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Elections 2013
5:39 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Kitsap Senate Race Brings In $2M, Breaks State Record

Republican Jan Angel and Democrat Nathan Schlicher are vying for a state senate seat in a race that has brought in a record $2.1 million.
Credit Photo courtesy of Jan Angel and Nathan Schlicher

A California billionaire has pumped $400,000 into the race for a single seat in the Washington state senate. Out-of-state businesses and political groups have poured tens of thousands into the election as well.

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Iraq War
2:22 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

UW Study Sheds New Light On Iraq War Death Toll

Flickr Photo/The U.S. Army

Between 2003 and 2011, 461,000 people were killed as a result of the Iraq War according to a new study from four universities, including the University of Washington.

The estimate includes deaths that resulted directly from violence, as well as non-violent deaths that were war-related. The study does not include death totals for US soldiers.

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Economy
1:13 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

The Cost Of The Partial Government Shutdown

The shutdown cost the economy $24 billion according to research from Standard and Poor’s . Other analysts peg it at a few billion higher or lower. But what is certain is that the shutdown had a major economic impact, curtailing  annual growth in the fourth quarter to 2.4 percent , down from 3 percent , according to S&P.

The shutdown is over, for now. The agreement passed by the Congress and signed by the President keeps the government open until January 15. The debt ceiling has been raised through February 7. Jon Talton writes a column on business and the economy for the Seattle Times, he explains what we have gained and lost from the partial government shutdown.

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Food Fight
8:02 am
Thu October 17, 2013

State Sues Group Fighting GMO Labeling: 'You Must Disclose' Your Donors

As voters in Washington state prepare to vote on whether to require labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms, the state’s attorney general sued an industry group for violating campaign finance laws.

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Getting Back To Work
5:46 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Mountains Of Work Await Furloughed Workers

Federal employees in Washington state and across the US who have been furloughed since Oct. 1 would return to work soon if Congress signs off on a budget deal. The Washington Post reports that employees should return to work the day after the partial government shutdown ends.

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News From Canada
4:40 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

US Shutdown Reaction, Munro's Nobel Prize, And Flying Squirrels

How are Canadians viewing the political battle that's led to the partial shutdown of the US government? "A little like the WWF," said Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer.

He talks with Ross Reynolds about how the shutdown is going over with our biggest trading partner, plus writer Alice Munro's Nobel Prize win and a border issue between American and Canadian flying squirrels.

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Bipartisan Agreement
4:16 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Sen. Patty Murray On The Plan To End The Shutdown

Senator Patty Murray.
Flickr Photo/WSDOT

Today, with mere hours left before the US' borrowing authority expires, the Senate released a plan that will fund the government through Jan. 15 and lift the debt limit through Feb. 7. House Speaker John Boehner has said the House will not block the Senate's deal.

It is expected to pass in both chambers, with the House voting second.. A few hours after the Senate formally introduced their plan, Ross Reynolds talked with Washington Senator Patty Murray.

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Federal Shutdown
3:51 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Senate Leaders Reach Deal On Re-Opening Federal Government

World War II veterans visit the World War II Memorial in Washington despite barriers erected after the shutdown.
AP Photo/Susan Walsh

The partial government shutdown is now in its 16th day, but it appears to coming to an end. Senate leaders have reached a bipartisan agreement to re-open the government and temporarily raise the debt ceiling.

The deal calls for the government to be funded through January 15, and to raise the debt ceiling until February 7. Jennifer Steinhauer is a reporter for The New York Times. She speaks with Ross Reynolds about the new developments.

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Shutdown
5:44 am
Wed October 16, 2013

When Will The Government Run Out Of Money?

Quoctrung Bui

Originally published on Wed October 16, 2013 9:19 am

In the course of any given month, the government collects billions of dollars in taxes, spends billions more, and borrows money to cover the difference between what it collects and what it spends.

If Congress doesn't raise the debt ceiling soon, the government won't be able to borrow money to cover the difference anymore and won't be able to pay all of its bills.

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News
4:35 am
Wed October 16, 2013

As It Happened: The Fight Over The Debt Ceiling, Shutdown

Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., walks to the Senate floor after agreeing to the framework of a deal to avoid default and reopen the government, on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Wed October 16, 2013 7:23 pm

Update at 10:18 p.m.: House Approves Bill:

The crisis is over. With about two hours before the country reached the debt ceiling, the House has approved the bill and it is now it's way to the White House. We've posted separately on that development and we are putting this live blog to bed.

Our Original Post Continues:

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Federal Shutdown
6:48 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Air Traffic Controllers Getting Reduced Pay Due To Shutdown

Air-traffic control tower at Sea-Tac airport.
Credit Flickr Photo/Tom Collines

For federal employees, Tuesday is payday. But because of the partial government shutdown thousands of federal employees are getting a reduced paycheck.

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Shutdown Proposals
11:18 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Rep. McDermott Compares House To Mental Institution

Flickr Photo/SEIU Health Care 775NW

There are more than whispers of a deal to end the shutdown today. Both the Senate and the House are working on proposals. Whether or not they will pass, however, is another question. Marcie Sillman talks with Representative Jim McDermott, D-Wash., about the politics inside Congress.

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Military
9:35 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Student Vets Worry About Tuition Payments Amid Shutdown

University of Washington ROTC's Veterans Day 2012 ceremony.
Courtesy of HUMV/Sarah Koopai

For Tom Jenkins, a senior at the University of Washington and a veteran of the Air Force, the partial government shutdown has caused double stress: He has been furloughed from his part-time job as a reservist, and he may not receive veteran’s benefits.

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Elections 2013
8:01 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Dueling Liberals: Bellevue Council Likely To Shift Left

Bellevue City Council candidates Vandana Slatter and Lynne Robinson.
KUOW Photo/Amy Radil, Lynne Robinson's Facebook page.

During the fight over light rail, Bellevue was described as having a conservative majority on the city council. Those members challenged Sound Transit’s light rail route and Bellevue’s share of the cost.

But then long-time incumbent Don Davidson lost in the August primary, leaving two more liberal candidates in the runoff for his seat: Lynne Robinson and Vandana Slatter.

Although city council races are nonpartisan, both candidates sought the endorsement of the King County Democrats.

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News
7:52 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Murder Reveals 'Lord Of The Flies' Street Culture In Washington's Capital

22-year-old “James” from Tillamook, Oregon shows off his graffiti art in an Olympia alleyway.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon October 14, 2013 5:08 pm

Just a few blocks away from Washington’s Capitol campus in Olympia you can find a street culture where young adults and teenagers live by their own rules – sometimes with tragic consequences.

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