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Education
1:58 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Political Rivals Find Common Ground Over Common Core

Silver Lake Elementary School in Middletown, Del., has begun implementing the national Common Core State Standards for academics. The GOP largely backs the standards that are rolling out in 45 states, but Tea Party conservatives have been critical — and liberals increasingly have the same complaints.
Steve Ruark AP

Originally published on Tue January 28, 2014 9:25 am

Supporters of the new Common Core education standards adopted by 45 states say the standards hold American students to much higher expectations, and move curriculum away from a bubble-test culture that encourages test preparation over deeper learning.

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Income Inequality
4:03 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Will Raising The Minimum Wage Rescue The Economy?

Jim McTague of Barron's says raising the minimum wage won't solve unemployment and poverty.
Flickr Photo/Tax Credits (CC BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde talks with Jim McTague, of financial magazine Barron's, about income inequality and why  he says raising the minimum wage is a "crowd-pleaser" solution.

Environment
3:59 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

The Politics Of Microhousing In Seattle

Microhousing offers affordable housing for residents in Seattle, but not without downsides.
Seattle Department of Planning and Development

David Hyde spoke with Publicola's Erica C. Barnett about microhousing, the debate over a possible Seattle City Light surcharge, and other issues facing the city.

Labor
1:33 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

After The Machinists Vote, Labor Seeks New Directions

Seattle's Labor Temple, with its distinctive neon sign
Flickr Photo/Curtis Cronn (CC-BY-NC-ND)

The idea of coming together in common cause is woven into Washington’s social fabric, especially into its union history. But labor has suffered reversals before, and it suffered a large one on Jan. 3, when the Machinists union voted by a narrow margin to abandon the Boeing pension plan. At stake was a key production line.

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Marijuana Retail
10:44 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Banks Remain Cautious, Washington Pot Entrepreneurs Turn To Cash, Bitcoin

Marijuana business owners say they frequently lose their bank accounts or operate entirely with cash.
Flickr Photo/401(K) 2012

Attorney General Eric Holder recently said that legal marijuana businesses need access to bank accounts as a public safety issue. Bankers and pot entrepreneurs hailed those comments as an important step. But they said it will take a change in federal law to make banks truly open their doors.

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Firearms
9:59 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Online Gun Exchange To Launch On Eve Of Washington Gun Hearings

File photo. An online firearms marketplace opens for business in Washington on Monday.
M Glasgow Flickr

Originally published on Mon January 27, 2014 10:50 am

Starting Monday, Washington gun owners will have a new place to sell their firearms. That’s when a website called Washington Gun Exchange plans to launch.

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Texting While Driving
9:39 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Washington Lawmakers Want To Crack Down On Distracted Driving, Again

Jason Weaver Flickr

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 4:03 pm

In Washington and Oregon, if you want to talk on your phone while driving, you’re required to use a hands-free device. But now a Washington state lawmaker wants to go further.

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EarthFix Reports
9:32 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Wyden, Merkley Take Railroads To Task Over Oil Train Safety

U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley discussed concerns about oil train safety with dozens of public officials and railroad executives Friday.
Tony Schick

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 4:32 pm

U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley asked railroad company executives Friday to address mounting concerns about oil train safety in Oregon.

Following several oil train derailments and related emergencies in the past six months, the senators gathered in Portland with public officials officials and rail industry representatives.

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Radioactive Waste
9:18 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Washington State Slaps Fine For Mishandled Waste At Hanford

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 3:20 pm

Over the last several years, Hanford Nuclear Reservation managers have mishandled barrels and boxes of hazardous and radioactive waste in the central part of the site.

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Alaskan Way Viaduct
5:32 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Still No Answers For Stuck Bertha

Washington Department of Transportation's Matt Preedy points out the new roadway that will lead into the tunnel.
KUOW Photo/Patricia Murphy

So far, crews trying to determine what’s stalling the State Route 99 tunnel machine have found a hard object more than three feet wide lodged in it.

They’ve also found metal and plastic piping. But what exactly is causing the stoppage is still unknown.

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Week In Review
1:11 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Richard Sherman Post-NFC Interview, Bertha's Troubles, And Changes At Eastside Catholic School

In Seattle, the Seahawks and Richard Sherman have ruled the headlines in the last week.
Flickr Photo/Mark Samia

A post-NFC championship game interview with Richard Sherman causes controversy. Is Seattle the "bad guy" in the Super Bowl narrative? Plus, Bertha stays stuck, and the Eastside Catholic School president steps down.

We review these stories and more with news analyst Joni Balter, Crosscut's Knute Berger and The Stranger's Eli Sanders. Plus, we hear from Live Wire host Luke Burbank.

Hanford Nuclear Reservation
9:22 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Hundreds Of Expected Layoffs At Hanford Canceled

File photo of a crew working on a waste tank at Hanford in 2010.
U.S. Department of Energy

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 5:23 pm

About 300 people will keep their jobs at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington.

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Politics
9:08 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Washington House Democrats Propose $12 Minimum Wage

File photo of the House Chamber at the Washington state Capitol in Olympia
Cacophony

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 4:33 pm

Washington’s minimum wage would rise to $12 per hour by 2017 under a proposal from Democrats in the state House.

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Economy
9:04 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Unemployment Rate In Washington Lowest In More Than 5 Years

The unemployment rate in Washington state has fallen to the lowest level in five years.

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 2:58 pm

New numbers for December from the Washington state employment department peg the current jobless rate at 6.6 percent. The last time it was lower was in November 2008.

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Marijuana Legalization
7:46 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Hempfest Backlash: Seattle Police Spokesman Subject Of Discrimination Complaint

The SPD Doritos giveaway at last year's Hempfest was a viral hit, but it is now the subject of a complaint.
NPR Photo/Martin Kaste

The Seattle Police Department made national headlines when officers gave away bags of Doritos at last year’s Hempfest. But some police officers were not supportive of the department’s lighthearted approach to marijuana users.

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