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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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EarthFix Reports
7:49 am
Wed May 21, 2014

SolarWorld Among Victims of Alleged Chinese Hacking

Entrance to SolarWorld in Hillsboro, Oregon. The company is among victims in a cyberspying campaign the U.S. Department of Justice say Chinese officials used to steal trade secrets.
Oregon Department of Transportation

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 3:28 pm

SolarWorld, a solar panel manufacturer with its U.S. operation in Hillsboro, Oregon, is among the companies listed as victims in an alleged cyberspying campaign carried out by the Chinese government.

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EarthFix Reports
7:49 am
Wed May 21, 2014

A Wild and Scenic Underground River In Southern Oregon?

The River Styx could become the nation's first underground Wild and Scenic river with a proposed expansion of the Oregon Caves National Monument.
National Park Service

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 2:14 pm

A proposed expansion of Oregon Caves National Monument would make the River Styx the nation’s first underground river to receive Wild and Scenic status.

The River Styx flows through the main cave system of the national monument in Southern Oregon. The water drains into the Illinois River before joining the Rogue River.

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EarthFix Reports
7:49 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Yakama Nation Protests Coal Export Terminal

Yakama Nation fishers and tribal leaders hopped on boats to the fishing site. As a protest, they dropped a net right next to the proposed Morrow Pacific coal export facility.
Courtney Flatt

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 5:44 pm

BOARDMAN, Ore. -- Yakama Nation tribal members took to the Columbia River Tuesday to protest a proposed coal export facility in eastern Oregon. The tribe says the export facility would cut fishers off from treaty-protected fishing sites along the river.

More than 70 people held signs and waved flags on the banks of the Columbia River, just downstream from the proposed Morrow Pacific coal export terminal.

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Washington Supreme Court
7:49 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Inslee's Judicial Appointees Virtually Unopposed On Ballot

Washington Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu takes the oath in the state’s Temple of Justice.

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 10:48 pm

The Washington Supreme Court has its first openly-gay, Asian-American, Latina justice. Former King County Superior Court Judge Mary Yu was sworn-in Tuesday.

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Overloaded Quincy Hospital
7:49 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Rural Hospital Frustrated With Role As Sasquatch Festival's Emergency Room

Dr. Fernando Dietsch is the chief medical officer and E.R. director at Quincy Valley Medical Center.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 8:31 am

Over three days, the annual pilgrimage of 25,000 rollicking concertgoers to the Sasquatch Music Festival turns central Washington's picturesque Gorge Amphitheater along the Columbia River into the largest city in Grant County.

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Law
3:37 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

New State Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu's Judicial Philosophy

Washington Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu.
Flickr Photo/OnceAndFutureLaura

David Hyde speaks with the Justice Mary Yu, who was sworn in to the Washington Supreme Court on May 20.  She's the first Asian-American and openly gay Supreme Court justice in Washington.

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Police Culture
3:36 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Are Police Departments Still Boys Clubs?

Former King County sheriff Sue Rahr in 2008.
Credit Wikipedia

Ross Reynolds talks to Sue Rahr about the issues women face as leaders of police departments. Rahr was the first woman to become elected as sheriff of King County in 2005 and served in that role until 2012.

On Monday Kathleen O'Toole was picked to be the the first female chief of the Seattle Police Department.

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