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American Soldier Network
8:59 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Celebrities Don Bracelets In Support Of Northwest POW

Former Beatle Paul McCartney and American Soldier Network founder Annie Nelson wear Bowe Bergdahl bracelets at a dress rehearsal for the Grammy Awards.
American Soldier Network

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 8:05 am

U.S. diplomats are reportedly renewing their efforts to arrange a prisoner swap for a Northwest soldier who's been in Taliban captivity nearly five years.

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Military
8:46 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Proposed Prisoner Swap Offers Hope To Idaho Family Of POW

Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey, Idaho.
U.S. Army

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 8:02 am

The Idaho family of captured U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl is welcoming an effort to get their son home through a prisoner swap.

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EarthFix Reports
8:38 am
Wed February 19, 2014

How Northwest's Natural Resource Policy-Making Could Change

The Northwest is in for a shakeup when it comes to natural resources policy. That's because the region is losing Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep. Doc Hastings, two key chairman of congressional committees that set policy on forests, rivers, mining and energy.

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 2:36 pm

The natural resource arena is losing two influential policymakers from the Northwest.

Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., recently announced he would not seek reelection after representing central Washington for 20 years. Hastings has served on the House Committee on Natural Resources since 1995 and as its chair since 2011.

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Open Enrollment Period
8:23 am
Wed February 19, 2014

How Do You Get A Young Adult To Buy Health Insurance?

Healthplanfinder's new series of ads features fictitious rap duo IV and D-Fibb.
Credit Courtesy of Washington Healthplanfinder

Washington Healthplanfinder has rolled out a new series of snappy ads aimed at getting young adults to sign up for health care. To date, the enrollment participation for this group is still just above 20 percent.

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School Transportation
7:56 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Seattle School Bus Drivers Authorize Strike Over Health Care Coverage

Flickr Photo/Chris Blakeley (CC-BY-NC-ND)

School bus drivers in Seattle said they’re close to striking after talks broke down with their employer, First Student, a Seattle School District contractor.

More than 27,000 students depend on the yellow buses to get to school.

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Truce Declared
4:43 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Negotiations In Ukraine Under Close Scrutiny After Bloodshed

Riot police officers stand in Kiev's Independence Square on Wednesday as smoke rises from protesters' burning barricades.
Alexey Furman EPA/Landov

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 8:13 pm

  • On 'Morning Edition': David Stern of the BBC speaks from Kiev
This post was updated at 10:15 p.m. ET

The U.S. and the European Union are closely watching Ukraine amid news that the government was starting negotiations with opposition leaders to end the violence, which has left more than two dozen people dead since Tuesday.

A statement on the Ukrainian presidential website said:

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Politics
3:13 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Is The Tea Party Over?

Is it the beginning of the end for the tea party movement?
Flickr Photo/Rob Chandanais (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with political scientist Raymond Smith about his argument that the tea party — like all fringe parties in the United States — is coming to an end.

Lucha Libre
2:11 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Mexican-Style Wrestlers Fight For Less Regulations

El Fénix speaks at a Latino press conference in October.
Courtesy of Amanda Ovena

David Hyde speaks with El Fénix, a local lucha libre wrestler, about a bill in Olympia that seeks to lessen safety and security regulations on the Mexican-style wrestling.

Legalizing Rideshare
11:41 am
Tue February 18, 2014

City Council And Business Continue To Clash On Rideshare Regulation

Taxi service, rideshare companies, and the Seattle City Council are embroiled in a fight over how to regulate rideshare in the city.
Flickr Photo/~C4Chaos (CC-BY-NC-ND)

The ongoing debate about how to regulate ridesharing in Seattle seems to be coming down to a fight over numbers. The Seattle City Council is considering capping the number of licensed rideshare drivers but is getting pushback from the companies who thus far have been operating in Seattle illegally.

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Violent Protests
11:12 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Anti-Government Protests In Ukraine Turn Deadly

Smoke from exploding fireworks and fires billows into the night sky as Ukrainians gather at Independence Square during continuing protests in Kiev on Tuesday.
Igor Kovalenko EPA/Landov

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 9:01 pm

This post was updated at 8:52 p.m. ET

Riot police stormed the main anti-government camp in central Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, on Tuesday. They fought with demonstrators armed with clubs and wearing helmets fought back. More than a dozen people were killed, including five policemen, according to AP and the BBC.

Opposition leaders met late in the day with President Viktor Yanukovych, but left without an agreement.

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Marijuana Legalization
8:38 am
Tue February 18, 2014

State Regulator: Pot Banking Guidance Should Solve 'Bags Of Money' Issue

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 2:32 pm

Marijuana businesses in Washington may soon be able to open a bank account. 

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Government
8:34 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Washington Senate Moves To Ban Indoor Tanning For Minors

The Washington Senate passed a bill that would restrict minors from using tanning salons.
Alexandra Kocik Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 2:31 pm

The Washington Senate passed a bill this week that’s had a tough time in recent years -- even just reaching the floor for a vote.

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Income Inequality
8:31 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Why Are Democrats Suddenly Talking About Minimum Wage?

Talk of raising the minimum wage has been spreading in Washington's Capitol building.
Colin Fogarty

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 7:40 am

We’re hearing a lot these days about raising the minimum wage.

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Downtown Parking
8:12 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Seattle Testing Replacements For Aging, Frustrating Parking Meters

Seattle's green parking meters are aging and need replacement, according to the city.
Flickr Photo/sea turtle (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Paul Freed lives in downtown Seattle and currently uses the city’s app to pay for parking with his phone – even when he’s standing right in front of the meter. “It's way more convenient,” Freed said. “You don’t need to fumble around for your credit card in the rain.”

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Mental Health
2:54 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Public Defender Pushes Back On Involuntary Committment Bill

Flickr Photo/Micheal J (CC BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Mike DeFelice, supervising attorney for civil commitments at the King County Public Defender's office, about a proposed bill that would give people more say over the involuntary commitment of a mentally ill family member.

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