sequestration http://kuow.org en Sen. Patty Murray Explains The Budget Deal http://kuow.org/post/sen-patty-murray-explains-budget-deal <p>Ross Reynolds talks with Sen. Patty Murray about the new bipartisan budget deal she constructed with Rep. Paul Ryan. Wed, 11 Dec 2013 21:46:49 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Amina Al-Sadi 25302 at http://kuow.org Sen. Patty Murray Explains The Budget Deal Forest Service Cuts Maintenance Projects In Sequester Response http://kuow.org/post/forest-service-cuts-maintenance-projects-sequester-response <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/08/082713TB_Clawback_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Remember the "sequester" cuts? The dust is finally settling and the consequences becoming real for a program in the U.S. Forest Service that sends money to timber counties.<p>At the beginning of sequestration, the Forest Service demanded that rural counties pay back some of the timber payments they'd already received and spent. Wed, 28 Aug 2013 16:50:46 +0000 Tom Banse 19331 at http://kuow.org Forest Service Cuts Maintenance Projects In Sequester Response Mandatory Furloughs Tough On Employees At Madigan Army Medical Center http://kuow.org/post/mandatory-furloughs-tough-employees-madigan-army-medical-center <p><em>Correction 7/8/2013: A previous version of this story contained an error. Furloughs begin Monday, July 8, not Friday, July 12.</em></p><p>Beginning Monday, more than 2,600 civilian employees at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma will begin mandatory one-day-a-week furloughs.</p><p>The furloughs are a result of the federal spending cuts known as sequestration. Mon, 08 Jul 2013 15:13:14 +0000 Patricia Murphy 16238 at http://kuow.org Mandatory Furloughs Tough On Employees At Madigan Army Medical Center Sequestration: The First Cut Isn't The Deepest http://kuow.org/post/sequestration-first-cut-isnt-deepest <p>Even though you might not have heard much about it these past few weeks, the sequester is still chopping away at federal funds. This week Washington state emergency unemployment benefits are being cut by almost 25 percent. Ross Reynolds spoke with Johnny Dwyer, one of the 40,ooo people being affected by these drastic reductions to unemployment benefits, about how he is coping and what he hopes for.&nbsp; Thu, 23 May 2013 21:03:11 +0000 The Conversation with Ross Reynolds 13625 at http://kuow.org Federal Sequester Turns Employment Workers Into Job Seekers http://kuow.org/post/federal-sequester-turns-employment-workers-job-seekers <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/05/051413JR_Unemployed_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>In the next couple of months, many employment office workers in the Northwest will join the unemployed. State labor agencies are having to make cutbacks in staffing. It's due to a combination of the economy getting better and federal budget cuts known as the “sequester” setting in.<p>Staffing at the local employment office usually moves in the exact opposite direction as the rest of the economy. Wed, 15 May 2013 18:47:20 +0000 Jessica Robinson 13140 at http://kuow.org Federal Sequester Turns Employment Workers Into Job Seekers Some Northwest Cities Explore Ways To Keep Airport Control Towers Open http://kuow.org/post/some-northwest-cities-explore-ways-keep-airport-control-towers-open <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/04/040813TB_Airport_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Some Northwest cities and counties are exploring whether to use local or private money to keep their airport control towers open. By mid-June, the federal government plans to close the control towers at 13 small to medium sized airports across the region.<p>Across-the-board budget cuts known as the 'sequester' have led the Federal Aviation Administration to cancel a contract for control tower staffing at smaller western airfields. Tue, 09 Apr 2013 19:53:20 +0000 Tom Banse 11106 at http://kuow.org Some Northwest Cities Explore Ways To Keep Airport Control Towers Open Defense Contractor Lays Off One-Third Of Its Joint Base Lewis-McChord Staff http://kuow.org/post/defense-contractor-lays-one-third-its-joint-base-lewis-mcchord-staff <p></p><p>Last week the Department of Defense delayed anticipated furlough notices for civilian employees. <span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span>DOD<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said the two-week delay would allow it to analyze the impact of the federal budget sequester on its workforce.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But not everyone got a reprieve.