government

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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The Week In Review
2:44 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

D.C. Shutdown, Health Exchange, And The Seattle Mayor's Race

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll talks to his players during the first quarter an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Sept. 29 in Houston.
Credit AP Photo/David J. Phillip

It’s Friday — time to talk over the week's news with Joni Balter of the Seattle Times, Crosscut's Knute Berger and Eli Sanders of The Stranger. 

A continuing political fight over the nation's new health care law leads to a partial shutdown of the federal government, the first in 17 years. Washington state's health care exchange gets off to a glitchy start online. We check in on the race for Seattle mayor with just over one month to go before the November 5 election. Plus, Live Wire host Luke Burbank seeks help coping with the strange discomfort of having two undefeated football teams in town.

Embezzlement Case
10:59 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Former Washington Democratic Operative Pleads Guilty To Theft

Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 3:25 pm

A former Democratic operative in Washington has admitted to embezzling campaign money. Michael Walter King pleaded guilty Thursday in King County Superior Court.

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10:29 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Declassification Engine: A Program That Analyzes What The Government Keeps Secret And Why

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At Columbia University in New York, a historian named Mathew Connelly is working with computer scientists and statisticians on a “declassification engine.” It’s a project that will not just archive millions of declassified government documents, but also mine them for hidden patterns that reveal what the US government chooses to keep secret and why. This story was featured in the pilot episode of the new public radio series focusing on investigative journalism called "Reveal."
Immigration Overhaul
9:16 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Introducing An Immigration Bill During Federal Shutdown Wrangling

Suzan DelBene.

While much of the nation’s attention has been on the government shutdown, yesterday House Democrats introduced an immigration bill. At the start of the year a bipartisan gang of eight senators unveiled an immigration overhaul. Washington state’s  first district Congress member Suzan DelBene is a co-sponsor of the comprehensive immigration legislation. She spoke with Ross Reynolds about the bill.

Government Shutdown
1:14 am
Thu October 3, 2013

National Parks Close As Other Public Lands Stay Open

The road to Lee's Ferry, Ariz., is blocked by barricades and national park rangers. Lee's Ferry is the launching point for river trips down the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park.
Scott Lee NPR

Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 9:53 am

From Acadia in Maine to Zion in Utah to the North Cascades in Washington, America's 401 national park areas have gates blocking entrance roads.

The last remaining campers and hotel guests in the parks must leave Thursday, and park rangers will patrol to keep others out.

The national parks "belong to the American people, and the American people should have the right to come in," says National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis. "But the only way I can protect these places during this period is to shut them down."

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Competition For Aerospace
6:13 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

More Than $1B In Tax Breaks For Boeing? Inslee Says It's Worth It

Boeing plane assembly line in Everett, Washington.
Courtesy/Boeing Company

Governor Jay Inslee said on Wednesday that he will propose to extend tax breaks to Boeing -- so long as the aerospace giant agrees to build the 777X in Washington.

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