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Disaster Preparedness
12:36 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Oso's Lesson For Emergency Managers: 'We're Not Ready'

Flickr Photo/Phil Rhoeder (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman speaks with Eric Holdeman, a former Emergency Management Director for King County, about the lessons from the Oso slide response, and how they can help Washington State prepare for the next disaster.

Government
6:44 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Washington's Fictitious Driver's License Program Larger Than First Reported

Washington Department of Licensing

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 5:44 pm

A new report reveals the state of Washington issued nearly 3,000 fictitious driver’s licenses to police agencies over the last 25 years.

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Internet & Cable
3:44 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Comcast-Time Warner Merger Could Cause A 'Huge War' In Washington, D.C.

Comcast Executive VP David Cohen (left), and Time Warner Executive VP and CFO Arthur T. Minson Jr. wait to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on in Washington, D.C., on April 9, 2014.
Credit AP Photo/Susan Walsh

Comcast provides Internet and cable service to more households than any other cable company in the U.S.

In Washington, D.C., Comcast has hired more than 80 lobbyists to sell its $45 billion mega-merger with Time Warner Cable. The deal, filed earlier this month, is now pending approval from the FCC and Department of Justice.

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Seattle Transit
2:53 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Another Initiative Hopes To Save King County Metro

Credit Flickr Photo/Atomic Taco (CC BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde talks with Ben Schiendelman, co-founder of  Seattle Transit Blog, about the initiative that he and Friends of Transit have filed.

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Local Economy
2:52 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Finding Business Outside Of Boeing In Snohomish County

Boeing's Everett factory.
Credit Flickr Photo/David Prasad (CC BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman speaks with Seattle Times business columnist Jon Talton about the economic climate of Snohomish County — with and without Boeing's business.

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Bertha Delays
2:14 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Highway 99 Tunnel Builder Asks For An Additional $190 Million

Bertha, the SR 99 tunnel machine, has stopped and will not likely begin tunneling again until next spring.
Flickr Photo/WSDOT (CC-BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde speaks with former transportation secretary Doug MacDonald about the recent budget issues with Seattle’s tunnel project.

Fatal Mudslide
12:31 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Active Search Efforts End In Oso Mudslide

Messages of support hang inside the Oso Fire Department.
Flickr Photo/Snohomish County (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with State Search and Rescue Coordinator Chris Long about the decision to call off active search and rescue in Oso, Wash.

This morning, Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary announced the end of active search operations at the site of the March 22 mudslide near Oso, Wash.

Trenary said it was a difficult decision to make and relied on “a little bit of soul searching and a lot of information from the scene.”

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Affordable Care Act
8:17 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Candidates Jump On Cover Oregon's Troubles

The state of Oregon has decided to scrap its troubled health insurance exchange website.

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 5:01 pm

The finger-pointing is underway now that the state of Oregon has decided to scrap its troubled health insurance exchange website.

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Immigrant Students
7:55 am
Mon April 28, 2014

University Of Washington's Secret Society Of Undocumented 'Dreamers'

A student takes notes at the white board during a recent Purple Group meeting.
Credit KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

There’s no special handshake. No code word. But for one secret group on the University of Washington campus in Seattle, identification papers – or, rather, a lack thereof – are a common denomination.

The UW’s student organization the Purple Group is for students, known as "dreamers," who came to the country illegally, often as young children.

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Affordable Care Act
9:00 am
Sun April 27, 2014

Giving Up On Its Obamacare Exchange No Cure For Oregon's Ills

Oregon was an early adopter of the Affordable Care Act, and ran a series of ads encouraging all Oregonians to sign up for health insurance. But their website never became fully functional.
Cover Oregon

Originally published on Sun April 27, 2014 3:45 pm

Oregon has been "all in" on health reform. Its embrace of the Affordable Care Act includes a very successful Medicaid expansion, a $2 billion federal experiment to show the state can save money by managing patients' care better, and, of course, the state's own online marketplace to sell Obamacare insurance.

But that last point has been a huge problem.

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Historical Records
4:32 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

No Permanent Damage After Flood At Washington State Archives

Blue tarps protect historic records from flood waters dripping down from above at the Washington State Archives in Olympia.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 5:07 pm

Clean-up efforts are underway at the Washington State Archives in Olympia after a newly-installed kitchen sink line caused a flood overnight.

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Education
4:13 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Washington Loses No Child Left Behind Waiver: Will It Be The First Of Many?

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Marcie Sillman talks with Alyson Klein, Education Week reporter, about what Washington losing its No Child Left Behind waiver means for federal education policy.

International Trade
4:00 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Has Both Parties Opposed

David Hyde talks with David Deese, political science professor at Boston College, about the politics behind the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.

Education
3:01 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Superintendent Dorn: Losing NCLB Waiver Is Hardest On Students

Credit Flickr Photo/Xavier (CC BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn about Washington state losing its No Child Left Behind waiver and what that means for state public schools.

Week In Review
2:56 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Bus Cuts Coming, Tunnel Digging Delayed, And Minimum Wage Talks Continue

State transportation officials say the tunnel machine now stuck beneath the downtown Seattle waterfront won't resume tunneling until March 2015.
Credit Flickr Photo/WSDOT (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher recaps the news of the week with Crosscut's Knute Berger, news analyst Joni Balter, The Stranger's Eli Sanders and LiveWire host Luke Burbank.

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