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Oso Mudslide
3:13 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

As Highway 530 Opens, Darrington Welcomes Visitors

SR 530 is reopening to alternating single-lane traffic May 31. Sections of the roadway was discovered missing during clearing work, so portions of the highway will be unpaved.
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Ross Reynolds speaks with Martha Rasmussen, organizer of Darrington Day, about the fortuitous connection between the re-opening of state Route 530 and the annual celebration of Darrington Day. Both events take place Saturday May 31.

STEM Workers From Abroad
3:01 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Study: More Skilled Foreign Workers Could Mean Higher Wages In Cities

Ross Reynolds talks to Giovanni Peri, an economics professor at U.C. Davis, about how foreign-born workers in science and technology might affect the health of economies. Peri argues that the federal government should increase the cap on H-1B worker visas, which would ultimately encourage economic growth and innovation.

Week In Review
2:30 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Seattle Police File A Lawsuit, City Council Agrees On $15, And Ramtha The Racist

US Attorney Jenny Durkan said "I suspect that many of the people who signed it haven’t even read the use of force policy," in response to the Seattle Police Officers who filed a lawsuit against the reform policies.
Credit KUOW Photo/Patricia Murphy

Over a hundred members of the Seattle Police Department have filed a lawsuit against the federally-mandated reforms SPD has adopted. The Seattle City Council has come to an agreement on the minimum wage proposal.

Steve Scher recaps those stories and more news of the week with Crosscut's Knute Berger, The Stranger's Eli Sanders, news analyst Joni Balter and LiveWire host Luke Burbank.

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Seattle City Council
2:29 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

One Minimum Wage Committee Member Says Process And Proposal Is A 'Charade'

Community members attend a public hearing about raising the minimum wage in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Steve Scher talks with David Meinert, Seattle nightlife entrepreneur and restaurantuer about his experience on the mayor's income inequality advisory committee. Marcie Sillman gets more on the story with Q13 Political Analyst C.R. Douglas.

Flight Not Fight
2:28 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Game Of Homes: Leaving Seattle For The Cheaper Suburbs

Andrea VanHorn and her fiancee outside their three-bedroom home in North Bend, which she said is a lot more affordable than living in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Hannah Burn

This week, we have been airing Game of Homes, a series about finding affordable housing in Seattle. For one family, finding a place to live within their means meant leaving the city altogether.

Andrea VanHorn and her fiancé fled to North Bend, a small town 35 miles east of Seattle. “Wow, there’s a lot of pine trees out here,” VanHorn said when the idea was first suggested.

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Law Enforcement
1:04 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Feds: Seattle Police Officers' Lawsuit Has No Merit

US Attorney Jenny Durkan talks to reporters at the Federal Building in Seattle.
Credit KUOW Photo/Patricia Murphy

U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan slammed a lawsuit filed by more than a hundred Seattle police officers who filed a legal complaint against city and federal officials. The officers say a new policy that dictates how police can use force restricts their constitutional rights to protect themselves.

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Labor
12:53 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Seattle Steps Closer To Setting Highest Minimum Wage In U.S.

Supporters of Mayor Murray's proposed $15 minimum wage packed a committee as council members discuss amendments to the plan. In the end, the committee unanimously passed the proposal.
Credit KUOW Photo/Ruby de Luna

It was standing room only at Seattle’s city hall on Thursday, as councilmembers made changes to a minimum wage proposal. This signals that Seattle is poised to be the first city to pass a $15 minimum wage, the highest in the country.

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Financial Crisis
9:54 am
Fri May 30, 2014

'Stress Test': Before, During And After The Panic Of 2008

Former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner and President Barack Obama at the G20 London Summit, 2 April 2009.
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The financial crisis of 2008 is widely referred to as the worst fiscal disaster since the Great Depression of the 1930s. It threatened large financial institutions with collapse and resulted in bank bailouts and downturns in stock and housing markets around the world.

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Crime & Courts
8:13 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Fighting Public Welfare Fraud In Washington Keeps State Investigators Busy

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 4:38 pm

Fraud investigators in Washington state say they expect to announce a major case of public welfare theft next month.

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VA Investigations
7:15 am
Fri May 30, 2014

VA Chief Eric Shinseki Resigns Post, Obama Announces

Eric Shinseki resigned as the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs on Friday, in what President Obama said was a decision spurred by a desire to not distract from efforts to fix the agency's problems. Earlier Friday, Shinseki spoke at a conference in Washington.
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Originally published on Fri May 30, 2014 10:10 am

Embattled Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has resigned his position, hours after saying he would work to fix "systemic" problems in the VA's health care system.

President Obama said Friday that the decision was made so Shinseki wouldn't be a "distraction" from efforts to address the agency's wide-ranging problems.

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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

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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. 

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