Austin Jenkins http://kuow.org en Washington Supreme Court To Hold Contempt Hearing On Wednesday http://kuow.org/post/washington-supreme-court-hold-contempt-hearing-wednesday <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/08/082814AJ_ContemptHearing_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The state of Washington will go before the state Supreme Court Wednesday, September 3 to explain why it should not be held in contempt.<p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:23:41 +0000 Austin Jenkins 40861 at http://kuow.org Washington Supreme Court To Hold Contempt Hearing On Wednesday Big Checks From Special Interests Flow To Legislative Caucus PACs In Washington http://kuow.org/post/big-checks-special-interests-flow-legislative-caucus-pacs-washington <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/08/082714AJ_PACDonors_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>This November’s election will decide who controls the Washington state Senate. Democrats are desperate to win back the majority while a mostly-Republican coalition, that took power last year, is determined to hold on.<p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:41:31 +0000 Austin Jenkins 40806 at http://kuow.org Big Checks From Special Interests Flow To Legislative Caucus PACs In Washington Nearly $9 Million And Counting For Washington Fall Ballot Measures http://kuow.org/post/nearly-6-million-and-counting-washington-fall-ballot-measures <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/08/082614AJ_InitiativeMoney_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><em>Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct the aggregate amount of money raised by the campaigns.</em><p>Washington’s November election will decide three statewide ballot measures. So far, <a href="http://www.pdc.wa.gov/MvcQuerySystem/Committee/initiative_committees?year=2014">nearly $9 million has flowed to these campaigns</a>. And it’s still early.<p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:47:58 +0000 Austin Jenkins 40744 at http://kuow.org Washington Supreme Court Puts Hospital Boarding Decision On Hold http://kuow.org/post/washington-supreme-court-puts-hospital-boarding-decision-hold <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/08/082514AJ_Jenkins-DEBRIEF_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The state of Washington will not have to start discharging severely mentally ill patients starting this week. The Supreme Court Monday put a hold on a recent ruling that says it’s illegal for the state to “board” psychiatric patients in non-psychiatric hospital beds.<p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:15:01 +0000 Austin Jenkins 40681 at http://kuow.org Washington Supreme Court Puts Hospital Boarding Decision On Hold Washington Seeks Emergency Stay On Psychiatric Boarding Ruling http://kuow.org/post/washington-seeks-emergency-stay-psychiatric-boarding-ruling <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/08/082214AJ_Beyer_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The Washington Supreme Court recently ruled it’s illegal for the state to “board” mental health patients in emergency rooms and regular hospital beds.<p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:21:48 +0000 Austin Jenkins 40631 at http://kuow.org Washington Seeks Emergency Stay On Psychiatric Boarding Ruling Federal Judge: Yakima Election System Disenfranchises Latino Voters http://kuow.org/post/federal-judge-yakima-election-system-disenfranchises-latino-voters <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/08/082214AJ_YakimaRuling_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>A federal judge has ruled that the way city council members are elected in Yakima, Washington, disenfranchises Latino voters.<p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:21:44 +0000 Austin Jenkins 40630 at http://kuow.org Federal Judge: Yakima Election System Disenfranchises Latino Voters Washington Supreme Court Sets Standard For Post-Conviction DNA Testing http://kuow.org/post/washington-supreme-court-sets-standard-post-conviction-dna-testing <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/08/082114AJ_DNAEvidence.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Washington’s Supreme Court may have just made it easier for prison inmates to try to get their convictions overturned through DNA testing.<p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:23:35 +0000 Austin Jenkins 40499 at http://kuow.org Washington Supreme Court Sets Standard For Post-Conviction DNA Testing Amid Legal Pot, The Search Continues For Illegal Grows http://kuow.org/post/amid-legal-pot-search-continues-illegal-grows <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/08/082014AJ_PublicPot_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Legal marijuana grows are just getting started in Washington state. But it’s the illegal ones that local, state and federal agents are searching out this month.<p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:25:36 +0000 Austin Jenkins 40440 at http://kuow.org Amid Legal Pot, The Search Continues For Illegal Grows Washington Legislative Ethics Panel To Consider Free Meals Rule http://kuow.org/post/washington-legislative-ethics-panel-consider-free-meals-rule <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/08/081814AJ_SomeFreeLunch_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Washington law allows lawmakers to accept gifts of food and drink on infrequent occasions. But that word “infrequent” has never been defined.<p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:25:32 +0000 Austin Jenkins 40316 at http://kuow.org Washington Legislative Ethics Panel To Consider Free Meals Rule SeaTac Minimum Wage Fight In Hands Of Washington Supreme Court http://kuow.org/post/seatac-minimum-wage-fight-hands-washington-supreme-court <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/08/062614AJ_MinimumWage_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Voters in SeaTac, Washington, narrowly approved a $15 per hour minimum wage. Now, the state Supreme Court will decide whether that law should stand, and if so, whether it should apply to workers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Currently it does not.<p> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 03:54:42 +0000 Austin Jenkins 39851 at http://kuow.org SeaTac Minimum Wage Fight In Hands Of Washington Supreme Court Washington Supreme Court Outlaws Mental Health 'Boarding' http://kuow.org/post/washington-supreme-court-outlaws-mental-health-boarding <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/08/080714AJ_PsychBoarding_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Washington Supreme Court </span><a href="http://www.courts.wa.gov/opinions/pdf/901104.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;">unanimously ruled Thursday</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> that the practice of "boarding" mental health patients in hospital emergency rooms is unlawful.</span><p> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 14:51:06 +0000 Austin Jenkins 39740 at http://kuow.org Washington Supreme Court Outlaws Mental Health 'Boarding' Protest Over Closed-Door State Labor Negotiations http://kuow.org/post/protest-over-closed-door-state-labor-negotiations <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/08/080614AJ_PublicPrivateNegotiations_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The state of Washington resumed bargaining sessions Wednesday with its unionized employees. Protesters showed up to criticize the secret nature of the meetings.<p> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 14:23:31 +0000 Austin Jenkins 39670 at http://kuow.org Protest Over Closed-Door State Labor Negotiations Accused Teen Killer In North Idaho Moved Back To Juvenile Detention http://kuow.org/post/accused-teen-killer-north-idaho-moved-back-juvenile-detention <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/08/080614AJ_TeenMovedBackToJuvie_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>A north Idaho teenager accused of killing his father and brother is no longer being held in solitary confinement at an adult county jail.<p> Wed, 06 Aug 2014 22:25:32 +0000 Austin Jenkins 39647 at http://kuow.org Accused Teen Killer In North Idaho Moved Back To Juvenile Detention Two Republicans Advancing In Washington Congressional Race http://kuow.org/post/two-republicans-advancing-washington-congressional-race <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/08/080514AJ_WAPrimaryResults_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Washington’s August primary appears to have delivered an historic first. Two Republicans are <a href="http://results.vote.wa.gov/results/current/Federal.html">likely to advance to the November election</a> in central Washington’s 4th Congressional District.<p> Wed, 06 Aug 2014 14:50:24 +0000 Austin Jenkins 39601 at http://kuow.org Republican Senate Candidates Enjoy Strong Showing In Washington Primary http://kuow.org/post/republican-senate-candidates-enjoy-strong-showing-washington-primary <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/08/080514AJ_Vance_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Democrats may face an uphill battle in their bid to win back the Washington state Senate. Early <a href="http://results.vote.wa.gov/results/current/Legislative.html">primary election returns</a> Tuesday night showed Republicans polling well in several key districts.<p> Wed, 06 Aug 2014 14:50:19 +0000 Austin Jenkins 39600 at http://kuow.org