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Marijuana
10:21 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Fine For Smoking Pot Outside Cheaper Than A Parking Ticket

Flickr Photo/Dann Cove

If you’re caught smoking marijuana in public in Seattle, you could be fined $27.

That’s the fine for drinking in public, but still less than a parking ticket.

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Transportation
7:53 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Government Fleets Soon To Include More Fully-Electric Cars

Commuter Steve Marsh (left) of Kent, Wash. was honored Monday as the first in the nation to log 100,000 miles on an all-electric Nissan Leaf.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 5:57 pm

Just like consumers who postponed buying new cars during the recent recession, government agencies also put off vehicle replacements. But now procurement officers are getting busy again.

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Booze
7:52 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Liquor Privatization Battle Could Be Headed For Oregon

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 5:52 pm

Oregon voters could have the chance to follow Washington's lead next year when it comes to liquor sales.

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Pot Borders
7:49 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Seed-To-Sale Tracking Alone Won't Stop Marijuana 'Leakage'

Katheirne Hitt Flickr

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 3:02 am

As Washington moves to legalize recreational pot, preventing “leakage” to other states like Oregon and Idaho is a top priority of the U.S. Justice Department

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Tribal Disenrollment
6:00 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Nooksack Tribe Cites ‘Missing Ancestor’ As Reason To Disenroll 306 Members

Nooksack tribal police stand outside the courthouse during a disenrollment hearing.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

It's a frosty morning at the Nooksack tribal courthouse in Deming, Wash., and caution tape and tribal police block the entrance.

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New Mayor And City Council
4:06 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

The Future Of Seattle Politics In 2014

Flickr Photo/Henry Alva (CC BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde speaks with Erica C. Barnett, news editor at Publicola, about Seattle politics and the challenges facing Mayor-elect Ed Murray and the Seattle City Council heading into 2014.

777x Production
3:42 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

The Business Of Boeing In Washington State

Boeing's Everett production facility.
Flickr Photo/Canadian Pacific

Ross Reynolds talks with Washington State Office of Aerospace director Alex Pietsch about Boeing, the commercial airplane business and the ongoing effort to get the 777X built in the Puget Sound region.

Public Transportation
3:12 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Union Bus Driver Says Contract Proposal Is "Attack On The Work Force"

Flickr photo/Oran Viriyincy

Ross Reynolds talks with King County Metro Transit bus driver Linda Averill about why she's opposed to the proposed contract between King County and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 587.

Risks Vs Benefits
2:42 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

FDA Asks For Proof That Antibacterial Soaps Protect Health

There's no evidence that triclosan and other chemicals in antibacterial soaps do a better job than plain soap and water, the FDA says.
Kiichiro Sato AP

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 2:32 pm

In hospitals, people are bathed with soaps containing the antibacterial triclosan to reduce the risk of serious infections in surgery. But that doesn't necessarily mean we should be using triclosan soap in the kitchen and the bathroom, the Food and Drug Administration says.

The agency on Monday took a step toward restricting the use of triclosan and other antibacterial chemicals widely used in soap, deodorant, cosmetics and hundreds of other consumer products.

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Waste Management
10:57 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Seattle Keeps Door Open To Biweekly Garbage Pickups

Tacoma, Olympia and Portland, Ore., have all moved to garbage collection every other week.
KUOW Photo/Derek Wang

Seattle trash pickup could be reduced to every other week by 2015 if the Seattle City Council votes on Monday to keep that option on the table for the next year.

If the action passes as expected, biweekly service won’t be definite, however: Mayor-elect Ed Murray and  council members will still need to pass the legislation early next year.

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Tribal Disenrollment
7:47 am
Mon December 16, 2013

'We’ll Always Be Nooksack': Tribe Questions Ancestry Of Part-Filipino Members

Adelina Narte Gladstone Parker faces disenrollment from the Nooksack Tribe, near Bellingham, as do 305 others.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Adelina Parker lets up on the gas as she drives through her childhood stomping grounds.

“Up there, that was all Filipino farmers and strawberry fields,” Parker says, motioning toward a school and apartments that occupy this land.

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Environment
7:04 am
Mon December 16, 2013

U.S. Side Calls For Columbia River Treaty To Be 'Modernized'

File photo of Grand Coulee Dam, looking Southeast.
Gregg M. Erickson Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 4:27 pm

The American negotiating position became clearer Friday in what promises to be difficult bargaining to update a water treaty with Canada.

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Bipartisan Compromise
12:10 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

With Budget Deal In Hand, Has Congress Turned A Corner?

AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

David Hyde talks with Andrea Seabrook of  DecodeDC about the budget compromise in Washington, D.C.

Transportation
12:05 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Proposed Regulations To Curb Seattle Ride-Sharing

Ride-sharing company Lyft distinguishes itself with a fuzzy pink mustache on participants' cars.
Flickr Photo/Spiros Vathis

David Hyde talks with president of the Seattle City Council Sally Clark about the proposals to rein in ride-sharing companies like Lyft, Uber and Sidecar.

The Week In Review
10:00 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Boeing, Bertha, And McGinn On McGinn

Bertha is stuck just over 1,000 feet into its dig for the new SR 99 tunnel.
Flickr Photo/WSDOT (CC-BY-NC-ND)

It's been a busy week: Talks between Boeing and its machinists union to secure the 777X continue to be rocky. Bertha, the world's largest tunneling machine, ground to a halt 60 feel below downtown and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn looked back on four years in office. We talk over those stories and more of the week's news with Joni Balter of the Seattle Times, The Stranger's Eli Sanders and Crosscut's Knute Berger.

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