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As the local community held Sunday church services a week after the devastating Oso mudslide, searchers continued their work in the sodden destruction zone.

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner confirmed on Sunday evening that 21 people have died in the mudslide. Of these, only 15 have been officially identified.

They supported his campaign, but now some unionized teachers in Washington have stern words for Governor Jay Inslee.

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David Hyde talks with Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland about her request to Governor Jay Inslee and state lawmakers to share a portion of future tax revenue from legal marijuana.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee is preparing to take action on an issue that could secure his legacy -- or complicate his re-election chances.

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Ross Reynolds talks with Austin Jenkins about a proposal to raise the minimum wage for state employees and other news from Olympia. 

In this Nov. 20, 2008, file photo, the execution chamber at the Washington State Penitentiary is shown as viewed from the witness gallery, in Walla Walla, Wash.
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Ross Reynolds talks with Eldon Vail, former Washington Department of Corrections Secretary, about why he supports Governor Jay Inslee's decision to suspend the death penalty.

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President Obama recently ordered a minimum wage increase for federal contractors. Now Washington Governor Jay Inslee says he may consider a similar executive order at the state level.

In this Nov. 20, 2008, file photo, the execution chamber at the Washington State Penitentiary is shown as viewed from the witness gallery, in Walla Walla, Wash.
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Governor Jay Inslee puts a halt to executions and initiates a debate about the future of capital punishment in Washington state. Meanwhile, state transportation officials continue to explore the cost overruns as repairs to Bertha are expected to take months. And the housing community reviews Seattle's affordability issue.

Steve Scher talks with Crosscut’s Knute Berger, Eli Sanders of The Stranger and news analyst Joni Balter about this week's top stories.

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Marcie Sillman speaks with Karil Klingbeil, whose sister was murdered in 1981, about why she's pleased with the Governor Jay Inslee's suspension of the death penalty. Candy Hemmig was killed by Mitchell Rupe, whose appeals process was so lengthy that he died in prison of natural causes in 2006.

Death Penalty History In Washington

Feb 12, 2014
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Marcie Sillman talks with Tim Ford, lawyer and former president of Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, about how Washington state has used the death penalty in the past.

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Marcie Sillman talks with Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Roe, one of 39 county prosecutors in the state, about his concerns regarding Governor Jay Inslee's decision to halt executions.

In this Nov. 20, 2008, file photo, the execution chamber at the Washington State Penitentiary is shown with the witness gallery behind glass at right, in Walla Walla, Wash.
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Governor Jay Inslee’s announcement of a de facto moratorium on the death penalty on Tuesday has been making waves through the state.

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Marcie Sillman and Ross Reynolds hear from reporters and interested parties in response to Governor Jay Inslee's moratorium on the death penalty in Washington state.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee.
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Washington Governor Jay Inslee issued a moratorium Tuesday on the use of the death penalty in Washington state during his term.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee continued his push on Tuesday for lawmakers to close tax exemptions to fund education.

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Washington Governor Jay Inslee pushed for a higher minimum wage and increased education funding during his State of the State Address this week. The state legislature kicked off its 2014 session. Also, Boeing Machinists Union President Tom Wroblewski announced his retirement.

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

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Ross Reynolds talks with Governor Jay Inslee about his priorities for the year. The governor also takes questions from our listeners.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee introduced key policy proposals in his State of the State speech Tuesday. 

Tis' The Season Of Inaction In Olympia

Dec 19, 2013
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Marcie Sillman talks with Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about how many of Gov. Inslee's pet projects aren't getting off the ground.

More prison beds, but no cost of living raises for school teachers are two takeaways after Washington Governor Jay Inslee proposed a modest update to the state’s two-year budget.

Boeing will get tax incentives and worker training under bills signed into law Monday by Washington Governor Jay Inslee.

It’s the hottest issue on Washington’s fall ballot: an initiative to require labeling of genetically engineered foods. But Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, says he hasn’t decided how he’ll vote on Initiative 522.

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Governor Jay Inslee said on Wednesday that he will propose to extend tax breaks to Boeing -- so long as the aerospace giant agrees to build the 777X in Washington.

"Big Bertha" should soon get back to work digging a nearly two mile tunnel to replace Seattle’s Alaskan Way Viaduct.

Since taking office in January, Washington Governor Jay Inslee has raised the salaries for several cabinet level positions. In total, those raises add up to nearly $100,000 over the course of a year. The boost in salaries comes even as the state continues to recover financially.

The biggest pay hike went for the position of director of Department of Licensing. That’s the agency that handles driver licenses and license plates among other duties. The new director – Pat Kohler – earns $141,000 per year. That’s a 17 percent increase over her predecessor.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee wants to more than double the number of state-funded preschool slots by 2019. He also wants to decrease the number of SUVs purchased by the state.

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It has been two months since the last special session in Olympia came to a close. Now Governor Jay Inslee is saying he wants to call another one.

Lawmakers failed to pass a transportation package during the last special session. The special session will only be called if there are enough votes to pass a transportation package that was stalled during the last legislative session.

Senator Rodney Tom said he is holding seven public meetings around the state to assess what the public wants in a transportation plan. Jerry Cornfield of the Everett Herald joins us for more analysis on the compromises and possibilities for a new plan.

Troubled Bridge Over Oregon And Washington’s Waters

Jul 2, 2013
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The Washington state budget was signed by Governor Inslee yesterday without the $10 billion transportation deal. That’s fatal news for the Columbia River Crossing — a bridge that would link Portland, Or. to Vancouver, Wash. Ross Reynolds talks with Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman about why the bridge failed and what that means for Oregon.

In what Washington Governor Jay Inslee calls "a dang shame," plans for a new bridge over the Columbia River are shelved -- if not dead. The Washington legislature adjourned without funding the construction phase of the project.

You might call the Columbia River Crossing “the bridge to the archives.” That’s where the blueprints will go now that the Washington Senate said “no” to a gas tax increase. That nixes $450 million for the new bridge over the mighty Columbia between Vancouver and Portland.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee can claim some significant legislative wins, along with several losses now that the legislature has finally adjourned. The Democrat’s first dance with lawmakers was made more difficult when Republicans and two breakaway Democrats took control of the state senate.

Let’s go all the way back to January 16th and Governor Inslee’s inaugural address. One of his biggest applause lines was his call for the legislature to pass a bill that would require health insurance companies to cover abortion.

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