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Deadline Set For Move
10:52 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Seattle City Council Votes To Relocate Tent City Residents

Flickr Photo/javacolleen

The Seattle City Council voted unanimously Monday to spend $500,000 to relocate residents of the south Seattle tent city called "Nickelsville." The council has given residents of Nickelsville until September 1, 2013 to move out or be evicted.

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Washington Budget Deal
10:25 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Inslee Reports Budget 'Breakthroughs' As Layoff Notices Go Out

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 4:27 pm

Washington Governor Jay Inslee says a budget deal in Olympia is “imminent” – even as state workers start to receive layoff notices. At a news conference Monday afternoon, the Democrat reported significant breakthroughs in budget negotiations.

A shutdown of state government is now one week away. That’s why temporary layoff notices are going out to state employees. That’s a requirement of labor contracts. Governor Inslee says he feels “enormous frustration” there wasn’t a budget deal in time to avert the notices.

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Youth Political Involvement
11:49 am
Mon June 24, 2013

How Do You Get Young People To Vote?

Washington Bus has been to several events, including the Capitol Hill block party, to get young people involved in politics. This year, the non-profit is hosting its own Candidate Survivor.
From Washingon Bus' Facebook page.

  How do you get young people to vote and get involved in politics? One solution might be to host a circus-themed candidate forum at a popular music venue replete with costumes and a talent show. That's exactly what's happening at Candidate Survivor — the largest candidate forum in Seattle. It's just one effort of Washington Bus, a Seattle non-profit that works to get young people involved in politics. Toby Crittenden is the executive director. He talked with David Hyde about how to get young people involved in politics and voting.  

Complexities Of Driving A Big Rig
8:45 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Truck Driving School Ride Along

Instructor Randy Dean and student Sarah Purrington.
KUOW Photo/Derek Wang

It’s been about a month since a truck hauling an oversized load struck an I-5 bridge and sent it plunging into the Skagit River. Truckers have a tough job navigating infrastructure challenges such as obsolete bridges and increasingly congested highways. To learn more about the challenges, KUOW’s Derek Wang went to trucking school.

Failed Bridges In Washington

The I-5 Skagit River bridge collapse is just one of a number of major bridge failures in Washington's history. Washington is home to four of the nation's 11 floating bridges, two of which have sunk.

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State Of US Economy
12:49 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

It’s The Economy, Stupid!

As the quote by President Bill Clinton goes, one of the highest priorities on everyone's mind is the state of the economy. The International Monetary Fund released its most recent report on the state of the US economy this week. And the Fed says it will start rolling back its stimulus plan soon. So, what does this mean for US economic recovery? Felix Salmon is a financial reporter for Reuters. He explains the latest in economic news.

Tank Leak Update
12:44 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Hanford Tank Could Be Leaking Radioactive Waste Into Soil

A rendering of Hanford's double-shell tanks.
Flickr Photo/Department of Energy Office of River Protection

For months now, we’ve known that six underground storage tanks at the Hanford nuclear reservation have been leaking radioactive waste. Now, the worst of these tanks may be leaking contaminated waste into the soil. Yesterday, radioactive material was detected outside the tank. Jeannie Yandel talks with King 5 investigate reporter Susannah Frame, who has been following this story closely.

Initiative I-591
10:51 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Gun Rights Advocates Take Aim At November 2014 Ballot

 Gun rights proponents are promoting  a new gun rights initiative, I-591.  This initiative would prevent Washington state from adopting background check laws that are more restrictive than the federal standards and would also prohibit any confiscation of firearms without due process. David Hyde talks about the proposal with Allan Gottlieb, chairman of the committee, Protect our Guns, the group behind Initiative 591.

State Budget News
12:07 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Big Revenue Boost Could Break Budget Logjam In Olympia

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue June 18, 2013 2:49 pm

There’s suddenly a flurry of talk in Olympia about a quick resolution to the weeks-long budget stalemate. The change in rhetoric follows Tuesday’s positive revenue and caseload forecasts.

