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Legislature
4:35 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Seattle Sends A New Face To Olympia – Brady Walkinshaw, 29

Brady Walkinshaw, newly appointed representative from Washington's 43rd Legislative District, at his home on Seattle's Capitol Hill
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

When Brady Walkinshaw was a young child growing up in rural Whatcom County, his parents noticed he had a particular affinity for politics.

By the age of 4 or 5, “I have vivid memories of him organizing books on the floor [about] states and trying to figure out where the capitals were,” his father Charlie said.

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Rise In Violence
4:31 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

What Is Causing The Conflict In Iraq's Anbar Province?

Areas of the Anbar Province in Iraq have seen a recent surge in violence.
Flickr Photo/James Gordon

Marcie Sillman discusses the rise of violence in Iraq with Dan Murphy, Middle East correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor.

Washington Legislature
3:35 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Will State Lawmakers Pass A Big Transportation Package In 2014?

Transportation is a top priority for the Washington State Legislature in this next session.
Flickr Photo/Lee Le Fever

Marcie Sillman talks with KUOW's Austin Jenkins about the latest news from Olympia, where Washington's legislative session starts Monday.

Ask The Mayor
3:34 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray On Police Reform, Minimum Wage, And The Seahawks

Newly inaugurated Seattle Mayor Ed Murray.
Flickr Photo/Joe Szilagyi

Marcie Sillman sits down with new Seattle's Mayor Ed Murray to talk about a range of issues currently facing the city.

Thailand Protests
2:01 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Thai Anti-Government Protesters Occupy Bangkok

Thousands of protesters against Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra filled the streets of Bangkok.
Flickr Photo/Kitty Chirapongse

Ross Reynolds speaks with ​Thai political blogger and foreign correspondent Saksith Saiyasombut about the anti-government protests shutting down Bangkok streets, and what it means for the future of democracy in Thailand.

Technology
9:15 am
Mon January 13, 2014

App By WSU Team Lets Cops Know When They're Tired

Criminal justice professor Bryan Vila wears an actigraph, a movement-monitoring device. The BeSharp app uses data from the device to determine alertness.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon January 13, 2014 9:00 am

Could the same kind of self-tracking technology that's become popular among smartphone users also help police officers stay safer on the job?

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State Senate Shakeup
9:15 am
Mon January 13, 2014

2014 Elections Will Loom Over Washington Legislative Session

Art Boruck with Boruck Printing and Screening in Seattle has been making political signs for more than 40 years.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon January 13, 2014 9:15 am

Washington lawmakers convene Monday for what could prove to be the most partisan session in a decade.

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Gun Control
8:56 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Oregon Lawmakers Could Reconsider Background Checks For Gun Purchases

Augustas Didzgalvis Wikimedia

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 4:59 pm

Oregon lawmakers are gearing up for another fight over background checks for gun purchases.

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Transportation
8:56 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Oregon's Treasurer Casts Doubt On I-5 Bridge Tolling Plan

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

Originally published on Fri January 10, 2014 3:36 pm

Oregon's state treasurer says he won't approve bonds for a new I-5 bridge across the Columbia River without a guarantee: that Oregon can collect tolls from Washington drivers.

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Immigration
7:57 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Why Immigrant Deportations Dropped 30 Percent In Northwest

Thirty-three women staged a sit-in at the state’s Republican Party headquarters in Bellevue on Nov. 7, 2013. The protesters called on their representatives to take action on immigration reform.
Credit KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Deportations of unauthorized immigrants in Washington and Oregon dropped 32 percent from 2012 to 2013, according to data from the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. Yet, people on both sides of the immigration debate find the numbers troubling.

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Grassroots Campaign
4:20 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

15 Now: Kshama Sawant's New Minimum Wage Campaign

Socialist City Councilmember Kshama Sawant jokes with City Councilmember Bruce Harrell at her first City Council meeting.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Ross Reynolds checks in with City Council member and Socialist Kshama Sawant on her newest effort to bring a $15 minimum wage to Seattle.

Bridge Scandal
3:16 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

The History Of Revenge Politics

George Washington Bridge, which connects New York with Fort Lee.
Flickr Photo/Wally Gobetz

David Hyde gets some historical perspective on revenge politics from Kenneth C. Davis, historian and author of "Don't Know Much About History," in light of the New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's recent traffic scandal.

Education
3:05 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

State Sen. Litzow Says Legislature Unlikely To Act On Education Spending This Session

A hallway in Washington's capitol building.
Flickr Photo/clappstar (CC BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde talks with the chair of Washington's Senate Education Committee, Senator Steve Litzow, about how the legislature will respond to the state supreme court's warning that education spending is not increasing fast enough.

Week In Review
12:30 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Murray And Sawant Take Office, SPD Shakeup, And 520 Bridge Over Budget

Newly inaugurated Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

The eyes of the nation descended on Seattle city hall this week as Mayor Ed Murray and City Councilmember Kshama Sawant took office. In one of his first acts, the mayor named Harry Bailey Seattle's new interim police chief. Also, the Washington State Department of Transportation announced the 520 bridge project will need a lot more money to get completed.

We review these stories and more with news analyst Joni Balter, The Stranger's Eli Sanders and Crosscut's Knute Berger. Plus, we hear from Live Wire host Luke Burbank.

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Clean Rigs
12:12 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Immigrant Investors Could Finance Green Trucks For Green Cards

Paul Jerry Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri January 10, 2014 7:46 am

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has approved an unusual way for prospective immigrants to earn a U.S. green card and permanent residency.

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