government

Industrial Disaster
8:37 pm
Sun July 6, 2014

Four Years After Deadly Blast, Tesoro Mostly Unscathed

Charred towers and machinery at the Tesoro Corp. refinery in Anacortes, Washington, following the blast.
Credit AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

It was the state’s worst industrial accident in nearly 50 years.

On a chilly April night in 2010, a giant fireball lit up the sky above Anacortes, Washington. A southeast wind pushed a plume of black smoke toward the heart of this seaside town an hour north of Seattle.

Read more
Online Privacy
6:07 am
Sun July 6, 2014

Report: Most NSA-Intercepted Data From 'Ordinary Internet Users'

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 3:50 pm

A Washington Post analysis of data provided by Edward Snowden has revealed that nine out of 10 communications intercepted by the National Security Agency were from ordinary Internet users, not legally targeted foreigners. But the examination also showed that officials gleaned valuable intelligence from the wide net the agency cast.

Read more
City Politics
3:21 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Mayor Murray On SDOT, City Light Money, And Gun Violence

Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray about Seattle City Light CEO Jorge Carrasco's salary increase, the newly appointed head of SDOT, and recent officer-involved shootings. Then he, parses the politics with Q13 FOX News political analyst, C.R. Douglas.

California Standoff
7:34 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Migrants Buses Turn Back In Face Of Protesters

Homeland Security buses that carried migrants sit at a facility near the border with Mexico Tuesday, July 1, 2014, in San Diego. (Gregory Bull/AP)

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 11:26 am

Homeland Security buses carrying migrant children and families were rerouted Tuesday to a facility in San Diego after American flag-waving protesters blocked the group from reaching a suburban processing center.

The standoff in Murrieta came after Mayor Alan Long urged residents to complain to elected officials about the plan to transfer the Central American migrants to California to ease overcrowding of facilities along the Texas-Mexico border. Many protesters held U.S. flags, while others held signs reading “stop illegal immigration,” and “illegals out!”

Read more
Job Shift
7:32 am
Thu July 3, 2014

How Every U.S. State Has Fared Since The Recession, In 1 Graph

Quoctrung Bui/NPR

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 7:35 am

This spring, the U.S. finally gained back all the jobs that were lost during the recession. In other words, the number of jobs in the country is now higher than it was back in January 2008, at the beginning of the recession.

But the jobs are different — and they're in different places. In a handful of states, there are lots more jobs than there used to be. But in many others, there are still far fewer jobs than there were before the recession.

Read more
Congress
3:20 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Wash. Congressman Jim McDermott Talks Supreme Court, Immigration Reform, And More

Marcie Sillman talks with U.S. Congressman Jim McDermott about the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decisions, President Obama's executive action on immigration policy, and a variety of other issues.

Immigration
4:17 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

How Obama's Action On Immigration Reform Could Affect WA

Marcie Sillman talks with KUOW reporter Liz Jones about how President Obama's executive action on immigration policy could affect Washington state.

Law
3:38 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

The Private Industry Side Of Criminal Justice

Marcie Sillman talks with Sarah Stillman, journalist at the New Yorker, about the private companies supplying services in our criminal justice system.

SCOTUS
3:37 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

How Supreme Court Decisions Affect Washington State

Marcie Sillman talks to Marcia Coyle the chief Washington correspondent for the National Law Journal about the Supreme Court's decision on a few recent important cases.

Then, Jim Mischel, co-founder and co-owner of Everett based Electric Mirror, responds to the Supreme Court's 5-4 vote on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores. His company filed an amicus brief with Hobby Lobby. We also hear from Christine Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest.

And Jackson Holtz, spokesperson for SEIU Local 775, gives his view about the Harris v. Quinn decision on union dues.

Capital Punishment
1:59 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Small But Steady Downward Trend In U.S. Executions

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 10:32 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Here's a little-noticed fact about the death penalty. We've heard a big debate about how to execute people - lethal injection, electric chair, firing squad. That debate obscures a little-noticed fact - the number of people executed by any method is way down in the United States in recent years. NPR justice correspondent Carrie Johnson has been covering this story. She's in our studios. Hi, Carrie.

CARRIE JOHNSON, BYLINE: Hi, Steve.

INSKEEP: How far down?

Read more
Illegal Migrant Children
1:59 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Obama To Request $2 Billion To Deal With Border Issue

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 10:32 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Read more
Retail Pot
2:51 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Looking Into The (Near) Future Of Washington Marijuana Stores

Marcie Sillman talks with Colorado Public Radio's Ben Markus about the pros and cons of Colorado's legal marijuana stores, and what that could mean for Washington's soon-to-be-open pot shops.

Week In Review
12:25 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

U.S. Loss Becomes A Win, Domestic Partnership Becomes Marriage, Pot Packaging Becomes An Emergency

Seattle soccer fans watch a World Cup match in Nord Alley.
Flickr Photot/Sounder Bruce (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Seattle City Light hired an online reputation management firm and now the utility would like its money, and its repuation, back. The State Liquor Control board filed emergency marijuana rules. And why does Seattle love soccer, a sport where losing can end happily?

KUOW's Bill Radke kicks those stories and more around with Joni Balter, Knute Berger and Eli Sanders.

Recess Appointments
7:49 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Yakima Labor Dispute Led To Presidential Powers Ruling

File photo of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 7:29 pm

A noteworthy decision by the U.S. Supreme Court Thursday about presidential powers stemmed from a labor dispute in Yakima, Washington. The court's ruling narrowed the president's power to make recess appointments when the Senate is not in session.

Read more
Recreational Marijuana
7:49 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Oregon Marijuana Campaigners Turn In Petitions

Chief petitioner Anthony Johnson prepares boxes of signatures to submit to the Oregon Secretary of State's office in Salem.

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 5:10 pm

Oregon could soon follow Washington and Colorado in legalizing recreational marijuana.

Read more

Pages