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Ukraine
4:17 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Putin Says Those Aren't Russian Forces In Crimea

Russian President Vladimir Putin during his news conference Tuesday.
Alexei Nikolsky AP

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 9:50 am

  • On 'Morning Edition': NPR's David Greene speaks with 'New York Times' Moscow correspondent Steven Lee Myers

(We updated this post at 11:55 a.m. ET.)

Russian soldiers have not occupied government buildings and surrounded Ukrainian military bases on the Crimean Peninsula, Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted Tuesday during a news conference near Moscow at which he gave an account of recent events that contradicts reports from the ground.

Instead, he told reporters that the heavily armed men are "local self-defense forces."

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International Politics
3:36 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Post-Chavez Venezuela: A Political House Of Mirrors

Demonstrators wave a Venezuelan flag during an anti-government protest in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, March 2, 2014.
AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd

Steve Scher talks with Jose Antonio Lucero, chair of Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Washington, about the protests in Venezuela.

Infrastructure
3:23 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

What's Next For Columbia River's Cracked Wanapum Dam?

Wanapum Dam
Flickr Photo/Daniel Liu (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with Northwest News Network reporter Anna King about what lies ahead for the Wanapum Dam on the Columbia River. On Friday, inspectors discovered a 65-foot underwater crack in the dam.

Marijuana Retail
3:23 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Cities To State Lawmakers: Don't Bogart The Pot Revenue

Flickr Photo/Coleen Whitfield (CC BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde talks with Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland about her request to Governor Jay Inslee and state lawmakers to share a portion of future tax revenue from legal marijuana.

Unrest In Ukraine
3:03 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Why Crimea? A Primer On The Current Ukraine Crisis

Ukrainian soldiers stand guard at the gate of a military base in the port of Kerch, Ukraine, Monday, March 3, 2014.
AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic

Steve Scher talks with Chris Woolf, news editor for The World, about how the history and geopolitics of the Crimean Peninsula play into the current conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

News From Olympia
2:58 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

State Senators Consider Transportation Tax Package

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David Hyde talks with KUOW's Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about the transportation tax bill.

Reform Efforts
2:25 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Seattle Police Adopt New Crisis Intervention Policy

Flickr Photo/Crash Zone Photography

A new policy for the Seattle Police Department aims to change how officers handle crisis situations with people who are mentally ill or under the influence. The crisis intervention policy, which takes effect Monday, is part of the city’s federally-mandated police reforms.

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Ukaine Crisis
8:52 am
Mon March 3, 2014

After Entering Crimea, Where Will Russia Stop?

A soldier in an unmarked uniform, but believed to be from the Russian army, stands outside one of the Ukrainian military bases in Crimea that have been surrounded by Russian forces. Ukrainian guards look on from inside the base.
David Mdzinarishvili Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon March 3, 2014 10:34 am

  • On 'Morning Edition': NPR's Peter Kenyon reports from Crimea

Update at 1 p.m. ET. Our Latest Head And Link, Part II:

Russia Denies Issuing Ultimatum Or Warning Ukraine Of 'Storm'

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Income Inequality
8:45 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Washington House Speaker: Minimum Wage Hike Not Ready For Vote

Washington Speaker of the House Frank Chopp
Washington Legislature

Originally published on Sun March 2, 2014 10:15 am

Washington Speaker of the House Frank Chopp supports a minimum wage hike, but he says the issue wasn’t ready for a vote on the House floor this year.

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Climate Change
8:45 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Inslee Prepares To Make Moral Case For Carbon Reduction

File photo of Washington Governor Jay Inslee
GovInslee Flickr

Originally published on Sun March 2, 2014 10:23 am

Washington Governor Jay Inslee is preparing to take action on an issue that could secure his legacy -- or complicate his re-election chances.

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Radioactive Waste Cleanup
8:41 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Hanford Tanks: How Much Do We Know?

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Sun March 2, 2014 10:38 am

When it comes to the many underground tanks at Hanford filled with radioactive sludge, just how much do we know? U.S. Senator Ron Wyden says not enough.

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Environment
8:40 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Columbia River's Wanapum Dam Cracked, Officials Mull Options

File photo of Wanapum Dam
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon March 3, 2014 2:26 pm

Dam operators are struggling to find a solution for a major underwater crack in the Wanapum Dam. It spans the Columbia River in central Washington near Vantage.

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Federal Aid
7:38 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Spud Snub? Potato Growers Steamed Over Exclusion From Nutrition Program

USDA

Originally published on Sun March 2, 2014 10:19 am

Northwest potato growers say they've been snubbed in a federal nutrition program.

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Medicaid Expansion
7:37 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Affordable Care Act Opens Door To More Inmate Enrollment

Flickr Photo/Still Burning (CC BY-NC-ND)

Health care enrollments so far have been focused on people without insurance. But there’s another population officials are trying to get covered – people locked up behind bars.

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The Week In Review
3:59 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

SPD Reversal, Rideshare Regulations, And State Education Funding

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Seattle Mayor Ed Murray sets things straight after a reversal of police misconduct cases kicked up some dust.

State lawmakers reach a compromise over whether student test scores should factor in teacher evaluations, and the City Council regulates Seattle's ridesharing companies.

Steve Scher reviews these stories and more with Crosscut’s Knute Berger, Eli Sanders of The Stranger, news analyst Joni Balter and Livewire's Luke Burbank.

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