Controversial Ads
2:16 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

The Conversation About Ads On The Bus Goes Round And Round

Most bus ads are pretty innocuous: advertising metro, plumbers or movies. But what about when groups want to pay for controversial ads?
Flickr Photo/Oran Viriyincy

Snohomish Community Transit has just rejected a bus advertisement from a gun control group, Washington Ceasefire.  That decision is based on a new policy that bans all advertising that creates  substantial controversy, including political speech. Ross Reynolds took up the conversation of advertising and free speech with an ACLU lawyer along with a representative for Snohomish Community Transit. 

Cuts to Unemployment Benefits
2:03 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Sequestration: The First Cut Isn't The Deepest

Even though you might not have heard much about it these past few weeks, the sequester is still chopping away at federal funds. This week Washington state emergency unemployment benefits are being cut by almost 25 percent. Ross Reynolds spoke with Johnny Dwyer, one of the 40,ooo people being affected by these drastic reductions to unemployment benefits, about how he is coping and what he hopes for. 

Grassroots Diplomacy
1:38 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

South Korean Group Building Bridges With The North

Spectators peek at North Korea from the South.
Credit Flickr photo/ Chasing Donguri

North Korea announced it would take China's advice and enter talks with the United States. But that doesn't seem likely because the United States says no talks can happen until North Korea takes steps to denuclearize. But North Korea insists on holding on to its nuclear weapons.

One group in Seoul, South Korea, isn't waiting around for the diplomats to work things out. This group's members hope to build bridges with the North now. They want ordinary people on either side of the border to meet up. Their aim: to break down stereotypes and build relationships between North and South Koreans from the grassroots up.

Full list of stories from KUOW Presents, May 23:

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Fairchild Air Base
10:31 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Fairchild Loses First Round In Competition For Tankers


Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 4:55 pm

People living near Fairchild Air Force Base say they’re not worried by news they won’t get a brand new fleet of Boeing-built Air Force refueling tankers. The Air Force made the announcement Wednesday following a process that pitted Spokane against other other communities around the country.

McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas got the nod to be the first to house the new KC-46A refueling tankers. That dismayed Washington Sen. Patty Murray, who said she would press top Pentagon officials for an explanation.

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Tribe Challenges Ancestries
5:28 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Nooksack Tribe Seeks To Cut 15 Percent Of Members

What’s considered the largest proposed disenrollment of tribal members in Washington state is still moving forward, following a tribal court’s ruling this week.  Leaders of the Nooksack Tribe near Bellingham aim to cut ties with 306 of its 2,000 members – that’s 15 percent of the tribe.

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Promises of Closing Gitmo
11:59 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Four Years And 123 Days Into Obama's Presidency, Guantanamo Still Open

On May 17, human rights activists seeking to close down Guantanamo Bay protested in front of the White House.
AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

President Obama will discuss his administration’s foreign policy practices tomorrow at the National Defense University. One purpose of the speech is to announce his plans for the Guantanamo Bay detention center, which he has promised to close several times. New York Times Washington Correspondent Charlie Savage talks with Ross Reynolds about what we can expect from the president tomorrow.

Undercover Law Enforcement
10:22 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Inslee Signs Law Allowing Fictitious Driver License Program To Continue

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 5:41 pm

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has signed a law that will allow the state’s fictitious driver license program to continue – but only for undercover law enforcement activities. At the bill signing Inslee backed away from a previous statement that he would apply a broad definition of the term “law enforcement.”

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Recognition Limbo
10:51 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Duwamish Fight For Federal Status Inches Forward

Totem pole on the Lummi reservation near Bellingham, Wash.
Liz Jones KUOW

Seattle’s native people, the Duwamish, will learn today about their next step in a decades-old legal battle.  The tribe has petitioned the US government for federal recognition, which would make the Duwamish eligible for certain benefits like health care, fishing rights and the chance to run a casino.

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11:27 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Controversial Changes May Be Coming To Zoned Parking In Seattle

Flickr Photo/litlnemo

  The Seattle City Council is considering a change to the city’s parking zone program. Currently, permits are only available to residents who live in certain areas. The changes would allow some employees who work in these areas – and are getting slapped with expensive tickets – to purchase permits as well. But some residents are opposed. 

Ross Reynolds talks with Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, who's backing the change.

11:28 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Olympia Update With Austin Jenkins

Flickr Photo/Harvey Barrison (CC BY-NC-ND)

Washington state’s proposed marijuana rules were released yesterday, and critics are already weighing in. Plus, Republican legislators are pushing for education reform. David Hyde gets all the details from Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins.

News And Analysis
10:00 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Your Take On The News: IRS, NBA And DUI

Flickr Photo/Tom Lohdan

The White House has received a lot of criticism this week over three issues that have gained national attention. A series of emails were released by the White House in relation to the Benghazi hearing. The IRS seems to have been targeting political leaning groups, in particular conservative ones, for audits. Journalists from the Associated Press had their phone records obtained by the government without their knowledge. How do these latest controversies effect the political climate in Washington D.C.?

Also, Washington Governor Jay Inslee has unveiled his top three budget priorities for the special session, the National Transportation Safety Board wants to lower the legal alcohol limit to 0.05, and 400 people showed up to a King County Council meeting this week to object to the potential cuts in bus service.

Finally, will this be the last time that Eli Sanders, C.R. Douglas and Knute Berger have to talk about the NBA, the Sacramento Kings and the Sonics on our panel?

Write to us at to tell us what news stories you have been following this week.

Seattle Mayor's Race
9:54 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Democratic Party Activists Weigh In On Seattle Mayor's Race

Members of the 46th District Democrats voting to endorse candidates for Seattle mayor
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Democratic activists in the city of Seattle last night began picking favorites in the Seattle mayoral election. Incumbent mayor Mike McGinn didn’t make their list.

The 46th District Democrats was the first local party organization to endorse in the race. The 46th Legislative District includes parts of north Seattle, Shoreline, and Kenmore.

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Arlene's Flowers
9:44 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Washington Florist Sues State, Says She "Will Not Wilt"

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 4:24 pm

There’s a new development in the case of a Richland, Wash. florist who refused to sell flowers for a same sex couple’s wedding. The business owner’s lawyers announced a counter suit Thursday saying the florist “will not wilt.”

The owner of Arlene’s Flowers argues there are plenty of other shops in the Tri-Cities that could cater to a gay or lesbian wedding. But lawyers for Barronelle Stutzman say she’s refusing that business because of her religious beliefs.

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Terrorism Charges
9:44 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Boise Man Arrested On Terrorism Charges

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 5:22 pm

Federal agents arrested a man in Idaho Thursday suspected of conspiring to support a terrorist organization in Central Asia. Thirty-year-old Fazliddin Kurbanov is from Uzbekistan and lives in Boise.

Two federal grand juries – one in Idaho and one in Utah – handed down a total of four terrorism-related charges against Kurbanov. Federal authorities say he attempted to help the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan with money and computer software between August 2012 and May 2013. The U.S. government designates that group as a foreign terrorist organization.

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NBA Rejects Bid For Kings
9:48 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Sonics Fans Upset, But Still Hopeful

Kiley Sullivan with the band Kore Ionz performing in Sonics gear. His hat shows the word “robbed” on top of a basketball net.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

The Sacramento Kings will stay in Sacramento. NBA owners met in Dallas Wednesday and overwhelmingly rejected an effort by investor Chris Hansen to move the team to Seattle.

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