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Community Supervision
6:21 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Sex Offender's Arrest Highlights The Difficulty Of Community Supervision

Community Corrections Officer Iris Peterson at her desk.
Credit Patricia Murphy

A Level 3 sex offender charged with kidnapping is back in court this week. Prosecutors say Jesse Brisbin snatched a six-year-old girl from a park in Beacon Hill and assaulted her.

Brisbin has pleaded not guilty.

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Lessons From Oso
5:21 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Independent Commission To Probe Oso Landslide

Grocery owner Kevin Ashe of Darrington
John Ryan KUOW

An independent commission will delve into the deadliest landslide in Washington history. The commission will seek statewide lessons from the Oso landslide, land use in the Oso area before the slide, and the emergency response in the days and weeks afterward.

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Dangerous Conditions
5:05 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Marijuana Activists Cheer Federal Crackdown On Hash Oil Manufacturer

Two men who produced marijuana candy appeared in federal court Friday for a detention hearing . They’re accused of endangering others while manufacturing marijuana extracts.

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FEMA
7:27 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Feds Offer Wildfire Assistance, But So Far No Payments To Homeowners

Firefighters cut a line in the trees in order to contain the Carlton Complex fire.
Inciweb/National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 11:55 am

Federal funds are being used to help fight the wildfires that have raged across the Northwest this summer. But so far, the Federal Emergency Management Agency isn't handing out money directly to owners of the nearly 200 homes lost in the blazes.

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Marijuana
3:13 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Oregon To Vote On Legalizing Marijuana, Again

Ross Reynolds talks with Anthony Johnson, director of New Approach Oregon, which recently submitted enough signatures for a referendum on recreational marijuana legalization to appear on the November ballot.

Public Marijuana
2:47 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Are Seattle Police Targeting Black Pot Smokers?

Credit Flickr Photo/Dann Cove (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes about whether a disproportionate amount of black people are issued tickets for public pot use. Holmes says he's working on a plan to provide public spaces that are safe to smoke marijuana.

Homelessness
2:43 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Why Arlington, Washington Outlawed Panhandling

Flickr Photo/Blake Burkhart (Cc-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Bruce Stedman, Arlington's acting police chief, and Doug Honig, ACLU of Washington's communications director, about the city's strict new approach to panhandling.

Food
8:50 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Oregonians Will Vote On GMO Labeling Initiative

File photo of supporters of a GMO labeling initiative rallying in front of the Oregon capitol earlier this month.

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 4:05 pm

An initiative that will give Oregonians the chance to vote on whether food companies should label products that contain genetically engineered ingredients qualified for the November ballot Wednesday.

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Wages And Housing
2:47 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Middle Income Group Overlooked In Seattle Affordable Housing Struggle

A Seattle high-rise apartment building.
Credit Flickr Photo/Andrew Smith (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien is looking for affordable housing solutions – for a population that may be overlooked.

Speaking with KUOW’s Ross Reynolds, O’Brien said that systems are in place for those making around 30 percent of the area median wage, but not for those between 60 to 100 percent of the median (for a single person that’s between $37,000 and $50,000 a year).

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Work Safety
9:20 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Feds Ban Free Climbing By Electric Utility Workers

Seattle City Light lineworkers 180 feet above the Seattle Ship Canal in 2011.
Credit KUOW Photo/John Ryan

The Obama Administration is putting an end to the common practice of "free climbing" by electrical lineworkers. Seattle City Light and other electric utilities let their lineworkers climb transmission towers without using safety harnesses.

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Oso Landslide
3:15 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Scientists Draw Lessons From Oso Landslide

The site of the Oso mudslide in March.
Flickr Photo/Washington State DNR (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with David Montgomery, professor of geomorphology at the University of Washington, who was part of a team of scientists studying the aftermath of the Oso mudslide in order to help other communities prepare for future disasters.

Washington Wildfires
3:31 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

One Wildfire Victim Never Got An Evacuation Notice, Here's Why

The Washington National Guard continues to provide support to the people of North Central Washington who have been affected by the Carlton Complex Fire.
Flickr Photo/The National Guard (SFC Jason Kriess) (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Bill Radke speaks with Brenda Riggan of Brewster, Washington, about coming back to her home after the Carlton Complex wildfire tore through the area and her frustration over never having received an evacuation notice in the first place. Then, Ross Reynolds talks with Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers about why people like Riggan didn't receive the same notices that other residents did.

Megaprojects
9:58 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Seattle Tunnel Partner Wins $80 Million Dispute Over Boston’s Big Dig

Road signs from Boston's Big Dig.
Flickr Photo/Nantaskart!

One of the two companies attempting to dig a highway tunnel beneath the Seattle waterfront has won an $80 million dispute with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

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Parks
2:23 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

To Park District Or Not: Two Sides Debate Seattle Proposition One

Gasworks Park, Seattle
Flickr Photo/Roy Patrick Tan (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with two advocates concerning Seattle Proposition 1, which would create a Seattle Park District. Don Harper is with the group Our Parks Forever, which opposes the passage of Prop 1, and Ken Bounds is with Seattle Parks For All, which advocates for it.

MH17
3:25 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Obama: Evidence MH17 Hit By Missile From Rebel-Held Area Of Ukraine

A firefighter douses the smoldering wreckage of Flight MH17 on Thursday.
Alexander Khudoteply AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 11:24 pm

This post was updated at 5:00 p.m. ET.

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