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Diplomatic Crisis
6:11 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Ukraine Crisis: Russia Endorses Call For Protesters To Disarm

Armed men wearing military fatigues gathered on armored personnel carriers Wednesday in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slovyansk, where they and other pro-Russia gunmen took control of some key locations.
Genya Savilov AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 18, 2014 6:04 am

This post was updated with a new top at 4:10 p.m. ET.

Diplomats from the U.S., Ukraine, Russia and the European Union emerged Thursday from a meeting that wasn't expected to accomplish much saying they had made progress toward resolving the crisis in Ukraine.

"We worked hard and we worked in good faith in order to narrow our real differences," Secretary of State John Kerry said following the meeting in Geneva. He and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced that the four parties at the negotiating table agreed:

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News From Canada
4:13 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Pipeline Politics, Worker Safety, And Equal Rights Lawsuit

Credit Flickr Photo/Alex Indigo (CC BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Les Leyne of the Victoria Times Colonist about the town of Kitimat speaking up against the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline and restoring public trust in workplace safety.

Leyne also talks about a lawsuit filed in the British Columbia Supreme Court on equal rights against religious freedom at a private evangelical university.

Unemployment
3:52 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Washington State Jobs Picture Shows Slow Growth

Sign on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce building, Washington, D.C., January 1, 2012.
Credit Flickr Photo/Victoria Pickering

The latest figures show the unemployment rate in Washington state is holding steady at 6.3 percent. The Employment Security Department said the state added an estimated 6,700 jobs in March. The biggest job gains last month were seen in professional and business services.

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Background Checks
3:20 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Two Perspectives On The Gun Safety Debate

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David Hyde speaks with Christian Sinderman of Washington state's initiative to implement background checks for gun sales. Dan Baum, author of "Gun Guys: A Road Trip," also talks about strategies for better gun safety.

Military Award
1:22 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Former Bonney Lake Man To Receive Medal Of Honor

Staff Sgt. Conrad Begaye awards Spc. Kyle White the Combat Infantryman Badge during a ceremony in Nuristan province, Afghanistan, Nov. 6, 2007. The CIB is awarded to Infantry or Special Forces Soldiers who actively engage in ground combat with the enemy.
Credit Courtesy of Sgt. Kyle White

The White House announced President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor to a former Bonney Lake man on May 13, 2014.

The Medal of Honor is awarded to service members who distinguish themselves by gallantry above and beyond the call of duty.

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Teacher Award
1:19 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Tacoma Teacher Wins Milken Educator Award

Ecstatic students swarmed Nathan Gibbs-Bowling seconds after he heard Senator Patty Murray announce that he is the 2013–14 Milken Educator Award winner for the state of Washington.
Credit Courtesy of Milken Family Foundation

A high school social studies teacher in Tacoma was caught off guard when he received a national award for his exceptional work in the classroom.

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Logging And Landslides
9:03 am
Wed April 16, 2014

DNR Head Defends Taking Timber Money Despite Vow

Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark thanks one of the volunteers at the Great Gravel Pack-In at the Capitol State Forest, March 29, 2014.
Credit Flickr Photo/Diana Lofflin, DNR (CC BY-NC-ND)

It's not unusual for elected officials to cozy up to people with money. Yet Washington Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark's relationship with the timber industry he regulates has changed dramatically since the two-term Democrat first ran for the office six years ago.

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Oso Disaster
8:05 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Flags Lowered Across Washington To Honor Landslide Victims

Flags fly at half mast in front of Washington State Capitol.
Credit Northwest News Network Photo/Tom Banse

Flags are flying at half mast across Washington state this afternoon to honor victims of last month's deadly landslide.

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Ukrainian Conflict
4:02 am
Wed April 16, 2014

In Ukraine: Reports Of Soldiers Switching To Pro-Russia Side

Men sit on an armored personnel carrier in Slovyansk, Ukraine, on Wednesday. A Russian flag flies from it. When some Ukrainian forces approached the city, locals say, they were persuaded to hand over their vehicles to pro-Russia protesters.
Gleb Garanich Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 11:49 am

  • On 'Morning Edition': NPR's Ari Shapiro reports from Kramatorsk, Ukraine

Confusion continues to reign in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russia gunmen remain in control of many government offices even as the Ukrainian military sends in troops, tanks and armed aircraft in an attempt to dislodge them.

According to NPR's Ari Shapiro, who is in eastern Ukraine, locals who are pushing to separate from the central government and join the Russian Federation claim that at least some Ukrainian troops are refusing to move against them.

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Government Transparency
3:44 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Washington Ethics Board To Consider Crackdown On Lobbyist-Paid Meals

Richard Hodgin of Seattle testified in favor of stricter free meal rules for Washington state lawmakers.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 3:26 pm

By next January, Washington lawmakers should have clearer guidance on when it’s OK to accept free meals from lobbyists.

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Emergency Outage
4:15 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Washington Commission Investigates 911 Outage

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The State Utilities and Transportation Commission has opened an investigation into last Thursday’s 911 emergency line outage.

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Police Reform
3:06 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Former Cop On SPD Reform: 'A Huge Insult To The Officers'

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Marcie Sillman talks with retired Seattle police officer Steve Pomper about why he thinks the federally mandated reforms to the Seattle Police Department are unnecessary.

Income Inequality
3:01 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

The Political Chess Game Of The $15 Minimum Wage

Fast-food workers and minimum wage advocates marched from SeaTac to Seattle in December as part of a national demonstration for a $15 minimum wage.
Credit KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

Ross Reynolds talks with 15 Now Campaign Manager Jess Spear about its proposed Seattle city charter amendment to change the minimum wage to $15.

Then, Marcie Sillman checks in with political analyst C.R. Douglas of Q13 Fox News about the politics behind the $15 minimum wage movement and what we can expect looking forward.

Seattle 2035
11:43 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Applying The Urban Center Focus In The University District

University District in Seattle.
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Ross Reynolds speaks with Margaret O'Mara, history professor at the University of Washington, about how Seattle's urban center focus might affect the University District. The urban center focus is one of three planning alternatives being considered for Seattle 2035 as the city prepares for population growth over the next 20 years.

Mudslide Debris
8:48 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Highway 530 Will Take Months To Clear

WSDOT officials have been working to clear state Route 530 since the devastating mudslide in March.
Flickr Photo/WSDOT (CC-BY-NC-ND)

The Washington State Department of Transportation says it could take up to three months to clear debris from the mile-long stretch of State Route 530 covered by the Oso mudslide.

The task at hand is massive. WSDOT says it needs to move 100,000 cubic yards of material before the road can reopen.

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