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Federal Aid
7:38 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Spud Snub? Potato Growers Steamed Over Exclusion From Nutrition Program

USDA

Originally published on Sun March 2, 2014 10:19 am

Northwest potato growers say they've been snubbed in a federal nutrition program.

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Medicaid Expansion
7:37 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Affordable Care Act Opens Door To More Inmate Enrollment

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Health care enrollments so far have been focused on people without insurance. But there’s another population officials are trying to get covered – people locked up behind bars.

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The Week In Review
3:59 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

SPD Reversal, Rideshare Regulations, And State Education Funding

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Seattle Mayor Ed Murray sets things straight after a reversal of police misconduct cases kicked up some dust.

State lawmakers reach a compromise over whether student test scores should factor in teacher evaluations, and the City Council regulates Seattle's ridesharing companies.

Steve Scher reviews these stories and more with Crosscut’s Knute Berger, Eli Sanders of The Stranger, news analyst Joni Balter and Livewire's Luke Burbank.

Homelessness
2:45 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Research: One In 34 Students Homeless In Washington

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David Hyde talks with Katara Jordan, attorney with the Children and Youth Project of Columbia Legal Services, about a recent report from the state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. The report claimed there are more than 30,000 homeless students in the Washington state.

Civil Liberties
2:44 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

ACLU's Ben Wizner On How Snowden Leaks Changed Privacy

Ben Wizner is the director of the ACLU Speech, Privacy and Technology Project.
AP Photo/Bruce Smith

David Hyde talks with Ben Wizner, director of American Civil Liberties Union's Speech, Privacy And Technology Project, about former NSA contractor, Edward Snowden, and how Snowden's leaks have changed privacy in the United States.

Campus Safety
8:35 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Idaho Colleges Ask Lawmakers To Consider Fiscal Side Of Guns On Campus

Administrators at North Idaho College, a community college in Coeur d’Alene, have joined other state colleges and universities in opposing a proposal to allow guns on campus.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 6:32 am

State colleges and universities across Idaho are appealing to state lawmakers' fiscally conservative side in an attempt to sideline a proposal to allow guns on campuses.

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Gary Locke
7:51 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Chinese Paper Calls Outgoing U.S. Envoy 'Yellow-Skinned, White-Hearted Banana Man'

The Chinese media may not like him, but Gary Locke, the outgoing U.S. ambassador to China, was praised by ordinary Chinese.
Kin Cheung AP

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 9:05 am

Gary Locke may have won over ordinary Chinese with his conduct in the country, but not everyone was impressed with the first Chinese-American to serve as the U.S. envoy to China.

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Transportation
3:53 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

New App Helps Seattle Taxis Compete With Rideshare Services

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Ross Reynolds talks with Steve Humphreys, CEO of Flywheel, about how the company's new smartphone app allows users in the Seattle area to arrange, track and pay for taxi rides.

Law Enforcement
1:50 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Washington State Patrol Faces Lawsuit Over Promotion Of Military Vets

Flickr Photo/Al Pavangkanan (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with Tom Pillow, president of the Washington State Patrol Troopers Association, about a lawsuit filed by state troopers against the Washington State Patrol. The lawsuit claims the agency is breaking the law when military veterans are up for promotions.

Commentary
10:36 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Balter: Seattle Mayor's Honeymoon Is Ebbing

Western Washington U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan, left, looks on as Seattle Mayor Ed Murray addresses a news conference on police reforms in Seattle, Feb. 4, 2014
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

Ed Murray is two months into his new term as Seattle's mayor. Seattle Times news analyst Joni Balter says Murray was off to a strong start, but events in the past week mean "the hotel has slid the bill under the door, the honeymoon is winding down."

Hidden Racial Appeals
9:31 am
Thu February 27, 2014

‘Dog Whistle Politics’ With Ian Haney López

Ian Haney Lopez's book "Dog Whistle Politics."

Dog whistle politics means using language that appeals to one group of people but may have coded meanings to another. For example, one reason Ronald Reagan did so well with white voters was because he told stories of the “welfare queen” – a woman with “eighty names, thirty addresses, [and] twelve Social Security cards [who] is collecting veteran’s benefits on four non-existing deceased husbands. She’s got Medicaid, getting food stamps, and she is collecting welfare under each of her names. Her tax-free cash income is over $150,000.”

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Financial Aid
8:44 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Washington Governor Signs The Real Hope Act

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, center, poses for a photo with a group of students, after he signed into law a measure that expands state financial aid to students living illegally in the country, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Washington is now the fourth state in the nation to give college students who are in the country illegally access to state-funded financial aid.

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Government
8:38 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Washington Legislature On Collision Course Over Tax Breaks

Cacophony Wikimedia

Originally published on Wed February 26, 2014 3:01 pm

The final two weeks of the Washington legislature may come down to a battle over tax breaks.

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Wineries
8:35 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Northwest Wine Industry Matures With Appellation Milestones

The Walla Walla appellation will mark their 30 year anniversary in March.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed February 26, 2014 5:03 pm

Many of the distinct wine grape growing regions in the Northwest are celebrating 30 years since the federal government recognized them as appellations -- or distinct growing areas.

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Diplomacy
8:30 am
Thu February 27, 2014

British Diplomat Weighs In On Ukraine, Russia And Syria

The U.K. supports stability and democracy in Ukraine, says British Foreign Secretary William Hague, who visited NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C., Wednesday.
Jim Tuttle NPR

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 9:08 am

The complicated situation in Ukraine is headed toward an important moment, as a vote on an interim government has been scheduled for Thursday. But tensions are running high in the region, with Russia ordering military exercises along its border.

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