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National Security
3:17 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Life After Blowing The Whistle On The NSA

Former senior executive Thomas Drake blew the whistle on NSA.
Flickr Photo/Project On Government Oversight

Steve Scher talks with former NSA senior executive Thomas Drake about his experience before, during and after blowing the whistle on fraud and abuse in the United States government.

Civil Rights
3:17 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Advocates Push To Slow Deportation While Waiting For Immigration Reform

Pramila Jayapal is an advocate for immigrant, civil and human rights.
We Belong Together's Facebook page/Nathan Mitchell

Marcie Sillman talks with Pramila Jayapal, an advocate for immigrant, civil and human rights. She and other supporters are pushing to slow deportation while Congress constructs an immigration bill.

North Korea
2:02 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Obama: Kenneth Bae Deserves To Be Free

Kenneth Bae, right, an American man detained in North Korea since Nov. 2012, and his mother Myunghee Bae were able to meet at a Pyongyang hospital last October.
AP Photo/The Choson Sinbo, Mun Kwang Son

President Obama said Thursday the United States is still trying to win the release of former Lynnwood, Wash., resident Kenneth Bae from North Korea.

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Buffering Headaches
12:20 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Author: When It Comes To High-Speed Internet, U.S. 'Falling Way Behind'

Susan Crawford says that in cities like Seoul and Stockholm, high-speed, high-capacity networks are taken for granted. "It really is astonishing what's going on in America," she says. "We're falling way behind in the pack of developed nations when it comes to high-speed Internet access, capacity and prices."
iStockphoto

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 9:41 am

For an increasing number of Americans, access to high-speed Internet has become an essential part of our lives. We do work, email friends, find restaurants, watch videos and movies, and check the weather. And the Internet is increasingly used for important services, like video medical consults and online education, and is relied upon by businesses for critical operations.

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EarthFix Reports
10:33 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Sally Jewell Straps On Snowshoes To Offer Perspective On Climate Change

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell at Mount Rainier National Park.
KUOW Photo/Ashley Ahearn

Hot on the heels of President Obama’s latest State of the Union address, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell came home to Washington to meet with scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Park Service.

But this wasn’t your usual boardroom PowerPoint session.

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Command Culture
7:47 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Department Of Defense Declines To Release Investigation Into Bales' Command

Masooma, pictured with her children, recounted the events of pre-dawn March 11, 2012 when she says a U.S. soldier rampaged through two villages killing 16 people, mostly children. Staff Sergeant Robert Bales pleaded guilty to the massacre.
AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus

The Department of Defense has denied a request by reporters for information about Staff Sergeant Robert Bales’ murder of 16 Afghan civilians.

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Focus On Diversity
9:22 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Seattle Police Reforms Shift To Officer Training

U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan speaks at a press conference about Seattle Police reforms.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Seattle’s ongoing effort to reform the police department seems to be shifting to a new phase, from policy to implementation. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says 2014 will be “the year of training” for Seattle cops.

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Lucha Libre
9:00 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Mexican-Style Wrestlers Want To Escape Regulatory Choke Hold

Announcer Jake Stratton (on left) and luchador Josh Black (on right) think the regulations on theatrical wrestling need to change.
Taylor Winkel Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed February 5, 2014 8:15 am

Lucha Libre wrestling has a huge following in Mexico. In fact, it’s second only to soccer. And its popularity is rising here in the Northwest.

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Railway Regulation
8:41 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Crude Oil Train Oversight Divides Washington Legislature

File photo of a BNSF train from March 16, 2013.
Raymond D. Woods Jr. Flickr

Originally published on Tue February 4, 2014 9:50 pm

In Olympia, state lawmakers are going down divergent tracks in how to respond to the rapid increase of crude oil trains crossing the region.

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Education
8:04 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Oregon Lawmakers Consider Plan To Offer Free Community College Tuition

File photo of Tillamook Bay Community College in Tillamook, Ore.
M.O. Stevens Wikimedia

Originally published on Tue February 4, 2014 4:08 pm

Oregon lawmakers are considering what some may call an audacious plan: free community college for all of its state’s high school graduates.

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Two-Way Radio
8:43 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Dead Air, Garbled Transmissions Trouble Washington Troopers

One of the new Washington State Patrol portable radios by Motorola. It’s a digital radio to replace the previous analog system.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 4:12 pm

For most of us, our smartphones have become our figurative lifelines. For state troopers their literal lifeline is still the two-way radio.

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Government
8:40 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Mental Healthcare Professionals Decisions May Be Overruled By Patients' Family

File photo of the Washington State Capitol Building
Wikimedia

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 5:36 pm

More than 10,000 mental health patients were involuntarily hospitalized last year in Washington. But not every patient qualifies for forced hospitalization under the law.

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Politics
8:03 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Oregon Considers Measure To Limit E-Cigarette Access

Justin Newman exhales vapor from an e-cigarette.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 5:53 pm

Sometimes technology outpaces the government's ability to regulate it. That's what's happening with electronic cigarettes.

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Washington State Legislature
4:34 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Are State Lawmakers Talking About Anything Today Other Than The Seahawks?

Will the Seahawks' Super Bowl victory bring bipartisanship in Olympia?
Flickr Photo/Washington State House Republicans

Steve Scher checks in with KUOW's Austin Jenkins about the latest news from Olympia, including how lawmakers are handling Seahawks fever.

Transportation
4:03 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Seattle Ponders New Car Service Regulations

The Seattle City Council is expected propose more regulations for the new ride-sharing services.
Flickr Photo/Mahdi Abdulrazak

David Hyde talks with Erica C. Barnett, news editor of Publicola, about a Seattle City Council proposal to regulate newer ride-sharing car services like Sidecar, Lyft and UberX.

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