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Transit Investigation
9:43 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Fatal Sound Transit Bus Crash In Kirkland

A Sound Transit commuter bus similar to the one involved in the fatal crash
Flickr Photo/Oran Viriyincy

Investigators said they don’t yet know the exact cause of Tuesday night’s fatal crash between a Sound Transit bus and an SUV in Kirkland. Two people in the SUV died. Investigators are looking into whether the bus’ brakes malfunctioned.

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Seattle Mayor's Race
9:30 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Pocket Guide To The Seattle Mayor's Race

Architect and former Seattle City Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck at the "Super South Seattle Mayor's Forum"
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

UPDATE: 5/21/13, 3:50 p.m. PT

The list of candidates running for Seattle mayor is now finalized, and despite the withdrawal of one high-profile contender, the field has gotten even more crowded.

In an eleventh hour surprise, City Councilmember Tim Burgess, the leading fundraiser in the race, announced he was dropping out.

At the same time, two relatively unknown candidates entered the field, bringing the total number of mayoral hopefuls to nine.

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Replacing Old Jets
8:51 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Air Force Says New Air Refueling Tanker Program On Track

Corey Parrish US Air Force

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 5:06 pm

Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane is planning a public memorial service for three of its airmen killed in a mid-air explosion over central Asia. The cause of the air refueling tanker accident last Friday remains under investigation. The crash renews attention on a Boeing Company contract to replace the Air Force's aging tanker fleet.

The doomed Fairchild Air Force Base crewmates were flying a KC-135 Stratotanker built by Boeing in the early 1960s. By all accounts, Air Force mechanics keep the 50-year-old tanker fleet in good condition.

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Seattle Police Reform
7:34 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Seattle Police Loosen Rules For New Recruits

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, with former state rep. Kip Tokuda, announces new police hiring policies
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

The Seattle Police Department is preparing to hire more than 300 new officers in the next five years, and it wants to do things differently.

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Seattle Mayor
12:07 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

What Do You Want In The Next Mayor?

The campaign for Seattle mayor is already underway. The new mayor will face a variety of obstacles from transportation and business to poverty and homelessness. What are the key issues you would like Seattle’s next mayor to address? Ross Reynolds takes your calls and is joined by special guests including Sharon Lee, the executive director of the Low Income Housing Institute and Evan Manvel director of policy, planning and government affairs at Cascade Bicycle Club to talk about their wish list for the next mayor. What is on yours?

News & Analysis
10:00 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Your Take On The News

KUOW News/Liz Jones

It’s Friday — time to review the week’s news with Joni BalterEli Sanders and Knute Berger. It was a busy week in the Northwest.

Seattle's hopes for an NBA team were all but crushed. Although it isn't official, the seven owners in the NBA's relocation committee unanimously voted to reject Chris Hansen's bid to move the Sacramento Kings to Seattle. 

Another May Day has ended in tear gas, overshadowing a day of peaceful demonstrations. 

The candidates for Seattle's mayoral race faced off for the first time and the Police Guild has reached a contract deal. 

That was just the news from Seattle, what are the stories that caught your attention this week? Call us 206.543.5869, email weekday@kuow.org or use #weekinreview to share your thoughts with us on Twitter during the show.

Same-Sex Marriage Controversy
8:12 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Arlene's Flowers Stirs Back-And-Forth On Social Media

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 3:03 pm

Business is bustling at the Richland florist who faces a lawsuit over same-sex marriage. The shop's owner says she was standing up for her Christian values when she refused to sell flowers for a gay couple’s wedding. Now, the case has become a focal point of intense debate on social media across the globe.

On Arlene’s Flower’s Facebook page, right alongside advertisements for corsages and boutonnieres, there are hundreds of posts for and against same-sex marriage. Now there’s even a Boycott Arlene’s Flowers Facebook page. It has more than 500 likes.

