Government http://kuow.org en Building Seattle's Future Around Transit http://kuow.org/post/building-seattles-future-around-transit <p></p><p>Ross Reynolds speaks with Josh Brower, member of the Seattle Planning Commission, about how the transit focus might affect his neighborhood in Beacon Hill.</p><p>The transit focus is one of the three planning alternatives&nbsp;being considered for&nbsp;<a href="http://2035.seattle.gov/">Seattle 2035</a>. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:19:27 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Posey Gruener 32806 at http://kuow.org Building Seattle's Future Around Transit Does Seattle Need Better Enforcement Of Labor Laws? http://kuow.org/post/does-seattle-need-better-enforcement-labor-laws <p></p><p>David Hyde talks with Seattle City Councilmember <a href="http://www.seattle.gov/council/licata/">Nick Licata</a> about why he's pushing for better enforcement of labor standards in Seattle. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:18:47 +0000 David Hyde & Andy Hurst 32814 at http://kuow.org Tom Steps Down, Boeing Moves Jobs Out Of Washington, And Minimum Wage Debate Heats Up http://kuow.org/post/tom-steps-down-boeing-moves-jobs-out-washington-and-minimum-wage-debate-heats <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As Washington state Senator Rodney Tom announced his decision to <a href="http://kuow.org/post/washington-senate-majority-leader-tom-wont-seek-re-election">not seek re-election</a> </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">this week, how does his departure change the dynamic in the legislature. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Also, Boeing is shipping nearly 2,000 engineering and research jobs out of the state. After the big push for friendly tax breaks for the company, is this a betrayal?&nbsp;</span></p><p>Steve Scher reviews these stories and more with news analyst Joni Balter, Crosscut's Knute Berger, Eli Sanders of The Stranger and Livewire host Luke Burbank. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:29:52 +0000 Steve Scher & Jason Pagano 32802 at http://kuow.org Tom Steps Down, Boeing Moves Jobs Out Of Washington, And Minimum Wage Debate Heats Up No Access To Route 530 Is Next ‘Emergency’ For Darrington Residents http://kuow.org/post/no-access-route-530-next-emergency-darrington-residents <p></p><p>A month after the devastating mudslide near Oso, Wash., a mile of state Route 530 still sits under landslide debris.</p><p>As the people from this tiny community and the neighboring towns try to move on, they’re battling a major transportation issue with their daily commute to work. &nbsp;Many of them are adding hours to their drive time to go around the mudslide. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:37:35 +0000 Sara Lerner 32795 at http://kuow.org No Access To Route 530 Is Next ‘Emergency’ For Darrington Residents Referendum Puts Seattle Rideshare Rules On Hold http://kuow.org/post/referendum-puts-seattle-rideshare-rules-hold <p></p><p>Seattle’s new regulations on rideshare companies like Lyft and Uber were supposed to take effect this week, but now they’re on hold. That’s because a group, backed by rideshare businesses, has filed signatures for a ballot referendum to bring the rideshare rules to a public vote. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:11:48 +0000 Amy Radil 32777 at http://kuow.org Referendum Puts Seattle Rideshare Rules On Hold When Being Pregnant Also Means Being Out Of A Job http://kuow.org/post/when-being-pregnant-also-means-being-out-job The workplace has become a more understanding place for pregnant women or new moms these days. Many companies now have lactation rooms and offer more liberal maternity and paternity leave policies than in years past.<p>But for some women, pregnancy can still be a career liability.<p>Heather Myers was fresh out of high school and working at a Wal-Mart in Salina, Kan., in 2006 when she found out she was pregnant. She kept a water bottle with her on the sales floor, as her doctor recommended. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:50:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 32767 at http://kuow.org When Being Pregnant Also Means Being Out Of A Job Deal In Doubt As Separatists Refuse To Budge In Ukraine http://kuow.org/post/deal-doubt-separatists-refuse-budge-ukraine "Armed pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine said Friday that they were not bound by an international deal ordering them to disarm and were looking for more assurances about their security before leaving the public buildings they are holding," <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/18/us-ukraine-crisis-idUSBREA3A1B520140418" target="_blank">Reuters reports</a>.<p>What's more, "the separatists' spokesman <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-27076226" target="_blank">told the BBC</a> that the Kiev government was 'illegal,' so they would not go until the Kiev government ste Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:34:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 32792 at http://kuow.org Deal In Doubt As Separatists Refuse To Budge In Ukraine A Look At Russian President Putin's Strategy In Ukraine http://kuow.org/post/look-russian-president-putins-strategy-ukraine <p>Steve Scher talks with Columbia University Professor <a href="http://www.cfr.org/experts/estonia-europe-russia-and-central-asia/stephen-sestanovich/b7485">Stephen Sestanovich</a> about today's meeting between U.S., Ukrainian, EU and Russian officials in Geneva. Sestanovich also discusses what President Vladimir Putin's strategy might be in his involvement in Ukraine. