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Education
3:52 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Inslee To Propose Compromise Bill On Teacher Testing

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Ross Reynolds talks with Donna Blankinship, Washington state education reporter for The Associated Press, about lawmakers coming up with a compromise to revise the teacher evaluation system.

Combatting The Spread Of Disease
3:51 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

How Needle Exchange Programs Work

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Steve Scher talks with Michael Hanrahan who oversees the needle exchange programs for the King County's Health and Human Services. Hanrahan talks about how these exchanges work and the impact the program has made in the community.

Transportation
3:49 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Portland Offers Advice As Kirkland Considers Air Gondolas

Traveling at 22 mph, the Portland Aerial Tram carries passengers between the Oregon Health and Science University Hospital and the South Waterfront District in Portland.
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Steve Scher talks with Brett Dodson, manager of the Portland Aerial Tram, about how Portland's take on air gondolas has worked for the Rose City.

Gender Spectrum
3:48 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Facebook Adds More Gender Options US Users

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Steve Scher talks with Amanda Lock Swarr, associate professor in Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies at the University of Washington, about gender identity. Facebook recently added more than 50 additional gender options for users in the U.S.

Financial Aid
2:19 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

University Student On Real Hope Passage: 'I Feel More Accepted'

University of Washington freshman Diana Betancourt hopes to benefit from the Washington Real Hope Act.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Washington state students who are in the country illegally have reason to celebrate. On Wednesday, Governor Jay Inslee signed into law the state’s Real Hope Act, also commonly called the DREAM Act.

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Explaining Bitcoin
2:16 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Bitcoin: The Decentralized Virtual Currency That We're All Trying To Understand

Not a real Bicoin: the currency doesn't have a physical form; pictures like this are novelty items that often have Bitcoin information on them.
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Imagine using online banking – without the bank.

Bitcoin is a digital currency that was created five years ago. It runs entirely on the sways of the free market: no government or banking institution is backing it.

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Judicial Conduct
12:51 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

King County Judge Admonished For 'One Day Special' In Courtroom

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The Washington Commission on Judicial Conduct admonished a King County judge this week for offering the equivalent of a “one day special” in her courtroom.

On April 26, 2013, Judge Victoria Seitz had a full docket in the King County District Court.

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News From Canada
9:38 am
Wed February 26, 2014

North American Energy Rivalry, Tax Data, And Olympic Gold

Canada forward Sidney Crosby, far right, stands with teammates for the Canadian national anthem after beating Sweden 3-0 in the men's gold medal ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.
AP Photo/Julio Cortez

Steve Scher talks with Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer about the week's big stories from Canada.

Minimum Wage Debate
9:38 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Survey: Minimum Wage Hike Could Force Nonprofits To Cut Services

Fast-food workers and minimum wage advocates marched from SeaTac to Seattle in December as part of a national demonstration for a $15 minimum wage.
KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

A Seattle Human Services Coalition survey says increasing the minimum wage to $15 would hurt critical services for low-income families. Out of the 29 nonprofits surveyed, 21 said they would have to cut services if forced to raise wages to that level.

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EarthFix Reports
8:35 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Exploding Oil Trains Prompt More Stringent Safety Tests

United States safety regulators have adopted an emergency order requiring tests of crude oil before shipment by rail. The move is in response to a string of explosions and fires, like this one in Quebec, which claimed 47 lives.
Courtesy of Transportation Safety Board of Canada

The U.S. Department of Transportation has issued an emergency order requiring crude oil from North Dakota and Montana to be tested before being transported by railroads.

Tuesday’s order follows several fiery derailments involving shipments of crude oil. It is intended to ensure greater safety when the highly flammable liquid is being shipped.

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Mental Health Awareness
8:21 am
Wed February 26, 2014

King County Pioneers New Practice For Refugee Mental Health

Farhiya Mohamed was 19 years old when her family came to the U.S. from Somalia as refugees.
Credit KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

On a recent afternoon, about a dozen Somali women talk in spurts as they weave 4-inch metal needles through a basket.

It doesn't look like therapy, but in a way, it is.

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Investigative Journalism
3:38 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

How A Monopoly Took Hold Of America’s Meat Market

Christopher Leonard's book, "The Meat Racket."

Ross Reynolds talks with Christopher Leonard, former national agribusiness reporter for the Associated Press, about his new book "The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America’s Food Business."

Public Transportation
3:08 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Argument Against King County's Plan To Fund Metro Transit

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Ross Reynolds talks with Bob Pishue of the Washington Policy Center about the upcoming ballot measure where King County voters will decide whether to raise taxes and fees to fund King County Metro bus service and road improvements. The special election will be held April 22.

Ingersoll Gender Center
2:55 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Local Transgender Rights Pioneer Marsha Botzer On Her Life's Work

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Ross Reynolds sits down with Marsha Botzer, founder of the Ingersoll Gender Center, to discuss her work in the Puget Sound LGBTQ community. They also talk about MOHAI's new exhibit Revealing Queer with the co-curator Erin Bailey.

Manners
2:52 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Evolution Of Tech Etiquette

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Steve Scher talks with Daniel Post Senning about technology etiquette and his observations for people who are too attached to their electronic devices. He’s also the grandson of etiquette expert Emily Post.

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