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Economy
5:54 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Kent Mayor Proposes Layoffs, New Taxes In City Budget

Kent Mayor Suzette Cooke.
(Photo/City of Kent)

The Mayor of Kent, Washington is proposing another round of layoffs and new taxes to bridge a $2 million budget shortfall. Mayor Suzette Cooke presented her 2013-2014 budget to the City Council Tuesday. In her opening speech, Mayor Cooke called her budget “as ugly as the economic times we face.”

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Supreme Court
9:00 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Jeffrey Toobin On The Supreme Court In The Obama Era

US Supreme Court building in Washington, DC.
(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Despite their political differences, the young and ambitious Harvard Law graduates and Harvard Law Review alumni President Obama and Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts share many similarities. We talk with Jeffrey Toobin, author of the new book “The Oath: The Obama White House and The Supreme Court,” about the battles and truces between America's judicial and executive branches – from inauguration day to the recent Supreme Court ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act.

Sports Arena
8:32 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Sodo Arena Plan Advances To The Full King County Council

Seattle's two sports arenas in Sodo. Is there room for one more?
(Flickr photo/SDOT)

The full King County Council is expected to vote on the latest Sodo arena plan next week, following some adjustments made by the council’s budget committee Tuesday.

Committee chairman Joe McDermott said the adjustments included that language that requires
improving pedestrian access to the new Sodo arena. “It could be anywhere from sidewalks to an overpass or underpass somewhere.  I want to underscore that those kinds of pedestrian improvement also assist in freight mobility,” he said.

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Economics
12:57 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Nobel Prize-Winning Economist Paul Krugman

Nobel Prize–winning economist Paul Krugman.
Center for American Progress

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman explains why he believes we are in a depression and how a massive government investment could get us out of it. Ross Reynolds interviewed Paul Krugman in front of a live studio audience, May 24, 2012. 

Paul Krugman is a Nobel Prize-winning economist and he writes The Conscience of a Liberal blog for the New York Times. 

Metro Bus Service
9:07 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Free Downtown Bus Shuttle Draws Few Riders

Lots of empty seats on the first day of Metro's free downtown shuttle.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

People who ride the bus around Seattle are adjusting to major service changes this week. One huge shift is the end of the ride-free zone downtown.

In its place, the city’s paying for a free shuttle to help low-income people get around.  It runs in a loop downtown Seattle to seven stops near services for homeless and low-income people.

Derek Mitchell got on after his appointment at the WorkSource employment office. “It’s convenient," he says. "It’s very comfortable — a little lightweight jazz in the background. I love it.”

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Politics
6:21 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Proposed Tacoma City Budget Includes Big Layoffs

Tacoma City Manager T.C. Broadnax
City of Tacoma website

Tacoma officials are proposing slashing 217 city jobs over the next two years in order to bridge a looming budget gap of $63 million.

The police and fire departments would both lose 27 officers and two support staff. Other layoffs would result from the restructuring of several city departments.

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Election 2012
11:36 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Referendum 74: The Same-Sex Marriage Debate

The fate of legal same-sex marriage in Washington is going to be decided by voters this November. Ross Reynolds sits down with Representative Laurie Jinkins, a public health official from Tacoma and advisor for the Washington United for Marriage, and Paula Renny, an attorney and volunteer for the Preserve Marriage Washington campaign.

Legislature
4:19 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Religion Not A Factor In Latino Politics

Pablo Monroy
N3 Photo/Florangela Davila

Religion is one of the most defining characteristics of Latino culture. But pollsters say it plays virtually no role n how they vote. And for two Mexican–American siblings, faith shapes their lives but not their politics.

I learn a lot about Marielena Hernandez just by where she wants to meet for an interview.

Marielena is 21 years old and she greets me while holding her infant daughter Nicole at her childhood home, in Pasco, in Eastern Washington where her parents still live.

We head to Marielena’s favorite place – the kitchen – where her mom is cooking.

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