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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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Birth Defects
7:42 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Washington Needs Your Help In Birth Defect Mystery

At a meeting in Kennewick, the health department asked people to raise concerns about a rare birth defect that officials may not have considered yet. Twenty-three babies were born with anencephaly in Central Washington from 2010-2013.
Credit Courtney Flatt / Earth Fix

Over the past three years, a rare birth defect has shown up Central Washington at about four times the national average. Now, the state health department is turning to the public for clues about what’s causing the fatal defect. For EarthFix, Courtney Flatt has more.

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Seclusion Cells
6:52 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Lawmakers Examine Use Of School Seclusion Cells

The two seclusion rooms at Pioneer School's K-6 campus in Portland are 7 feet by 7 feet.
Credit Photo by Chris Lehman. / Northwest News Networ

When kids get severely out of control in class, some schools place the students in a "seclusion cell." It's sort of a "time-out" room where kids can calm down without posing a risk to themselves or others. A measure moving through the Oregon legislature would ban the use of the starkest version of these cells. But some mental health advocates say the bill doesn't go far enough. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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Child Vaccinations
6:29 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Bill Would Make Exempting Children From Vaccinations More Difficult

SALEM, Ore. – A bill in Salem would make it harder for Oregon parents to opt out of immunizing their children. Virginia Alvino reports.

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Russian Adoptions
5:59 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Iron Curtain Falls Around Russian Adoptions

Friday morning Russia banned the adoption of its children by Americans. One family in Washington State has reportedly made it through before the ban. They’re scheduled to fly home Saturday with their adoption complete, according to their adoption agency. As Carolyn Adolph reports from KUOW Seattle, that’s one bright spot in an otherwise bad situation.

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Regrets
12:07 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Regrets

You know that saying, “No regrets?” It seems like a good way to live. But  NWPR commentator Corinna Nicolaou, says it’s not for her. She would rather keep all those regrets close by.

You can read more of Corinna's commentary at her blog.

J.P. Patches
6:32 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Memories of TV Clown JP Patches

A statue of J.P. Patches in Seattle.
Photo by Bachcell Wikimedia Commons

All over Western Washington, Baby-boomers who grew up watching TV here are remembering J.P. Patches. The TV clown whose real name was Chris Wedes passed away Sunday at the age of 84.

His popular kids program was broadcast on KIRO TV for 24 years, and for some of that time, it was on not once a day, but twice. Wedes shared that story in 2001 with KUOW’s Dave Beck.

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Genesis Project
6:31 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Higher Fines On Johns, Pimps Would Benefit Anti-Prostitution Programs

A volunteer shows a girl through the center's bedroom.
Photo courtesy the Genesis Project

SEATAC, Wash. – Critics of backpage.com have accused the classifieds website of promoting child prostitution. The company has defended its policies but lawmakers in Olympia are considering new requirements for the site. They are also considering more funding for anti-prostitution programs. And where do they plan to get this extra money? From the Johns and pimps themselves. Azusa Uchikura has this profile of a program in SeaTac called the Genesis Project.

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Seattle Cafeteria Debt
6:31 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Seattle Students Racking Up Cafeteria Debt

Students at Seattle public schools can charge for cafeteria lunches, leading to concerns over "cafeteria debt."

SEATTLE, Wash. - Many school districts are switching to electronic payment systems in their cafeterias. Parents can fund their kids’ accounts online, and even see what their kids are buying for lunch. But kids can also charge food when there’s no money in their accounts. Now Seattle Public Schools is trying to collect $12,000 in unpaid lunchroom debt. From KUOW in Seattle, Ann Dornfeld reports.

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