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Veterans Affairs
11:21 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Bill To Protect Veterans Against Discrimination

United States Congress

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.

Mayor's Race
11:16 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Meet Mayoral Candidate Peter Steinbrueck

Mayoral candidate Peter Steinbrueck at KUOW
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

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.

Trayvon Martin Remembered
11:09 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Prayer Vigil For Trayvon Martin

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.

Gender Equity
10:58 am
Wed July 17, 2013

City Task Force On Pay Equity To Address Seattle’s Gender Wage Gap

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. 

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No More Secret Ops
9:13 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Port Angeles Won't Be Buzzed By Special Forces Again, Says Mayor

Port Angeles Mayor Cherie Kidd
City of Port Angeles

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.

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Mayor's Race
10:58 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Seattle Mayoral Candidate Mary Martin

Seattle mayoral candidate Mary Martin
KUOW Photo/Jason Pagano

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.

Alternative Perspectives On World Events
1:32 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Revolutionary Graffiti In Egypt

A tank vs a bicycle rider with bread on his head. Later, protesters were added beneath the tank treads. The artist goes by the name Ganzeer.
Flickr photo/ ganzeer

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.

Full list of stories on KUOW Presents, July 11:

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Weekend Traffic Closure
11:27 am
Thu July 11, 2013

I-405 And SR-520 Closed This Weekend

Northbound I-405 will be closed this weekend to replace hundreds of broken concrete panels.
Credit WSDOT

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.

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Pot Regulation
10:47 am
Fri July 5, 2013

“Hemperor” Mark Kleiman On Regulating Pot

US Department of Justice

  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.

Regulating Pot Marketing
8:39 am
Fri July 5, 2013

No "Joe Camels" Of Pot, But Pot Candy Still Okay

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.

After the state issued its initial round of marijuana regulations in May, drug abuse experts had a lot to say. They asked the state to beef up its rules around marketing, labeling and packaging of marijuana.

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Fasting for Change
10:13 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Wash. Groups Join National Fast For Immigration Reform

Seattle resident Roy Medina Pode aimed to fast for three days to support immigration reform.
Credit Liz Jones/KUOW

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.

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Fire Season Northwest
9:49 am
Tue July 2, 2013

19 Firefighter Deaths Send Chill Through Northwest As Heat Wave Strikes

National Interagency Fire Center

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 4:53 pm

The loss of 19 firefighters in Arizona is sending a chill through the firefighting community in the Northwest. Fire season is about to begin here -- ushered in by a heat wave sweeping the region.

Word spread fast among wildland firefighters in the Northwest. “We are saddened but [must] honor our fallen by continuing with the job at hand,” wrote the hotshot crew out of Union, Ore., on Facebook.

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2013 Seattle Mayoral Endorsements
8:27 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Endorsements In Seattle Mayor's Race Favoring Ed Murray

State Senator Ed Murray, left, and Mayor Mike McGinn at a recent candidates' forum.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

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.

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Legislative Recap
10:03 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Governor Inslee Chalks Up Wins, Losses In First Session

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 8:01 am

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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News Quiz
10:59 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Conversation News Quiz

  Once again, it is the ever popular The Conversation news quiz — where one lucky listener gets the chance to demonstrate his or her news knowledge of what we talked about this week on the show. Our winner gets to wear The Conversation Crown for a week on our Facebook page.

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