government

Cyber Security
11:48 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Washington Courts Seek IT Security Review, Audit Following Breach

Wikimedia

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 4:50 pm

Washington’s court system will hire an outside expert to perform a computer security review and audit. The move follows a hacking incident – revealed last week - that exposed nearly a hundred Social Security numbers and perhaps up to a million driver license numbers. But now there’s another cyber security concern at Washington Courts.

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Employment
11:47 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Federal Sequester Turns Employment Workers Into Job Seekers

Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 5:20 pm

In the next couple of months, many employment office workers in the Northwest will join the unemployed. State labor agencies are having to make cutbacks in staffing. It's due to a combination of the economy getting better and federal budget cuts known as the “sequester” setting in.

Staffing at the local employment office usually moves in the exact opposite direction as the rest of the economy. When times are tough, unemployment rolls are booming.

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Syria
1:25 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Reporting From Syria’s War Zone

The civil war in Syria continues in an apparent stalemate. Ross Reynolds talks with BBC Middle East correspondent Paul Wood about the war and recent allegations of chemical weapon use.

Syria
1:23 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Council On Foreign Relations President Richard Haass On Syria

The Council on Foreign Relations has a big influence on US foreign policy. Ross Reynolds speaks with Dr. Richard Haass, president of the CFR, about US options in Syria, the fallout from the Benghazi raid and other troubled spots in the world.

Public Transportation
1:18 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

One-Third Of King County Bus Routes Could Be Cut

Flickr photo/Oran Viriyincy

King County Metro is facing budget cuts up to 17 percent. The cuts could eliminate almost a third of current bus routes. Metro is hosting a public hearing today at 4:00 in Union Station to hear your opinion.

Ross Reynolds speaks with KUOW’s Reporter Derek Wong about the future of our buses.

Special Session
11:26 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Washington Governor Narrows Special Session Agenda

Cacophony Wikimedia

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 4:36 pm

The Washington legislature is back in session – for a 30-day extra inning. Washington Governor Jay Inslee Monday narrowed his agenda to three key items: the budget, a roads-and- transit funding package and a crackdown on impaired drivers.

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Guilty Verdict
3:27 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Guilty Verdict At JBLM In Trial Of Sgt. Accused of Baghdad Shooting Spree

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 11:39 am

A case that featured harrowing testimony of combat-related mental illness ended Monday with a guilty verdict. Army Sergeant John Russell was convicted for murdering five fellow servicemen at a military mental health clinic in Baghdad in 2009.

A military judge found the 48-year-old Texas native guilty of premeditated murder. A public affairs spokesman at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma says Sergeant Russell showed no visible reaction.

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Gun Buyback
1:12 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

McGinn: Next Gun Buyback In Seattle Will Be Different

Sometime this summer, the Seattle Police Department is expected to hold another gun buyback event. Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn said there was enough money left over from private donations for the first event in January to hold a second buyback.

Like the first time, people who turn over firearms will be rewarded with a gift card. And this time, McGinn said the SPD will better organize and structure the event, to deal with things like the informal gun market that cropped up just outside the January event and some negative community response.

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State Budget
10:06 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Washington Special Session Starts With No Budget Deal

Cacophony Wikimedia

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 8:20 am

  The Washington legislature reconvenes Monday for a 30-day special session. But there’s still no budget deal in sight – despite a two week break to negotiate.

Senate budget chair Andy Hill, a Republican, says both sides are “working in good faith.” But “true negotiations” have yet to begin. That’s because the House, Senate and governor are still working to agree on the basic assumptions for the next two year budget.

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Politics & Government
9:00 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Ask The Seattle Mayor

Courtesy/City of Seattle

Ask Mayor McGinn
Chris Hansen has upped his bid for the Sacramento Kings by another $75 million. We will ask Mayor Mike McGinn about the future of the Seattle Sonics and whether the city will build a stadium without a team.

Also, we’ll ask the mayor for his take on May Day, Seattle parks, new Seattle Police Department hiring rules and just what happened with those guns turned peace bricks? He will be in to answer those questions, and if you have any questions for the mayor call us at 800.289.5869 or write to weekday@kuow.org.

What To Expect From The NBA This Week
The NBA Board of Governors are meeting this Wednesday to decide whether or not to approve the relocation of the Sacramento Kings to Seattle. King 5 reporter Chris Daniels has been following the saga from its onset. He regularly tweets updates on the Sacramento Kings and NBA decision.   

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Data Security
3:39 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Washington Courts Announce Potential Massive Data Breach

Cacophony Wikimedia

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 3:20 pm

A hacking incident involving Washington’s court system could affect upwards of a million people. The Administrative Office of the Courts announced that hackers breached its public website sometime last fall or early this year and social security and potentially driver license numbers were accessed.

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The Rodmonian
4:31 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Seattle Times Writer "Shocked" That Dennis Rodman Answered Kenneth Bae Challenge

Dennis "The Worm" Rodman publicly asked his friend Kim Jong-un to release Kenneth Bae of Lynnwood, Wash. from a 15-year sentence to hard labor. Rodman made the request in response to an article by Seattle Times writer Thanh Tan.
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Thanh Tan says she was serious when she challenged former NBA star Dennis Rodman to get Kenneth Bae of Lynnwood, Wash. released from a 15-year hard labor sentence in North Korea.

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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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