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Budget Talks
10:34 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Sen. Patty Murray Vows To Protect Programs For Poor In Budget Talks

US Senator Patty Murray at a press conference at Seattle Jewish Service
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

US Senator Patty Murray made her budget priorities clear at a Seattle food bank on Wednesday: She wants to preserve federal programs that affect the poor, such as Head Start, federal housing assistance and food stamps.

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Elections 2013
9:20 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Push For GMO Labeling Gains National Momentum

Seventy percent of processed foods sold in the U.S. contain genetically engineered ingredients like soy, corn, and sugar. Even at PCC, considered a beacon of organic products, is not entirely GMO-free.
Credit KUOW Photo/Ruby de Luna

If voters here approve Initiative 522, a measure to require producers to label foods made with genetically modified ingredients, Washington will join two other states that recently enacted similar laws.

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Crime
3:40 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Sex Offender Who Fled Canada Charged With Harassment

Michael Sean Stanley has been arrested for a disturbance in West Seattle, he is also suspected of a sexual assault.
AP Photo/Royal Canadian Mounted Police

UPDATE 10/23/13, 6:20 p.m. PT: According to Dan Donohue, spokesman for the King County prosecutor office, the assault claim against Michael Sean Stanley remains under investigation and has not yet been referred to prosecutors.

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A man described by Canadian police as a sexually violent predator pleaded not guilty in court on Wednesday morning to the misdemeanor charge of harassment after being arrested on Tuesday in West Seattle. 

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Cardiology
3:22 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

The Progress Of Heart Disease Treatment In The US

A human heart.
From Wikipedia

There have been many innovations in heart disease care and prevention, and former Vice President Dick Cheney has been the beneficiary of nearly every one of those innovations during his three-decade long struggle with the disease. 

It was those medical developments that kept him alive until he received a heart transplant at the age of 71.  Now the former vice president is opening up about his experiences in a book he co-wrote with his cardiologist, “Heart: An American Medical Odyssey.”

The Record’s Steve Scher spoke with Dr. Nahush Mokadam, the co-director of heart transplantation at the University of Washington Medical Center, to get an update on heart disease treatment in the US and determine whether Cheney’s experience was unique.

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Space Tourism
3:19 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Take A Balloon Trip To Space

Flickr Photo/NASA Goddard Photo and Video

How much would you pay to float above the earth for a few hours? A company called World View Experience is hoping the answer is $75,000.

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Education
3:19 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Big Changes Coming To Washington's GED Test

Beginning in January, Washington’s high school equivalency test – the GED – will undergo a major overhaul. Many expect the exam to get a lot more challenging. That’s because the new GED test will align with Common Core, a set of academic standards adopted by Washington state in 2011.

Lou Sager, Washington state’s GED Administrator, talks with Steve Scher about what is changing with the GED.

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Elephant Captivity
3:12 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Task Force Recommends Breeding More Elephants At Woodland Park Zoo

Baby Hansa, born at the Woodland Park Zoo, died of a form of elephant herpes at age six.
Flickr Photo/Tesla314

For years, animal rights groups have been raising concerns about the health and treatment of elephants at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo, particularly after the death of six-year-old elephant Hansa. And seven months ago, the Zoo’s board assembled a task force to look at this issue. Their final report says the overall health of elephants at Woodland Park Zoo is good, and they should breed more.

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News From Canada
3:08 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

EU Trade Pact With Canada Dairy Producers Good News For US

Flickr Photo/Markku Akerfelt

Canadian cheese and milk producers will get to keep their tariff protections under a tentative trade pact between the EU and Canada. That's good news for American retailers selling lower-priced American dairy to cross-border Canadian shoppers.

Overall, the agreement could boost commerce between the EU and Canada by an additional $35 billion each year. Steve Scher talks with Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer about that story and more of this week's news from Canada.

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Proposition 1
2:48 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Should Property Taxes Be Funding City Council Candidates?

Seattle City Council complex.
Flickr Photo/Canadian Pacific

This November voters in the city of Seattle will have a chance to decide whether or not City Council races should be publicly funded. Proposition 1 would create a program that funnels public money to candidates who decide to opt in to the program. To qualify, prospective candidates have to receive donations of at least $10 from 600 voters. If they do, they will receive six public dollars for every one dollar they raise up to $210,000 dollars.

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Mayor Julian Castro
2:46 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Leading The Democratic Push In The Lone Star State

Julian Castro in the KUOW studios.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Political junkies may remember the 2012 Democratic Party Convention keynote speech given by San Antonio mayor Julian Castro. Many observers speculate that Castro and his twin brother Joaquin Catro, a Texas Congressman, will be part of the vanguard that leads Democrats back to power in the Lone Star State. Mayor Castro talks Texas and D.C. politics with KUOW’s Marcie Sillman.

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Mayor's Race
2:09 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Finding The Differences Between McGinn, Murray: This Interview Helps

Mayoral candidates Mike McGinn, left, and Ed Murray, right.
Courtesy of the mayoral campaigns

The 2013 Seattle mayoral race has been rife with finger pointing, questions about leadership style and the source of campaign contributions. For the average voter, the debate may not include enough substantive conversation about the meat and potato issues that face Seattle citizens: How do we pay to fix our roadways? Where do we funnel new density? Are we as safe as possible in our homes and in public venues?

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Elections 2013
7:18 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Will GMO Labels Alter Consumers' Perception Of Specialty Foods?

Litehouse Foods, based in Sandpoint, Idaho, produces more than 400 salad dressings and dips found in grocery stores and delis.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed October 16, 2013 7:19 am

In the food business, everything comes down to that moment when a shopper studies a label and decides whether to buy or move on. That’s why food producers have a big interest in Washington’s Initiative 522 on the ballot next month.

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Cold War Legacy
6:00 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Boeing Engineer Reveals Secrets Behind Cold War Missile Program

Retired engineer Dan Witmer stands by a defunct Minuteman missile silo where he used to work in the 1960s. The silo is located just off East Marginal Way, across the street from the Museum of Flight.
Credit KUOW Photo/Sarah Waller

There’s a mysterious object standing in a parking lot just eight miles south of downtown Seattle. From the surface, it looks like a grayish-green dome on a pile of rubble. But dig a little deeper and you’ll discover a forgotten link to Seattle’s Cold War past. 

Retired Boeing engineer Dan Witmer is one of the few remaining people in Seattle who knows what that dome is covering up: a defunct Minuteman missile silo.

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Marijuana Regulation
12:12 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

State Agencies Release Recommendations For Medical Marijuana Regulation

Flickr Photo/Goodiez

The Liquor Control Board, Department of Health and the Department of Revenue have released their recommendations for how the state should regulate medical marijuana. They’ve set guidelines for age limits, possession amounts, location of retail stores and taxation. Austin Jenkins, Olympia Correspondent for the Public Radio Northwest News Network, explains how these regulations will affect medical marijuana stores and how they differ from the regulation of recreational marijuana.

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Cultural Identity
12:08 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Love And Politics: The Public Passions Of Writer Junot Diaz

Writer Junot Diaz.
Flickr Photo/The American Library Association

Junot Diaz is a public intellectual who writes about love, sex, community and culture. The Pulitzer Prize-winner and MacArthur Genius talks with Steve Scher about the story of the government shutdown and the emerging Latino identity in America.

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