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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.

Nuclear Waste
7:54 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Just How Clean Is Clean In Hanford Waste Tanks?

File photo of tank farms under construction at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
US Department of Energy

Originally published on Thu December 12, 2013 4:47 pm

Just how clean is clean when it comes to removing radioactive tank waste? That’s one of the questions tackled in a new federal plan that will guide cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

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Taxes
4:00 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Get Ready For Another Sales Tax Debate In Oregon

File photo. Oregon is one of five states without a sales tax.
Richard Masoner Flickr

Originally published on Thu December 12, 2013 3:37 pm

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is setting his sights on a major overhaul of the state's tax system.

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SeaTac Proposition 1
2:47 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Lawsuit Threatens $15 Minimum Wage At SeaTac Airport

Workers at SeaTac airport are some of the biggest proponents of raising the minimum wage to $15.
Flickr Photo/John Boren

Ross Reynolds discusses the lawsuit filed against SeaTac's Proposition 1 to raise the minimum wage to $15 with professor Bill Sherman of Seattle University's School of Law.

Flotsam
7:30 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Washington Shuts Down Tsunami Marine Debris Hotline

This fishing skiff, found on the Makah Reservation in mid-May, is the most recent confirmed item of Japanese tsunami debris to wash ashore on the Washington Coast.
Eyewitness photo Wash. Marine Debris Task Force

Originally published on Wed December 11, 2013 4:11 pm

Washington and other Pacific Coast states set up tsunami debris reporting hotlines in the wake of the 2011 disaster in Japan.

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Nuclear Parks And Rec
7:30 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Manhattan Project Park Left Out Of Defense Bill, Supporters Not Giving Up

File photo of the B Reactor at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
Department of Energy

Originally published on Wed December 11, 2013 5:15 pm

A plan to turn part of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation into a national park has been dropped from a compromise defense authorization bill.

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Politics
3:20 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Mayor McGinn’s Biggest Regret: 'I Didn’t Learn Fast Enough'

Exiting Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn in the KUOW studios.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Marcie Sillman talks with Mayor Mike McGinn about the person he is today after an eventful four-year term, a recession and his failed reelection bid.

Bipartisan Budget
1:46 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Sen. Patty Murray Explains The Budget Deal

Washington state Senator Patty Murray.

Ross Reynolds talks with Sen. Patty Murray about the new bipartisan budget deal she constructed with Rep. Paul Ryan.

Mexico
10:02 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Daughter Of Jailed Renton Woman: Mom Is Political Prisoner In Mexico

Nestora Salgado's daughter Griselda Rodriguez wipes away tears as she talks to the crowd in Seattle Tuesday.
Alex Garland

Community activist Nestora Salgado lives in Renton, normally.

She grew up in Olinala, Mexico, and over the last few years she’s been returning frequently and getting involved in the community – so involved that she ended up running a legal community police force. Mexican law allows indigenous communities to form such groups.

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Ethics
7:56 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Washington Lawmakers To Get Clearer Guidance On Lobbyist-Paid Meals

Robert S. Donovan Flickr

Originally published on Wed January 29, 2014 2:14 pm

Washington lawmakers will soon get clearer guidance on when it’s okay to accept free meals from lobbyists.

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Veterans Affairs
2:07 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Path To Reclaiming Identity Steep For Vets With 'Bad Paper'

Michael Hartnett was a Marine during the Gulf War and served in Somalia. He received a bad conduct discharge for abusing drugs and alcohol. His wife, Molly, helped him turn his life around.
Quil Lawrence NPR

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 8:19 am

When Michael Hartnett was getting kicked out of the U.S. Marine Corps, he was too deep into post-traumatic stress disorder, drugs and alcohol to care as his battalion commander explained to the young man that his career was ending, and ending badly.

"Do you understand what I'm saying to you, son? It's going to be six and a kick," Hartnett recalls the commander telling him.

The "six" was an expected six months of hard labor in the brig. The kick happened at Hartnett's court-martial, and finally woke him up out of the haze.

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