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Seattle is known for its endless public process, so how did it become a city where $15 went from a campaign slogan to law in a matter of months?

The law kicks in on Wednesday, when the minimum wage in Seattle rises to $11 an hour. It’s the first phase of several years of planned increases eventually leading to a $15-an-hour minimum wage.  

2014 file photo: Workers in Indonesia load fish onto a cargo ship bound for Thailand. Seafood caught by slaves mixes in with other fish at a number of sites in Thailand.
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Marcie Sillman speaks with Tobias Aguirre, executive director of FishWise, about a recent AP report detailing slavery in Asian fisheries and what Pacific Northwest shoppers can do to avoid purchasing seafood that may have been caught by slaves.

Majority Democrats in the Washington state House have unveiled a proposed two-year, nearly $39 billion state budget and tax package.

In an all-staff email Friday, embattled Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley seemed to suggest he’s not planning to step down or even take a leave of absence.

According to a spokeswoman with the Washington Military Department, an ongoing federal probe has not affected Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley’s status as a lieutenant colonel in the National Guard.

Three Republican state lawmakers filed an initiative petition this week to make English the official language of the state of Oregon.

Bill Radke talks with political consultants Sandeep Kaushik and Chris Vance about whether voters should ultimately decide whether to raise Washington state's minimum wage.

Dehydrated alcohol is a subject of debate in Washington. Joni Balter says that it could become an "REI thing" for hikers who don't want to have to haul a beer in their pack.
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Should Washington state ban powdered alcohol? Should Army soldier Bowe Bergdahl go from hero to pariah? Is it time to leave Amanda Knox alone? And does your state auditor owe it to you to be more squeaky clean than any other official?

KUOW’s Bill Radke discusses the week’s news with former Republican state Sen. Bill Finkbeiner, Crosscut’s Knute Berger and Seattle Channel’s Joni Balter.

Oregon lawmakers are gearing up for another round of debate over firearm regulations.

An attorney who once sued Troy Kelley says the Washington State Auditor has known about a federal probe into his past for nearly two years.

Updated at 12:34 p.m.

Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., the Democratic leader in the Senate, said he won't seek re-election next year.

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's attorney released details of his captivity in Afghanistan after the Army charged him Wednesday with desertion.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray in the KUOW studios.
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Ross Reynolds talks with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray about his plan for affordable housing in Seattle.

The U-District's Bulldog News on University Avenue.
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Ross Reynolds speaks with Doug Campbell, owner of Bulldog News on University Avenue, and Kate Barr, business manager for Scarecrow Video in the University District. They fall on different sides of the debate around a plan to expand the U-District's business improvement area.

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