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Push For Background Checks
7:56 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Gun Control Advocates Regroup After Legislative Defeat

Rev. Sandy Brown says gun control advocates may go to voters since legislators rejected universal background checks.
Credit Amy Radil

Gun control advocates are regrouping this week. They’re looking at their options, now that a bill to broaden background checks for gun sales failed in the Washington Legislature. They want to seize a moment when they believe public sentiment is on their side.

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Innocence Project
12:30 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Bill To Compensate Innocent Who Spend Time Behind Bars

Robert Clark opens donated Christmas presents at the Innocence Project's offices in Atlanta in 2005. It's Clark's first Christmas in the free world since he was exonerated of a rape charge by DNA evidence and released from prison.
Ric Feld AP Photo

Yesterday in Olympia the House Judiciary Committee passed a bill that would compensate people who served time in prison for crimes they didn’t commit and were exonerated of. The exonerated people would be given $50,000 for each year spent behind bars. This isn’t the first time this legislation has been proposed but it is the first time that it has bipartisan support. Ross Reynolds takes a closer look at the bill and who it's intended to help.

Language
12:20 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Does Changing State Law To Use Gender Neutral Wording Matter?

University of Washington Sociolinguist Crispin Thurlow

Washington state is in the process of changing the language in state law to make it more gender neutral. Policemen are now police officers, for instance, and freshmen will become first-year students. Supporters say the change is needed because language matters. Critics say the changes are a waste of money. Ross Reynolds interviews University of Washington Sociolinguist Crispin Thurlow, and we take your phone calls.

Transportation Safety
12:40 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Rules Of The Road

Officer John Abraham holding Annie Rose Crookshank, 18 years ago. Abraham pulled over her parents for erratic driving only to discover Annie’s mother was in labor. He escorted them to a hospital where she was soon born.
Credit Seattle Police Deparment

Are you ever driving down the street and you see something happen in traffic and wonder, is that allowed? Well, today on The Conversation you can get that traffic question answered. Ross Reynolds sits down with Officer John Abraham to answer your questions about passing on the left, rolling through a stop, car pool lanes, tail gating, turn signals and much, much more.

Foreign Adoption
6:03 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Iron Curtain Falls Around Russian Adoptions

Police in Moscow detain a demonstrator who protests Russia's new ban on American adoptions.
Associated Press

A Washington family is scheduled to return home Saturday with days to spare before a new Russian law bans American families from adopting Russian children.

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Marijuana Legalization
9:08 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Medical Marijuana Distributors Divided On New Law

Sean Green's medical marijuana collective features a window into the light-filled grow room.
Amy Radil

Sean Green is the owner of Pacific Northwest Medical, a medical marijuana collective in the city of Shoreline. Today he’s wearing a suit and tie, a vestige of his former career in real estate. Green says he supported Initiative 502, but he’s celebrating legalization by turning off his phones. That’s because he’s gotten so many calls from recreational users who are under the delusion that it’s now legal for Green to sell them marijuana.

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School Zone Traffic
12:08 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Cars Caught Speeding On Camera Now Get $189 Tickets

Starting Monday, drivers who speed past any of four Seattle schools will get tickets in the mail. Vehicles that go more than 20 miles per hour when school is in session are caught on camera.

The four schools with speed cameras are Thurgood Marshall Elementary on the I-90 lid, Gatewood Elementary in West Seattle, and Olympic View Elementary and Broadview Thomson K-8 in the north end.

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Renting Rules
12:00 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Renters Vs. Landlords: What You Need To Know

The Seattle City Council recently passed a new law requiring property inspections on tenant properties.  How will the new law affect you? 

Evan Loeffler is a real estate attorney whose practice emphasizes landlord-tenant relations. He explains the new law and answers your questions about tenants’ rights, landlords’ rights, and how to handle disputes.

Supreme Court
9:00 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Jeffrey Toobin On The Supreme Court In The Obama Era

US Supreme Court building in Washington, DC.
AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Despite their political differences, the young and ambitious Harvard Law graduates and Harvard Law Review alumni President Obama and Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts share many similarities. We talk with Jeffrey Toobin, author of the new book “The Oath: The Obama White House and The Supreme Court,” about the battles and truces between America's judicial and executive branches – from inauguration day to the recent Supreme Court ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act.

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