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EarthFix Reports
3:32 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Oso Highlights A Policy Challenge: Development Pressure Vs. Landslide Risk

Barbara Ingram stands in front of the site of a proposed development in her neighborhood. Snohomish County denied the permit for the development due to "slope stability and drainage issues" but the developer has reapplied.
KUOW Photo/Ashley Ahearn

Barbara Ingram furrows her brow as she peers into a patch of woods up the road from her house. Developers have had their eyes on this place, too.

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Alcohol Sales
3:19 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Prohibition Still Around In Fircrest, Washington

Flickr Photo/kern.justin (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks to Fircrest City Councilmember Hunter George about the efforts change the city's prohibition-era laws on alcohol sales and consumption.

Minimum Wage
3:16 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Sen. Elizabeth Warren Wants Americans To Have A 'Fighting Chance'

Credit Elizabeth Warren's book "A Fighting Chance."

Steve Scher talks to Senator Elizabeth Warren about her new book "A Fighting Chance," the rise of the minimum wage and the banking industry.

Legal Lesson
3:14 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Since DOMA's Defeat, State Bans On Same-Sex Marriage Topple One By One

Flickr Photo/Guillaume Paumier (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks to University of Washington law professor Peter Nicolas about federal judges striking down state bans on same-sex marriage.

Mental Illness
3:10 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Washington ACLU Urges High Court To End Psychiatric Boarding

Advocates for the mentally ill filed a friend of the court brief with the Washington State Supreme Court urging the justices to uphold a Pierce County judge's ruling. The state's high court will hear arguments in the case next month. Last year, Pierce County Superior Court Judge Kathryn Nelsons ruled that boarding the mentally ill was illegal. 

Drivers Ed
7:54 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Stopped By A Trooper? Don't Reach For Your Registration

File photo of a new Washington State Patrol cruiser

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 4:16 pm

With the summer driving season fast approaching, the Washington State Patrol is reminding drivers what to do and not do if you’re stopped.

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JZ Knight
4:09 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Democratic Donor Blames Racist Comments On Ancient Spirit She's Channeling

JZ Knight.
Credit From Ramtha's School of Enlightenment's Facebook page.

Marcie Sillman talks to Seattle Weekly writer Rick Anderson about JZ Knight, a woman from the town of Yelm who claims to be channeling an ancient warrior spirit named Ramtha. Knight is seeking a restraining order against the Evergreen Freedom Foundation in Olympia for circulating a video where Knight is shown making racial slurs.

Personal Freedoms
1:59 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Turkey's Democracy In Flux

Steve Scher talks to  Dr. Kemal Kirişci, a Turkish political scholar  at the Brookings Institute, about what is next for our NATO ally. Turkey’s leaders are restricting speech, political activities and religious freedoms. 

Health Literacy
7:41 am
Wed May 28, 2014

So Now You Have Health Care. Time To Find A Doctor

"Nolan the Colon" is featured at the annual Latina Health Fair in South Park. Residents can drop in for health screenings and get health information.
Credit KUOW Photo/Ruby de Luna

You may have heard of financial literacy or media literacy. But what about health literacy: Are you able to get and understand basic health information?

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Game Of Homes
3:30 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

'To Have A Place Where I Can Have Food'

David Allen and his dog Blade - 'the love of his life' - live at the Pat Williams Apartments, a subsidized housing complex.
Credit KUOW Photo/Hannah Burn

The Census Bureau estimates Seattle grew faster than any other major American city last year. As more people move here, the pressure is on to find an affordable home.

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Urban Planning
3:29 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

How Smaller Older Buildings Create Vibrant Cities

The Buttnick Manufacturing building in Pioneer Square, Seattle.
Flickr Photo/Matt Northam (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman speaks with Mike Powe, senior research manager at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, about the group's new research report "Older, Smaller, Better: Measuring How the Character of Buildings and Blocks Influences Urban Vitality."

Education
3:28 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Like Seattle, Boston Pushes For Universal Preschool

A member of a Seattle delegation, King County Executive Dow Constanine and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray visited Boston and New Jersey this year to learn about their universal preschool models.
Flickr Photo/Dow Constantine (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks to WBUR reporter David Scharfenberg about Boston's efforts to expand its preschool system. Here in Seattle, the City Council is considering a property tax levy to fund universal preschool.

Campaign Season
3:27 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Midterm Elections: Will Democrats Take Control Of The State Senate?

Steve Scher talks to writer and political consultant Chris Vance about key races that might tip the scale in favor of Senate Democrats.

Central Oregon
8:08 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Oil Train Preparedness A Gap For Oregon's Hazmat Response

Photo of an oil train headed south through the Deschutes River Gorge Sunday, May 4.
Courtesy of Friends of the Gorge

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 12:11 pm

For seven years, Central Oregon has been without a state hazardous materials team.

It means that in the event of an oil train spill in Deschutes County, the closest team assigned to the area comes from Salem, roughly two and half to three hours away.

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Original Birth Certificate
8:06 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Washington State Expects Rush When Adoption Records Open

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 6:45 pm

Washington's state Department of Health is expecting a rush when an adoption law change takes effect on July 1.

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