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Interesting news stories from around the Pacific Northwest.

Five workers installing rebar on a concrete wall at north portal of the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Project fell about 25 feet when a wall of rebar gave way.

Seattle Fire spokesman Kyle Moore says two Seattle firefighters walked about a half mile into the tunnel and carried out one of the injured men while the four others walked out after the Thursday afternoon incident.

One of the men who walked out was not injured, while four others were taken to Harborview Medical Center, he said. One of the men suffered a fractured arm and was in stable condition, while the three others were evaluated.

Anna King

 

Tuesday night’s shooting of a man near a popular grocery store by three Pasco police officers has angered many residents there. The shooting was captured in several phone videos (embedded below).

Toddlers, teens, parents and grandparents gathered outside Pasco City Hall on Wednesday night to protest the police shooting.

Austin Jenkins

 

Washington is under court order to keep foster youth from running away. So the state now has a team of “locators," social workers whose job it is to find runaways and bring them back.

Mike Stamp is one of these locators.

Ferran Jorda / Flickr

According to the Washington State Health Department, smoking kills more than 8,000 people in Washington State every year. To prevent the habit from spreading, lawmakers in Olympia are considering a bill that would raise the legal age for buying tobacco from 18 to 21.  

A man allegedly throwing rocks in Pasco near a popular Latino grocery store was shot dead by police officers Tuesday night.

A YouTube video (embedded below) shows several police officers running after a man across a crowded intersection. Some bystanders caught the incident on cell phone footage and posted the clip.

Austin Jenkins

 

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Rural Thurston County in Washington is the kind of place people move to for a little elbow room. But if you’re a teenager from the suburbs, life can be less than exciting.

The day 19-year-old Amber Armstrong arrived at her foster home five years ago, she starting plotting her escape.

Paula Wissel / KPLU

Heroin deaths are on the rise in Washington and a high percentage of the overdoses are in people under 30. One Seattle mother wants to help put a human face to that statistic.

Speaking before a Heroin and Opioid Overdose Summit at the University of Washington, former news anchor Penny LeGate shared her heartbreak over her own daughter’s death. Listen to her story:

Anna King

 

Hanford Nuclear Reservation officials Tuesday made public their plan to improve safety for workers in the so-called “tank farms.”

Hanford is home to 56 million gallons of radioactive sludge left over from World War II and the Cold War.

National Weather Service

 

Scientists don't yet agree on the cause behind the dirty rain that pelted much of eastern Washington and Oregon last Friday.

The National Weather Service said the dirt may have come from southeast Oregon, near Summer Lake. But another government scientist says he thinks it was ash from a volcano in Japan.

CDC

 

Some Northwest lawmakers want to make it harder for parents to opt out of vaccinating their children.

The proposals come as a measles outbreak has spread to 14 states including Oregon and Washington.

Iqbal Osman / Flickr

Editor’s Note: This story originally ran as part of our new show, “Sound Effect,” which airs on Saturdays at 10 a.m.

Before there was a birth control pill for women, there existed a pill for men. It showed a lot of promise — until whiskey ruined everything. 

 

"Sound Effect" is a weekly tour of ideas, inspired by the place where we live. The show is hosted by KPLU's Gabriel Spitzer.

Each week's show will explore a different theme. In this week's show, we learn from failure.

The Rejections' Facebook page

Who are The Rejections?

"You know the Rockbottom Remainders? Yeah. Like that," says the Seattle-based band on its Facebook page

The band consists of published authors and their "trailing spouses" who, well, know a lot about rejection. They recently stopped by the KPLU studios. Listen to their performance of the song "Men of Luggage (Travel Light)": 

SubPop

 

Sleater-Kinney, a band that helped define the Northwest's indie rock scene begins a much-anticipated tour this weekend, starting in Spokane on Sunday, then moving on to Boise on Monday.

The band is officially ending a nearly decade-long hiatus.

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USDA

 

Washington state agriculture officials are preparing for the scenario that highly-contagious bird flu will be in the Northwest — maybe for years.

Since December, Washington state and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have euthanized sick birds and set up quarantines from the Tri-Cities to Port Angeles.

Anna King

 

Washington state agriculture officials have just finished up the grim task of euthanizing nearly 5,000 birds in Okanogan County.

Now veterinarians will continue to sweep the quarantine zones around those farms to find out whether bird flu viruses there have spread.

Tom Banse

 

Have electric cars been on the market long enough to stand on their own without public subsidies?

That's a question state lawmakers in Olympia and Salem are wrestling with this winter.

Paul Eggert / Wikimedia Commons

 

Some Washington and Oregon legislators want to end the yearly practice of springing forward and falling back.

A state senator from Oregon and a state representative from Washington both say they were moved into action by complaints from annoyed constituents. Republican Rep. Elizabeth Scott presented a long list to a house committee in Olympia on Tuesday.

U.S. Department of Energy

 

President Barack Obama’s budget would spend $2.3 billion on cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in 2016.

But it shifts the focus of cleanup. The proposed budget would spend more on cleanup of the tank waste and a massive plant meant to treat that sludge. But the president’s proposed budget would cut about $100 million from the Department of Energy’s Richland Operations office.

USDA

 

Another new case of bird flu has popped up in northern Washington state. This one is a hobby and 4-H program flock in Oroville, Washington, not far from the Canadian border.

It’s mostly chickens and waterfowl. Another, larger flock 40 miles south in Riverside, Washington is on the chopping block as early as Tuesday.

Here are the three most underreported stories of the week, according to the guests of our news roundtable:

"Sound Effect" is a weekly tour of ideas, inspired by the place where we live. The show is hosted by KPLU's Gabriel Spitzer.

Each week's show will explore a different theme. In this week's show, we dive into Northwest myths and legends.

Tom Banse

 

It's been a tough winter so far for many Cascade Mountains ski resorts. Five in Oregon and Washington have suspended operations until they get more snow.

Workers at the Summit at Snoqualmie are even gathering snow from parking lots and building edges and moving it uphill to keep a few runs open.

Anna King

 

Washington state has set a six-mile quarantine circle around a new major bird flu site in near Riverside in north-central Washington.

About 5,000 birds — mainly ducks but also geese, turkeys and chickens — are in the infected flock.

Anna King

Government agriculture officials will kill 5,000 pheasants and turkeys due to a bird flu outbreak at a hunting operation Washington's Okanogan county.

About 40 birds at a game farm in Riverside, Wash. were ill over the weekend and tested positive for bird flu. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the state of Washington will kill the entire flock and establish a quarantine around it.

Gabriel Spitzer / KPLU

Editor’s Note: This story originally ran as part of our new show, “Sound Effect,” which airs on Saturdays at 10 a.m.

“Smell that, Gabriel.”

Jon Preston waves a jumble of moss under my nose. It looks very much like a green wig. I oblige and breathe in a lungful of earthy air.

Sound Effect, Episode 3: Rain

Jan 24, 2015

"Sound Effect" is a weekly tour of ideas, inspired by the place where we live. The show is hosted by KPLU's Gabriel Spitzer.

Each week's show will explore a different theme. In this week's show, we dive into the rain.

Seattle's Rain Art

Jan 24, 2015
Ashley Gross / KPLU

The number of homeless people in King County continues to grow, according to this year’s One Night Count which showed a 21 percent jump from last year in the number of people without shelter. 

Volunteers found people sleeping in doorways, under overpasses, in cars and in alleys. Some were just wandering around, no place to go.

From Auburn to Woodinville, Seattle to Kirkland, 3,772 homeless people were counted this year, up from 3,123 last year.

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