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Elections 2013
2:12 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Councilmembers Will Represent Districts – But Which One Is Yours?

Seattle will be divided into these seven districts. Residents of each district will elect a city councilmember to represent them.
Credit Courtesy of Seattle District Now

Seattle prides itself on being a city of neighborhoods – small cities wedged between two bodies of water – but its city councilmembers are elected by the city at large.

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DUI
2:01 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

There May Be A Green Light For Pot, But Not For Driving High

In Washington state, dogs don't need to sniff out pot anymore, but troopers are keeping an eye out for high drivers.
Matthew Staver Bloomberg via Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 5:44 pm

Western states have led the way in the legalization of marijuana, first with medical marijuana, and then with the legalization of recreational pot in Colorado and Washington last November.

It's been quite an adjustment for the police. Washington State Patrol is adapting to the new reality in a variety of ways, from untraining dogs that sniff out pot, to figuring out how to police high drivers.

A Smell Once Forbidden

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Socioeconomics
1:10 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

How Many Americans Live In Poverty?

Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 12:11 pm

As we reported earlier this year, there are some big problems with the way poverty is measured in this country.

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Adorable
1:09 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Another Election?! Relax, This One's To Name A Baby Panda

You can help select a name for the National Zoo's new panda cub.
Abby Wood Smithsonian's National Zoo

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 1:45 pm

Fresh off Tuesday's election, another is just around the corner: The National Zoo wants you to help name its new panda cub by casting a vote at Smithsonian.com.

You can vote online (no photo identification required and the balloting continues until Nov. 22).

At NPR, we always strive to ensure that our audience is informed of the candidates — even when they're names for pandas.

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Business
1:08 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Deal In Place To Build Boeing 777X In Washington

The existing Boeing 777 in flight. The next generation variant would have a broader wingspan and could also feature a stretched fuselage.
Boeing

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 8:53 pm

 The Boeing Company and its Machinists union have reached a tentative deal that clears the way to build Boeing's next big jet in Washington state.

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Elections 2013
11:40 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Wife Beats Husband In Local Maine Election

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 1:33 pm

The election Tuesday for Ward 1 warden in Waterville, Maine, might have had as much to say about marital politics as partisan politics.

Democrat Jennifer Johnson beat out her husband, Republican David Johnson, by a margin of 127-76 votes.

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Elections 2013
8:04 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Sawant Trails Conlin For Council Seat But Vows To Keep Up Socialist Struggle

Kshama Sawant pumps her fist in celebration while talking about how the election demonstrates the growing success of the socialist party in Seattle.
Andrew Tat, The Daily

Seattle City Council candidate Kshama Sawant is trailing the incumbent, Richard Conlin.  But she’s not conceding; she’s holding out hope as more votes are counted. And she plans to keep her Socialist Alternative party involved in Seattle politics.

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Prison
4:30 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Following Snohomish Jail Deaths, Feds Point To Overcrowding

Flickr Photo/Still Burning

A new federal report says overcrowding and under-staffing puts the health of Snohomish County Jail inmates at risk. The report comes after eight deaths at the Everett, Wash., facility in the past three years.

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NPR Investigations
2:26 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Secret Persuasion: How Big Campaign Donors Stay Anonymous

A composite image shows part of the NPR/Center for Responsive Politics reporting team's whiteboard at NPR headquarters that was used to map out how Wellspring connects to other social welfare groups. (Click the enlarge button to see a full-size image.)
John W. Poole NPR

Originally published on Thu November 7, 2013 1:48 pm

Part two of our "Secret Persuasion" story reported with the Center for Responsive Politics. Read the first part here.

As tax-exempt organizations become a vehicle of choice for big political donors, one powerful appeal is the anonymity. Federal laws allow tax-exempt groups — unlike political committees — to withhold their donor lists from disclosure.

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Courts
12:01 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Supreme Court Case Puts Public Prayer Back In The Spotlight

The Supreme Court invokes "God" before every public session. Now the justices will weigh whether it is different, as a legal matter, for government meetings to include more explicitly sectarian prayers.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 7:00 am

The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday in a case questioning the use of prayer at government meetings. But first, the marshal will ask "God" to "save the United States and this honorable court."

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First Ballot Drop
8:53 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Elections 2013 Results

KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Below are the results of the Nov. 5 elections. Results are as of 11/5/2013 at 9:21 p.m. Please be aware that due to write-ins, percentages might not add up to 100 percent.

  • Ed Murray: 56%
  • Mike McGinn: 43%

Related Content: KUOW's Coverage Of The Seattle Mayor's Race

Counties Reporting: 39/39

Initiative 517: Concerning Protections For Initiative Signature Gatherers

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Elections Results
8:50 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Effort To Label GMO Foods Failing In Washington State

Some companies have voluntarily labeled their products as non-GMO, but Washington voters so far have decided against making it mandatory in the state.
Flickr Photo/Becky Striepe

Washington state likely won’t be labeling its food containing GMO products, after all. With most of the votes counted on Tuesday night, 55 percent said no to Initiative 522, which would have required labeling.

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Elections Results
8:32 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

So Far, SeaTac Voters Say Yes To $15 Minimum Wage

Supporters of SeaTac's Proposition 1 celebrate at a results party.
KUOW Photo/Reiny Cohen

The votes haven’t all been counted, but it appears the City of SeaTac could be on its way to imposing a $15 minimum wage for workers whose jobs are tied to the airport.

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Elections Results
8:30 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Breaking Down The First Ballot Drop

Rob McKenna and Greg Nickels in the KUOW studios on election night.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Steve Scher sat down with former Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna and former Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels on Tuesday night as the first ballot results were released, around 8:15 p.m. (The results will be updated daily in the afternoon as mailed ballots are counted until all the races are finalized.)

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Elections Results
8:22 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

McGinn Ousted: Ed Murray Leads With 56 Percent

Seattle mayoral candidate state Sen. Ed Murray, right, pauses while his husband, Michael Shiosaki, teases him after supporters called out Shiosaki's name at an election night party on Tuesday on Capitol Hill in Seattle.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

State Sen. Ed Murray appeared to be winning the Seattle mayoral race on Tuesday night, with 56 percent of the votes. Mayor Mike McGinn trailed with 43 percent.

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