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Dam's Massive Crack
10:20 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Inslee Says Cracked Wanapum Dam A Unique Problem, Not Systemic In River System

Washington’s Governor Jay Inslee toured the cracked Wanapum Dam on Wednesday.

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 7:37 am

Governor Jay Inslee was able to get up close to drilling machines on the damaged Wanapum Dam in central Washington Wednesday. He visited Wanapum after it came out this week that the dam’s massive crack was caused by fundamental design errors and bad concrete pours in 1960.

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News From Canada
3:43 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

From Canada: Liberal Party Expected To Be Pro-Choice, HIV Testing, And Rail Crash Update

Justin Trudeau, leader of the Liberal Party of Canada
Flickr Photo/Joseph Morris (CC-BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde talks to Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer about the latest news from Canada. Topics include Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau telling his party they better support pro-choice legislation, or else; the government in British Columbia encouraging people to get routine HIV testing; and an update on the Canadian rail crash of last July.

Politics & Government
3:35 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Ralph Nader Chats About New Book, Seattle’s Minimum Wage Debate

Credit Ralph Nader's new book "Unstoppable."

David Hyde speaks with Ralph Nader about Seattle's minimum wage debate and his new book: “Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle The Corporate State.”

Minimum Wage
3:30 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Special: Stakeholders, Listeners Discuss Minimum Wage

Demonstrators in Seattle formed a human chain around City Hall in support of a $15 minimum wage in April.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Steve Scher sits down with three stakeholders in the minimum wage debate: James Parker, a volunteer for the organization 15Now, who currently makes $12 an hour; Howard Wright, co-founder of the Seattle Hospitality Group and co-chair of the mayor's Income Inequality Advisory Committee; and Judith Gille, founder and  co-owner of City People's Mercantile and Garden Store.

Scher asks his panelists to discuss how we got to this point, the mayor's proposal to reach a $15 minimum wage and how that wage would impact their lives. We also take your calls.

Human Trafficking
3:29 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

On The Border: Man Deported For Smuggling Women Into Washington

U.S. Immigration and Customs released this photo of Sung Hoon Ha, a 30-year-old South Korean national found guilty of smuggling women into Washington state from Canada.
Credit Photo Credit ICE

On Monday, Sung Hoon Ha, 30, was deported to South Korea after living in the U.S. for eight years. He had been caught operating a human smuggling ring in Washington state.

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Marijuana Business
3:28 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

'It's Really Terrifying:' Marijuana Businessman Steve DeAngelo On Running A Business In Cash

Steve DeAngelo, Executive Director of Harborside Health Services, the world's largest marijuana dispensary.
Credit Harborside Health Services

Ross Reynolds speaks with Steve DeAngelo, executive director of Harborside Health Services, a medical marijuana dispensary in California, about what it's like to run a $30 million business mostly on cash.

Debate Over Mayor's Proposal
3:00 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Seattle City Council's Public Hearing On Minimum Wage Stirs Emotions

Supporters of the group 15 Now attend a Seattle City Council public meeting to discuss minimum wage on May 13.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

David Hyde speaks with KUOW reporter Deborah Wang, who attended Seattle City Council's public hearing on the minimum wage Tuesday night.

Seattle Police Chief
2:59 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Chief Candidate Calls Seattle Police's Lack Of Technology 'Shocking'

In this file photo from 2005, then Phoenix police Lt. Frank Milstead describes the circumstances surrounding an arrest.
Credit AP Photo/Paul Connors

Ross Reynolds talks to Mesa, Arizona police chief Frank Milstead about the challenges he would face if he's chosen to be the next Seattle police chief. Milstead is one of three candidates vying for the position. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray will announce his decision on Monday.

Medical Costs
12:35 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Effective But Costly: Prison Officials Debate New Hepatitis Drug

Inmates at the Washington Corrections Center in Shelton receive certificates after a seminar with Rich Feffer of the Hepatitis Education Project.
KUOW Photo/Patricia Murphy

About 3.2 million people in the U.S. have hepatitis C, a highly contagious virus that can lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer.

Dr. Jody Rich, a professor of medicine and epidemiology at The Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University in Rhode Island, said prisons carry a heavy load of the disease, but they also have built in health care.

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Dam Investigation
8:26 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Crack In Wanapum Dam A Symptom Of Several Big Problems

This graphic form the Grant PUD shows the sequence of events that led to the crack in Wanapum Dam.

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 3:48 pm

An extensive investigation by the Grant County utility district revealed Tuesday that a host of problems caused the massive crack in Wanapum Dam on the Columbia River in central Washington.

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State-Funded Pre-K
8:26 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Pre-K Enrollment Down; Northwest Especially Low

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 6:10 pm

The number of preschoolers enrolled in state-funded early childhood education programs is dropping nationally.

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Metro Bus Cuts
5:06 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Murray's Plan To Save Seattle City Buses

Flickr Photo/Canadian Pacific

Efforts to prevent King County Metro bus cuts have narrowed from a county-wide approach to a more localized strategy.  On Tuesday, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray unveiled his proposal to give Seattle voters another option to save Seattle-centric routes, although he's still got his eye on a broader, regional plan.

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Mental Health
2:45 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

How Missed Deadlines Are Preventing Mentally Ill People From Getting Treatment In King County

Credit Flickr Photo/Ruth Flickr

Steve Scher talks with journalist Brian Rosenthal about why King County mental health professionals are routinely missing deadlines to provide psychiatric evaluations — causing potentially dangerous patients to be released. Rosenthal reported the story for the Seattle Times. He now reports for The Houston Chronicle.

Inked
2:33 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

A Brief History Of Taboos And Military Tattoos

A Marine's arm tattoo is visible on his lower arm.
Flickr Photo/Hammerin Man (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks to Dr. Anna Friedman, a tattoo historian and researcher, about the long history of tattoos in the military. The U.S. Army recently announced new restrictions on the size and placement of soldiers' tattoos.

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