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Elections 2013
12:57 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Socialist Candidate Sawant Keeps Conlin On Defensive

Seattle City Council candidates Richard Conlin and Kshama Sawant.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

In coming weeks, Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin will be working hard to secure votes, as he faces a serious challenger: Socialist Kshama Sawant, a Mumbai-educated economics professor who has focused on the $15 minimum wage, which Conlin doesn’t support.

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Spending Bill Vote
12:08 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Pressure Mounts On Congressional Republicans

The federal government is still in a partial shutdown. On Thursday, President Obama met with lawmakers from either side, but no agreement was reached. As pressure mounts, some House Republicans have said they will vote for a clean spending bill, no strings attached. Washington's Representative Dave Reichert is one of them. Steve Scher talks with Andrea Seabrook of DecodeDC.

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Nuclear Waste
9:18 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Radioactive Hanford Sludge Ages as Feds To Miss More Deadlines

A tank farm at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation
US Department of Energy

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 11:56 am

Washington officials say they’re disappointed but not surprised by news that the federal government likely will miss several more cleanup deadlines at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. 

At Hanford, radioactive sludge stews in aging underground tanks not far from the Columbia River. A 1989 agreement created the timeline for treating that caustic gunk. But the task has proven extremely difficult: A waste treatment plant has been plagued by whistleblowers, critical federal investigations, cost overruns and delays.

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Canada
5:38 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Huh? Canadians Surprised They're Spying On Brazil

Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer speaks with The Record's Marcie Sillman about whether Canadians are paying attention to the partial government shutdown in the US, Canadian spies snooping around in Brazil and the country's national anthem, which has been accused of being sexist.

Elections 2013
4:12 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Candidates O'Brien and Shen Debate Affordable Housing

Seattle City Council candidates Albert Shen and Mike O'Brien at KUOW studios.
Flickr Photo/Bond Huberman

In a city of like-minded politicians it can be tough to tell the policy differences between candidates running for office. But incumbent city councilman Mike O’Brien and challenger Albert Shen have strong disagreements, including how to build more affordable housing.

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NIH Closure
2:37 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Cancer Patient's Hope For Treatment Thwarted By Shutdown

Flickr Photo/Nicki Dugan

Sharon Beatty of Everett was diagnosed with stage four melanoma in June. The prognosis isn’t good. She hasn’t responded well to chemotherapy, and her family was pinning its hopes on a vaccine trial at the Clinical Research Center of the National Institutes of Health.

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Port Commission Election
11:00 am
Wed October 9, 2013

The Port Of Seattle: Why You Should Care

Fisherman Pete Knutson at Seattle's Fisherman's Terminal
KUOW Photo/Marcie Sillman

Seattle's international reputation has been burnished by the city's thriving technology industries, by the hip independent music scene, and even by the ubiquity of Starbucks. But 100 years before latte vendors squatted on every city corner, Seattle was a thriving maritime hub. It still is.

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Elections 2013
8:27 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Wash. Governor Undecided On GMO Initiative

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 2:09 pm

It’s the hottest issue on Washington’s fall ballot: an initiative to require labeling of genetically engineered foods. But Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, says he hasn’t decided how he’ll vote on Initiative 522.

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American Central Bank
4:10 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Obama Will Tap Janet Yellen As Fed Chairwoman

Federal Reserve Vice Chair Janet Yellen speaks at an international monetary conference in Shanghai on June 3, 2013.
Peter Parks AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 4:53 pm

The White House says President Obama intends to nominate Federal Reserve Vice Chairwoman Janet Yellen to chair the Federal Reserve, once Ben Bernanke completes his term in January.

If confirmed, Yellen, 67, would be the first woman to head the American central bank.

Obama is scheduled to make the announcement at 3 p.m. ET. Wednesday.

The Wall Street Journal reports:

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Food Safety
10:59 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Contaminated Foster Farms Chicken Infects 278 People

The salmonella bacteria that infected 278 people has been traced back to Foster Farms plants in California.
Flickr Photo/Rocky Mountain Laboratories, NIAID, NIH

The US Department of Agriculture reported on Tuesday that 278 people have been infected with salmonella following an outbreak likely originating from three Foster Farms plants in California.

Most of those people are from California, according to a statement, although the outbreak has reached 18 states. Fifteen are from Washington state.

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10:09 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Afghanistan's Hamid Karzai Says NATO Caused Great Suffering

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President Hamid Karzai has criticized NATO for failing to bring stability to Afghanistan in over a decade there. He is also in no hurry to sign a security agreement with the US, stating, "If the agreement doesn't suit us then of course they can leave. The agreement has to suit Afghanistan's interests and purposes."
President Hamid Karzai has criticised Nato for failing to bring stability to Afghanistan in over a decade there. "On the security front the entire Nato exercise was one that caused Afghanistan a lot of suffering, a lot of loss of life, and no gains because the country is not secure," he said.
Public Safety Debate
5:00 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Olympia Wages Food Fight, Bans Group From Feeding Homeless

Olympia resident Ben Charles, of Crazy Faith Outreach, has been serving food to the homeless in an Olympia parking lot for nearly three years. Now the city has banned the group, citing public safety concerns.

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Preview Of 2013-2014 Term
10:37 am
Mon October 7, 2013

The Supreme Court's Upcoming Term: The End Of O'Conner's Legacy?

The Supreme Court of the United States.
Flickr Photo/Mark Fischer

Today the Supreme Court opens its doors for the 2013-14 term and it's promising to be an eventful one. Campaign contributions, abortion rights, affirmative action and public prayer are just a few of the extraordinary cases slated to make the court's agenda. They are also issues that defined former justice Sandra Day O'Conner's time on the court. Slate writer Dahlia Lithwick said this term could mark "the final demise of the O'Conner legacy." Steve Scher talks with Lithwick about the court's upcoming term.

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Immigrant Rights
10:01 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Central Washington Pastors Rally for Immigration Reform

Matt Martin Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon October 7, 2013 8:11 am

Immigration activists in the Northwest are pushing for Congress to get beyond the government shutdown fight and return to the issue of undocumented workers. Immigrant rights groups rallied in Yakima, Wash., on Saturday as part of a national protest.

Flags were waving as caravans of people pulled into Yakima to rally in front of the office of Republican Rep. Doc Hastings.

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Homelessness
3:54 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

A Battle Is Brewing In Olympia Over Feeding The Homeless

Ben Charles and the Crazy Faith Outreach group have been  feeding homeless people in a parking lot in Olympia every Thursday evening. But now city official want them to shut it down. Ross Reynolds talks to Tom Hill, Olympia’s building official.

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