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Colorado Shooting Reactions
5:48 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Theaters React To Colorado Shooting

In the wake of the movie theater shooting in Colorado, theater owners have to consider something many have given little thought to in the past. Security. One big company, AMC Theaters, said Friday it will ban costumes and masks from its 300-plus movie houses. And the National Association of Theater Owners says it’s reviewing all security procedures.

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Hair Braiding Licensing Rule
5:07 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

African-American Hair Braiders Want Easing Of State Licensing Rules

Some African-American hair stylists are objecting to an Oregon licensing rule that means they can't braid hair without taking a two-year course. And they’re asking state lawmakers to take up the cause.

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Mine Water Quality Violations
4:49 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Wash. Mine Fined For Water Quality Violations

Washington's Department of Ecology has fined a gold mine in northeastern Washington for water quality violations.
Northwest News Network

The Department of Ecology has fined a gold mine in northeastern Washington for water quality violations. The company plans to appeal the fines. The mine has faced numerous penalties over the past five years.

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Warning To Young Drivers
4:25 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Warning Letter To Young Drivers Rankles Some Parents

Some parents don’t appreciate the letter of reprimand sent to young drivers by the Washington Department of Licensing.
Claire Thompson Flickr

Get a traffic ticket, get a letter of reprimand from the Department of Licensing. That’s how it works in Washington if you are a driver between the ages of 16 and 21. The letter-writing campaign is designed to reduce crashes among younger drivers. But some parents don’t appreciate it.

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Earthquake Risk
6:07 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Tolerable Risk Vs. Terrible Catastrophe When It Comes To Dams And The Big One

It's a question all of us face sooner or later: whether to spend a good chunk of money to protect against a catastrophe that has a very low chance of occurring. A workshop that just wrapped up in Corvallis considered that dilemma in the context of Northwest dams and a magnitude 9 earthquake. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.

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Puget Sound Agency
6:04 am
Fri July 20, 2012

New Director Aims to Shore Up Puget Sound Agency

Burien's Seahurst Park seawall, slated for demolition this fall.
Photo by John Ryan KUOW

Governor Chris Gregoire created the Puget Sound Partnership five years ago to revive the stalled cleanup of Puget Sound. Now, with six months left in her term as governor, she's replaced the agency head in hopes he can accelerate progress on the sound. He'll be the Partnership's third director in five years. KUOW's John Ryan has the story.

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Washington Supreme Court
6:00 am
Fri July 20, 2012

For Washington Supreme Court Justice, "Primary" Race Is Final

Washington Supreme Court Justice Steve Gonzalez

Washington Supreme Court Justice Steve Gonzalez was appointed to the state’s high court six months ago. Now he’s up for reelection.

His opponent is Bruce Danielson, a Kitsap county attorney who has declined to campaign. The race will be decided in the August 7th primary, and Gonzalez says he’s rushing to build name recognition. KUOW’s Amy Radil reports.

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Record Whooping Cough Cases
5:35 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

CDC Says U.S. On Track For Record Rates of Whooping Cough

This CDC graphic shows state-by-state changes in whooping cough cases from 2011-12.
Northwest News Network

The number of whooping cough cases in Washington State has passed 3,000. Washington’s infection rate was rising so rapidly that health officials called on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for help. That was in May. Yesterday, the CDC issued a report on its findings. Scientists noticed an unusual pattern.

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Fatal Mining Accident
5:06 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Report Faults Mining Company For Fatal Accident

The waste bin at Idaho's Lucky Friday Mine where an accident that killed a 26-year-old miner occurred last November.
Mine Safety and Health Administration

A new report faults managers of north Idaho’s Lucky Friday mine for an accident last November that killed a 26-year-old miner. It was one of two fatalities at the mine last year.

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Rail Shipping Expansion
4:13 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Northwest Wine Industry To Get Boost From Rail Shipping Expansion

Railex's existing shipping center in Wallula in southeast Washington. The new wine warehouse will be built nearby.
Railex

A company that ships Northwest produce to East Coast markets by rail plans an expansion that will benefit the region's wineries. Railex has reached an agreement with Ste. Michelle Wine Estates to build a massive wine storage warehouse in southeast Washington.

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