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Washington Supreme Court
6:48 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Washinton Supreme Court Race Could Be McCloud, Sanders

Early primary totals indicate that two advocates for defendants’ rights could compete for the open seat on the Washington supreme court: Sheryl Gordon McCloud and Richard Sanders. KUOW’s Amy Radil reports.

Four candidates had sought to replace retiring supreme court justice Tom Chambers. They included longtime King County Superior Court judge Bruce Hilyer, and former Pierce county executive John Ladenburg. But primary night totals showed appellate defense lawyer Sheryl Gordon McCloud and former state supreme court justice Richard Sanders in the lead.

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Washington Governor's Race
6:45 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Inslee, McKenna Advance To November Election

Democrat Jay Inslee (left) and Republican Rob McKenna (right) move on to the November election. Photos courtesy the candidates' campaigns.

Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna will advance to the November election, after winning the top two spots in [last night’s] Tuesday's primary for Washington governor. At last count, Inslee won 47 percent of the vote to McKenna’s 43 percent. Colin Fogarty reports on what the primary results might or might not mean for November.

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10th District Race
6:42 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Denny Heck And Dick Muri Will Face Off In New 10th District

Dick Muri gives a speech in Pierce County in 2010. Muri will run against Democrat Denny Heck in Washington's new 10th District.
Photo by Brettdr Wikimedia Commons

In the newly created Tenth Congressional District, Democrat Denny Heck will face Republican Dick Muri in the general election. Pollsters say the district skews slightly Democratic. But Muri says his military experience will help balance that. KUOW’s Amy Radil reports.

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Citizen Science
6:36 am
Wed August 8, 2012

"Citizen Science" Gains Momentum In Northwest And Nationally

Joan Rupp of Tacoma counts and records bird sightings outside her living room window as part of Project FeederWatch.
Photo by Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Public participation in scientific research is mushrooming in the Northwest and across the country. The trend is called "citizen science." It can take the form of volunteer monitoring and data collection, or crowd-sourced science, or science education with a research component. One sign the movement is gaining acceptance and credibility: It's a big topic of discussion at a science conference in Portland this week. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.

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Changes In Northwest Forests
5:36 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Changes In Forests Increase Fire Risks, Insect Outbreaks

The Pacific Northwest’s inland forests have dramatically changed over the past 100 years. That’s according to a new study by a conservation group. These changes can lead to larger fires and insect outbreaks.

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Increase In Walking
5:14 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

More Adults Are Walking Nowadays

People in the U.S. are walking more often than they used to.
Rootology Wikimedia Commons

People are walking more, especially in the West, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2005, 56 percent of adults reported walking for at least 10 minutes a week. Five years later, that percentage was up to 62 percent.

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Northwest Silver Mines
4:39 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Northwest Silver Mines To Remain Under Separate Ownership

Hecla Mining failed to take over Toronto-based U.S. Silver.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Two of the most productive silver mines in the Northwest will remain under separate ownership after several weeks of corporate wrangling.

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Northwest Wildfires
4:16 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Hot Spell Heats Up Northwest Wildfire Activity

The Springs Fire is is about two miles east of Banks, Idaho, along Highway 17.
InciWeb

Prolonged hot and dry weather is amping up wildfire activity across the inland Northwest.

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Oil Barge Construction
5:41 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Coast Guard: Much Work Remains On Arctic Oil-Spill Barge

Shell's Arctic Challenger barge under construction on the Bellingham waterfront.
Photo by John Ryan KUOW

The U.S. Coast Guard announced Monday that hundreds of tasks remain in the construction of an overdue oil-spill barge. As KUOW's John Ryan reports, Arctic drilling is on hold until the construction project in Bellingham wraps up.

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Response To Sikh Shooting
6:12 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Shootings Of Sikhs In Wisconsin Resonate Among Temples In The Northwest

The deadly shootings of Sikhs in Wisconsin over the weekend are resonating among temples in the Northwest, too.

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