Washington Needs Your Help In Birth Defect Mystery

May 15, 2014
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.

Lawmakers Examine Use Of School Seclusion Cells

Mar 4, 2013
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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.

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

Iron Curtain Falls Around Russian Adoptions

Dec 31, 2012

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.


Sep 14, 2012

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.

Memories of TV Clown JP Patches

Jul 24, 2012
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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.

Photo courtesy the Genesis Project

SEATAC, Wash. – Critics of 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.

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.