</span></p><p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 00:11:22 +0000 Patricia Murphy 10388 at http://kuow.org Defense Contractor Lays Off One-Third Of Its Joint Base Lewis-McChord Staff Sequester Strikes Again! Control Tower At Tacoma Narrows Airport To Go Dark In April http://kuow.org/post/sequester-strikes-again-control-tower-tacoma-narrows-airport-go-dark-april <p>For weeks you couldn’t seem to escape the word sequester and day by day the across-the-board spending cuts that went into effect are being felt. Most recently here in Washington state the closure of five airport control towers were announced, including the Tacoma Narrows Airport control tower. Ross Reynolds discussed the potential impacts of the closing of the Tacoma Narrows Airport tower with Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy.</p><p> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 19:24:02 +0000 The Conversation With Ross Reynolds 10398 at http://kuow.org House, Senate Budget Plans Offer Different Future http://kuow.org/post/house-senate-budget-plans-offer-different-future Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan's House GOP budget balances in a decade and re-shapes Medicare. That is, it would if the measure passed by the House on Thursday ever became law — which it won't.<p>Washington Sen. Patty Murray's Democratic budget raises almost $1 trillion in taxes by closing loopholes and adds $100 billion in new spending on infrastructure. But it won't become a reality, either.<p>That's not just because the House and Senate will never agree. It's because budget proposals don't have the force of law. Thu, 21 Mar 2013 09:10:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 10108 at http://kuow.org House, Senate Budget Plans Offer Different Future Sequester To Result In 4,800 Hanford Layoffs, Furloughs http://kuow.org/post/sequester-result-4800-hanford-layoffs-furloughs <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/03/030513AK_Hanfordsequester_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>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.<p>The Hanford cuts could begin as early as April 1, but it’s no April Fool’s joke. Wed, 06 Mar 2013 17:44:18 +0000 editor 9298 at http://kuow.org Sequester To Result In 4,800 Hanford Layoffs, Furloughs Why Is Sugar So Bad For Us? http://kuow.org/post/why-sugar-so-bad-us <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A </span><a href="http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/27/its-the-sugar-folks/" style="line-height: 1.5;">new study</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> shows a convincing link between sugar consumption and diabetes. It’s the latest in a line of research that shows processed sugar is bad for our health. We talk with one of the study's authors, Dr. Robert </span>Lustig<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of the University of California San Francisco, and Dr. David Katz of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center.</span></p><p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Producer 9081 at http://kuow.org Why Is Sugar So Bad For Us? Sequestration Suspends King County Housing Vouchers http://kuow.org/post/sequestration-suspends-king-county-housing-vouchers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The King County Housing Authority has <a href="http://www.kcha.org/news/releases/release.aspx?ReleaseID=68">stopped issuing</a> new </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Section 8 vouchers</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The program is federally subsidized through the Department of Housing and Urban Development.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The move is a result of the impending reduction in those funds due to sequestration.</span></p><p> Sat, 02 Mar 2013 00:05:56 +0000 Patricia Murphy 9074 at http://kuow.org Fighting To End HIV And TB Infections Worldwide http://kuow.org/post/fighting-end-hiv-and-tb-infections-worldwide <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Access to HIV and TB treatment has been improving worldwide. The rate of new infections is going down. But tuberculosis remains deadly, especially for the poverty stricken —&nbsp;TB killed 1.4 million people in 2011. </span>Luwiza<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Makukula<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was diagnosed with HIV and TB after her husband died in 2001.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Not only was she sick, she was completely isolated.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today, she works with NGOs focused on treatment, care, and support for HIV/TB patients, including Zambia's&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.citamzambia.webs.com/">Community Initiative for TB, HIV/AIDS and Malaria</a> (CITAM+).&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Luwiza&nbsp;Makukula joins us.</span></p><p> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 17:00:00 +0000 PRODUCER 8791 at http://kuow.org Fighting To End HIV And TB Infections Worldwide