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Goldmark Campaign Finance
6:14 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Despite Vow, Washington Lands Chief Takes Timber Money

In 2012 Goldmark took in at least $80,000 from the timber industry, about 15% of his campaign funding.
Credit John Ryan

Fundraising for this November's elections is kicking into high gear. That means candidates are cozying up to people with money. Sometimes, elected officials even get friendly with the companies they regulate.

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Oso Landslide
7:32 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Inslee Seeks More Federal Disaster Aid

For the second day in a row, Washington Governor Jay Inslee has asked the federal government to boost its disaster assistance to victims of the Oso landslide.

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Oso Landslide
7:44 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Oso: Clearcut Extended Into No-Logging Zone

Washington Department of Natural Resources image shows 2005 clearcut extending into no-logging zone at site of Oso landslide.
Credit Washington Department of Natural Resources

State officials say they didn't approve clearcutting inside a no-logging zone directly above Saturday's deadly landslide in the town of Oso.  But aerial photos show a clearcut extending into the zone where a loss of trees would heighten the risk of landslides. 

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Overcrowding Jails
7:53 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Snohomish Jail Overcrowded, Understaffed

A new federal report says overcrowding and understaffing puts the health of Snohomish County Jail inmates at risk. The report comes after eight deaths at the jail in the past three years.

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Shots - Health News
2:25 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

To Reduce Patient Falls, Hospitals Try Alarms, More Nurses

Some patients at MultiCare Auburn Medical Center in Washington are given wristbands showing that they have a high risk of falling.
John Ryan KUOW

Originally published on Wed October 16, 2013 3:39 pm

A bad fall in the hospital can turn a short visit into a long stay.

Such falls featured in congressional discussions about patient safety, and in a new study in the Journal of Patient Safety about medical errors. Falls are one part of a multistate clash between nurses and hospitals over how to improve the safety of hospitalized patients.

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Underwater Epidemic
5:56 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Mass Starfish Die-Off Hits Vancouver, May Happen in Washington

Sunflower stars on a minus tide in Southeast Alaska.
John Ryan

Scientists in two nations are on the lookout for a rapidly spreading epidemic. This epidemic is under water, and it’s affecting starfish.

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Violence Reports at State Mental Hospitals
6:53 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Violence A 'Contant Disruption' At State's Mental Hospitals

The main entrance of Western State Hospital in Lakewood, Wash.
Credit KUOW/John Ryan

A new report says violence is a “constant disruption” at Washington state’s two main psychiatric hospitals. But the CEO of the state’s biggest mental hospital isn't sold on some of the findings.

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Political Funding
6:26 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Washington Billionaires Staying Out Of State Politics This Year

Nine men and one woman from Washington state have made Forbes magazine’s latest list of American billionaires. The group of ten had an oversized influence on Washington state politics last year. But so far this year, they’re mostly sitting on the sidelines.

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Transportation legislature
6:26 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Gov. Inslee - Special Session On Transportation Needed

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee calls for support for transportation spending
Credit John Ryan

Governor Jay Inslee said on Tuesday he wants to call a special session of the state legislature this fall. But he stopped short of actually doing so.

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GMOs
6:41 am
Tue August 20, 2013

GMO Labeling Backers Outspending Foes In Washington State

Dr. Bronner's text-heavy labels. The company is throwing its weight behind another kind of labeling.
Credit John Ryan

Backers of a Washington state ballot initiative to require labels on genetically modified foods have raised four times more cash than their opponents. Both sides’ contributions have mostly come from outside Washington state.

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