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Homeless Camps
7:55 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Seattle Homeless Camp Evictions Continue As Mayor Calls For More Legal Camps

A Seattle homeless camp's eviction notice.
Credit John Ryan / KUOW

The demand for shelter in Seattle is outstripping the supply, especially for those who need it most. Mayor Ed Murray announced a plan on Wednesday to put up three new tent cities for Seattle's growing homeless population. His task force on homelessness had recommended adding seven new locations. Even as Murray made his announcement, homeless people were being evicted from their camps on public property in Seattle.

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Workplace Safety
7:34 am
Fri January 2, 2015

2014 Was A Dangerous Year To Work In Washington

Credit Michael Coghlan / Flickr

Washington became a more dangerous place to work last year. The Department of Labor and Industries says more people died on the job in 2014 than in any of the past three years.

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Oil Tanker Regulations
7:07 am
Tue December 30, 2014

25 Years After Exxon Valdez, U.S. Mandates Double-Hull Oil Tankers

The Exxon Valdez, then called the Oriental Nicety, anchored some six nautical miles off India in 2012.
Credit Associated Press

Oil tankers bring about 15 million gallons of oil every day into Washington state. Starting January 1, those ships are required to have double hulls to reduce the risk of an oil spill. The change has been in the works for decades.

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Mudslide Safety
6:35 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Washington Commission Urges Statewide Landslide Effort

A new report said more money is needed for mudslide response and preparation in cases like Oso, depicted above.
Credit Washington State Patrol

The work of an independent commission in response to the Oso landslide in March said more money is needed to prepare for landslides when they do strike.

The commission has 17 recommendations to improve public safety in a state that is dotted with landslide prone slopes. They ranged from improving emergency response to educating the public about landslides.

The report did not assess blame for the deaths in Oso.

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Oso Landslide
7:29 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Oso Logging Inquiry Offers Few Answers

Investigative reporters revealed that loggers had clear-cut in a no-logging zone directly above the hillside that collapsed in Oso earlier this year.
Credit brewbooks / Flickr

Shortly after this year's deadly Oso landslide, investigative reporters revealed that loggers had clear-cut in a no-logging zone directly above the hillside that collapsed.

That logging, back in 2004, removed trees in an area scientists had said could worsen the risk of landslides.

A report out Tuesday from the Department of Natural Resources leaves unanswered the question of why logging took place on what should have been forbidden ground.

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Logging Regs After Oso
5:15 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Wash. Forest Practices Board Adopts New Logging Guidelines

New guidelines adopted by the state's Forest Practices Board call for more thorough geological studies before logging near deep-seated landslide zones.
Credit brewbooks / Flickr

Washington state essentially prohibits logging on unstable slopes - since removing trees can worsen erosion and landslides. But it's not always obvious which slopes are unstable.

State officials Wednesday adopted a more cautious approach around slopes like the one that collapsed onto the town of Oso in March. That deep-seated landslide killed 43 people.

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Washington State Senate
8:58 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Who’s Buying the Washington State Senate?

The Andy Hill mask ad.
John Ryan Northwest News Network

A Republican coalition has a narrow margin of control in the Washington state Senate. Democrats hope to change that. Millions of dollars are pouring into key races around the state. Just who’s trying to buy your vote?

The 45th legislative district cuts an arc through Kirkland, Woodinville and Sammamish on Seattle’s east side. More money has flooded into this district trying to influence who gets elected state senator here, than anywhere else in Washington. More than two million dollars at last count.

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Landslide Prevention
7:01 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Landslide Safety All Over The Map In Washington

"A condemned house on the edge of the Ledgewood Beach bluff on Washington's Whidbey Island."
KUOW

The Oso landslide devastated one stretch of one valley in Snohomish County. But Washington state is dotted with landslide-prone slopes. An investigation by KUOW and EarthFix has found that many local governments do much less than Snohomish County to keep people from building on dangerous ground. 

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Homeless Camps
8:49 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Homeless Camp Pops Up On Busy Seattle Sidewalk

A new homeless camp in Seattle's University District.
Credit John Ryan / KUOW

Homelessness is on the rise in Seattle. In the city’s University District, a new homeless camp has popped up on a busy sidewalk. Members of the camp say 20 people are living in the small cluster of tents.

It’s too small to call a tent city, so I’ll call it a tent-village. It’s on the sidewalk in front of the U District post office. Tent-village resident Stephen Crow is a leader of a group calling itself The Ave Foundation. He says he’s been homeless since he was 12. He’s now 36.

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Tesoro Explosion
7:42 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Justice Dept. Closes Criminal Inquiry Into Tesoro Refinery Blast Without Charges

Inspectors examine a Tesoro oil refinery after an explosion.
Credit John Ryan / KUOW

No one will face criminal charges in connection with a refinery explosion that killed seven Tesoro workers in Anacortes. The Justice Department is closing its four-year-long criminal investigation. KUOW’s John Ryan reports.

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