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:55:08 +0000 Steve Scher & Amina Al-Sadi 32774 at http://kuow.org A Look At Russian President Putin's Strategy In Ukraine Why The Black Market For Marijuana May Not Go Away http://kuow.org/post/why-black-market-marijuana-may-not-go-away <p>Ross Reynolds talks with Dominic Corva, executive director of <a href="http://cannabisandsocialpolicy.org/">the Center for the Study of Cannabis and Social Policy</a>, about the implications for pot bans and moratoriums in Washington state. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:07:04 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Andy Hurst 32742 at http://kuow.org Why The Black Market For Marijuana May Not Go Away The Challenges Of Medicaid Expansion http://kuow.org/post/challenges-medicaid-expansion <p></p><p>Steve Scher&nbsp;talks with Washington state Medicaid Director<a href="http://www.nashp.org/spotlight/maryanne-lindeblad" target="_blank"> MaryAnne Lindeblad</a> about how the state plans to accommodate more than 250,000 newly enrolled residents who <a href="http://www.wahbexchange.org/news-resources/press-room/press-releases/april-1-enrollment-report">qualified for Medicaid expansion</a> under the Affordable Care Act. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:06:31 +0000 Steve Scher & Christine Streich 32749 at http://kuow.org The Challenges Of Medicaid Expansion How To Grow An Urban Village In Ballard http://kuow.org/post/how-grow-urban-village-ballard <p></p><p>Seattle is expecting 120,000 new residents over the next 20 years. To guide its growth, the city is currently drawing up a new comprehensive plan called, <a href="http://2035.seattle.gov/">Seattle 2035</a>.</p><p>City officials are seeking public input on the three options on the table: urban centers, urban villages and transit. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:50:02 +0000 Ross Reynolds 32764 at http://kuow.org How To Grow An Urban Village In Ballard King County Prop 1 Vote Expected To Be 'Surprisingly Close' http://kuow.org/post/king-county-prop-1-vote-expected-be-surprisingly-close <p>Even before the Washington State Legislature failed to pass a transportation funding package this session, <a href="http://kuow.org/post/king-county-executive-constantines-plan-b-metro">King County Executive Dow Constantine announced the county would not wait for the state</a>.</p><p>Constantine said King County would go it alone and ask its voters to pay more money for King County Metro Transit and for road projects. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:39:45 +0000 Bill Radke 32740 at http://kuow.org King County Prop 1 Vote Expected To Be 'Surprisingly Close' Kshama Sawant On Why It's Time For Socialism In Seattle http://kuow.org/post/kshama-sawant-why-its-time-socialism-seattle <p></p><p>Kshama Sawant is the first socialist on Seattle’s City Council. Last year, she ran on a campaign platform of raising the minimum wage to $15, taxing the wealthy and rent control.</p><p>She spoke with The Stranger’s Charles Mudede about why now is the time for socialism in Seattle. This talk was recorded at Town Hall on March 18, 2014. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:45:03 +0000 Rachel Solomon 32371 at http://kuow.org Kshama Sawant On Why It's Time For Socialism In Seattle Ukrainians In Seattle React To Crisis Back Home http://kuow.org/post/ukrainians-seattle-react-crisis-back-home <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>When there’s daylight in Seattle, it’s usually night time in Ukraine. But that time difference doesn't matter to many Ukrainians here, who are anxious for news of the crisis unfolding in their motherland.</p><p>“We have 32 channels from Ukraine so we can watch every day,” said Peter Drogomiretskiy during a recent interview at his home in Brier, Wash. He sometimes watches Ukrainian news coverage with his wife, Valha Drogomiretskiy, until 3 a.m. and only sleeps a few hours before work.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:43:33 +0000 Liz Jones 32700 at http://kuow.org Ukrainians In Seattle React To Crisis Back Home Ukraine Crisis: Russia Endorses Call For Protesters To Disarm http://kuow.org/post/ukraine-crisis-russia-endorses-call-protesters-disarm <h6>This post was updated with a new top at 4:10 p.m. ET.</h6><p>Diplomats from the U.S., Ukraine, Russia and the European Union emerged Thursday from a meeting that wasn't expected to accomplish much saying they had made progress toward resolving the crisis in Ukraine.<p>"We worked hard and we worked in good faith in order to narrow our real differences," Secretary of State John Kerry said following the meeting in Geneva. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:11:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 32720 at http://kuow.org Ukraine Crisis: Russia Endorses Call For Protesters To Disarm