:30 p.m.: Louvre, 3 p.m.: Notre Dame, and so on.

That's too much, too fast, says KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley.

“We approach everything with our giant list, and we feel we’ve had a successful day if we’ve checked everything off,” he said. “We become trophy hunters.”

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Workers' Rights
4:50 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Sakuma Brothers Farms To Pay $500,000 To Berry Pickers

File image of berry pickers at work at Sakuma Brothers Farms.
Bellamy Pailthorp

Sakuma Brothers Farms, one of Washington state’s largest berry farms, has agreed to pay $850,000 to settle a lawsuit filed its workers.

The berry pickers sued last year, alleging they were denied rest breaks and weren’t paid for all the hours they worked. The lawyers representing the pickers said this is the state's largest settlement involving farmworker wages and hours on record.

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Minimum Wage
12:42 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Franchise Owners' Lawsuit Challenges Seattle's $15 Minimum Wage

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Franchise owners have followed through on their threat to sue the city of Seattle over the new $15 minimum wage ordinance. They say they’re small business owners who are being unfairly treated as large corporations under the new law.

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City Government
11:39 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Murray Appoints Joncas Of Downtown Seattle Association As Deputy Mayor

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has named Downtown Seattle Association President and CEO Kate Joncas as his new deputy mayor of operations.

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