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Economics And Crime
3:17 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Can The Promise Of Opportunity Reduce Crime?

Credit Robert Crutchfield's book "Get a Job."

Steve Scher talks to UW Sociology professor Robert Crutchfield about the research in his new book ,"Get A Job: Labor Markets, Economic Opportunity, And Crime."

One argument for raising the minimum wage is that better pay will tie a person to the work in a positive way. More pay could give a worker hope that they will be able to  build a better life for themselves and their family. Research shows that  kids will pick up on that hope and be less likely to commit crimes. 

Crutchfield  has worked as a parole agent and a juvenile probation officer. His research focuses on the connections between labor markets, economic opportunity and crime. Basically, he says, a good job reduces crime. 

Law Enforcement
10:47 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Former Boston Top Cop Kathleen O'Toole Picked To Head Seattle Police

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announces Kathleen O'Toole as his nominee for Seattle chief of police.
Credit KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

Kathleen O’Toole, formerly the Boston police commissioner and Ireland’s chief inspector, has been selected as Mayor Ed Murray's nominee as Seattle's top cop.

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Vetting
8:19 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Carfax For Candidates? Nonprofit Offers Politician Background Checks

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 9:21 am

Even though it is a mid-term election year, some 300 candidates are vying for 162 local, state and federal positions in Washington state alone.

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Emergency
8:18 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Text-to-911 Coming, But Dispatchers Much Prefer Voice Calls

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 8:13 pm

This week, the four biggest mobile carriers met a voluntary deadline to be ready to allow consumers to text to 911. But don't try that in an emergency just yet.

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Taxes
2:43 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

A Pack Of Smokes Might Get Pricier

Flickr Photo/Valerie Everett (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Sandeep Kaushik, spokesperson for the initiative that is looking at increasing the tax on tobacco by $1 in order to fund a cancer prevention program.

City Council Proposal
2:43 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Former Obama Administration Economist On Seattle's Proposed Minimum Wage Hike

Jared Bernstein, senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and former chief economist and economic adviser in the Obama Administration.
Credit Flickr Photo/University of Michigan's Ford School (CC-BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde interviews Jared Bernstein, former chief economist for the Obama Administration, about the proposed minimum wage hike in Seattle. 

Aging Infrastructure
2:42 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Math Error, 50 Years Later, Caused Wanapum Dam Crack

Washington Governor Jay Inslee toured the cracked Wanapum Dam on Wednesday.
Credit Governor's Office

Ross Reynolds speaks with Anna King, inland correspondent for the Northwest News Network, about the recent discovery by engineers that a 50-year-old math error is to blame for a large crack in the Wanapum Dam.

Seattle Parks
2:07 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

As Seattle Considers Parks District, Tacoma Serves As Useful Comparison

Wright Park, located on the edge of downtown, was established in 1890.
Credit Metro Parks Tacoma

Ross Reynolds speaks with Jack Wilson, executive director of Metro Parks Tacoma, about how a Parks District differs from a Parks Department. Tacoma has had a parks district since April 1907; Seattle voters will decide whether to establish a Seattle Park District in August 2014.

Week In Review
1:59 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Funding Bus Service In Seattle, Universal Pre School And SPD Chief Candidates

Flickr Photo/Oran Viriyincy (CC BY-NC-ND)

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced a proposal for saving metro bus service in Seattle,  unveiled a plan to bring universal pre school to Seattle kids, and will determine who will be the new police chief Monday.

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Seattle Police
3:44 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Former Interim Police Chief Jim Pugel Reflects On His Career

Former interim Seattle Police Chief Jim Pugel.
Credit SPD Photo

Ross Reynolds sits down with former interim Police Chief Jim Pugel to reflect on his 31 year career with the Seattle Police Department, the future of policing and his current work with the Open Society Foundation.

Early Childhood Education
3:06 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Preschool For All, A Sliding Scale For Most: The Plan For Pre-K In Seattle

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)

Ross Reynolds speaks with Seattle City Council President Tim Burgess about the recently unveiled proposal to fund universal pre-K in Seattle. The proposal was announced today by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, Councilmember Burgess, and Seattle Schools Superintendent Jose Banda. If approved by the City Council, the proposal will be forwarded to the November ballot.

Noise Pollution
3:06 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

When The Growlers Fly, The Noise 'Rips The Fabric Of The Universe Apart'

Sailors and Pilots Prepare to Launch an EA-18G Growler.
Flickr Photo/U.S. Pacific Fleet (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Caryn Andrews, Citizens of the Ebey's Reserve co-founder, about her group's complaints over the military planes that fly low and register at over 110 decibels. Reynolds also speaks with Captain Michael Nortier from the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station about the military's response and why they won't be moving the planes anytime soon.

Police Chief Search
3:06 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

SPD Chief Candidate Has A Long Resume Of Police Reform

Former Boston Police Commissioner Kathleen O'Toole at a press conference in 2005. O'Toole is a candidate for Seattle Police chief.
Credit AP Photo/Elise Amendola

Ross Reynolds talks to Seattle Police Chief candidate Kathleen O'Toole about low-level crime enforcement and her experience working with the Justice Department. O'Toole is one of the three candidates for Seattle Police Chief. Mayor Ed Murray will announce his final decision on Monday.

Gains In Seattle Jobs
10:20 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Steady Job Gains Chip Away At Jobless Rate in Washington State

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 3:44 pm

Steady job gains are chipping away at the unemployment rate in Washington state.

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