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Grassroots Campaign
4:20 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

15 Now: Kshama Sawant's New Minimum Wage Campaign

Socialist City Councilmember Kshama Sawant jokes with City Councilmember Bruce Harrell at her first City Council meeting.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Ross Reynolds checks in with City Council member and Socialist Kshama Sawant on her newest effort to bring a $15 minimum wage to Seattle.

Bridge Scandal
3:16 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

The History Of Revenge Politics

George Washington Bridge, which connects New York with Fort Lee.
Flickr Photo/Wally Gobetz

David Hyde gets some historical perspective on revenge politics from Kenneth C. Davis, historian and author of "Don't Know Much About History," in light of the New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's recent traffic scandal.

Education
3:05 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

State Sen. Litzow Says Legislature Unlikely To Act On Education Spending This Session

A hallway in Washington's capitol building.
Flickr Photo/clappstar (CC BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde talks with the chair of Washington's Senate Education Committee, Senator Steve Litzow, about how the legislature will respond to the state supreme court's warning that education spending is not increasing fast enough.

Week In Review
12:30 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Murray And Sawant Take Office, SPD Shakeup, And 520 Bridge Over Budget

Newly inaugurated Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

The eyes of the nation descended on Seattle city hall this week as Mayor Ed Murray and City Councilmember Kshama Sawant took office. In one of his first acts, the mayor named Harry Bailey Seattle's new interim police chief. Also, the Washington State Department of Transportation announced the 520 bridge project will need a lot more money to get completed.

We review these stories and more with news analyst Joni Balter, The Stranger's Eli Sanders and Crosscut's Knute Berger. Plus, we hear from Live Wire host Luke Burbank.

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Clean Rigs
12:12 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Immigrant Investors Could Finance Green Trucks For Green Cards

Paul Jerry Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri January 10, 2014 7:46 am

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has approved an unusual way for prospective immigrants to earn a U.S. green card and permanent residency.

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Crime & Courts
10:50 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Feds Search Seattle Coach’s Home For Child Porn

The US Department of Homeland Security has searched the home of a Seattle coach and substitute teacher at The Bush School for evidence he was producing and distributing child pornography.

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EarthFix Reports
10:06 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Oil, Rail Companies Offer Little Information About Shipments

Rail and oil companies do not have to disclose how many DOT-111 tanker cars travel through the Northwest. DOT-111 tanker cars, which exploded in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, and killed 47 people, have a design flaw and are easily punctured.
Credit Transportation Safety Board of Canada

The oil-by-rail boom is underway, and with that, several high-profile, fiery derailments.  

But state officials don't have the information they need to prepare for an oil train mishap because railroad and oil companies are not required to disclose much on shipments or response strategies.

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Civil Rights
9:49 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Same-Sex Couples In Utah Made Eligible For Federal Benefits

Chris Serrano, left, and Clifton Webb embrace after being married on Dec. 20 in the Salt Lake County Clerk's Office in Salt Lake City.
Kim Raff AP

Originally published on Fri January 10, 2014 12:35 pm

"Attorney General Eric Holder announced Friday that the federal government will recognize the 900-plus same-sex marriages that took place in Utah during the two weeks when such unions were legal," NPR's Nina Totenberg writes for us.

That means those couples "will be eligible for all federal benefits," NPR's Carrie Johnson adds.

In a statement, Holder says that:

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Health Care
7:47 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Thousands Of Medicaid Recipients Lose Health Coverage

Nelly Kinsella demonstrates the Washington Healthplanfinder website, where consumers will be able to shop for health insurance, following a news conference Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, in Seattle.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

Washington residents who tried to buy health insurance through the health exchange weren’t the only ones to experience technical difficulties.

About 20,000 Medicaid recipients encountered similar problems when they went to the exchange in November, preventing them from renewing their coverage. That’s roughly a third of Medicaid patients for that month.

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Environment
2:44 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

How Far Along Is Puget Sound Partnership In Cleaning Up The Sound?

A view of Puget Sound from above.
Flickr Photo/David Prasad

Ross Reynolds talks with Joan Crooks, executive director of the Washington Environmental Council, about the progress made by the Puget Sound Partnership in restoring the health of Puget Sound.

Exit Interview
2:44 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

How State Senator Adam Kline's Life And Career Was Shaped By The Civil Rights Movement

Senator Adam Kline.

David Hyde talks with State Senator Adam Kline about how the civil rights movement shaped his life and political career.

Transportation
2:44 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Anything But Boring: Bertha Updates

Flickr Photo/WSDOT (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds gets an update from WSDOT Highway 99 Program Administrator Matt Preedy on how and when Bertha will move forward, and who is going to pay for it.

Civil Rights
2:43 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

'The War On Poverty' Helped Shape Seattle Activism

Ross Reynolds talks with University of Washington historian Trevor Griffey about Seattle's role in protests that led to the early formation of affirmative action.

Retirement
10:04 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Washington Senator Proposes End To Pensions For Elected Officials

Washington state Senator John Braun
Washington Legislature

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 4:55 pm

A Washington state senator says if 401(k)s are good enough for Boeing machinists, they should be good enough for those who hold elected office.

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