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International Politics
2:50 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Congress Approves Sending Arms To Syrian Opposition

Ross Reynolds talks with Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Wash., about his decision to vote for a measure to train and equip moderate Syrian opposition forces to fight against the militant Islamic State.

Week In Review
2:46 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

The Comings And Goings Of This Week

Credit Flickr Photo/Steve Mohundro (CC-BY-NC-ND)

  The “Columbus” in Columbus Day is under contention and may be on its way out in favor of “Indigenous Peoples Day.” Seattle-based megachurch Mars Hill has been experiencing an exodus of attendees and has had to close several locations in the wake of recent scandals. Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat is back as a bus rider again after years away, but has found that Metro has changed.

Bill Radke reviews the week’s ins, outs, comings and goings with Joni Balter, C.R. Douglas and Luke Burbank.

Marine Disease
11:05 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Dying Starfish Could Get Help From Congress

West coast sea stars are dying by the millions from a mysterious disease.
Katie Campbell

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 6:36 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Researchers have been scrambling for more than a year to make sense of a strange disease that’s causing West Coast starfish to die by the millions.

Now it looks like help could be coming from Congress.

U.S. Rep. Denny Heck from Olympia introduced a bill Thursday that would dedicate federal funds for researching the epidemic, which has now spread along North America’s Pacific coast from Alaska to Mexico and in some places on the East Coast as well.

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Boring Machine
10:04 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Bertha Is Still Stuck But 'Everything's Good,' Official Says

The south tunnel entrance has been lined with concrete. Along the top of the tunnel, on the left a black conveyer belt hauls out excavated soil, while the white pipe funnels in air (or sucks it out in the case of a fire).
KUOW Photo/Ann Dornfeld

Although the tunnel boring machine known as “Bertha” is at a standstill, work is still underway to replace Seattle’s Alaskan Way Viaduct.

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Sexual Consent
3:50 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Is 'Yes Means Yes' Better Than 'No Means No'?

Protesters at the 2011 Manchester Slut Walk.
Flickr Photo/Ian Pattison (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Jeannie Yandel talks with David Ward, an attorney at Legal Voice,  and Mary Ellen Stone, executive director of King County Sexual Assault Resource Center, about a movement to shift sexual consent from "no means no" to "yes means yes." 

Politics
3:50 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Why Coming Clean Is The Best Political Strategy

Ross Reynolds talks with democratic political consultant Christian Sinderman about King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn's confession of a recent DUI and his drinking problem. 

Fraud Prevention
3:49 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

How Washington Is Working To Protect Workers From Employer Fraud

Ross Reynolds talks with Elizabeth Smith, assistant director of fraud prevention and labor standards at the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, about how the state is working to address worker misclassification and other types of wage fraud.

Everybody's Durkan for the Weekend
3:49 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Jenny Durkan Looks Back At Five Years As US Attorney

Outgoing U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan
Credit KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

Ross Reynolds talks with Jenny Durkan, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington, who announced that she will step down at the end of the month. She looks back at her role in Seattle Police Department reform, preventing cyber crime and shaping state marijuana laws.

Improving Economy
7:10 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Unemployment Rate Holds Steady In August In Washington State

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 3:11 pm

The latest reading on unemployment in Washington state shows the rate holding steady in August at 5.6 percent. That's half a percentage point below the national rate according to a report from Washington's employment department Wednesday.

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Election Season
3:38 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Ads Get Creative, Even Seductive, To Attract Voters

In this Illinois ad, Doris and her friend Betty suggestively encourage two young men to come in ... and get voter ID cards.
YouTube

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 6:17 am

September is voter registration month, but inspiring Americans to register and vote isn't always easy. Especially with politicians held in such low esteem. So some groups — and a few election officials — are taking a page from the book of Mad Men's Don Draper to get voters to the polls. Who knew that voting could be this much fun?

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Bus Cuts
3:21 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

New Budget Solves Some Of King County Metro's Woes

Credit Flickr Photo/Oran Viriyincy (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks to Kevin Desmond, general manager of King County Metro, about the new county budget that found a way to save some of the projected cuts to the bus service.

Health Care
9:02 am
Wed September 17, 2014

How Catholic Insurance Companies Outsource Contraceptive Coverage

Contraceptive coverage has long been required by state laws or sought by nonreligious employers the religious health plans serve.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 5:03 am

Catholic and other religious hospitals and universities have been arguing in federal court for much of the past two years that they shouldn't have to offer or facilitate birth control as part of their employee health plans because it violates their religious beliefs.

But what happens when the insurance company is itself Catholic? It turns out that Catholic health plans have for years been arranging for outside firms to provide contraceptive coverage to their enrollees.

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Public Health
4:22 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Public Health Clinic In White Center Saved

King County Executive Dow Constantine (center) announced a new partnership with the City of Seattle and Planned Parenthood to save the Greenbridge clinic from closure.
Credit KUOW Photo/Ruby de Luna

One of the public health clinics slated for closure got a reprieve today as King County Executive Dow Constantine announced a partnership that would keep the White Center Public Health Clenter at Greenbridge open through the 2016 fiscal year.

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Economy
3:54 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Seattle Gets Revenue Boost From Amazon, Construction Boom

Flickr Photo/sea turtle (CC-BY-NC-ND)

A construction boom and runaway hiring at Amazon are leading to stronger than expected tax revenues for the city of Seattle.

City budget officials say they expect to collect about $7 million more in taxes for 2015 and 2016.

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