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Payday Loan Proposal
9:22 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Proposed Short-Term Loan Stirs Heated Debate In Washington

Dan Iggers Flickr

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 5:28 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – One of the Northwest’s most visible payday lenders is back in the middle of a fight over short-term loans. Moneytree wants the Washington legislature to approve a new type of consumer loan.

This new loan would give short-term borrowers more money up front, but also more time to pay it off. Someone in a financial pinch could borrow up to $1,500 cash over 12 months.

In testimony before a panel of lawmakers, opponent Bruce Neas noted that all the fees and interest could add up to more than the amount of the original loan.

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Food Systems Regulations
7:24 am
Thu March 28, 2013

The Long Road To Safety Changes In Food Systems

Bill Marler is a food safety attorney in Seattle. He represented families affected by the deadly Jack in the Box E. coli outbreak 20 years ago. He says the proposed food safety rules will start some changes that are long overdue, but there are still some gaps.
Credit Marler Clark

Salmonella. E.coli. Listeria. Every year about 48 million Americans get sick from eating contaminated food. Some people become seriously ill and need to be hospitalized. More than 3 million of those illnesses are from tainted produce.

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Federal Law Enforcement
7:12 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Suspected Immigration Violators Face Long Waits in King County Jails

Some inmates have longer stays at the King County Adult Detention Center in downtown Seattle due to an agreement between the King County Sheriff and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
King County Photo

If you’re booked into a King County jail, you’ll stay an extra month on average if immigration officials want to review your file. That’s even if you haven’t been charged with a crime.

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Nuclear Waste Storage
9:05 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Hanford Watchdogs: Sending Tank Waste To New Mexico Won't Work

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 7:30 am

 

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Long Road To Food Safety
7:22 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Contaminated Burgers In Seattle Trigger FDA Changes, 20 Years Later

Allysa (left) and her mother Connie Chrobuck in a recent photo.
Courtesy the Chrobuck family

The Food and Drug Administration recently proposed the most sweeping changes to food safety rules in 70 years. Now it wants to hear from the public.

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Chief Seattle Treaty
5:39 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Duwamish Tribe Renews Hopes For Federal Recognition

Cecile Hansen, chairwoman of the Duwamish Tribe.
Courtesy Photo

At the Duwamish Longhouse in West Seattle, Cecile Hansen traces her finger down a plaque of names. “Look at all our leaders, starting with the chief here,” Hansen says.

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Federal Budget Impact
5:11 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Defense Contractor Lays Off One-Third Of Its Joint Base Lewis-McChord Staff

Elizabeth Sowersby was laid off from her job as a helicopter electrician at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
KUOW Photo/Patricia Murphy

Last week the Department of Defense delayed anticipated furlough notices for civilian employees. The DOD said the two-week delay would allow it to analyze the impact of the federal budget sequester on its workforce.

But not everyone got a reprieve.

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Derelict Vessel Removal
7:52 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Washington Set To Pass Legislation On Derelict Vessels, But Funding Problems Remain

Recreational boaters in Washington pay a registration fee, part of which covers clean up and removal of derelict vessels. Commercial vessels do not pay into that fund.
Ashley Ahearn

There are several hundred derelict and abandoned vessels dotting the waterways of Washington and Oregon. They can block navigation and pollute the environment, and they can also be very expensive to remove.

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Terrorism Or Entrapment?
6:59 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Seattle Man Gets 18 Years For Terror Plot

Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif (left) and Walli Mujahidh aim machine guns purchased from a police informant in 2011. Mujahidh is scheduled for sentencing on April 8.
U.S. Attorney's Office

A Seattle man received an 18-year prison sentence on terrorism charges on Monday after plotting to attack a military installation in South Seattle.

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Top Olympia Lobbyists
8:49 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Washington Teachers' Union Top Lobbying Spender In Olympia So Far

Originally published on Fri March 22, 2013 4:45 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – New disclosure reports are out on money spent for lobbying in Olympia. Who tops the list? So far Washington’s teachers’ union is spending the most to influence state lawmakers this legislative session.

The Washington Education Association has five top priorities for the 2013 legislature. The list includes more money for schools as directed by the Washington Supreme Court. The union is also pushing for competitive salaries and benefits for teachers and support staff.

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Yesler Terrace Series
6:48 am
Mon March 25, 2013

After 40 Years In Yesler Terrace, One Resident Looks To The Future

Kristin O'Donnell loves meetings.
KUOW Photo/Dominic Black

Kristin O'Donnell loves meetings. "Absolutely my hobby. I do enjoy meetings," she tells me over a cup of tea in the Panama Hotel. Meetings, she says, offer a way to affect change in her community. And besides, she likes to put on a show. "To a large extent community organizing is theater; it works just often enough that I'm hooked."

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Finding A Home For Waste
6:11 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Seattle Compost Is A Hot Potato

Compost pile
Flickr Photo/Meaduva

Seattle city council members are scheduled to vote Monday on legislation that could change where the city's food and yard waste ends up. But the latest plan is raising a stink east of the Cascades.

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Aviation Workforce Reduction
4:44 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Boeing Machinists Optimistic Despite Layoffs

A Boeing 747-8 being readied for its first flight at Paine Field in Everett, Washington..
Flickr Photo/Chuck Taylor

Boeing has announced it will lay off 800 machinists in the Puget Sound area this year. The company says workforce needs on two of its newest jet programs have been reduced.

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The Short Arm Of The Law
4:13 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

High Court To Seattle Police: “You Had To Be There” For Misdemeanor Arrest

The Temple of Justice in Olympia.
Flickr Photo/Aidan Wakely-Mulroney

If you’re not a police officer, imagine you are one.

Picture yourself perched on the second floor of a building in Belltown. You see someone selling drugs. You radio a fellow officer on the ground and tell him to arrest a guy on a misdemeanor charge of drug loitering. Your partner searches him and finds crack.

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Paying To Drive
2:25 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Toll Plan Cheat Sheet

Drivers who decide to pay tolls on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge with cash or credit card must use the cash-only lanes and stop at the toll plaza.
Flickr Photo/WSDOT

Washington state officials announced proposals on Tuesday to increase the toll rates on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and the State Route 520 floating bridge. The tolls are being used to pay off bonds that support the financing of the bridge projects. The bond contracts for those bridges are very different, which means the tolling plans are different.

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