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Transportation Crisis
9:37 am
Fri April 18, 2014

No Access To Route 530 Is Next ‘Emergency’ For Darrington Residents

A State Patrol post blocks cars from traveling west on state Route 530 out of Darrington, Wash.
KUOW Photo/Sara Lerner

A month after the devastating mudslide near Oso, Wash., a mile of state Route 530 still sits under landslide debris.

As the people from this tiny community and the neighboring towns try to move on, they’re battling a major transportation issue with their daily commute to work.  Many of them are adding hours to their drive time to go around the mudslide.

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Transportation
9:11 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Referendum Puts Seattle Rideshare Rules On Hold

Dara Jenkins, a driver for the ridesharing service Lyft, adjusts the furry mustache drivers display on their cars when they are working, as she starts a shift in Seattle.
Credit AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Seattle’s new regulations on rideshare companies like Lyft and Uber were supposed to take effect this week, but now they’re on hold. That’s because a group, backed by rideshare businesses, has filed signatures for a ballot referendum to bring the rideshare rules to a public vote.

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Career Liability
7:50 am
Fri April 18, 2014

When Being Pregnant Also Means Being Out Of A Job

While many women continue to work with little change in their duties while pregnant, others find that pregnancy can be a career liability.
Yuri Arcurs iStockphoto

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 5:06 pm

The workplace has become a more understanding place for pregnant women or new moms these days. Many companies now have lactation rooms and offer more liberal maternity and paternity leave policies than in years past.

But for some women, pregnancy can still be a career liability.

Heather Myers was fresh out of high school and working at a Wal-Mart in Salina, Kan., in 2006 when she found out she was pregnant. She kept a water bottle with her on the sales floor, as her doctor recommended. Then, her supervisor intervened.

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Refusal To Disarm
6:34 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Deal In Doubt As Separatists Refuse To Budge In Ukraine

A masked pro-Russia gunman looks through a window of a regional administration building seized earlier in Donetsk, Ukraine.
Sergei Grits AP

Originally published on Fri April 18, 2014 7:49 am

"Armed pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine said Friday that they were not bound by an international deal ordering them to disarm and were looking for more assurances about their security before leaving the public buildings they are holding," Reuters reports.

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Ukraine Crisis
3:55 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

A Look At Russian President Putin's Strategy In Ukraine

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, looks on as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, second right, starts a quadrilateral meeting between representatives of the United States, Ukraine, Russia and the European Union about the ongoing situation in Ukraine in Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday.
Credit AP Photo/Jim Bourg

Steve Scher talks with Columbia University Professor Stephen Sestanovich about today's meeting between U.S., Ukrainian, EU and Russian officials in Geneva. Sestanovich also discusses what President Vladimir Putin's strategy might be in his involvement in Ukraine.

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Pot Retail
3:07 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Why The Black Market For Marijuana May Not Go Away

Credit Flickr Photo/Coleen Whitfield (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Dominic Corva, executive director of the Center for the Study of Cannabis and Social Policy, about the implications for pot bans and moratoriums in Washington state.

Affordable Care Act
3:06 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

The Challenges Of Medicaid Expansion

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Steve Scher talks with Washington state Medicaid Director MaryAnne Lindeblad about how the state plans to accommodate more than 250,000 newly enrolled residents who qualified for Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.

Seattle 2035
2:50 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

How To Grow An Urban Village In Ballard

Downtown Ballard.
Credit Flickr Photo/Sean Oliver (CC BY-NC-ND)

Seattle is expecting 120,000 new residents over the next 20 years. To guide its growth, the city is currently drawing up a new comprehensive plan called, Seattle 2035.

City officials are seeking public input on the three options on the table: urban centers, urban villages and transit.

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Public Transportation
11:39 am
Thu April 17, 2014

King County Prop 1 Vote Expected To Be 'Surprisingly Close'

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Even before the Washington State Legislature failed to pass a transportation funding package this session, King County Executive Dow Constantine announced the county would not wait for the state.

Constantine said King County would go it alone and ask its voters to pay more money for King County Metro Transit and for road projects.

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Politics
9:45 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Kshama Sawant On Why It's Time For Socialism In Seattle

Councilmember Kshama Sawant.
Credit KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Kshama Sawant is the first socialist on Seattle’s City Council. Last year, she ran on a campaign platform of raising the minimum wage to $15, taxing the wealthy and rent control.

She spoke with The Stranger’s Charles Mudede about why now is the time for socialism in Seattle. This talk was recorded at Town Hall on March 18, 2014.

'Fourth Wave' Immigration
7:43 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Ukrainians In Seattle React To Crisis Back Home

Protesters at Seattle Center demonstrate against the tension between Russia and Ukraine this spring.
Credit Courtesy of Wayne Buck

When there’s daylight in Seattle, it’s usually night time in Ukraine. But that time difference doesn't matter to many Ukrainians here, who are anxious for news of the crisis unfolding in their motherland.

“We have 32 channels from Ukraine so we can watch every day,” said Peter Drogomiretskiy during a recent interview at his home in Brier, Wash. He sometimes watches Ukrainian news coverage with his wife, Valha Drogomiretskiy, until 3 a.m. and only sleeps a few hours before work.

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Diplomatic Crisis
6:11 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Ukraine Crisis: Russia Endorses Call For Protesters To Disarm

Armed men wearing military fatigues gathered on armored personnel carriers Wednesday in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slovyansk, where they and other pro-Russia gunmen took control of some key locations.
Genya Savilov AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 18, 2014 6:04 am

This post was updated with a new top at 4:10 p.m. ET.

Diplomats from the U.S., Ukraine, Russia and the European Union emerged Thursday from a meeting that wasn't expected to accomplish much saying they had made progress toward resolving the crisis in Ukraine.

"We worked hard and we worked in good faith in order to narrow our real differences," Secretary of State John Kerry said following the meeting in Geneva. He and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced that the four parties at the negotiating table agreed:

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News From Canada
4:13 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Pipeline Politics, Worker Safety, And Equal Rights Lawsuit

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Marcie Sillman talks with Les Leyne of the Victoria Times Colonist about the town of Kitimat speaking up against the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline and restoring public trust in workplace safety.

Leyne also talks about a lawsuit filed in the British Columbia Supreme Court on equal rights against religious freedom at a private evangelical university.

Unemployment
3:52 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Washington State Jobs Picture Shows Slow Growth

Sign on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce building, Washington, D.C., January 1, 2012.
Credit Flickr Photo/Victoria Pickering

The latest figures show the unemployment rate in Washington state is holding steady at 6.3 percent. The Employment Security Department said the state added an estimated 6,700 jobs in March. The biggest job gains last month were seen in professional and business services.

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