If you are a veteran looking for a job in Washington state, employers can’t refuse to hire you because of your military status. That’s because of a 2006 law protecting veterans against discrimination. But in most states that’s not the case. United States Congressman Derek Kilmer (WA-06) wants to change that. Ross Reynolds talks to Representative Kilmer about how his bill would protect all veterans and service members from employer and housing discrimination nationwide.
Ballots for the August 6 primary election go out today. Former Seattle City Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck hopes to lead the nine-person race and have a shot for getting elected mayor in November. Ross Reynolds talks to Steinbrueck about what he would bring to the mayor’s office.
Saturday George Zimmerman was acquitted in the murder of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. Rallies and protests opposing Zimmerman’s acquittal have popped up across the nation. Today in Seattle the Greater Mt. Baker Missionary Baptist Church is holding a prayer vigil for Trayvon Martin. KUOW’s Liz Jones talks to Ross Reynolds live from the event.
A new report shows there is a 9.5 percent gap between the salaries earned by men who work for the city of Seattle, compared with the salaries of women. The mayor has asked a task force to look into the situation and make recommendations on how to close the gap.
Julie Nelson is the director of Seattle’s Office of Civil Rights. She’s on the task force. She says she hopes it will have an influence on private-sector gender pay gaps as well as the disparity within the city.
The mayor of Port Angeles says she got more than an apology when she went to Joint Base Lewis-McChord on Monday. Mayor Cherie Kidd says she also received a promise that the military will not buzz her city with training helicopters again.
Meet Socialist Worker’s Party candidate for mayor of Seattle, Mary Martin. She says the next mayor of Seattle must defend the working class. What exactly would she do as mayor to protect the working class? Ross Reynolds talks to her about that and what else she would bring to the mayor’s office.
In Cairo, there's a second revolution happening. A revolution in street art. The city's blank walls have given room for people to vent their frustration with everyone from the deposed leader Mohammed Morsi to the military, whose popular takeover has brought yet another flavor of indiscriminate violence. The complexity of the Egyptian situation is reflected in its graffiti, where ancient hieroglyphic pharaoh motifs find new meaning as inspirational symbols for ordinary people.
Today, we aired an interview with blogger Soraya Morayef, who tracks Egyptian graffiti on her blog.
State Route 520 and northbound I-405 will be closed this weekend for inspection and repairs. Both directions of SR-520 will be closed between Montlake Boulevard and I-405 from 11:00 p.m. Friday through 5:00 a.m. Monday.
Northbound I-405 from S.E. 8th Street to SR-520 from 10:00 p.m. Friday to 4:00 a.m. Monday. The I-90 ramps to northbound I-405 will also be closed.
UCLA School of Public Affairs Professor Mark Kleiman has been dubbed the pot czar of Washington state. He’s the president of Botec Analysis Corporation, a consulting think tank selected by the Washington State Liquor and Control Board to assist rulemaking for the new legalized marijuana industry. Ross Reynolds talks with Mark Kleiman about what it means to be Hemperor.
In draft rules filed Wednesday, the Washington State Liquor Control Board laid out new regulations for advertising, packaging and labeling marijuana. The rules forbid ads by Joe Camel-type cartoon characters. But they don’t restrict marijuana-infused gummy bears.
Across Washington state this week, supporters of immigration reform are taking up a new challenge: no food for 24 hours. The effort is part of national fast that’s underway as Congress debates a sweeping immigration bill.
The endorsements are flying in the crowded race for Seattle mayor, and over the past week State Senator Ed Murray has captured the lion’s share.
Last Wednesday, Murray received an unlikely pair of endorsements: from Washington Conservation Voters, the largest environmental political group in the state and from CASE, the political arm of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.
On Thursday, former King County Executive Ron Sims appeared at Murray’s headquarters and announced his endorsement of Murray.
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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