Olympia resident Ben Charles, of Crazy Faith Outreach, has been serving food to the homeless in an Olympia parking lot for nearly three years. Now the city has banned the group, citing public safety concerns.
Ben Charles and the Crazy Faith Outreach group have been Â feeding homeless people in a parking lot in Olympia every Thursday evening. But now city official want them to shut it down. Ross Reynolds talks to Tom Hill, Olympiaâ€™s building official.
Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 1:56 pm
Washingtonâ€™s Legislative Ethics Board is tackling the issue of how often lawmakers can accept meals from lobbyists. The Board spent nearly two hours behind closed doors Thursday discussing a complaint against several lawmakers who dined out regularly with lobbyists last session.
The complaint was triggered by our investigation with the Associated Press into lawmakers who accept free meals from lobbyists. Thatâ€™s permitted if legislative business is discussed, but only on an infrequent basis.
Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 4:44 pm
There are nearly 900 registered lobbyists in Washington state. These are the paid professionals who try to influence the outcome of the legislative process. But this year, a determined dad proved even outsiders can play the legislative game â€“ with a bit of help.
So how does a Microsoft test manager become a citizen lobbyist? For Jeff Schwartz it all started back in 2007 when his son Jacob was about four months old.
â€śIt was right about December that he started excessively throwing up and vomiting,â€ť Schwartz recalls.
Former Washington State Republican Party Chairman Kirby WilburÂ surprised many of his colleagues when he resigned close to a month ago.Â Wilbur went to work for Young Americaâ€™s Foundation, a conservative organization with a mission to train young people for jobs in the media.
Olympia And The Transportation Package When state lawmakers adjourned in June, they left a $10 billion transportation package on the table. Now, senate leaders have announced theyâ€™ll hold hearings in the fall on the stateâ€™s transportation priorities and how to pay for them. Everett Herald reporter and columnist Jerry Cornfield joins us with details. Â
Letters Written In Wartime Wartime letters capture a uniquely vivid history not found in text books. They place us in the authorâ€™s shoes. Take this quote from a letter written in 1941: â€śA man just brought us our gas masks. I donâ€™t know why Iâ€™m writing this, because if weâ€™re hit with a bomb they wonâ€™t find enough of me â€” let alone this letter. I imagine itâ€™s to show myself that I can be calm under fire.â€ťÂ We experience history by reading the letters of those who lived it.
Greendays Gardening Panel Our gardening panel includes a flower expert, native plant expert and vegetable gardening expert.Â Theyâ€™re on hand to answer your gardening questions.Â
State Lawmakers Move On Transportation Package When state lawmakers adjourned in June, they left a $10 billion transportation package on the table. Now, Senate leaders have announced theyâ€™ll hold public hearings in the fall on the stateâ€™s transportation priorities and how to pay for them. Everett Herald reporter and columnist Jerry Cornfield joins us with details.
Junk Foods We Have Loved Admit it â€“ as healthy as we may try to be, we all have our guilty pleasures when it comes to food. Food writers and co-hosts of the Spilled Milk podcast, Molly Wizenberg and Matthew Amster-Burton, join us to talk favorite junk foods and fess up to their cravings. What are yours? Call us at 206.543.5869 or write firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kirby Wilbur, theÂ head of the Washington state GOP, resigned on Monday and has left the party struggling to find a new leader. As chair he led theÂ Republicans to take greater control of the state Legislature but lost key races for governor and attorney general.
Â Â This (Last) Week In OlympiaÂ The 2013 Washington state legislative session draws to a close. Everett Herald reporter and columnist Jerry Cornfield gives us a roundup of what lawmakers did â€“ and did not â€“ achieve in Olympia.
Working In Television: Frank Buxton Did It All Frank Buxton spent much of his career working in television as an actor, director, writer and producer before moving to Bainbridge Island. He hosted a game show, wrote for â€śThe Odd Coupleâ€ť and appeared in countless TV commercials. He talks with Katy Sewall about what it was like to work with Woody Allen and travel the world for ABC.
â€śChange They Canâ€™t Believe Inâ€ť The Tea Party has risen in politics over the past few years, bringing conservatism on social issues and economic policy to Washington, DC. They've impacted local and national politics, so whatâ€™s their message thatâ€™s bringing people together? University of Washington professor Christopher Parker joins us to talk about his new book examining what motivates the Tea Party.
Â Â Once again, it is the ever popular The Conversation news quiz â€” 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 getsÂ to wear The Conversation Crown for a week on our Facebook page.
Budget Deal In Olympia Everett Herald columnist and Weekdayâ€™s regular Olympia guru Jerry Cornfield brings us analysis of the tentative budget deal reached by state lawmakers. Â Immigration Deal In DC Yesterday's immigration reform vote is being hailed as a rare example of bipartisanship. The Senate voted 68 to 32 yesterday to overhaul the nationâ€™s immigration system. It now heads to the House. We talk with Jill Jackson of CBS News from Washington, DC.
Rethinking How We Study Cancer A scientist at Johns Hopkins University developed a mathematical model to better understand why some cancer tumors are resistant to cancer fighting drugs. Science reporter Carl Zimmer explains the study and how scientists are changing the way they think about cancer.
Pet Questions Answered Got a difficult dog or cat? Pet trainer, Steve Duno, tackles your questions at 206.543.5869 (KUOW).Â Also, is neutering dogs always a good idea?Â Â