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Guns are allowed in the Washington state Capitol, but state law makes it illegal to carry a firearm in a manner designed to intimidate.

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Marcie Sillman talks to Seattle Mayor Ed Murray about the Highway 99 tunnel project and the city's plan to study the safety of the viaduct.

Seattle Police officers in the old uniform (left) and newly redesigned uniform (right).
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The Seattle Police Department is rolling out new looks for its shield, uniforms and police cars. Gone are the “light blue bubble” cars and “theme park” uniforms as the department ushers in a darker, sleeker style.

Cal McAllister, founder of local advertising agency The Wexley School for Girls, told KUOW’s Marcie Sillman on The Record that in a lot of ways it’s an improvement. The uniform retains a confident blue color, but is less busy and decorative.

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson
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Ross Reynolds talks with Washington state's Attorney General Bob Ferguson about his proposal to crack down on "patent trolls."

Federal workers with a pressing need can take an advance of up to six weeks of sick leave under a new policy unveiled by President Obama on Thursday. The White House is urging Congress to make paid sick leave mandatory in the U.S.

The president signed a memorandum today instructing federal agencies to advance up to six weeks of paid sick leave to workers who need the time to care for a new child, a family member or for similar uses.

A popular gift now for Chinese New Year is a box of red apples from Washington. But Northwest shippers say a labor dispute at West Coast ports is jeopardizing that lucrative overseas market.

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.

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