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The Week In Review
2:53 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Death Penalty Debate, Bertha Costs, And No Place Like Home

Governor Jay Inslee announced Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, that he is suspending the use of the death penalty in Washington state, but the moratorium does not commute the sentences of people currently condemned to death.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File

Governor Jay Inslee puts a halt to executions and initiates a debate about the future of capital punishment in Washington state. Meanwhile, state transportation officials continue to explore the cost overruns as repairs to Bertha are expected to take months. And the housing community reviews Seattle's affordability issue.

Steve Scher talks with Crosscut’s Knute Berger, Eli Sanders of The Stranger and news analyst Joni Balter about this week's top stories.

Aggressive Driving
9:09 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Lots Of Speeders, But Few Answers On How To Slow Them Down

Trooper Tom Shirey works for the Washington State Patrol's Aggressive Driver Apprehension Team in the Spokane area.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 4:15 pm

Safety experts say there are historically three big killers on the road: drunken driving, not wearing a seatbelt, and speeding.

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Washington State Legislature
9:07 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Washington Senate Majority Unveils New Gas Tax Package, Votes Lacking

File photo of the Washington State Capitol Building
Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 5:09 pm

Members of the mostly Republican majority in the Washington Senate say they want to jumpstart talks on a gas tax package to fund roads and transit. Previous negotiations stalled out in December.

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Government
8:46 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Oregon Lawmakers Try To Resurrect Columbia River Crossing Plan

File photo of the Interstate bridge between Portland, Ore., and Vancouver, Wash.
Cacophony Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 9:55 am

Oregon lawmakers heard testimony Wednesday on the latest version of a plan to fund a new I-5 bridge across the Columbia River.

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Transportation
1:17 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Legalizing Rideshare: Seattle Council Wrestles With How To Regulate The New Marketplace

A Lyft driver identifies his or her car with a distinctive mustache.
Flickr Photo/Spiros Vathis

Rideshare companies have been flourishing in Seattle – illegally. On Friday, the City Council will consider a new plan to finally regulate taxi-alternatives like Lyft, Sidecar and UberX.

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Alaskan Way Viaduct
2:46 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

First Stuck, Now Broken: What's Wrong With Bertha?

Flickr Photo/Washington State Department of Transportation

Marcie Sillman talks with state transportation secretary Lynn Peterson about Bertha's latest condition and plans to get the world’s biggest tunnel boring machine moving again.

Transportation
11:13 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Mayor Ed Murray Weighs In On Ridesharing

Flickr Photo/Marvin Spencer (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray about ridesharing and what he thinks is the best to regulate the new industry.

Alaskan Way Viaduct
2:36 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Mayor Murray On Bertha: ‘I Don’t Think We Should Get Involved In Finger-Pointing’

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Ross Reynolds talks with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray about Bertha's continuing woes and who would ultimately be on the hook for cost overruns.

EarthFix Reports
10:53 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Tesoro To Upgrade To Safer Oil Tankers

A company that’s shipping crude oil through the Pacific Northwest has announced it’s upgrading its fleet to safer tanker train cars.
Flickr Creative Commons: Russ Allison Loar

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 4:03 pm

A company that’s shipping crude oil through the Pacific Northwest has announced it’s upgrading its fleet to safer tanker train cars. The announcement comes after several derailments, fires, and explosions prompted safety concerns, including an explosion in Quebec last summer that killed 47 people.

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Stuck In Place
4:51 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Seattle's Tunnel Machine Chokes On Dirt

Seattle Tunnel Partners workers atop a tank of soil conditioner used by tunnel builders
KUOW Photo/John Ryan

State officials said Friday afternoon that the tunneling machine known as Bertha had to stop, not because it hit foreign objects, but because it clogged with dirt.

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Alaskan Way Viaduct
2:55 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Why Isn't Bertha Moving?

Bertha, the world’s biggest tunnel boring machine, has been stuck under Seattle since Dec. 6, 2013.
Flickr Photo/Washington State Department of Transportation

David Hyde talks with Mike Lindblom, Seattle Times transportation reporter, about why Bertha hasn't  moved since December.

Bertha is the world’s biggest tunnel boring machine that has been charged with digging out the replacement path for the Alaskan Way Viaduct under Seattle.

School Transportation
3:20 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Seattle School Board Approves New Busing Plan

Beginning next year, students in Seattle Public Schools will have a new bus schedule.
Flickr Photo/ Larry Darling

Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle School Board President Sharon Peaslee about the district's new busing plan that sets new departure and arrival times.

Railway Regulation
8:41 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Crude Oil Train Oversight Divides Washington Legislature

File photo of a BNSF train from March 16, 2013.
Raymond D. Woods Jr. Flickr

Originally published on Tue February 4, 2014 9:50 pm

In Olympia, state lawmakers are going down divergent tracks in how to respond to the rapid increase of crude oil trains crossing the region.

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Transportation
4:03 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Seattle Ponders New Car Service Regulations

The Seattle City Council is expected propose more regulations for the new ride-sharing services.
Flickr Photo/Mahdi Abdulrazak

David Hyde talks with Erica C. Barnett, news editor of Publicola, about a Seattle City Council proposal to regulate newer ride-sharing car services like Sidecar, Lyft and UberX.

Alternative Fuel Vehicles
9:14 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Slow Uptake Of Electric Cars Prompts Calls To Extend Washington Tax Break

Nissan Leafs charge on the Washington state capitol campus Tuesday.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue January 28, 2014 3:48 pm

The slow uptake of electric cars by Northwest drivers is prompting calls to extend a tax break in Washington state for new vehicles powered by alternative fuels.

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