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The Week In Review
2:02 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

New Force Guidelines For Police, High Pot Consumption, And More From The Week In News

Flickr Photo/Crash Zone Photography

This week, Seattle Police announced new use of force guidelines that will take effect Jan. 1. Also starting in the new year, customers will be able to buy pot over the counter, and a report this week indicates that locals are consuming a lot more pot than the state had initially estimated.

We review these stories and more with news analyst Joni Balter, The Stranger's Eli Sanders and Crosscut's Knute Berger. Plus, Live Wire host Luke Burbank checks in from Christmas City, U.S.A.

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Transportation Budget
10:02 am
Fri December 20, 2013

No Deal On Washington Gas Tax Package, Talks To Resume In January

Governor Jay Inslee has a light moment with transportation co-chair Senator Curtis King, R-Yakima after announcing there is no deal on a gas tax package.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu December 19, 2013 7:50 am

Washington Governor Jay Inslee’s hopes for a gas tax package agreement before the end of the year have been dashed.

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Economy
10:02 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Governor Inslee Says Time For Statewide Minimum Wage Discussion

File photo of Washington Governor Jay Inslee
Christina Salerno TVW

Originally published on Fri December 20, 2013 10:02 am

 Washington Governor Jay Inslee says it’s time for a discussion on raising the state’s minimum wage - already the nation's highest.

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Labor
9:40 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Murray Appoints Task Force To Avoid Ballot Initiatives On Minimum Wage

Mayor-elect Ed Murray presents his "income inequality" task force.
KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

At a press conference on Thursday, Seattle Mayor-elect Ed Murray said Seattle must figure out ways to help low-wage workers, or it risks becoming a city of the rich. He has appointed a task force to study “income inequality,” but no one expects the process to be easy.

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State Legislature
3:22 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Tis' The Season Of Inaction In Olympia

Flickr Photo/Alan Cordova

Marcie Sillman talks with Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about how many of Gov. Inslee's pet projects aren't getting off the ground.

Watchdog
1:09 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

State Deal To Give Media Organizations Student Data Alarms Privacy Experts

Students in a PE class at Salmon Bay K-8 School in Seattle. KUOW has learned that the Washington state schools office in Olympia has signed agreements to share non-public student data with media organizations.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Editor’s Note: This story has been changed to strengthen its focus on student data privacy. The original version, which contained more specifics from an agreement between the state schools office and The Seattle Times, left some of our readers mistakenly believing that their children’s names and Social Security numbers had been released to the Times. While the story did not say that, we want to remove any doubts. The agreement can be viewed below.

KUOW has learned that the Washington state education department has signed agreements to share non-public student data with media organizations including The Seattle Times and The Associated Press.

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Animal Rights
7:45 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Protesters Clash With Residents In Forks Over Dog Shelter

Images posted by two groups at odds over the conditions at the Olympic Animal Sanctuary in Forks, Wash., show starkly different portrayals of life in the shelter.
Credit From Facebook.

About 18 months ago, a volunteer at a Forks, Wash., animal sanctuary took photos of the shelter where she worked. She captured grim images of a rundown warehouse where the animals – mostly dogs but also reptiles – were housed, focusing on their cages, rib cages, feces and exposed wiring.

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Unemployment
7:31 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Long-Term Unemployed Scramble As Loss Of Benefits Looms

Job seekers look for work at the Worksource Oregon office in Salem.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 4:58 pm

About 45,000 people in the Northwest will face the new year without the unemployment benefits they've come to rely on.

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Economy
7:30 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Washington Unemployment Drops, But Economic Weaknesses Remain

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 3:45 pm

The unemployment rate in Washington dropped a notch in November.

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News From Canada
4:55 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Officials Weigh Proposed Pipeline Expansion In B.C.

David Hyde talks with Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer about plans for a second pipeline carrying heavy oil from Alberta to the West Coast.

European Union Protests
3:58 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Protests In Ukraine Continue Amid Deal With Russia

The Euro Revolution is still in full swing in Ukraine, sparking protests in the capitol of Kiev.
Flickr Photo/Ivan Bandura

Marcie Sillman discusses the political unrest in Ukraine with Matthew Rojansky, director of the Kennan Institute at the Wilson Center.

Transportation
3:12 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Transportation Companies Disagree About Proposed Ride-Sharing Regulations

Eastside for Hire offers taxis around the greater Seattle area.
Flickr Photo/Kevin R Boyd

Marcie Sillman talks with Brooke Steger, general manager of Uber Seattle, and Sam Guled, president of Eastside For Hire, about the Seattle City Council's proposal to regulate ride-sharing.

Seattle Police Department
3:12 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

'Making Sure All Force Is Constitutional' Key Point Of New Seattle Police Policy

Flickr Photo/Blanca Garcia Gil

Marcie Sillman interviews Jim Pugel, Seattle Police Department's interim chief, about new policies on the use of force that was signed off by a federal judge.

Labor
7:42 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Will 2014 Be The Year Of The $15 Minimum Wage In Seattle?

Newly-elected Socialist City Councilmember Kshama Sawant speaks at a city hall press conference on the $15 an hour minimum wage.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Newly-elected Councilmember Kshama Sawant is already working on her campaign promise to establish a $15 an hour minimum wage in Seattle.

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Legislature
7:17 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Inslee Proposes More Prison Beds, No Teacher COLAs In Budget Update

Members of the Washington Education Association wore these buttons to Governor Jay Inslee’s supplemental budget rollout to signify five years without voter-approved cost-of-living increases.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 9:01 am

More prison beds, but no cost of living raises for school teachers are two takeaways after Washington Governor Jay Inslee proposed a modest update to the state’s two-year budget.

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