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Patriot Groups
11:54 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Number Of "Patriot" Groups Skyrockets In Washington State

Flickr/David Paul Ohmer

Three in 10 registered American voters believe an armed rebellion might be necessary in the next few years according to pollsters at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Anti-government extremism has grown in other ways too.  Here in Washington state, the number of anti-government patriot groups has grown from two in 2008 to 52 in 2012, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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DUI Law Compliance
10:50 am
Thu May 2, 2013

DUI Monitoring And Enforcement: An Imperfect System

Drivers convicted of an alcohol related DUI are required to install a breathalyzer device in their vehicle. Since January they're also required to install cameras so that the test taker can be verified.
Credit KUOW Photo/Patricia Murphy

Washington state lawmakers are poised to impose tougher laws against drivers caught driving drunk. They were moved to action following two fatal crashes involving drivers with previous DUIs.

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First Cycling Death in 2013
7:27 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Cyclist Killed In Seattle On First Day of Bike To Work Month

A "ghost bike" memorial to remember unidentified cyclists and pedestrians killed in collisions.
Flickr Photo/Salim Virji

For the first time this year, a cyclist was killed in Seattle. It happened Wednesday in a fatal collision involving a bike and a semi truck. Wednesday was also the first day of National Bike To Work Month.

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Immigrant Rights And Labor Supporters
7:29 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Thousands March Through Seattle In May Day Rally

Immigrant supports waves American flag at May Day march.
Liz Jones KUOW

SEATTLE (AP) — Thousands of people marched about 2 1/2 miles from the Central District toward Seattle's downtown Jackson Federal Building on Wednesday after a May Day rally supporting immigrant rights and labor.

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News & Analysis
10:00 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Canada, Culture And Commerce

Canadian flag.
Flickr Photo/Christopher Policarpio

BC’s Premier Candidates Meet In First Debate
The four candidates who want to be British Columbia’s next premier met for their first TV debate on Monday night. Jobs and the economy topped the agenda. Analysts say the embattled Liberal Party premier didn’t get the knock out she needed to hold on to her job. Vaughn Palmer of the Vancouver Sun joins us to discuss the election.

When Words Don’t Matter: The Non-Verbal In Movies
The classic science fiction film from Stanley Kubrick, "2001: A Space Odyssey," told much of its story through image, gesture and sound. The spoken word was often secondary to the plot. According to film critic Robert Horton, a new film, "Renoir," relies on images to convey mood and feeling to moderate success.

Grocery Delivery Services Benefit The Environment
A new University of Washington study suggests that deliveries by trucks are actually better for the environment than each of us driving to the store in our own cars. That might be good news for Amazon Fresh. The company has been testing this grocery delivery service in Seattle since 2007. There are indications Amazon is planning to expand Fresh to other markets. Todd Bishop explores how Amazon Fresh and other grocery delivery services are faring.

Addressing Bee Die-Offs
9:44 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Washington State Pressed To Save Honey Bees By Restricting Pesticides

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 5:10 pm

For about seven years, many Western beekeepers have been plagued by unexplained die-offs in their hives. It happened recently to Mark Emrich.

"I was doing great until about five weeks ago," he says. "Then I came down and opened up the hives and I had five dead boxes of bees. That was a huge hit."

He lost one third of his production on his small farm near Olympia.

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Breaking Bread With Lobbyists
8:01 am
Wed May 1, 2013

The Influence Game: Wining And Dining Washington Lawmakers After Hours

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 4:39 pm

In the first three months of this year, lobbyists in Washington state spent more than $200,000 on entertainment. Much of that money was spent to wine and dine state lawmakers during the just-concluded 105-day session. But what are lobbyists and their clients getting in exchange for picking up the tab?

After the legislative day ends up at the Capitol, it’s pretty common for some of the players to decamp. They go to one of a handful of usually higher-end Olympia establishments. This is where – over a meal, perhaps a bottle of Washington wine – the work continues.

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Mother And Son Recovering
1:23 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Family Of Victims In Wedgwood Drunk Driving Accident Speak Publicly

Neighbors gather for a memorial walk on April 1 along 33rd Avenue NE, heading toward the memorial site.
Ravenna Blog Photo/Rebecca Nelson

After over a month of silence, the family of the victims in the Wedgwood drunk driving accident spoke today. On March 25, a drunk driver hit Dan Schulte’s family as they were walking in the Wedgwood neighborhood.

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