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International Trade
4:36 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

What The Trans-Pacific Partnership Could Mean For Washington

Ross Reynolds talks with Eric Shinfeld, president of the Washington Council on International Trade, about how he believes the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TTP) agreement will benefit Washington.

Meanwhile, Marcie Sillman speaks with Labor Representative Stan Sorscher at the Society for Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA) Stan Sorscher. He explains why he believes the TPP will hurt Washington.

Legalized Marijuana
4:34 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Reactions To Attorney General's Opinion On Pot Moratoriums

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson said the state law does not prevent local governments from regulating or banning marijuana businesses in their jurisdictions.
Flickr Photo/North Cascades National Park

Ross Reynolds talks with Alison Holcomb, ACLU's drug policy director, and Candice Bock, government relations advocate for the Association of Washington Cities, about state Attorney General Bob Ferguson's position on local governments' pot moratoriums. On Thursday, Ferguson said state law does not prevent local governments from regulating or banning marijuana businesses in their jurisdictions.

Transportation
4:31 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

King County Executive Constantine's Plan B For Metro

King County Executive Dow Constantine is calling for a plan B – an April 22nd vote by King County voters to raise the money to prevent cuts to King County Metro Transit.
Flickr Photo/Oran Viriyincy (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with King County Executive Dow Constantine about his plan to fund King County Metro Transit, separate from the state legislature's transportation package — a package that has yet to get off the ground.

Police Reform
3:33 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

New Rule Allows SPD Chief To Hire Top Staff From Outside Department

The new ordinance allows the police chief to hire top command staff from outside the department.
Flickr Photo/ME659! (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper about a new city policy that allows the police chief to hire top command staff from outside the department.

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Transportation
11:38 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Workers To Descend Into Blocked Bertha In A Pressurized Bubble

A Seattle Tunnel Partners crew works on one of the tanks holding soil conditioner being used to seal an underground air bubble.
Credit KUOW Photo/John Ryan

To get Bertha moving again, state officials announced Wednesday that they are sending in human reinforcements – in a giant, pressurized bubble.

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Transportation
10:25 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Balter: Transportation Package Not Likely This Year

Washington state legislators have said for a couple of years now that passing a transportation package is among their top priorities. But Joni Balter, a longtime Seattle news analyst, told KUOW’s Bill Radke that won’t likely happen this year.

Politics
4:04 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

The State Of Our State With Governor Inslee

Washington state Governor Jay Inslee.
Jay Inslee's Facebook page.

Ross Reynolds talks with Governor Jay Inslee about his priorities for the year. The governor also takes questions from our listeners.

Transportation
9:39 am
Wed January 15, 2014

King County Leaders: Raise Taxes To Pay For Buses, Roads

From left, King County Councilmembers Rod Dembowski, Larry Phillips, Jane Hague and Joe McDermott prepare for a press conference. The poster behind them lists targeted bus routes.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Political leaders in King County want voters to help stave off drastic cuts to Metro bus service.

On Tuesday, King County Executive Dow Constantine proposed raising car tab fees, sales taxes and bus fares. The money would pay for transit service and road maintenance.

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Radioactive Waste
9:05 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Hanford Contractor Fails To Check Radioactive Tanks For Months

Tobin Fricke Wikimedia

Originally published on Tue January 14, 2014 4:09 pm

For eight months, a federal contractor at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation failed to check some single-shell radioactive waste tanks for the buildup of hydrogen gas.

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Politics
9:01 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Washington Governor Calls For Higher Minimum Wage, Teacher COLAs

Members of the Washington legislature and guests in the gallery stand for the Washington State Patrol Honor Guard prior to Governor Jay Inslee’s State of the State address.
Taylor Winkel Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue January 14, 2014 4:30 pm

Washington Governor Jay Inslee introduced key policy proposals in his State of the State speech Tuesday. 

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Transportation
8:51 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Oregon Lawmakers Want More Answers On I-5 Bridge Plan

An artist's rendition of the proposed 1-5 bridge over the Columbia River.
Columbia River Crossing

Originally published on Tue January 14, 2014 5:30 pm

Oregon lawmakers say they want more answers before they'll agree to proceed with a plan to build a new I-5 bridge across the Columbia River.

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Health
4:29 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Washington State Democrats: Health Plans Should Include Abortion Coverage

Rep. Laurie Jinkins
Washington State Legislature

Marcie Sillman interviews Washington state Representative Laurie Jinkins (D-Tacoma) about the Reproductive Parity Act. 

Politics
4:18 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Washington Lawmaker Hopes To Make Lobbying More Transparent

Rep. Jim Moeller
Washington State Legislature

Ross Reynolds checks in with Washington state Representative Jim Moeller (D-Vancouver) about a proposed bill that would require lobbyists to electronically document all expenses spent on "wooing" state lawmakers in a searchable public database.

State Government
4:16 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

House Passes Washington DREAM Act, But Will The Senate Take It Up?

The Washington State Capitol in Olympia.
Flickr Photo/Alan Cordova

Ross Reynolds talks with Senator David Frockt (D-Seattle) as the Washington State DREAM Act heads to the State Senate. The House already approved the bill, less known as HB1817, on Monday.

Author Interview
3:09 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Joseph Cirincione On The Threat Of 'Nuclear Nightmares'

Author Joseph Cirincione in the KUOW studios.
KUOW Photo/Jeannie Yandel

Ross Reynolds talks with author Joseph Cirincione about his latest book “Nuclear Nightmares: Securing the World Before It Is Too Late.” 

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