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Two campaigns on the ballot this year in Washington state stood out for failing despite spending lots of money. One is Hillary Clinton’s. Her campaign raised twice as much as Donald Trump’s.
The other defeat hasn’t made big headlines. KUOW investigative reporter John Ryan brings us the story of Initiative 1464, the clean-elections initiative that big money couldn’t pass.

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Aquatic robots have been spotted in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands this summer. Two ocean-going drones were seen sailing toward the busy fishing port of Dutch Harbor with no one on board. Just what were these orange robots doing out there--and is there cause for alarm?

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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.
I’m standing outside the Two Union Building in downtown Seattle. Up on the 31st floor right now, there's a reception going on. It's in the offices of the Plum Creek Timber Company. No reporters allowed. It's a fundraiser for Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, with a special guest...

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Seattle just wrapped up its wettest March on record.
Geologists say heavy rain in the Cascade Mountains northeast of Seattle was key in triggering the landslide that killed at least 24 people in the town of Oso last week.
But they say clearcutting nearby could also have worsened the risk of the hillside collapsing.

Paul Kennard is looking out over a crumbling cliff face. It rises above a beach where Seattle meets Puget Sound.
Kennard: "We're standing on top of a...

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. In Washington state, hospitals are required to report falls that happen on their watch to the state health department. Some hospitals have installed bed...