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WA Election Spending
9:13 am
Wed November 7, 2012

WA Election Breaks Campaign Spending Records

Photo of stacks of US $100 dollar bills.
Credit Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Some of the results may not be known for weeks, but the most expensive election ever in Washington state wrapped up last night.

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Evergreen State Professor
7:14 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Elusive Evergreen State Professor Found In Chile

Washington state is heading south in its quest to recover the largest ethics fine in state history.

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Washington Billionaires
6:00 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Forbes: Washington's Billionaires Get Richer

Forbes magazine released its list of the 400 wealthiest Americans today Wednesday. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has once again topped the list of America's richest people. KUOW's John Ryan reports from Seattle.

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Arctic Oil Drilling
6:01 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Shell Delays Arctic Oil Drilling Until 2013

The Arctic Challenger on the Bellingham waterfront in August.
Photo by John Ryan Northwest News Network

Problems in Puget Sound have led Shell Oil to cancel its plans for drilling for oil in the Arctic Ocean this year. KUOW's John Ryan reports from the Bellingham waterfront.

The Arctic Challenger is Shell's oil-spill containment barge. It's here behind me at the Bellingham Shipping Terminal. It's supposed to be in place in the Arctic to help mop up any oil spills. It's been under construction here at the Bellingham Shipping Terminal for months.

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People for Puget Sound
6:55 am
Wed September 12, 2012

People For Puget Sound Is Shutting Its Doors

Photo Credit: John Ryan

One of Washington's largest environmental groups is shutting down. People for Puget Sound announced it will close its doors at the end of the month.

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Western State Hospital Safety
7:16 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Safety And Suicide At Western State Hospital

The front entrance of Western State Hospital in Lakewood.
Photo by John Ryan Northwest News Network

Western State Hospital, near Tacoma, is the largest psychiatric institution in the Pacific Northwest. Its mission statement says the hospital--

Actor: "provides a healing environment free from danger, fear, hurt, injury, coercion, or intimidation for people with psychiatric disabilities. … Through vigilant attention and effort, WSH ensures a safe haven."

One week in April, Western failed to live up to those words, and the consequences were dire. Attention was less than vigilant, and two patients wound up dead. In part one of our public radio investigation, KUOW's John Ryan reported on the case of one of those patients. She committed suicide. In part two of our investigation, John looks at the safety improvements Western has, and hasn't, made since April.

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Western State Hospital Suicide
6:55 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Through The Cracks: The Life And Death Of Megan Templeton

Megan Templeton on her 20th birthday at Sunnyside Beach Park, Steilacoom, Wash. She died four days later.
Photo by Suzanne Kuhns

In the past decade, a dozen Western State Hospital patients have killed themselves. More than a hundred others have tried. Megan Templeton was the most recent. In April, she hanged herself in her hospital room. She had turned 20 the day before. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for teenagers and young adults in Washington.

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Psychiatric Hospital Death
6:10 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Second Violent Death At Western State Hospital

A second patient at Western State Hospital has died violently in less than a week.  Lakewood Police say 20-year-old Megan Templeton hanged herself with a bed sheet at the state's largest psychiatric hospital.

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Workplace Deaths
3:49 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

Washington Workplace Fatalities Fall To Lowest In Decades

Fifty-three people died on the job in Washington state last year. It was the least deadly year in Washington workplaces in three decades.

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Mental Health Care
7:05 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Washington Senate Toughens Treatment of Violence in Mental Hospitals

Western State Hospital is one of several mental health care facilities in Washington.
Photo by John Ryan KUOW

SEATTLE, Wash. -- A bill aimed at improving the safety of workers in mental hospitals passed the Washington state senate on Monday. KUOW's John Ryan reports from Seattle.

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