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Seattle officials say the city’s 24 marijuana delivery businesses are illegal and now outnumber its 19 licensed stores. To combat the problem, Seattle officials are pledging a crackdown as well as a new legal delivery option.

'Week in Review' panel Knute Berger, Rob McKenna, classy Bill Radke and Lesley Hazleton.
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Tent camps, car camps – is Seattle solving homelessness or attracting it? Do you trust Seattle’s Catholic Church anymore? And, in our forward-thinking frontier town, how much should you observe the rules of etiquette? Bill Radke chews the news (with mouth closed) together with author Lesley Hazleton, Crosscut's Knute Berger and former attorney general Rob McKenna.

An effort to abolish the death penalty in Washington state this year seems to be losing steam.

Washington’s Department of Fish and Wildlife will formally acknowledge Friday that it violated the constitutional rights of two brothers who commercially fished the Columbia River.

Hundreds Rally In Portland, Eugene, Bend To Oust Malheur Occupiers

Jan 21, 2016

Oregonians across the state braved a soggy afternoon Tuesday to protest the ongoing occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

The message for armed occupiers was clear: “Get out! Get out! Get out!”

In Portland, protesters were old and young, native and immigrant, urbanites and those who drove in from Harney County.

PacifiCorp is now trying to reach a quick deal with federal and state regulators to remove four aged dams on the Klamath River.

The aggressive action by the big western utility follows the failure of Congress over the last four years to pass sweeping legislation aimed at ending the water wars in the Klamath Basin that straddles the states of Oregon and California.

Washington state lawmakers are considering a bill that paves the way for a partial closure of the Colstrip coal-fired power plant in Montana.

In the face of mounting environmental regulations, Puget Sound Energy wants to develop a plan to close two of Colstrip's four coal units – a move that could reduce the amount of coal-produced electricity used by Washington consumers.

The Washington utility is one of six owners of the overall plant, but co-owns units 1 and 2 with just one other company, Talen Energy.

The Washington Supreme Court will likely decide the fate of a voter-approved tax-limiting measure. A judge in King County ruled Thursday that Initiative 1366, approved in November, is unconstitutional.

The union-backed group that's seeking to increase taxes on some of Oregon's largest corporations is ramping up its signature collection efforts this weekend.

Terry, Suzette and their dog Lulu live in a van in Ballard. They store their belongings in an SUV, and they tow a boat.
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Terry lives with his ex-wife and their dog in a minivan parked on a residential street in North Ballard. 

The Record: Thursday, Jan. 21, Full Show

Jan 21, 2016
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A Ballard social club isn't ready to sell a parcel of land to a Ballard health club. But what happens when health club members become the social club members? Unethical or not? We'll tell you the story.

Also, should you be able to rent out your place on Airbnb even if that means one less house for a local renter?

And King County might create three new passenger ferry routes. Are we going back to our future of water transportation?

Listen to the full show above, or check out the individual stories:

Bill Radke speaks with Seattle City Councilmember Tim Burgess about plans to regulate online short-term rentals in the city of Seattle.

Former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw, who was found guilty of raping and sexually assaulting multiple women while on his beat, was sentenced to 263 years in prison.

Holtzclaw's sentencing Thursday was temporarily delayed, after his attorney requested a new trial. Holtzclaw claimed there was evidence that hadn't been presented at trial.

The judge rejected the request, and sentenced Holtzclaw to 263 years in prison, to be served consecutively. That's the maximum sentence, and the one which had been recommended by a jury last month.

The Obama administration is implementing changes — voted into law by Congress late last year — that tighten the visa waiver program, specifically targeting Iran, Iraq, Sudan and Syria. But the administration is reserving the right to make exceptions on a case-by-case basis.

Kevin Schiller had no idea what hit him.

With 21 years on the job, the building engineer for Macy's department stores had been in and out of every nook and cranny of many of the retail giant's Texas stores, including the storage room in the Macy's in Denton, Texas.

One minute, the stocky, 6-foot-2 Schiller was searching there for a floor drain. The next, he was sprawled on the floor, stunned, confused and bleeding slightly.

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