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New Prime Minister
3:15 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

What India's Election Means For Washingtonians

Narendra Modi was elected as India's next prime minister.
AP Photo/Ajit Solanki

David Hyde interviews former Washingtonian, diplomat and scholar Haroon Ullah about the recent election of  Narendra Modi to be the next prime minister of India.

Around The Northwest
11:45 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Preserve Vs. Road: Southeast Washington’s Growing Pains Erupt In Public-Planning Battle

Scott Woodward shows off Amon Creek Natural Preserve in Richland, Washington.

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 3:40 pm

The Tri-Cities are growing faster than most other metro areas in the Northwest, or the nation. From a high spot like Badger Mountain, it’s easy see how rapidly new neighborhoods are leveling off ridgelines and hacking into fruit orchards.

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Politics
10:05 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Year After Skagit Bridge Collapse, Little Done To Improve Bridges

It's been a year since the Skagit River bridge collapsed and little has been done to improve the infrastructure of faltering bridges elsewhere in the state.
Credit Harley Soltes

On the day that Jan Auman, a coffee shop owner in Skagit County, had planned to celebrate the one-year anniversary of her new business, the nearby I-5 bridge collapsed.

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$15 An Hour?
9:22 am
Fri May 23, 2014

City Council Questions Mayor's Minimum Wage Plan

Matthew Hollek owns a Subway sandwich shop in Ballard. He said he functions like a small business and shouldn't have to pay higher wages than his competitors nearby.
Credit Amy Radil

The Seattle City Council took up Mayor Ed Murray’s minimum wage proposal Thursday. Labor leaders said they weren’t thrilled about the council's opening questions.

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Memorial Day
8:46 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Local Veteran 'Says A Little Prayer' When Flags Are Lowered To Half-Staff

Patrick Daly served in the U.S. Air Force for 26 years.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Memorial Day is just one of many days throughout the year when the American flag is lowered to half-staff. The President of the United States and state governors can also order flags lowered during times of mourning.

In Washington state, flags have flown at half-staff three times so far in 2014 to honor local soldiers who died on active duty. In April, Governor Jay Inslee also ordered to lower the flags for a week in memory of the victims of the tragic Oso landslide.

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Demographics
3:09 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Is Seattle's Growth Tied To Millennial's Migratory Habits?

A worker at a WeWork location. The collaborative work space provide has opened a location in South Lake Union.
Flickr Photo/Scott Beale/Laughing Squid (CC-BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde speaks with demographer Peter Francese about the migratory habits of the millennial generation and the fact that Seattle is now the fastest-growing city in the United States.

Wage Debate
3:08 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Seattle City Council Considers Changes To Mayor's Minimum Wage Proposal

Official photo of the current Seattle City Council.

Ross Reynolds talks to PubliCola reporter Erica C. Barnett about the Seattle City Council's review of Mayor Ed Murray's minimum wage proposal. The original plan was a hard-fought compromise between business and labor representatives.

Long-Term Unemployment
1:20 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Governor Inslee Allocates $4 Million In Federal Funds To Help Washington's Unemployed

Ross Reynolds speaks with Marlena Sessions, chief executive officer for Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County, about how they plan to use their portion of $4 million in federal funds to help King County's long-term unemployed get back to work.

Public Safety
10:31 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Advisory: E. Coli Cases In Washington Possibly Linked To Clover Sprouts

Clover sprouts from Evergreen Fresh Sprouts of Idaho are suspected in a series of recent E. coli cases.
Flickr Photo/Stephie189

Health officials have advised people not to eat clover sprouts until further notice because of a possible link to E. coli. Ten people have become ill from E. coli in Washington and Idaho since May 1; half of them were hospitalized.

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Stalled Investment
10:07 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Minimum Wage Limbo Keeps Small Business Owners Up At Night

Jody Hall, owner of Cupcake Royale, was an early supporter of the mayor's plan to raise the minimum wage to $15. Now she is having serious second thoughts.
Credit KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

As the Seattle City Council continues to debate a plan to phase in a $15 minimum wage, and as minimum wage advocates gather signatures to put an even stronger measure on the November ballot, businesses in the city are finding themselves in an uncomfortable position: in limbo.

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Immigrant And Refugee Affairs
9:24 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Seattle Office Wants To Go Beyond ‘Same Old Voices’ To Address Immigrant Needs

Uriel Ruelas, originally from Mexico City, has lived in Seattle for 15 years. He says immigrants should have the same access to city services as everyone else.
Credit KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

In October 2012, Seattle’s local government expanded in a way typically only seen in bigger cities. Former mayor Mike McGinn created the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, or OIRA, in an effort to give more voice to the area’s booming immigrant population. Nearly 20 percent of Seattle’s residents are born outside of the U.S., according to recent census figures.

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Public Transportation
3:37 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

New Plan To Save Transit In Seattle Would Tax Employers And Parking

Flickr Photo/James Callan

Steve Scher talks with Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata about his proposal to preserve bus service in Seattle.

International Conflict
3:37 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Number Of Refugees On The Rise

A refugee from the Darfur conflict visits a medical facility in Sudan.
Flickr Photo/United Nations Photo

Ross Reynolds talks with Judith Kumin, former United Nation's official and current professor of International Human Rights at the University of New Hampshire, about why the number of displaced people in the world is on the rise.

City Ban
3:37 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Marysville City Council Issues Moratorium On Pot Businesses

KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

David Hyde speaks with Jeff Vaughan, president of the Marysville City Council, about their decision to ban all marijuana businesses within city limits.

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