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Transportation
12:37 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

WSDOT: Cracks Found On Viaduct, But Roadway Still Safe For Traffic

WSDOT

State highway engineers will shut down a stretch of the Alaskan Way viaduct later this month to take a closer look at cracks found on the roadway.

What workers found during a routine inspection of the viaduct on March 1 isn’t that unusual, says Tom Baker, an engineer with the Washington state Department of Transportation.

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Affordable Care Act
1:17 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Edgy Washington State Ads Urge Young People To Buy Insurance

They drink. They dance. And they love the Sasquatch Music Festival, an annual phenomenon in Washington state. But will young people sign up for insurance on the state's health exchange?

The folks who run the exchange were sponsors of the music festival's launch party last month, reminding people they have until the end of March to pick health insurance and see if they qualify for help paying for it.

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Consumer Protection
10:46 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Are You A Prime Target For Online Scams? A Fifth of Washington Adults Are, Says Report

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Damian Dovarganes AP Photo

More than one in five Washington adults are at high risk of falling prey to online scams, according to new research funded by the AARP.

Few would be surprised to hear that clicking on pop-up ads or opening emails from unfamiliar sources increases your risk of getting ripped off. But the AARP report, based on a survey of more than 11,000 adults nationwide, also identified some less obvious risk factors.

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Homelessness
5:00 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Seattle's Union Gospel Mission Launching Clothing Line

A limited number of OLU t-shirts will feature a homeless person being served by Seattle's Union Gospel Mission. Pictured on this shirt is R.J. Burrows.
Seattle's Union Gospel Mission

Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission is getting into the fashion merchandising business with the launch of a clothing line called OLU, or Others Like Us.

The line will include T-shirts, a hoodie, a baseball cap and a beanie featuring a logo that looks like a face. One T-shirt design will also feature a photo of a homeless person.

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Affordable Care Act
4:52 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Wash. Health Exchange Beefs Up Call Center For March Rush, Warns Of Long Hold Times

This screen grab shows Washington Healthplanfinder's website.

Washington’s health insurance exchange has ramped up its customer-service call center in anticipation of a big surge in enrollments this month. But callers should still hunker down for a long wait.

The Spokane-based call center got an average of more than 40,000 calls a day in January, but managed to answer just 15 percent of them. Of the rest, the vast majority got a message telling them to give up and call back later, while others hung up due to wait times that averaged 40 minutes or more.

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On Strength
5:26 am
Mon March 3, 2014

5 Steps To Overcoming Trauma, As Explained By Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Jerry White speaking to veterans and mental health workers at the American Lake VA Medical Center in Lakewood.
John Froschauer

There comes a time in people’s lives when an event changes everything in their world.

For Jerry White, that moment came when he was 20, while studying abroad in Israel. That’s when he lost his leg.

White was hiking with friends when he stepped on a landmine.

“Suddenly, I was hiking, and boom! I have no foot,” he said.

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Northwest Farmers
4:58 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Spud Snub? Potato Growers Steamed Over Exclusion From WIC Nutrition Program

Matthew Mead AP Photo

Northwest potato growers say they've been snubbed in a federal nutrition program. The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday finalized changes to the Women, Infants and Children program, or WIC. And it will cover all fruits and veggies — all but potatoes.

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Harborview Clinics
4:56 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Harborview Officials Say They Will Not Close Or Relocate Primary Care Clinics

Gabriel Spitzer

Officials overseeing Harborview Medical Center in Seattle have told staff by email they will not be closing or relocating the hospital’s clinics.

The fates of at least three primary care clinics on the main Harborview campus had been up in the air. Officials with UW Medicine, which runs the hospital, had said all along no decisions had been made. But staffers said they’d been told the clinics could close or move as early as this summer.

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Affordable Care Act
9:38 am
Tue February 25, 2014

High Enrollment In A State With No Love For Obamacare

FILE - Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, second from left, and other members of the House of Representatives leave after the Republican-controlled House voted to let insurance companies sell individual health coverage to all comers.
J. Scott Applewhite AP Photo

The latest figures on who's signing up under the federal health care law tell a surprising story about one of the most conservative states in the country.

Even though Idaho politicians regularly condemn Obamacare, Idahoans are signing up at one of the highest per capita rates in the country, second only to Vermont.

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Seattle Police
9:53 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Murray Reinstates Misconduct Finding For Embattled Seattle Police Officer

zeraien Flickr

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says it was wrong to change penalties against a police officer who threatened to harass a journalist. The comments mark an about-face for the mayor. 

In July, Dominic Holden of The Stranger was taking pictures as officers questioned a man in the International District. He says Officer John Marion got angry with him and threatened to come to The Stranger’s offices and “bother” Holden while he was at work.

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Prisoner Of War
1:03 pm
Sun February 23, 2014

Taliban Suspends Talks On Prisoner Exchange

AP Photo

The spokesman for Afghanistan's Taliban says they have suspended "mediation" with the United States to exchange captive U.S. soldier Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five senior Taliban prisoners held in U.S. custody in Guantanamo Bay.

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Bertha Blues
12:22 am
Sat February 22, 2014

Seattle Tunnel Builders To Dig Shaft In Front Of Bertha For Repairs

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WSDOT

The Washington state Transportation Department says that, as expected, the contractors digging a highway tunnel under downtown Seattle will repair a seal system on the tunneling machine by digging a shaft in front of it.

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Trash Pickup
12:06 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Mayor: Seattle To Stay On Weekly Trash Pickup Schedule

Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

Seattle will not switch its trash pickup schedule to every other week following an unpopular pilot program.

Mayor Ed Murray asked the Seattle City Council to shelf the proposed plan and keep the city on its current weekly pickup schedule.

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Please Insert Card
5:00 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Help City Of Seattle Choose Next Generation of Parking Meters

Ed Ronco with the IPS Freedom parking pay station, on Fourth Avenue between Blanchard and Bell.
Ed Ronco KPLU

Most of us know the drill: You walk up to one of those green parking meters on the street, put in your change or a credit card, and it spits out a little sticker for your car window. Those machines brought in $37 million last year.

But the city of Seattle says it’s time to upgrade those 10-year-old machines, and it wants the public’s input in choosing the next model.

SDOT: Try The Machines, Give Us Feedback

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Endowment 2.0
5:04 am
Wed February 19, 2014

University Of Puget Sound Receives $10,000 In Bitcoins From Alum

Nicholas Cary is seen making his bitcoin contribution to the University of Puget Sound from his hotel room in Berlin.
University of Puget Sound

As a 2007 alum of University of Puget Sound, Nicolas Cary has already established himself. The 28-year-old is the CEO of Blockchain, which runs the world's most popular digital wallet for bitcoin, a virtual currency.

But now he's making headlines for his bitcoin contribution to UPS. Cary has electronically transferred just over 14.5 bitcoins to the university, which was then exchanged into $10,000 actual U.S. dollars. It's reportedly the first donation of its kind to a U.S. college or university.

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