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Gov. Jay Inslee signs a bill expanding the College Bound program. Behind him, middle schoolers from Mill Creek Middle School in Kent. At far left is Sen. David Frockt, who wrote the bill.
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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill into law Tuesday that expands the College Bound Scholarship program. The program places students from low-income families onto a college prep track as they're wrapping up middle school, and it helps pay their college tuition when they graduate from high school.

The Oregon Senate approved a measure Monday that would ban sales of e-cigarettes to minors as well as ban the use of e-cigarettes in the same places where traditional cigarettes are prohibited.

Prom season means many high school students will be dancing on their way to prom aboard party buses.

At least there's a beautiful sunset to look at when you're stuck in Seattle traffic.
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Traffic is getting worse in Seattle. Our rising population is driving it. And even with a multibillion-dollar transportation package, it's not expected to improve.

Which is why we plug our ears when we hear someone like Gil Penalosa, a former parks commissioner from Colombia, say, “I think congestion is good.”

Seattle City Hall.
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Marcie Sillman speaks with Seattle journalist and The C is For Crank blogger Erica C. Barnett about a recent report on gender pay equity for City of Seattle employees.

Socialist Kshama Sawant and campaign staff at King County Elections office Monday. She submitted more than 3,000 signatures to qualify for the ballot in her re-election bid for Seattle City Council
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

In Seattle, Democratic Party activists have held enormous sway over the outcome of local elections.

But now, as campaign season begins, a non-Democrat is causing a rift in one corner of the party.

The trial date for Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley was moved Monday from June to January 2016.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed a bill Monday that will require criminal background checks for anyone who buys a gun from a private party.

blind justice law court
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Marcie Sillman speaks with Paula Littlewood, executive director of the Washington State Bar Association, about a unique Washington program designed to provide more affordable access to legal advice.

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So here’s a math problem for you. What do you do if you run a low-margin, labor-intensive business and your labor costs are about to go up 60 percent?

Washington state capitol flag Olympia legislature
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Ross Reynolds talks with KUOW Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about lawmakers' progress to a budget deal. 

Pharmacy prescription
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Marcie Sillman talks with University of Washington pharmacy professor Don Downing about a new law that changes how pharmacists will operate in Washington state and why he worked for 15 years to get it passed.

There's a process in place now for Indian tribes and the state of Washington to jointly regulate marijuana should any tribes choose to legalize and sell it.

A Superior Court judge in Pierce County has ruled that a recall effort against indicted state auditor Troy Kelley cannot go forward.

A group of kayakers rafted together work to pull up a protest sign as they practice for an upcoming demonstration against Arctic oil drilling, in Elliott Bay on April 16, 2015.
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There was plenty of protests this week: Seattle's May Day riots, a fight to keep an Arctic oil rig out of Elliott Bay, teacher walk-outs over education funding and an uproar over a Seattle Seahawks player accused of domestic violence. 

Bill Radke debates this week’s symbols and substance with Todd Myers of the Washington Policy Center, Crosscut’s Knute Berger, and 'The C is For Crank' blogger Erica C. Barnett.

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