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Vision For State Transportation
4:03 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Gov. Inslee On Transportation Needs And How To Fund Them

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee looks out the window of his plane as it flies over the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, Wednesday, March 6, 2013, on the way to Richland, Wash. Inslee toured the facility and met with Dept. of Energy officials.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Governor Jay Inslee spoke with Ross Reynolds on The Conversation Thursday about the proposed gas tax increase and his vision for Washington's transportation needs. Expiring federal funds, booming population and the need for more jobs create an urgency for the Legislature to come up with bipartisan solutions, according to the governor.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
11:28 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Inslee: Hanford Tank Waste Removal Will Take Years

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu March 7, 2013 10:55 am

RICHLAND, Wash. – It may take two to four years to even begin clearing radioactive waste from leaking tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. That’s according to Washington Governor Jay Inslee. He toured the southeast Washington nuclear site Wednesday.

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Death Penalty Hearing
11:05 am
Thu March 7, 2013

House Committee Takes No Action On Death Penalty Bill

A House Committee in Olympia took no action Wednesday on House Bill 1504 which would eliminate the death penalty and replace it with a sentence of life without parole.

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Hanford Cleanup Timeline
7:29 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Inslee: Leaking Tank Waste Removal Can't Begin For Years

Office of the Governor

Originally published on Wed March 6, 2013 10:21 pm

RICHLAND, Wash. - Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says it may take two to four years to begin removing liquids from leaking tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The Democratic governor made the comments Wednesday after a tour of the southeast Washington site.

The governor told reporters on the tour that there is no technology that can stop the leaks.

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Sequester Fallout
9:44 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Sequester To Result In 4,800 Hanford Layoffs, Furloughs

Tobin Fricke Wikimedia

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 5:40 pm

RICHLAND, Wash. – As many as 4,800 workers could be furloughed or laid off at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington. It’s the result of the federal spending cuts known as the sequester. Hanford will need to cut $182 million in cleanup work according to a federal letter to Washington Governor Jay Inslee released Tuesday.

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Pot Future Uncertain
9:41 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Pressure Mounts On Feds To Intervene In Washington, Colorado Pot Laws

Petr Brož Wikimedia

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 5:36 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is scheduled to testify on Capitol Hill Wednesday. He will likely get questions about Washington and Colorado’s new marijuana laws. Pressure is mounting on the Obama administration to block the pot legalization measures.

The new push for federal invention comes from a United Nations-based drug agency and nine former DEA chiefs. They say Washington and Colorado's new recreational pot laws violate international treaties.

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Politics Of The Port
7:24 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Daughter Of Former Washington Governor Tapped As New Port Commissioner

Courtney Gregoire, the new Port of Seattle commissioner.
Photo Courtesy/Port of Seattle

The newest Port of Seattle commissioner should be a familiar name to anyone who follows Washington state politics. She’s 33-year-old Courtney Gregoire, daughter of former Washington Governor Chris Gregoire.

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Dementia And Creativity
7:00 am
Wed March 6, 2013

94-Year-Old Seattle Alzheimer's Patient Discovers New Artistic Talent

One of Jean Raichle's paintings. When she finishes a piece she often has no memory that she did it.
Jean Raichle

One of the hardest things for families dealing with Alzheimer’s disease is loss -- loss of memory, loss of a loved one's ability to recognize family, and sometimes, loss of the ability to communicate. The changes can be devastating. But one Seattle woman found a way to be part of her mother’s new world.

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Criminal Justice Debate
5:52 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Washington House Committee Considers Eliminating Death Penalty

View from the lethal injection gurney at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla.
Credit Washington Department of Corrections

  A House committee in Olympia will hear public testimony Wednesday for a bill that would abolish capital punishment in Washington. House Bill 1504 would eliminate the death penalty in favor of life without parole.

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Civil Rights Investigation
9:10 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Feds Reviewing Discipline Rates Of Black Students In Seattle Schools

derekbruff Flickr

KUOW has learned that the U.S. Department of Education has launched an investigation into discipline rates in Seattle Public Schools. In an email, agency spokesman Jim Bradshaw told KUOW that its Office for Civil Rights is looking into whether black students in Seattle are disciplined "more frequently and more harshly" than white students for the same infractions.

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Energy Secretary Nominee
8:49 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Energy Secretary Nominee No Stranger To Hanford Tank Leaks

White House

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 7:35 am

RICHLAND, Wash. – President Obama’s nominee for the next federal Energy Secretary is no stranger to the cleanup work at the Northwest’s Hanford Nuclear Reservation. Ernest Moniz was Energy undersecretary during the Clinton Administration and back in the late '90s he faced scrutiny about tank leaks at Hanford.

The problem -- and question then -- was whether about a million gallons of leaked radioactive tank waste had reached the groundwater and was headed toward the Columbia River. Or if it was staying put in a dry layer of soil, above the groundwater.

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Universal Background Checks
8:34 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Washington Sheriffs, Police Chiefs Say Pistol Database Is Valuable Tool

Quagmar Flickr

Originally published on Mon March 4, 2013 5:36 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Efforts to get gun rights leaders in Washington to support -- or at least not oppose -- universal background checks appear to have hit a stumbling block. At issue is a state database that tracks pistol sales. Second Amendment advocates want it shut down, but the state’s sheriffs and police chiefs say it’s a vital law enforcement tool.

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Education Reform
6:11 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Washington Charter School Commissioners To Be Announced This Week

The first members of Washington state’s new Charter School Commission are due to be appointed Wednesday. The commission will be able to approve some of the 40 charter schools allowed under the law voters passed last fall.

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High Court Review
12:00 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Death Penalty Cases Derailed In King County

An officer leads Joseph McEnroe into the courtroom before he pleaded not guilty to six murder charges at the King County Courthouse in Seattle on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008.
AP Photo/Kevin P. Casey

Both of King County’s death penalty cases are on hold pending appeal to the Washington Supreme Court. A key issue in both cases is whether the defendants have experienced any hardships that should have required prosecutors to be more lenient.

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Musical Innovation
5:00 am
Sun March 3, 2013

Seattle Composer Eyvind Kang Inspires Local Musicians

Eyvind Kang leads a composition for 11 musicians titled Time Medicine that resonated through the Frye Art Museum galleries.
Alan Berner / The Seattle times

Eyvind Kang is a violist, composer and improviser who lives in Seattle.  You might not have heard of him before, but he’s played with the pop stars Beck and Laurie Anderson and with big names in jazz and new music like Bill Frisell and John Zorn.  All these artists are drawn to Eyvind because of his playing, his musical imagination and his unpredictability.

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