John Ryan http://nwpr.org en Federal Investigation Seeks To Find Accountability In Explosion http://nwpr.org/post/federal-investigation-seeks-find-accountability-explosion <p>It was Washington state’s worst industrial accident in nearly 50 years.</p><p>“Skagit 911. What’s your emergency?” “I’m trying to find out what's going on at the refinery.” “You know, we don’t know at this point, sir.” “Well, all I can tell you is I live two and a half miles from it, and the explosion was hard enough to rock my house, and there’s one hell of a fire going there.”</p><p>That explosion in 2010 at the Tesoro refinery in Anacortes killed seven workers.</p><p>Four years later, no one has been held publicly accountable for the seven deaths. As John Ryan reported, state efforts to penalize Tesoro have stalled. To improve worker safety, the federal government is wielding a tool it rarely uses: criminal prosecution of one of the nation’s largest corporations.</p><p>Here’s John Ryan with part two of our investigation. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:09:51 +0000 John Ryan 48731 at http://nwpr.org Federal Investigation Seeks To Find Accountability In Explosion In Refinery Explosion, Who's Accountable? http://nwpr.org/post/refinery-explosion-whos-accountable <p>It's been four years since a deadly explosion at an oil refinery shook the town of Anacortes, Washington. The question of who's responsible for seven workers' deaths still hasn't been answered fully. Refinery owner Tesoro agreed to pay millions to families of the dead, but the company is fighting accusations that it willfully put its workers in harm’s way. With multiple legal proceedings continuing to swirl around the accident, it remains unclear whether anyone will be held accountable for the human cost of Tesoro gasoline. John Ryan brings us part one of this KUOW investigation. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:43:16 +0000 John Ryan 48668 at http://nwpr.org In Refinery Explosion, Who's Accountable? Tunnel Machine Set To Dig Under Seattle -- But It's Not Bertha http://nwpr.org/post/tunnel-machine-set-dig-under-seattle-its-not-bertha <p>A tunnel machine is set to resume digging beneath the streets of Seattle in June. This machine isn't named Bertha.</p><p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 18:15:47 +0000 John Ryan 45116 at http://nwpr.org Despite Vow, Washington Lands Chief Takes Timber Money http://nwpr.org/post/despite-vow-washington-lands-chief-takes-timber-money <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Fundraising for this November's elections is kicking into high gear. That means candidates are </span>cozying<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> up to people with money. Sometimes, elected officials even get friendly with the companies they regulate.</span></p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:14:00 +0000 John Ryan 44453 at http://nwpr.org Despite Vow, Washington Lands Chief Takes Timber Money Inslee Seeks More Federal Disaster Aid http://nwpr.org/post/inslee-seeks-more-federal-disaster-aid <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the second day in a row, Washington Governor Jay </span>Inslee<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has asked the federal government to boost its disaster assistance to victims of the </span>Oso<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> landslide.</span></p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 14:32:34 +0000 John Ryan 43751 at http://nwpr.org Oso: Clearcut Extended Into No-Logging Zone http://nwpr.org/post/oso-clearcut-extended-no-logging-zone <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State officials say they didn't approve </span>clearcutting<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> inside a no-logging zone directly above Saturday's deadly landslide in the town of </span>Oso<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;But aerial photos show a </span>clearcut<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> extending into the zone where a loss of trees would heighten the risk of landslides.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 14:44:52 +0000 John Ryan 43512 at http://nwpr.org Oso: Clearcut Extended Into No-Logging Zone Snohomish Jail Overcrowded, Understaffed http://nwpr.org/post/snohomish-jail-overcrowded-understaffed <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new federal report says overcrowding and </span>understaffing<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> puts the health of Snohomish County Jail inmates at risk. The report comes after eight deaths at the jail in the past three years.</span></p><p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 15:53:14 +0000 John Ryan 36882 at http://nwpr.org To Reduce Patient Falls, Hospitals Try Alarms, More Nurses http://nwpr.org/post/reduce-patient-falls-hospitals-try-alarms-more-nurses A bad fall in the hospital can turn a short visit into a long stay.<p>Such falls featured in congressional discussions about patient safety, and in a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/09/20/224507654/how-many-die-from-medical-mistakes-in-u-s-hospitals">new study</a> in the <em>Journal of Patient Safety </em>about medical errors. Wed, 16 Oct 2013 21:25:00 +0000 John Ryan 35814 at http://nwpr.org To Reduce Patient Falls, Hospitals Try Alarms, More Nurses Mass Starfish Die-Off Hits Vancouver, May Happen in Washington http://nwpr.org/post/mass-starfish-die-hits-vancouver-may-happen-washington <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Scientists in two nations are on the lookout for a rapidly spreading epidemic. This epidemic is under water, and it&rsquo;s affecting starfish.</span></p><p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 12:56:15 +0000 John Ryan 35675 at http://nwpr.org Mass Starfish Die-Off Hits Vancouver, May Happen in Washington Violence A 'Contant Disruption' At State's Mental Hospitals http://nwpr.org/post/violence-contant-disruption-states-mental-hospitals <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new report says violence is a &ldquo;constant disruption&rdquo; at Washington state&rsquo;s two main psychiatric hospitals. But the CEO of the state&rsquo;s biggest mental hospital isn&#39;t sold on some of the findings.</span></p><p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 13:53:13 +0000 John Ryan 35567 at http://nwpr.org Violence A 'Contant Disruption' At State's Mental Hospitals