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Government
8:46 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Oregon Lawmakers Try To Resurrect Columbia River Crossing Plan

File photo of the Interstate bridge between Portland, Ore., and Vancouver, Wash.
Cacophony Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 9:55 am

Oregon lawmakers heard testimony Wednesday on the latest version of a plan to fund a new I-5 bridge across the Columbia River.

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Government
8:00 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Ten-Term Congressman Doc Hastings Announces Retirement

Rep. Doc Hastings (R - Wash.) annouced his retirement from the U.S. Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 5:54 pm

After two decades as south central Washington’s congressman, Republican Doc Hastings announced Thursday that he is retiring at the end of the year.

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Public Issues
6:00 am
Fri February 14, 2014

To Combat Urination And Littering, Olympia Bans High-Alcohol Sales In Downtown Core

Flickr Photo/Steve Snodgrass (CC-BY-NC-ND)

At $1.39, less than the price of a pack of gum, you can get up to four servings of alcohol at a store selling high alcohol beverages. Starting Saturday, though, that store will have to be located outside of downtown Olympia.

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Capital Punishment
3:08 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Murder Victim's Sister 'Thrilled' For Death Penalty Moratorium

Flickr Photo/Dar (CC BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman speaks with Karil Klingbeil, whose sister was murdered in 1981, about why she's pleased with the Governor Jay Inslee's suspension of the death penalty. Candy Hemmig was killed by Mitchell Rupe, whose appeals process was so lengthy that he died in prison of natural causes in 2006.

Minimum Wage
3:07 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Income Inequality Advisory Committee Working On Minimum Wage Proposal

Fast food workers and minimum wage advocates marched from SeaTac to Seattle as part of a national demonstration for a $15 minimum wage on December 5, 2013.
KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

Ross Reynolds talks with Howard Wright, co-chair of Seattle Mayor Ed Murray's Income Inequality Advisory Committee, about the status of its proposal to the mayor.

Environment
2:45 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Hood Canal Oil Spill: 'No Evidence Of Harm To Wildlife, Environment'

Flickr Photo/EcologyWA (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Lisa Copeland, communications manager for the Washington State Department of Ecology, about the cleanup efforts of the 2,000 gallons of oil that spilled in Hood Canal on Monday.

Police Reform
2:35 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

SPD's New Approach For Treating People With Mental Illnessnes And Drug Addiction

Flickr Photo/Brittney Bollay

Marcie Sillman talks with Bill Hobson, executive director of the Downtown Emergency Service Center, about the Seattle Police Department's new policy for dealing with people who have mental illnesses or drug and alcohol issues. Hobson is also a member of Seattle's Community Police Commission.

Tacoma City Council
2:14 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Tacoma Council Member Returns With New Perspective From Marine Training

Tacoma City Councilmember Anders Ibsen.

Anders Ibsen is back in his seat on the Tacoma City Council after returning early from officer training in the Marine Corps Reserves.  

Ibsen, 27, was originally expected to be gone until November of this year but said that he was determined medically unfit to continue training. In an interview with KUOW, Ibsen described the grueling training regimen where the “tempo and intensity never ends.”

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Transportation
1:17 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Legalizing Rideshare: Seattle Council Wrestles With How To Regulate The New Marketplace

A Lyft driver identifies his or her car with a distinctive mustache.
Flickr Photo/Spiros Vathis

Rideshare companies have been flourishing in Seattle – illegally. On Friday, the City Council will consider a new plan to finally regulate taxi-alternatives like Lyft, Sidecar and UberX.

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Utility Rates
9:34 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Seattle City Light Customers: Brace For Higher Bills This Year

Flickr Photo/Seattle Municipal Archives

Customers of Seattle City Light are likely to see an increase in their bills later this year.

The utility is facing lower than expected revenues, and that could mean an automatic 3 percent surcharge for customers.

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EarthFix Reports
9:17 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Navy Says Failed Pump Led To Oily Wastewater Spill In Puget Sound

The view from an airplane window of the sheen on Hood Canal in Puget Sound following Monday's Naval Base Kitsap Bangor.
Washington Department of Ecology

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 2:08 pm

The Navy is blaming a failed pump for its spill of nearly 2,000 gallons of oily wastewater into Puget Sound.

Tom Danaher, spokesman for Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, said the Navy was using a pumping system on one of its piers to remove oily bilge water from a ship late Monday.

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Antitrust Concerns
3:45 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Will Comcast Get Federal OK To Buy Time Warner?

Gene J. Puskar AP

Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 7:44 am

(We put a new top on this story at 9:25 a.m. ET and added an update at 10:15 a.m. ET.)

As NPR's David Folkenflik pointed out earlier today, Comcast's proposed $45 billion purchase of fellow cable company Time Warner will receive some scrutiny from federal officials. Here's some more about that part of the story:

Politico writes that:

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Public Utilities
4:50 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Biweekly Trash Pickup: Are The Savings Worth The Stink?

The City of Seattle would save about $6.5 million by switching to the biweekly pickup schedule.
Flickr Photo/Jeff Youngstrom

Ross Reynolds talks with Suzie Burke, member of Seattle Public Utilities' Citizen Advisory Committee, about the proposal to move toward biweekly trash pickup.

Capital Punishment
3:03 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Death Penalty History In Washington

Flickr Photo/Scott*

Marcie Sillman talks with Tim Ford, lawyer and former president of Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, about how Washington state has used the death penalty in the past.

Tribal Law
2:46 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Pilot Program Helps Domestic Violence Victims On Tulalip Reservation

Flickr Photo/SalFalko (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Tulalip Tribe Chairman Mel Sheldon about a federal pilot program that will allow the Tulalip Tribe to prosecute non-tribal members who are accused of domestic violence on the reservation.

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