government

Immigration Holds
2:53 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Certain Hold Requests By Immigration Enforcement May Soon Be Denied In King County

KUOW reporter Liz Jones.

David Hyde speaks with KUOW reporter Liz Jones about the King County Council’s vote to limit immigration hold requests by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.

Troops Withdrawal
1:21 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Afghanistan: Should We Stay Or Should We Go?

Flickr Photo/The National Guard

Marcie Sillman talks with Michael Kugelman, Afghanistan expert at the Wilson Center, about the consequences of staying in Afghanistan and the risks of leaving for US troops and politics.

Immigration Enforcement
12:03 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

King County Council Passes Bill To Deny Some Immigration Hold Requests

In a split 5-4 vote, the King County Council narrowly approved a measure Monday that’s at odds with federal immigration authorities. The legislation targets so-called immigration holds on people booked into county jail.

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Fraud Investigation
6:34 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Auditor: Property Management Employee Diverted $50K from Snohomish County

An employee of a contractor hired by Snohomish County diverted more than $50,000 from the county’s Housing Authority, the state auditor has determined.

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Seattle Mayor Turnover
3:51 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Ed Murray's Uphill Battle

Seattle mayor-elect Ed Murray (left).
KUOW Photo/Carlos Nieto

David Hyde talks with Crosscut's David Brewster about the challenges mayor-elect Ed Murray will face as he enters office.

Parks and Recreation
3:44 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Not Enough Green For Washington State Parks

Flickr Photo/Flickstorage

Marcie Sillman talks with Everett Herald columnist Jerry Cornfield about a new warning over the financial future of Washington's 100-year-old State Parks system.

December Session
3:00 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Congress Is Back With A 'To-Do-Nothing List'

AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

Marcie Sillman talks with Jim McTague, Washington D.C. editor at Barron's, about the December Congressional session and what he calls a "to-do-nothing list."

Media Relations
2:36 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Press Decries New Limits On Exposure To Obama

In this archive shot, photographers take pictures over the White House fence when Coolidge died.
Credit Flickr Photo/Boston Public Library

David Hyde talks with Kenny Irby of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies about a confrontation between national media and the White House over a policy that shuts photographers out of some presidential events.

Elections 2013
5:22 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

As $15 Minimum Wage Passes In SeaTac, Labor Looks To Seattle

Credit Flickr Photo/Alan Turkus

Three weeks after Election Day, supporters of a measure to increase the minimum hourly wage to $15 in SeaTac celebrated their victory. With the last batch of votes counted, King County declared the proposition had passed with more than 1 percent of the vote.

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Minimum Wage
4:03 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

SeaTac Minimum Wage Earners: The Exception Or The Rule?

Signage in SeaTac aiport points towards shopping and food areas: lightning rods in the minimum wage debate.
Flickr Photo/Transtator

Steve Scher asks Quoctrung Bui of NPR's Planet Money how SeaTac's (impending) $15 minimum wage fits in among national minimum wage trends.

Reducing Gun Violence
5:36 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Health Officials Take A Shot At Gun Safety With Discounted Safes

An example of a safe displayed at a recent press conference to promote a new discount program to improve gun safety.
KUOW Photo/Ruby de Luna

In the quest to improve gun safety, public health officials are borrowing a practice that’s common in car sales — talking up safety features. Now when people shop for guns, they’ll be encouraged to exercise safety and buy a lockbox as well.

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Seattle Mayor
3:32 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Hires and Fires: Ed Murray's Transition To City Hall

Mayor-elect Ed Murray.
Flickr Photo/Matt Westervelt

David Hyde checks in with Publicola news editor Erica Barnett to hear which city department heads will make the cut when Mayor-elect Ed Murray takes office.

Maritime Industry
3:31 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Playing Nice: The Longstanding Rivalry Between The Ports Of Seattle And Tacoma

The Port of Seattle with Mt. Rainier in the background.
Credit Flickr Photo/phixional_ninja

Steve Scher talks with Steve Dunphy from Crosscut about how the Seattle and Tacoma ports could advance the maritime industry if they would just set aside their decade-long rivalry.

Meat Retail
2:54 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Where’s The Beef From? Starting Saturday, Meat Labels Will Have To Tell You

Meat labeling in the US will roll about more specific information about origin including where meat was born, raised and slaughtered.
Flickr Photo/Robert Couse-Baker

Meat-eating grocery shoppers will see something new starting this Saturday: A label that includes the location of where the meat they’re buying was born, raised and slaughtered.

It has been a bumpy road to implementation since a law was passed in the US regarding meat labeling in 2002. Supporters of origin labeling include consumer groups who pushed a “right to know” argument and some farmers who argued that labeling would increase the demand for American meat.

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Guns
7:25 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Signatures Submitted For Dueling Gun Measures In Washington

Alan Gottlieb of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms poses with boxes of petitions for Initiative 591, a gun rights initiative.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu November 21, 2013 4:41 pm

Washington voters can expect a pair of dueling gun-related measures on next fall’s ballot.

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