News From Olympia

News From Olympia
2:17 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Columbia River Bridge Project Killed As End Of Legislative Session Nears

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Marcie Sillman talks with OPB Salem reporter Chris Lehman and KUOW's Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about the end of the Columbia River Crossing bridge project. Also Austin discusses what to expect as the Washington State Legislature wraps up its session this Thursday.

News From Olympia
2:58 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

State Senators Consider Transportation Tax Package

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David Hyde talks with KUOW's Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about the transportation tax bill.

News From Olympia
3:14 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Why Is Gov. Inslee Mulling A Minimum Wage Hike For State Workers?

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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. 

News From Olympia
1:32 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Deep Divisions In Washington State Government

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Ross Reynolds talks with KUOW’s Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about the divisions down in Olympia this legislative session.

Washington Legislature
3:35 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Will State Lawmakers Pass A Big Transportation Package In 2014?

Transportation is a top priority for the Washington State Legislature in this next session.
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Marcie Sillman talks with KUOW's Austin Jenkins about the latest news from Olympia, where Washington's legislative session starts Monday.

Legislature
3:11 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Democrats Choose Rep. Jaime Pedersen To Replace Sen. Ed Murray

Rep. Jamie Pedersen speaks before party activists in the 43rd District.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

UPDATE 12/03/13 10 p.m. PT:

As expected, Democratic Party activists chose state Rep. Jamie Pedersen to replace Ed Murray in the state Senate.

Pedersen was the only candidate in the running. He vowed to work to regain the Democratic majority in the Senate and to find new revenue for essential programs.

Pedersen's move to the Senate put his House seat up for grabs.

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Olympia Update
10:23 am
Fri June 28, 2013

This Week In Olympia With Austin Jenkins

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  The Washington state legislature finally came to a budget proposal this week, narrowly avoiding a massive government shutdown. What held them up? How will the new budget cover the increases in education spending mandated by the state supreme court? Ross Reynolds talks about that and other state news with KUOW’s Olympia correspondent, Austin Jenkins.

Olympia Update
11:34 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Olympia Update With Austin Jenkins

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 Governor Jay Inslee has called for a second special session of the state legislature in the hopes that they will reach a budget agreement before July 1st. KUOW’s Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins talks about the budget and recent legislative compromises with David Hyde.

Olympia Special Session
11:25 am
Fri June 7, 2013

This Week In Olympia

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 Lawmakers are rapidly approaching the deadline for the special session in Olympia. Still, it remains unclear whether the Senate Majority Coalition and the Democratically controlled House will reach an agreement on a budget deal. David Hyde discusses it with Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins during this week’s update from the state capital.

Arts and Entertainment
9:00 am
Mon June 3, 2013

News From Olympia, Kyle MacLachlan, And "The Boys In The Boat"

Kyle MacLachlan and Lara Flynn Boyle from "Twin Peaks" at the 42nd Emmy Awards Governors Ball, September 1990.
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This Week In Olympia
The state legislature begins week four of the special session today. Everett Herald reporter Jerry Cornfield joins us with a  look at what to expect.

An Interview With Actor Kyle MacLachlan
“Who Killed Laura Palmer?” You may remember that phrase from the 1990 TV show "Twin Peaks" – which was set and filmed here in the Northwest. The short-lived series was a cultural phenomenon during its two year run – due in part to eccentric FBI agent Dale Cooper, played memorably by Yakima-native Kyle MacLachlan. In the 1980s, MacLachlan began his career starring in the David Lynch films "Dune" and "Blue Velvet." His other credits include "The Doors," "Showgirls," "Sex and the City" and "Desperate Housewives." More recently, he’s portrayed the mayor of Portland, in the sketch comedy series "Portlandia."

"The Boys In The Boat" Author Daniel James Brown
In 1936, as the US was starting to recover from the Great Depression, a group of University of Washington students won the right to represent the country at the Berlin Olympic Games. The story of how the Husky varsity crew team beat the competition and took home a gold medal has become legend in rowing circles.  Writer Daniel James Brown looks behind the news event to the story of how this group of young men came together as a unified crew.

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