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Police Reform
4:31 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Seattle Police's Oversight Office Moves Into 'More Welcoming' Space

SPD's oversight team, headed by Pierce Murphy, has moved into a space meant to be more welcoming complainants -- civilian and police alike.
Credit KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

Someone pursuing a complaint about a Seattle police officer no longer needs to enter the Seattle Police Department to do so. Instead, the department’s civilian oversight director has moved his office into a space he says will be more welcoming.

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Money And Politics
2:46 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Are Lobbyists Influencing Washington's Attorney General?

Credit Flickr Photo/SalFalko (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with New York Times reporter Eric Lipton about the influence of lobbyists on attorneys general. Reynolds also talks with Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

Legal Battle
8:19 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Maine To Enforce Quarantine For Nurse Who Worked In West Africa

A photo taken Sunday of Kaci Hickox in an isolation tent at University Hospital in Newark, N.J. Hickox, who was later discharged and allowed to return to her home in Maine, says she has no intention of abiding by a "voluntary" quarantine there.
Steven Hyman AP

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 10:08 am

Maine's Gov. Paul LePage says he will seek to legally force a nurse to undergo a 21-day quarantine after her return from West Africa, where she volunteered to treat Ebola patients.

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NPR News Investigations
2:00 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Red Cross 'Diverted Assets' During Storms' Aftermath To Focus On Image

In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, a former Red Cross official says, as many as 40 percent of the organization's emergency vehicles were assigned for public relations purposes. This photo, which shows one of the trucks in Long Island, N.Y., in January 2013, is one example of the many publicity photos taken by the Red Cross.
Les Stone American Red Cross

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 11:25 am

Within hours of Superstorm Sandy slamming the East Coast two years ago, Americans opened their wallets to help — donating millions to the first charity that came to mind: the American Red Cross.

President Obama, like most elected officials and celebrities, vouched for the organization, encouraging people to give.

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Campaign Finance
5:13 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Who’s Buying The Washington State Senate?

Credit KUOW/Kara McDermott

With control of the Washington state Senate up for grabs, millions of dollars are pouring into key legislative races around the state. One race on Seattle’s Eastside has attracted more cash than any other: Republican state Senator Andy Hill versus Democratic challenger Matt Isenhower.

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Sex Workers' Rights
2:43 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Why Does The Government Compile Lists Of Exotic Dancers?

Credit Melinda Chateauvert's book "Sex Workers Unite"

Marcie Sillman talks with Melinda Chateauvert, author of "Sex Workers Unite: A History of the Movement from Stonewall to SlutWalk," about the intersection of issues brought up by a Tacoma man's petition for Pierce County to tell him the names and addresses of local exotic dancers.

Privacy
2:40 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Outrage Over FBI's Fake News Article In Bomb Threat Case

Ross Reynolds talks to Christopher Soghoian, privacy expert for the ACLU, about a 2007 case where the FBI created a fake news link and sent it to a student they suspected was calling in bomb threats to Timberline High School. The link planted malware on the suspect's computer that the FBI was able to use to track and convict the teen.    

Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated which news outlet the FBI used to bait the student suspected of making bomb threats. It was The Associated Press, not The Seattle Times as the guest noted in the radio interview.

Elections
9:26 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Washington Republicans Allege Vote Suppression Campaign

This mailer praising Tim Sheldon as a champion for women's reproductive rights started arriving in voter mailboxes last week.

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 9:56 am

Republicans say an out-of-state Democratic group is trying to suppress the GOP vote in a hotly contested Washington state Senate race.

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EarthFix Reports
6:16 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Conservation Group Makes Huge Land Purchase Near Snoqualmie Pass

A conservation group has made the largest private land acquisition in Washington history, purchasing 47,921 acres near Snoqualmie Pass. The acquisition covers lands near three lakes: Keechelus, Kachess, and Cle Elum.
Courtesy of The Nature Conservancy

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 3:18 pm

A conservation group has made the largest private land acquisition in Washington history, purchasing nearly 48,000 acres near the Cascade Mountains' Snoqualmie Pass east of Seattle.

The Nature Conservancy announced Monday it has bought the land from timber company Plum Creek. The land acquisition cost about $49 million.

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Political Gridlock
2:25 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

You're Not As Frustrated With The State Congress As Inslee Is

Washington state capitol.
Credit Flickr Photo/Alan Cordova (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Governor Inslee about gridlock in state congress. Inslee says you're probably not as frustrated with it as he is. 

Elections
10:13 am
Mon October 27, 2014

These Five Races Could Make Or Break Republican Control Of Wash. Senate

Marcie Sillman speaks with Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about five races that could determine the future of the Washington state Senate.

Nuclear Energy
4:25 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Activist: 'Don't Believe Anything The Nuclear Industry Says'

Two IAEA experts examine recovery work on top of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station in April 2013.
Flickr Photo/IAEA Imagebank (CC-BY-NC-ND)

On March 11, 2011, a 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami crippled Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Physician and anti-nuclear activist Dr. Helen Caldicott calls into question reporting about that event and its aftermath. Her frank assessment of the people who control nuclear power: “Don’t believe anything the nuclear industry says, because they lie.”

What are the effects of the Fukushima meltdowns? In 2013, in response to concerns that media and policy makers were ignoring the impacts, a panel of scientists, engineers and policy experts met in New York to review the aftermath of the disaster. 

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Immigration
3:23 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Lawsuit Claims ICE Attorney Manufactured Evidence In Seattle Deportation Case

Seattle resident Ignacio Lanuza is suing the U.S. government and an ICE attorney who allegedly altered evidence in his deportation case.
Credit Liz Jones / KUOW

A federal lawsuit filed in Seattle Thursday highlights alleged document tampering in immigration cases. The lawsuit claims that government officials forged documents in a local deportation case, and attorneys who filed the case are calling for a broad investigation.

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Marijuana
2:34 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Inside The Not-Exactly-Legal World Of Recreational Pot Delivery

ATM Deliver has been using a legal loophole to deliver recreational pot to customers. They buy from medical dispensaries and charge for delivery, not the actual pot.
Credit Flickr Photo/Goodiez

In a parked car, in a neighborhood near downtown, a driver passes a small brown paper bag of marijuana across the front seat. In exchange, the guy in the passenger seat hands over a wad of cash and quickly examines the contents of the bag. 

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Dams
9:22 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

B.C. Energy Minister Says U.S. Has A Good Deal In Columbia River Treaty

The Columbia River at Rowena, Oregon.

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 7:44 pm

A little-known fact about Columbia River dams is that a valuable chunk of the power generated on the U.S. side goes to Canada under an international treaty.

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