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11:41 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Randy Dorn: Over $4 Billion Needed For State Education Funding

Schools Chief Rand Dorn needs an additional $4.1 billion to fully fund K-12 education in Washington state.
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Washington lawmakers have a mandate from the State Supreme Court to fully fund basic K-12 education.  State School Superintendent Randy Dorn says that will cost taxpayers an additional $4.1 billion per year.

Dorn’s running unopposed for a second term as Superintendent of Public Instruction.  He joins David Hyde to talk about school funding, the debate over charter schools and other issues in education.    
 

Elections 2012
11:35 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Who’s Leading The Polls In Washington?

KCTS 9 is releasing a new Washington Poll today on the major races and issues on November’s ballot. David Hyde breaks down the numbers and what they mean with University of Washington political science professor, Matt Barreto.

Politics
10:00 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Ask King County Executive Dow Constantine

King County Executive Dow Constantine
KUOW Photo/Jason Pagano

Seattle's arena deal took a major step forward this week as King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn signed legislation to commit $200 million in public money toward a new $490 million sports facility. That frees investor Chris Hansen to begin the hunt for an NBA franchise – just as a union representing Seattle longshore and warehouse workers says it will file a lawsuit to halt the deal. We'll ask Dow Constantine what's next for the arena and delve into his proposed county budget. Have a question for the King County Executive?

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Weather
9:39 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Winter Outlook: Above Normal Temps In West; Below In Southeast

Jan. 21, 2012: A winter scene in Brooklyn, N.Y. Snow may be a relatively rare sight this coming winter in the U.S.
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Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 11:12 am

Here are some of the details from the winter weather forecast released this morning by the National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center:

-- There are "enhanced chances for above normal temperatures across most of the western half of the lower 48 states."

-- The Florida peninsula is likely to experience "below-normal temperatures."

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Seattle Police
9:00 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Seattle City Attorney, Mayor Clash Over Police Reform Monitor

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes along with four members of the City Council are criticizing Mayor Mike McGinn over his opposition to their choice for an independent monitor to oversee the city's police reform efforts. Their statement released on Wednesday accuses McGinn of "obstruction and stall tactics" in his opposition to one finalist for the job, L.A.-based consultant Merrick Bobb. The city has had 10 months to select a monitor; the deadline is just a week away.

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Family Pressure
5:45 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Her Immigrant Parents Chose Her College - And Her Career

Jane Wong never got to decide what she wanted to be when she grew up: her parents decided for her. “They decided that I would go into medical school,” she told RadioActive’s Kamna Shastri. “They decided that for my brother too. That was from when I was little, so I’ve sort of grown into the idea.”

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Family
1:02 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Why Have Kids?

Feminist author and blogger Jessica Valenti takes a critical look at motherhood in her new book, "Why Have Kids?" Valenti talks with David Hyde about the pros and cons of raising kids in the 21st century and listeners weigh in.

Politics
12:52 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

When Did Presidential Debates Become Such A Big Deal?

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The presidential debates are a major factor in this year’s race for the White House. When did the debates become such a big deal? 

Historian Kenneth Davis tells us the story of America’s presidential debates and talks about his new book, "Don’t Know Much About The American Presidents."

Creativity
12:39 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

The Surprising Path Of Inspiration That Resulted In Those GEICO Caveman Ads

In 2003, Noel worked at an ad agency. Like everyone else at the agency, Noel wanted to work with high-profile, flashy clients like Apple. Then an insurance company hired the ad agency, and everyone, including Noel, hoped to avoid what looked like a boring job for a boring client. Of course, Noel got stuck working with the insurance company, trying to help them explain how simple it was to sign up for their insurance online. That insurance company was GEICO. And Noel’s work led to GEICO’s well-known caveman ads. In an interview titled "What Gave You That Idea?" with producer Starlee Kine, we're guided back through Noel's surprising, culturally rich path of inspiration. 

Other stories from KUOW Presents

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Elections 2012
12:39 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Which Party Is Going To Be In Charge Of The Washington State Senate Next Year?

Who will will the state Senate?
Flickr Photo/LaMenta3 (CC BY-NC-ND)

Although the governor’s race is receiving the most press coverage this year, it’s not the only battle for control of state government.  Republicans think they have a chance to win control of the state Senate for the first time in a decade. Democrats also hope to increase their majority. 

Chris Grygiel, the Washington state news editor for the Associated Press, joins us with an inside look at how the parties are stacking up.

Politics
10:00 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Canada, Culture And Commerce: Border Patrol Shooting And 'Detropia'

Vancouver Sun political correspondent Vaughn Palmer.
KUOW Photo/Jason Pagano

Vancouver Sun political correspondent Vaughn Palmer brings us the news from Canada, we look at what’s happening at the movies with film critic Robert Horton, and The Seattle Times columnist Jon Talton reviews the latest economic news.

Clean Water Act
9:41 am
Wed October 17, 2012

How We Got Into Such A Mess With Stormwater

Laura James swims inside a stormwater outfall in Puget Sound that she has come to call "The Monster" because of how much runoff billows from it when it rains.
OPB Photo/Michael Bendixen

The Clean Water Act took effect 40 years ago Thursday. In 1972, stormwater pollution was nowhere near a top priority. Today, it’s taken the lead as the top water contaminator. How bad is it? Puget Sound diver Laura James takes us where nobody wants to go — inside a stormwater outfall — to get an upclose look.

Read the full story on KUOW's EarthFix

Elections 2012
9:00 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Debating I-1240: Should Washington State Make Room For Charter Schools?

Are charter schools the future of Washington's educational system?
Flickr photo/Barnaby Wasson (CC BY-NC-ND)

This November, voters once again have the chance to weigh in on whether to set up charter schools in Washington state. Forty-one states currently allow charter schools; Initiative 1240 is the fourth attempt since 1996 to pass a charter school law here. Supporters of charter schools say they will allow for more diversity and flexibility in education. Opponents argue charters lack a record of success and will mean a loss of revenue for public education.

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Elections 2012
6:54 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Personal Attacks Punctuate Final Wash. Gov Debate

Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna meet in Seattle for the final gubernatorial debate before the election. Photo courtesy of The Seattle Times / Bettina Hansen

The fifth and final debate between Washington’s candidates for governor was punctuated by personal attacks. Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna met in Seattle Tuesday night. The format encouraged them to engage each other.

One of the most personal exchanges came when the candidates had a chance to pose a question of each other. Republican McKenna asked Inslee to explain why the Democratic candidate has yet to pick up a single daily newspaper endorsement.

Inslee responded that he doesn’t work for the newspapers.

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Border Guard Shooting
6:48 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Canadian Border Agent Shot At Peace Arch Crossing

The Peace Arch stands exactly on the US – Canadian border in the grass median between the northbound and southbound lanes of I-5 and Highway 99. Photo by Arnold C via Wikimedia Commons

A Canadian border guard is still recovering after being shot at the Peach Arch crossing north of Blaine, Washington. The suspect shot himself at the scene.

The shooting happened Tuesday afternoon when a White Ford Econovan with Washington State plates pulled up to the Peace Arch Border Crossing. In very short order, the female Canada Border Services Agency officer was shot in the neck and the driver of the van, a lone male, committed suicide.

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