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Mayor Ed Murray has released new proposals to combat homelessness in Seattle.
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Marcie Sillman talks to Seattle Mayor Ed Murray about his new recommendations to help the homeless population in Seattle and King County.

Ross Reynolds talks with Meg Wiehie, state policy director for the Institute on Taxation and Economic policy, about their yearly ranking of regressive tax systems. Reynolds also speaks with Paul Guppy, vice president of research for the Washington Policy Center, who gives another take on the ranking.

The ferry pulls in to Friday Harbor, the only incorporated city in San Juan County, Wash. Veterans will often travel the hour-long ferry ride to reach VA services here.
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NPR — along with seven public radio stations around the country — is chronicling the lives of America's troops where they live. We're calling the project "Back at Base." This story is part of a three-part series about veteran benefits (Part 1 / Part 2).

For veterans in San Juan County, getting health care from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs almost always begins with an hour-long ferry ride.

When you think about major uses of energy in the U.S., transportation and power plants come to mind. And then there are buildings — which account for 20 percent of total energy consumption in the United States.

Much of that energy is pure waste: heat escapes from poorly insulated walls and lights remain on when no one is around.

Energy efficiency is one of the few issues with wide bipartisan support in both the public and the private sector.

Hemp advocates have launched a renewed bid to make hemp farming lawful in Washington state.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee said the state is at a crossroads and it’s time to reinvest.

Marcie Sillman talks to Hugh Spitzer, University of Washington law professor, about the constitutionality of the Senate Republicans' rule change for bringing new taxes to a vote on the full Senate floor.

Republicans control the Washington Senate. But Monday’s start of the 2015 session featured a Democratic insurgency.

Idaho's governor vowed in his state of the state address Monday to continue the legal fight against gay marriage.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee wants a new capital gains tax to help fund schools and other priorities. But Republicans in the state Senate voted Monday to make it harder to get a tax proposal like that through the legislature.

Marcie Sillman talks to Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes about the City Council's consideration of changing the name of the crime "patronizing a prostitute" to "sexual exploitation."

Also, Dr. Melinda Chateauvert, author of "Sex Workers Unite: A History Of The Movement From Stonewall to SlutWalk," explains why she believes the use of the term "sexual exploitation" to describe the crime is wrong. 

Governor Jay Inslee.
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Marcie Sillman talks with KUOW's Olympia corespondent Austin Jenkins about the politics around the carbon tax and other issues facing the state legislature this session. 

Washington state capitol
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Ross Reynolds talks with Mark Schoesler, the new Republican state Senate Majority Leader, about his background, the issues he cares about and his governing philosophy. 

A transport vehicle carries the new front end of the bearing block for Bertha. First though, the machine has to be dug out from beneath Pioneer Square.
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They were not reassuring words.

Engineers hired to rescue Bertha, the deep boring machine stalled under downtown Seattle, wrote to state officials: “If we continue the current ‘repair as we go’ method of excavation, we significantly increase the risk of a catastrophic failure.”

Washington State Legislature in Olympia.
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State lawmakers begin a high-stakes legislative session today with big decisions to make on how to pay for roads, transit and schools. Bill Radke finds out what to watch for on day one from KUOW's Olympia correspondent, Austin Jenkins.

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