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Washington State Ballots
4:21 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Wash. Ballots With Late Postmarks Won't Be Counted

Washington voters can return their ballots via an official drop box by 8 p.m. on Election Day.
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New polls show Washington’s open race for governor remains close. Already hundreds of thousands of Washington voters have returned their ballots. Many more will do so in the coming days. But county auditors have a warning to voters who wait until the last minute.

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Washington Gay Marriage
6:37 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Checking the Facts in Gay Marriage Ads About Schools

The latest TV ad from same-sex marriage opponents in Washington focuses on school children. It warns “schools could teach that boys could marry boys”. This ad mirrors those that ran in other states when gay marriage came up for a vote. And campaign strategists on both sides agree, it’s been a game changer. KUOW’s Liz Jones takes a closer at the ad’s claims and the track record of this particular strategy.

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Autism Therapy
5:51 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Washington State To Cover Autism Therapy For Medicaid Kids

Low income parents will soon have a way to get treatment for their children with autism. Starting in January, Washington state will cover applied behavior analysis therapy for kids with Medicaid coverage. The new benefit is part of a legal settlement between the state, and a local advocacy group for children with autism.

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Predicting Election Outcomes
5:19 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Statistical Models Help Modern Day Campaigns Project Outcomes

In vote-by-mail states, campaigns can find out on a daily basis whether or not you’ve returned your ballot.
Credit Washington Secretary of State website

What if there was a crystal ball that could reveal the outcome of an election? Turns out modern day campaigns use forecast models to project the winner of a race long before a single vote is counted.

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Renaming 'Squaw Creeks'
5:06 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Oregon Panel Considers Proposals For Renaming 'Squaw Creeks'

Two relatively obscure waterways in rural southeast Oregon are generating a heated dispute over geographic names. The small streams are both named "Squaw Creek," which is considered offensive to Native Americans. But the landowners in each case object to the proposed new names.

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Day Of The Dead
4:00 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Some Northwest Latinos Blend Halloween, Day Of The Dead

Day of the dead bread, called pan muerto, has the shapes of bones and skulls baked right in at Viera’s Bakery in Pasco.
Credit Anna King

Just as this year’s Halloween fades into memory, many Northwest Latino families are getting ready for the Day of the Dead. The traditional Mexican holiday is on Friday. Some families blend the two holidays.

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Pudget Sound Pollution
6:22 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Puget Sound Ports Curb Emissions

Photo of a Washington State ferry in the Puget Sound.
Credit Photo Credit: Joe Mabel/Wikimedia Commons

Air pollution from the major shipping ports in Puget Sound has decreased, according to a new report released Tuesday.

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Federal Election Hotlines
6:09 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Election Hotlines Tend To Be Snoozers In The Northwest

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A long-standing program aimed at combating election fraud and voter rights abuses tends to be pretty quiet in the Northwest.

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Oregon Coast Fishing
5:58 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Federal Cuts To Small Port Maintenance Cripple Oregon Coast Fishing Town

Photo of Port Orford, Oregon.
Credit Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Top brass from the Army Corps of Engineers traveled to Port Orford Tuesday to deliver bad news. The corps says it can’t afford to dredge the fishing port now or in the foreseeable future. Other small ports in the Northwest will face similar cuts.

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Effects Of Federal Budget Cuts
4:53 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Federal Budget Cuts Leave Port Orford Fisherman Struggling to Get To Sea

Top brass from the Army Corps of Engineers traveled to Port Orford today to deliver bad news. The corps says it can’t afford to dredge the fishing port now or in the foreseeable future. Other small ports in the Northwest will face similar cuts.

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