Steve Scher recaps the news of the week with Crosscut's Knute Berger, news analyst Joni Balter, The Stranger's Eli Sanders and LiveWire host Luke Burbank. Topics of the week include Seattle Mayor Ed Murray's proposal for a minimum wage hike that will be going to the City Council, downtown May Day activities, and the search for a new Seattle chief of police.
KUOW's Amy Radil reports on May Day in downtown Seattle.
May Day was supposed to be huge in Seattle this year. Television crews dispatched choppers. Police officers stood at almost every corner, poised for action. It was hot, about 88 degrees, a perfect day for a march.
Ross Reynolds interviews and plays the music of Seattle guitarist, singer and songwriter Ayron Jones. Jones talks about his musical inspirations and the themes of his lyrics.
His band Ayron Jones and the Way was formed four years ago. The group were regional champions at a worldwide battle of the bands called Hard Rock Rising. They gained the attention of Seattle hip hop hero Sir Mix-A-Lot, who produced the band's first album, "Dream," last Fall.
Many marijuana business owners say they have bank accounts, but aren’t completely forthright with their bankers about the nature of their businesses. They claim to be in “consulting” or “medical research.” And they know they could lose those bank accounts suddenly, at any time, since federal law prohibits banks from holding any funds associated with illegal drugs.
Heroin, the drug of the 90s, is back and thriving in Washington state.
“A hot batch of heroin hits the streets, and we will know it in a couple of hours because of the overdoses,” Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers said. In Washington, opiate-related deaths have doubled in the past decade.
But efforts to provide recovery services have struggled to keep up with the drugs. And for many, particularly in rural areas where distances stretch for hours, it can be tough to reach clinics.