Budget writers will now have an additional $300 million-plus to help bridge their differences. They can thank a recovering housing market and improved consumer confidence.

The House and Senate have been locked in a partisan fight over whether to raise additional revenues by closing some tax exemptions. This new money could now fill that gap.

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Candidate Read 'N Greet
11:36 am
Wed June 19, 2013

By Popular Demand: More Peter Steinbrueck Reading Aloud

Former city councilmember and candidate for Seattle mayor Peter Steinbrueck
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

We've gotten a bit of feedback about our story yesterday on the Read 'N Greet event at the Seattle Public Library.

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Privacy Laws
11:27 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Rep. Suzan Delbene Advocates For Stricter Electronic Privacy

  If the government wants to look at your mail, it needs a warrant. But there are no similar protections for your email. US representative Suzan Delbene from Washington state wants to change that. Support for stricter electronic privacy has been growing since the recent controversies over widespread government surveillance. Representative Delbene talks to David Hyde about her bill to reform the Electronic Privacy Act (PDF).

Metal Thefts
11:18 am
Wed June 19, 2013

State Struggles To Prevent Metal Thefts

Copper cable is a common target of metal thieves.
Flickr Photo/Christopher Porter

There have been two major cases of metal theft this week. Yesterday federal prosecutors charged two men with allegedly stealing more than seven thousand feet of copper wire at SeaTac Airport.  That followed an earlier case where thieves made off with more than four miles of copper wire from Sound Transit.

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Hanford Tank Leak
12:24 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Report Says It Could Take Six Years To Empty Leaking Hanford Tank

US Department of Energy

Originally published on Tue June 18, 2013 3:11 pm

The federal government says in a new report that it may take six years to start emptying a leaking double-hulled tank of waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

Washington state law says any leaks must be dealt with as soon as possible – but the federal government’s soon as possible is maybe years away. That’s because it could take 18 months just to get and set up equipment to pump sludge from the leaking double-hulled tank called AY-102. In addition it will take about six years to secure appropriate tank space to put all that sludge.

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Washington Budget Debate
12:24 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Washington Lawmakers Hope For Positive Revenue Forecast

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 5:08 pm

Protracted budget talks in Olympia could see a breakthrough after Tuesday’s release of an updated revenue forecast. That’s the quarterly report that projects how much money will flow into state tax coffers in the coming months.

Lawmakers are expecting some positive news. A couple of hundred of million dollars to the positive could prove a game-changer in the weeks long budget stalemate.

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Coal Debate
11:37 am
Tue June 18, 2013

New EarthFix Documentary Explores Coal Terminal Debate

A load of coal moves past the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle. Coal export out of the area is hot topic of debate.
Flickr Photo/Adam Fagen

  Mayor Mike McGinn is in Washington, D.C., today to testify against the construction of three coal terminals in Washington state. He voiced his environmental concerns earlier today in front of the House Energy & Commerce Committee. Even more concerns have arisen now that the Army Corp of Engineers, which is in charge of reviewing the environmental impact of the terminals, has decided not to investigate green house gas emissions.

EarthFix reporters Ashley Ahearn and Katie Campbell discuss the latest coal news with David Hyde. Plus, they preview the upcoming EarthFix documentary, "COAL."

Financing Marijuana
11:29 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Rep. Denny Heck’s Bill Would Protect Wash. Banks From Pot Prosecution

Marijuana rules in Washington are still getting hammered out. Rep. Denny Heck is co-sponsoring a forward-looking bill to allow banks and marijuana shops to manage transactions.
Dockside Cooperative's Facebook page.

Washington state voters legalized marijuana last fall, but the drug still remains illegal under federal law. Most of Washington’s congressional members, including Rep. Dave Reichert and Sen. Patty Murry, have not been supportive of I-502. On the other hand, Rep. Denny Heck of Olympia is co-sponsoring a bill that would allow banks to handle transactions for marijuana businesses without being subject to federal charges. Rep. Heck discusses the proposal with The Conversation’s David Hyde.

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