Washington Unemployment
4:39 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Washington State Jobless Rate Holds Steady In May

The unemployment rate in Washington state is holding steady at 6.1 percent.
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The unemployment rate in Washington state is holding steady at 6.1 percent according to the latest numbers out Wednesday from the state Employment Security Department. 

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Musical Language
7:49 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Radiolab: The Language Of Music And The Music Of Language

Composer Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky, whose composition Rite of Spring was controversial at its debut in 1913.
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What is music? Why does it move us? How does the brain process sound, and why are some people better at it than others?

Radiolab posed this question, and seeks to understand the DNA of music - and the connection between music and language.

In a recent episode, Radiolab looked at the disastrous debut of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring in 1913, examined music through modern neurology, and met a composer using computers to decode music and find its essential pieces.

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Salmon Lawsuit
6:49 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Federal Salmon Plan Heads Back To Courtroom

Fish supporters Tuesday once again challenged the government’s plan to manage dams on the Columbia River to protect endangered salmon and steelhead.
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It’s back to court for the federal government and salmon advocates. Fish supporters Tuesday once again challenged the government’s plan to manage dams on the Columbia River and protect endangered salmon and steelhead. For EarthFix, Courtney Flatt has more.

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ODOT Preparedness
6:23 am
Wed June 18, 2014

State Audit Questions ODOT's Long-Term Preparedness

The Oregon Department of Transportation may lose a vast amount of institutional knowledge in the coming years. That's according to an audit released Tuesday by the Oregon Secretary of State. And the report questions whether ODOT is doing enough to retain that knowledge of how to design and build roads. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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Health Care
6:09 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Oregon Tries New Health Care Benefits Model For Public Employees

Public workers in Oregon will soon receive health care under a new model that's meant to rein in costs.
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Public workers in Oregon will soon receive health care under a new model that's meant to rein in costs. The Oregon Public Employees Benefits Board approved a plan that's similar to a type developed for Oregon's Medicaid enrollees.

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Lobbyist-Paid Meals
5:56 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Ethics Panel Gets Earful On Lobbyist-Paid Meals For Lawmakers

Washington lawmakers are allowed to accept free meals on an “infrequent” basis.
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How often is “infrequent” when it comes to state lawmakers accepting free meals from lobbyists? Washington’s Legislative Ethics Board spent nearly two hours Tuesday taking testimony on that issue and then grappling with the answer.

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Washington Budget
4:46 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Washington Governor Directs Agencies To Identify 15 Percent Cuts

Washington Governor Jay Inslee is directing state agencies to identify 15 percent cuts in the next budget.
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Washington Governor Jay Inslee is directing state agencies to identify 15 percent cuts in the next budget. The directive comes as the latest revenue forecast out Tuesday shows an ongoing sluggish recovery. State budget director David Schumacher says the budget-cutting exercise does not mean all agencies will be cut by 15 percent.

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Seasonal Access Permits
7:34 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Timber Giant Begins Selling Seasonal Permits, But Some Push Back

Vandalism and illegal dumping like this on the St. Helens Tree Farm was a key reason for the new access policy says Weyerhaeuser.
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Timber giant Weyerhaeuser is joining the pay-to-play and pay-to-hunt trend. This week, the largest private forestland owner in Oregon and Washington will begin selling seasonal access permits to hunters, horse riders, hikers and other recreators. The Washington state-based company is not the first to charge access fees. But the breadth and high prices it will charge are generating more push back than before. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.

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Seattle Delta Hub
7:26 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Delta Air Lines Building Hub In Seattle, Putative Partner’s Hometown

Port of Seattle fire trucks salute a Delta Airbus A330 as it departs for Hong Kong on Monday.
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Pacific Northwest travelers will get ringside seats to see if two airlines can be partners and rivals at the same time. One of those "frenemies" - if you will - is Seattle-based Alaska Airlines. And in the other corner is Delta Air Lines. The two are long-term contractual allies. But the relationship is being tested.

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Foster Care Case
7:19 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Idaho Woman's Fight For Foster Daughter Reveals A System Of Difficult Choices

Andrea Butler of Rathdrum, Idaho, stands in the room Dee had in her home for the four and a half years Butler fostered her.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

Adoptions are usually private affairs, sealed forever in court documents and known only to the families involved. But recently, one decision by Idaho's child welfare service exploded into the public sphere. A foster mom in Rathdrum in north Idaho says the state made a terrible mistake when it took her foster daughter away after four years in her home. Correspondent Jessica Robinson brings us this glimpse into the life-changing decisions the state has to make about children – where often there are no easy answers.

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