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2013 Mayor's Race
12:16 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Top Four Issues In The Seattle Mayor’s Race

KUOW/Kara McDermott

Tomorrow is primary day and candidates are drumming up as many last-minute votes as they can. Publicola’s Erica C. Barnett compares the candidates for mayor of Seattle.

Juror Discrimination
2:41 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

State Supreme Court Blasts Racism In Jury Selection

Washington state capitol in Olympia.
WSDOT Photo

The Supreme Court of Washington blasted a common trial court practice Thursday that results in black defendants being sent to prison by all-white juries.

The court says racial discrimination in jury selection is rampant.

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Homelessness
11:57 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Seattle's Nickelsville Residents Try To Find New Homes

The homeless encampment known as Nickelsville is set to close on September 1. The city voted down legislation to expand areas for similar homeless campsites. But the City Council has provided $500,000 to relocate Nickelsville residents into permanent shelters and emergency housing.

Mike Johnson is special projects director for Seattle's Union Gospel Mission and he's working on the resettlement of Nickelsville residents. He tells Ross Reynolds about how the move is going.

News And Analysis
10:00 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Your Take On The News

It's Friday: time to talk over the week's news with Seattle Times assistant political editor Joni Balter, Crosscut writer Knute Berger and Q13 Fox political analyst C.R. Douglas.

Primary election ballots are due on Tuesday. We'll tackle the very latest in the mayor's race as the candidates head towards the homestretch. Kirby Wilbur stepped down this week as chair of the Washington State Republican Party. Who's in line to take the job? What stories caught your attention? Share your thoughts by writing to Weekday.

Homelessness
12:26 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Homeless Encampments: A Necessary Evil?

Flickr Photo/Wendy Johnson

On Monday the Seattle City Council voted against legislation to expand homeless camp sites, like Nickelsville and Tent City. Reverend Sandy Brown was a founding member of the Committee to End Homelessness in King County. He explains to Ross Reynolds why tent encampments are not a solution, but still necessary.

Banking Standards
12:21 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Account Denied: Tough Standards Exclude Low-Income People From Banks

Most people need bank accounts. But these days a relatively minor mistake like a bounced check can get you banned from a bank for up to seven years. Ross Reynolds talks to Jerry DeGrieck, the senior policy adviser to Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, about how this is hurting low-income people who just need a way to cash their checks and keep money safe.

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Unemployment
8:27 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Nine Weeks Of Federal Unemployment Benefits Cut In Washington

Flickr Photo/photologue_np

People on unemployment in this state stand to lose nine weeks of federal support starting in August as the federal government trims support to states with higher employment.

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National Intelligence Leaks
5:45 am
Thu August 1, 2013

U.S. 'Extremely Disappointed' At Russia's Asylum For Snowden

NSA leaker Edward Snowden has been granted temporary asylum in Russia. He left Moscow's airport Thursday for the first time in more than a month.
Tatyana Lokshina AP

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 12:21 pm

This post was last updated at 2 p.m. ET

The White House says it is "extremely disappointed" in Russia's decision to grant a temporary one-year asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

Snowden left Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport on Thursday after spending more than a month holed up in its transit center. Anatoly Kucherena, a Russian lawyer who has been advising the former U.S. intelligence contractor, told Russian media that Snowden's whereabouts are being kept secret for security reasons.

The Obama administration's displeasure was clear:

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National Security Agency
9:35 am
Wed July 31, 2013

U.S. Declassifies Documents About Surveillance Programs

A new National Security Agency data center is set to open in Bluffdale, Utah, in the fall.
George Frey Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 12:01 pm

The National Security Agency declassified more documents that shed light on formerly secret programs that collect a vast amount of metadata on the phone calls made in the United States, as well as the electronic communication of foreigners.

In a statement, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said the release was "in the public interest."

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Amazing People
2:13 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

How A Blind Person Can "See" Using Echolocation

Bats use echolocation to "see." So does Brian Bushway.
Credit Flickr Photo/rogerwshaw

Brian Bushway is blind, but he says he can "see" just as well as anyone else using a technique called echolocation. Like a bat, he makes sounds with his mouth to locate and identify cars, bushes, walls and chain link fences. He can even ride a bicycle.

Full list of stories from KUOW Presents, July 30:

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Wrongful Conviction Legislation
12:34 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Exonerated Convict Is Ready To Test Washington’s New Law

Alan Northrop speaks with media members in May following the signing into law by Gov. Jay Inslee a measure that would allow people who have been wrongfully convicted to seek state compensation for the years they were imprisoned.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

A new law that took effect this week in Washington allows people wrongfully convicted of crimes to sue the state for damages. Alan Northrop will be one of the first to file a claim.

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Republican Chair Resigns
11:07 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Future Of Wash. State GOP After Kirby Wilbur

State Republican chairman Kirby Wilbur stands atop stairs in his home to explain the caucus process on March 3, 2012. Wilbur resigned Monday from his position in order to work for the Young America's Foundation.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

Kirby Wilbur, the head of the Washington state GOP, resigned on Monday and has left the party struggling to find a new leader. As chair he led the Republicans to take greater control of the state Legislature but lost key races for governor and attorney general.

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WikiLeaks Case
9:46 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Bradley Manning Not Guilty Of 'Aiding The Enemy'

Army Private Bradley Manning, center, leaves the courtroom at Fort Meade, Maryland, on Tuesday.
Jim Lo Scalzo EPA /Landov

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 3:47 pm

This post was last updated at 6:42 p.m. ET.

Bradley Manning, the former intelligence analyst who perpetrated the largest leak of classified information in U.S. history, has been acquitted of the most serious charge against him.

Col. Denise Lind, the military judge presiding over the case in Fort Meade, Md., found the Army private not guilty of aiding the enemy, when he released hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks. The charge carried a possible punishment of life in prison.

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2013 Elections
10:54 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Primary Election Time: How Are You Voting?

KUOW/Kara McDermott

Ballots are out for the August primary election. How are you voting? Seattle voters will decide on city council and school board positions, a parks levy, and which two candidates will face off in November’s mayoral race. Ballots are due back in the mail or an official ballot return box by August 6. Ross Reynolds talks to callers about what’s on the ballot and how they’ll be voting.

Representative Interview
11:27 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Dear Congressman McDermott, How's Work?

Representative Jim McDermott wins for best tie worn at the station this week.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Seattle Democrat Jim McDermott represents Washington’s 7th congressional district. He currently serves as a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee, which is responsible for writing tax law, and he’s the ranking member on the House Subcommittee on Health.  Jim McDermott is currently serving his 12th term in congress and he joins Ross Reynolds for an in-studio interview.

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