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Education Reform
8:49 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Meet The (Hopeful) Charters: Some Mixed Records, Others Just Failing

Thirty-one schools filed a notice of intent with the state to establish a charter school, over half of which would be in either King or Pierce county. The final deadline for completed applications is November 22.
Credit KUOW/Kara McDermott


Supporters of last year’s charter schools initiative in Washington state promised the law would bring successful charter models from across the country and improve academic outcomes for public school students.

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National Politics
8:02 am
Tue November 5, 2013

9 Elections To Watch

Republican Gov. Chris Christie listens as Democratic challenger Barbara Buono answers a question during a debate at Montclair University in Montclair, N.J., on Oct. 15.
Mel Evans AP

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 3:19 pm

Tuesday's elections are anything but dull. From the Eastern Seaboard to the Pacific Northwest, there's a colorful and compelling roster of political contests. Although there isn't anything close to the drama of an Election Day in a presidential year, many of the races have national implications.

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Elections 2013
2:59 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Opponents Of Tacoma Utility Tax Claim Taxation Without Representation

Tacoma's Proposition 1 would fund repairs to the city's streets by increasing the tax on utility companies.
Flickr Photo/javacolleen

Marcie Sillman talks with Tacoma News Tribune columnist Peter Callaghan about the city's Proposition 1, which would use a 2 percent tax increase on utility companies to pay for repairs on Tacoma's city streets.

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Egypt Unrest
2:59 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

As A Day Of High Tensions In Egypt Ends, Morsi’s Trail Is Adjourned Until January

Supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi protest Morsi's trial in front of the supreme constitutional court in Cairo on Monday, Nov. 4.
AP Photo/Amr Nabil

Ross Reynolds talks with Christian Science Monitor Cairo correspondent Kristen Chick about Mohamed Morsi's trial, Kerry's visit to Egypt and protests within the country.

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Pot Legalization
2:59 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Taxing Marijuana In Colorado: A Possible Model For Washington?

Flickr Photo/prensa4 (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds interviews reporter Ben Markus of Colorado Public Radio about Colorado proposition that would help answer a question that both Colorado and Washington state have been struggling with: How do you tax and regulate recreational marijuana?

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'Tis The Season (Already)
9:36 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Northwest Christmas Tree Starts Long Journey To Congress' Front Lawn

The 2013 Capitol Tree, from the Colville National Forest in northeast Washington, is prepared for loading onto a truck.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 5:35 pm

The Christmas tree destined for the nation's capital is set to begin a cross-country roadtrip. But getting an 80-foot tree out of a national forest isn't quite like going to a U-cut.

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International Relations
9:27 am
Mon November 4, 2013

A Year Later, Kenneth Bae Remains Imprisoned In North Korea

Kenneth with North Korean Children
Bae family Freekennow.com

It’s been a year since Kenneth Bae, a missionary who once hailed from Lynnwood, Wash., was arrested and imprisoned in North Korea. Over the weekend, his family quietly marked the anniversary of his arrest.

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Gun Rights
8:42 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Shhh! Seattle Libraries Now Allow Guns, But Please Be Respectful

The Seattle Public Library has reversed its rule banning patrons from bringing in guns.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Librarians have long asked you to “shhh,” and starting Monday, they may also ask you to please stop waving your gun around.

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Food Stamps
2:01 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Reductions To SNAP Puts Pressure On Food Banks

Tukwila Pantry Executive Director Joe Tice stocks the tables with canned goods in 2011.
Flickr Photo/USDAgov

Steve Scher talks with Jeannie Falls, executive director of Pike Market Senior Center and Food Bank, about how SNAP reductions will affect food bank operations.

Health Care
11:12 am
Fri November 1, 2013

For Some, Health Exchange Is A Breeze. For Others, An Unending Headache

New hires train to take calls at Washington's health exchange call center in Spokane Valley.
Credit Northwest News Network Photo/Jessica Robinson

KUOW's Ruby de Luna explains the successes, and challenges, of the first month of Washington's health exchange.

Washington’s health care exchange got off to a rocky start one month ago Friday: from the temporary shut down on its first day to the recent errors calculating tax credits. Even so, Washington state has fared well compared to the federal Website and even has some fans.

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Government Assistance
10:27 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Food Stamp Benefits Shrink As Congress Debates Further Cuts

Cuts to food stamp benefits could lead to more reliance on food banks like the University District Food Bank in Seattle.
Credit KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

In Washington state, food stamp recipients are being notified that their benefits will be reduced in November. Federal stimulus funding has provided a boost to benefits since 2009, but that funding just expired.

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The Week In Review
10:00 am
Fri November 1, 2013

NSA Spying, Continued Problems With ACA, And One Last Look At The Elections

AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

It’s Friday — time to talk over the week's news with The Stranger's Eli Sanders, Joni Balter of the Seattle Times and Crosscut's Knute Berger.

Questions over who knew what and when about the latest NSA spying revelations and troubles with the Affordable Care Act rollout dominate Washington, D.C. The panel weighs in on those stories and takes one last look at state and local races before Tuesday's election. Plus, we get post-Halloween action items from Live Wire host Luke Burbank.

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International Relations
4:43 am
Fri November 1, 2013

U.S. Spying Efforts Sometimes 'Reached Too Far,' Kerry Says

Secretary of State John Kerry.
Fang Zhe Xinhua/Landov

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 10:10 am

Some of the electronic surveillance programs of the National Security Agency have been on "automatic pilot" in recent years and have inappropriately "reached too far," Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday.

Kerry's comments are causing something of a stir.

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Campaign Finance
4:17 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Attn. General Says I-522 Donor Violated Campaign Finance Laws

Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

Steve Scher talks with Attorney General Bob Ferguson about the lawsuit that finds No on I-522 donor, the Grocery Manufacturers Association, in violation of campaign finance laws. Penalties are expected after the election is over.

Arms Exports
4:16 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

US Reforms Arms Trade Regulations, Defense Industries Pleased

Flickr Photo/Cliff

Steve Scher talks with Bill Hartung, director of the Center for International Policy’s Arms and Security project, about new reforms announced by the Obama administration this October concerning arms export regulations. Defense industries are behind it, but some worry that the export process will make it easier for arms to make their way to countries with poor human rights records.

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