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Undercover
2:01 pm
Sun November 24, 2013

A Special Agent's Secret Job: Hit Man

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives employs special agents who pose as hit men to stop contract killings.
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Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 4:40 am

GQ Magazine correspondent Jeanne Marie Laskas calls him "Special Agent Charles Hunt," but that's not his real name. He's sometimes known as "Thrash" or "Hammer," Laskas says (also not his real name).

That's because Hunt is a special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, specializing in deep undercover work. Specifically, he poses as a contract killer.

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Pot DUI
5:16 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

More Drivers Testing Positive For Marijuana In 2013

The Washington State Patrol is arresting more drivers who test positive for marijuana than in previous years. That’s according to the latest statistics from the state toxicology lab.

The Washington State Patrol said that in the first half of 2013, 745 drivers tested positive for “active THC” from using marijuana. In recent years, about 1,000 drivers have tested positive for marijuana over the course of the year. So if the 2013 trend holds steady, this year would see a sizable increase in the number of marijuana-impaired drivers arrested. 

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Seattle City Council
3:41 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Licata's Advice To Kshama Sawant: 'Be Honest To Yourself And Respect People'

Seattle Councilmember Nick Licata.

Ross Reynolds talks with Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata about the unique challenges that outsider candidates face.

777x Production
3:28 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Witchita Shows Solidarity For NW Machinist, But Other Cities Still Wooing Boeing

A prototype for the 777x from a Boeing handout.
Boeing handout.

Ross Reynolds and Steve Scher interview Huntsville, Ala., Mayor Tommy Battle and aviation reporter Daniel McCoy of the Wichita Business Journal about what their states are offering the Boeing company in exchange for the 777x.

Week In Review
10:00 am
Fri November 22, 2013

The End Of The New Gilded Age?

Flickr Photo/Greg Willis

Sawant beats Conlin, Boeing machinists take stock of their situation, DC Democrats go nuclear and America remembers JFK:  We talk over these stories and more with Joni Balter of the Seattle Times, The Stranger's Eli Sanders and Crosscut's Knute Berger.

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Economy And Politics
3:59 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

The Metropolitan Revolution: How Cities Are Becoming Powerhouses

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

Ross Reynolds talks to Bruce Katz, vice president of the Brookings Institution and co-director of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, about how cities are becoming a fix to the economy and to politics.

Education Controversy
3:54 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Seattle School Board Approves New Boundary Plan

Flickr Photo/Chris Campbell

Ross Reynolds talks with KUOW education reporter Ann Dornfeld about the Seattle School Board's decision to approve a new school-assignment plan.

Congress
3:46 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

The Art Of The Filibuster

AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

Steve Scher talks with historian Julian Zelizer, professor at Princeton University, about the US Senate Democrats' vote to avoid Republican filibusters.

Transportation
3:41 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

What Progress Is Being Made On Transportation Package?

Flickr Photo/Lee LeFever

Ross Reynolds talks with Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about the State Senate's transportation proposal and when we will see a transportation package.

Fuel
11:57 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Washington Gas Tax Alliance Hits Rough Spot

File photo of the Washington State Capitol Building
Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed November 20, 2013 4:06 pm

Washington’s mostly Republican Senate majority will formally unveil a proposed 12-year, $12 billion transportation funding package Thursday.

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Obituary
3:03 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Nan Campbell, Bellevue's First Female Mayor, Dies After Suspicious Fire

Nan Campbell, Bellevue's first female mayor, died on Tuesday.
Credit Courtesy of Patty Campbell

When Don Davidson joined the Bellevue City Council in 1984, a fellow council member offered sage advice: “Get along with Nan. It’ll go a long way.”

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Searching For Answers
8:34 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Veterans Affairs Makes Getting Information Even Harder

The Veterans Affairs hospital in Seattle
KUOW Photo/John Ryan

After Army veteran Eddie Creed died at the Seattle VA hospital in April 2012, his loved ones awaited official word: Why had he received a lethal overdose of morphine in his sleep there? The VA still hasn't released the independent investigation it commissioned concerning his accidental overdose.

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Washington Taxpayer Law
8:31 am
Wed November 20, 2013

State Secret: Why You Can't See Boeing's Tax Bill

File photo of the Boeing 777x. Production of the 777X is scheduled to begin in 2017
Boeing

Originally published on Tue November 19, 2013 3:33 pm

Washington lawmakers recently rushed into special session to pass $8.7 billion in aerospace tax breaks. The aim: to land Boeing’s next generation 777 airplane. But how much does Boeing – or any other major company in Washington - pay in taxes?

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Cash Assistance
8:31 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Washington Welfare Rolls Hit Record Low

Originally published on Tue November 19, 2013 5:09 pm

The number of families on cash assistance in Washington has hit an all-time low. This follows a spike in welfare enrollment less than three years ago.

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Entrepreneurs Welcome
7:17 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Celebration And Angst As Marijuana License Application Window Opens

Jeff Gilmore, right, with partner Dave Brown have applied for a license to grow legal marijuana. Gilmore says he was busted two decades ago for growing pot and believes it’s “about time” he can do so legally.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 3:07 pm

Would-be growers, processors and retailers applied online and in-person Monday as the 30-day window for marijuana business licenses applications opened in Washington.

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