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9:28 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Supreme Court Upholds Michigan's Ban On Affirmative Action

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette speaks to reporters after arguing the case before the U.S. Supreme Court in October. He's with XIV Foundation CEO Jennifer Gratz, who was a plaintiff in a lawsuit against the University of Michigan's affirmative action policy.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 5:02 am

The Supreme Court has ruled that a Michigan ballot initiative to ban racial preferences in college admissions is constitutional, overturning a lower court decision.

In a 6-2 decision Tuesday, the justices said the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals was wrong to set aside the voter-approved ban as discriminatory.

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Pot Legalization
8:07 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Youth Access To Marijuana Remains A Concern Under Legalization

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 1:04 pm

As Washington and Colorado go where no state or nation has gone before concerns remain about kids getting their hands on pot.

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Same-Sex Marriage
8:07 am
Tue April 22, 2014

National Group Attempts 11th-Hour Intervention In Oregon Gay Marriage Case

Chantal Andrea

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 1:03 pm

A national group that opposes same-sex marriage is trying to intervene in a case scheduled to go before a federal judge in Oregon this week.

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Income Inequality
3:10 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Immigrant Business Owners Weigh In On Seattle's Minimum Wage

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Ross Reynolds talks with Taylor Hoang, owner of the Pho Cyclo Cafe, about the minimum wage debate in Seattle.

As an immigrant business owner, Hoang is in favor of a proposal that would implement a much lower minimum wage. The proposal would raise the minimum wage to $10.35 and gradually increase to $15 over the next 10 years.

'Pottery' Week
2:44 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Marijuana License Lottery Week: How Does It Work?

Credit AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Marcie Sillman talks with Brian Smith, communications director at the Washington State Liquor Control Board, about the process for the state's retail pot license lottery happening this week.

Earth Day
2:43 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

The Conservative Take On Environmentalism

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Ross Reynolds talks with Todd Myers, environmental director of the Washington Policy Center, about how conservative values align with the environmental movement. 

Gay Rights
8:11 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Oregon Same-Sex Marriage Case Hits Federal Court This Week

Chantal Andrea

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 1:03 pm

Attorneys for a group that wants to overturn Oregon's law barring same-sex marriage will make their case to a federal judge in Eugene Wednesday.

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Cannabis Retail
8:11 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Marijuana Consultants Offer Advice To Potential Pot Dealers

File photo of James Lucas of Tacoma Cross, a medical marijuana dispensary
Brianna Butterfield Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 9:11 am

The Northwest’s budding marijuana industry means opportunity for pot consultants.

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OpenSSL Foundation
12:44 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Who Should Pay To Keep The Internet's Locks Secure?

A lock icon signifies an encrypted Internet connection. But thanks to a recently discovered (and now fixed) bug, it's been bleeding out information for a few years.
Mal Langsdon Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 10:01 am

The encryption code unlocked by the Heartbleed bug last week provided vital security for some of the most widely used websites on the Internet. Fortune 1000 companies rely on the open source code for their core business. But it turns out no one is paying for it.

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Seattle 2035
3:19 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Building Seattle's Future Around Transit

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Ross Reynolds speaks with Josh Brower, member of the Seattle Planning Commission, about how the transit focus might affect his neighborhood in Beacon Hill.

The transit focus is one of the three planning alternatives being considered for Seattle 2035.

Workplace Rights
3:18 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Does Seattle Need Better Enforcement Of Labor Laws?

David Hyde talks with Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata about why he's pushing for better enforcement of labor standards in Seattle.

The Week In Review
1:29 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Tom Steps Down, Boeing Moves Jobs Out Of Washington, And Minimum Wage Debate Heats Up

Washington state Senator Rodney Tom.
Credit Courtesy of Washington State Senate

As Washington state Senator Rodney Tom announced his decision to not seek re-election this week, how does his departure change the dynamic in the legislature.

Also, Boeing is shipping nearly 2,000 engineering and research jobs out of the state. After the big push for friendly tax breaks for the company, is this a betrayal? 

Steve Scher reviews these stories and more with news analyst Joni Balter, Crosscut's Knute Berger, Eli Sanders of The Stranger and Livewire host Luke Burbank.

Transportation Crisis
9:37 am
Fri April 18, 2014

No Access To Route 530 Is Next ‘Emergency’ For Darrington Residents

A State Patrol post blocks cars from traveling west on state Route 530 out of Darrington, Wash.
KUOW Photo/Sara Lerner

A month after the devastating mudslide near Oso, Wash., a mile of state Route 530 still sits under landslide debris.

As the people from this tiny community and the neighboring towns try to move on, they’re battling a major transportation issue with their daily commute to work.  Many of them are adding hours to their drive time to go around the mudslide.

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Transportation
9:11 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Referendum Puts Seattle Rideshare Rules On Hold

Dara Jenkins, a driver for the ridesharing service Lyft, adjusts the furry mustache drivers display on their cars when they are working, as she starts a shift in Seattle.
Credit AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Seattle’s new regulations on rideshare companies like Lyft and Uber were supposed to take effect this week, but now they’re on hold. That’s because a group, backed by rideshare businesses, has filed signatures for a ballot referendum to bring the rideshare rules to a public vote.

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