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11:23 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Mayor Murray: $18.13 Minimum Wage By 2025

Mayor Ed Murray announced a proposal to increase Seattle's minimum wage.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

Bill Radke discusses Mayor Ed Murray's minimum wage proposal with news analyst Joni Balter.

Seattle’s minimum wage could increase to $18.13 an hour within the next decade, according to Mayor Ed Murray's office.

Speaking at Town Hall on Thursday, Murray said that large businesses would have to pay their employees $15 an hour in three years.

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Politics
7:38 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Despite Party Differences, Millennial State Lawmakers Find Common Ground

The four youngest members of the Washington legislature are two Democrats and two Republicans who find generational common ground in spite of their political differences.

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 11:11 am

The Washington legislature is trending a bit younger these day. Nine of the 147 members are under 34 years old.

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Pot Shops
7:17 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Marijuana Banking: Secretive But Poised To Grow

John Davis says his marijuana business is "built like a bank on steroids."
Credit KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

Many marijuana business owners say they have bank accounts, but aren’t completely forthright with their bankers about the nature of their businesses. They claim to be in “consulting” or “medical research.”  And they know they could lose those bank accounts suddenly, at any time, since federal law prohibits banks from holding any funds associated with illegal drugs.

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Addiction
7:01 am
Fri May 2, 2014

As Heroin Booms, Recovery Clinics Struggle To Keep Up

Jamie Heidenreich rides back to Hoquiam after getting methadone treatment in Olympia, Wash. It's an hour each way.
Credit KUOW Photo/Elizabeth Jenkins

Heroin, the drug of the 90s, is back and thriving in Washington state.

“A hot batch of heroin hits the streets, and we will know it in a couple of hours because of the overdoses,” Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers said. In Washington, opiate-related deaths have doubled in the past decade.

But efforts to provide recovery services have struggled to keep up with the drugs. And for many, particularly in rural areas where distances stretch for hours, it can be tough to reach clinics.

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King County Government
3:16 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Dow Constantine On Minimum Wage And Prop 1

King County Executive Dow Constantine.
Flickr Photo/Michael @ NW Lens (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with King County Executive Dow Constantine about minimum wage and why Proposition 1 failed.

Shifting Sands
3:07 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

A Look At America's Middle East Foreign Policy Over The Last 70 Years

Credit Joel Migdal's book "Shifting Sands."

Steve Scher talks to University of Washington professor Joel Migdal about his new book "Shifting Sands: The United States and The Middle East."

Public Health
3:06 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

As FDA Moves To Regulate E-Cigarettes, What's Happening In King County?

Flickr Photo/Joseph Morris (CC-BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde talks with Dr. David Fleming, director of King County Public Health, about the Food and Drug Administration's decision to regulate electronic cigarettes.

Many Firsts For High Court
3:02 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Inslee Appoints King County Judge Mary Yu To Washington Supreme Court

King County Judge Mary Yu has been appointed to Washington Supreme Court.

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 6:10 pm

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has appointed the first openly gay justice to the Washington Supreme Court.

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Arts
3:02 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

'It’s Like Pornography': Searching For Cultural Space In Seattle

Alexander Calder's "Eagle" at Seattle's Olympic Sculpture Park.
Credit Flickr Photo/~C4Chaos

Matthew Richter has his dream job. For the past eight months, he has served as Seattle's Cultural Spaces Liaison. But when you ask him to tell you what a cultural space is, he laughs.

"That's the million dollar question,” Richter said. “It's like pornography (you know it when you see it)."

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Income Inequality Advisory Committee
2:57 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Minimum Wage Committee Co-Chairs Explain How They Made A Deal

Mayor Murray discusses increasing the minimum wage in Seattle on Seattle Channel with his committee co-chairs David Rolf and Howard Wright.
Flickr Photo/Ed Murray

David Hyde speaks with David Rolf and Howard Wright, the co-chairs of Seattle Mayor Ed Murray's Income Inequality Advisory Committee, about how they finally came to a deal on a minimum wage proposal.

Off To The City Council
2:54 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

What's Next For Mayor Murray's Minimum Wage Proposal?

Mayor Ed Murray with members of the Seattle City Council shortly after last fall's election.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

David Hyde talks with Erica C. Barnett, news editor at PubliCola, about what must happen next for Seattle Mayor Ed Murray's minimum wage proposal to pass the City Council.

Minimum Wage
2:53 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

15Now Reacts To Mayor Murray's Minimum Wage Proposal

King County Council Member Larry Gossett and Vote 15 campaign manager Jess Spear at the launch of 15Now's charter amendment in early April.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Marcie Sillman speaks with Jesse Lessinger, an organizer for 15Now, about Seattle Mayor Ed Murray's proposal to gradually increase the minimum wage.

Worker Safety
8:17 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Can Hanford's Tank Vapor Problems Be Fixed?

File photo of a crew working on a waste tank at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in 2010.

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 3:25 pm

Each year federal and state managers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington give a rundown on how things are going.

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Public Safety
8:17 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Washington Schools Face Multiple Threats From Natural Disasters

A new draft report finds that Washington schools face threats from nine different kinds of natural hazards.

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 7:23 am

The Oso landslide, with 41 dead and two still missing, could be the the third-worst natural disaster in Washington history after the Stevens Pass Avalanche of 1910 and the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980.

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News From Canada
4:12 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Canada's Middle Class Surpasses U.S. Middle Class

Credit Flickr Photo/Robert Fairchild (CC BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde talks with Vaughn Palmer, columnist for the Vancouver Sun, about the latest news from Canada.

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