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Human Services
3:06 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

New Focus For King County's Plan To End Homelessness

Flickr Photo/Romi Chiorean

Ross Reynolds talks with Adrienne Quinn, the new director of the Department of Community and Human Services and member of the Committee to End Homelessness.

News From Canada
3:06 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Mayor In Name Only, Toronto's Rob Ford Loses Political Power

Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.
Flickr Photo/West Annex News

Steve Scher talks with columnist Vaughn Palmer of the Vancouver Sun about the Toronto City Council's vote to strip mayor Rob Ford of his powers.

Elections 2013
1:45 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Kshama Sawant Is A Socialist, But What Does That Even Mean?

KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Socialism has been a dirty word in many corners of American politics, and few politicians who identify as socialists have succeeded in the United States.

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Police Reform
1:45 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Federal Monitor's Draft Report Critical Of SPD Reform Efforts

Flickr Photo/Brittney Bollay

Steve Scher talks with Seattle Times reporter Steve Miletich about federal monitor Merrick Bobb's draft report on reform efforts at the Seattle Police Department.

Budding Debate
11:51 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Could Legalized Pot Hurt Washington’s Medical Marijuana Industry?

Sean Green's medical marijuana collective features a window into the light-filled grow room.
KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

A year after Washington state voters approved the legalization of recreational marijuana, the licensing process is underway. Starting Monday, applications to grow, process or sell recreational marijuana can be submitted online, by mail or in person.

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Elections 2013
5:06 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Richard Conlin Concedes: Seattle Elects Sawant As First Socialist Councilmember

Councilmember Richard Conlin, left, conceded Friday night to Kshama Sawant, his socialist challenger. Conlin has been on the city council for 16 years, or four terms.
Credit KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Longtime Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin conceded his seat to challenger Kshama Sawant late Friday after Sawant’s lead widened to 1,640 votes, or 50.3 percent of the vote.

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Prison
3:46 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

New Approach For Washington's Female Prisoners

A woman reading in the library of Gig Harbor's Washington Corrections Center for Women.
Flickr Photo/Washington State Library

Ross Reynolds speaks with Jane Parnell, superintendent of the Washington Corrections Center for Women in Gig Harbor, about the DOC's new approach for female prisoners.

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Politics
2:23 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Grading The Predictions Of Pundits

From Pundittracker's Facebook page.

Steve Scher talks with Pundittracker.com co-founder Sanjay Ayer about bringing accountability to the predictions of TV, radio and newspaper pundits.

Labor
11:26 am
Fri November 15, 2013

What Boeing Machinists' Rejection Means For Labor

At the heart of the debate: The Boeing 777X jetliner (a prototype).
Credit Boeing handout.

In the hours after Boeing machinists overwhelmingly voted down an eight-year contract, a theme emerged: The machinists view themselves as a family that could not vote for a contract that would hurt future generations.

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Recount?
10:00 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Socialist Kshama Sawant Leads Conlin By 1,148 Votes

Seattle city councilmember Richard Conlin, left, is now losing to Kshama Sawant, right.
Credit KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

UPDATE 11/14/13, 5 p.m. PT: 

Kshama Sawant remains ahead of Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin by 1,148. On Wednesday, Sawant was ahead by 402 votes. If she maintains this lead, the race will not be eligible for a recount, although Conlin could contest the vote count and pay for a recount.  

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Health Care
9:30 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Canceled Health Care Plans May Be Renewed For One Year, Obama Says

Washington state's health plan finder Website.
Credit healthplanfinder.org

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bowing to pressure, President Barack Obama on Thursday announced changes to his health care law that would give insurance companies the option to keep offering consumers plans that would otherwise be canceled.

“Everyone understands that I’m not happy that the rollout has been wrought with a whole range of problems I have been deeply concerned about,” Obama said.

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More Allegations
6:41 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Secret Service Shaken By New Report Of Misconduct

Secret Service agents stood watch earlier this month as President Obama arrived at Dallas Love Field airport.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 7:35 am

A Secret Service supervisor has been removed from his post on the team that protects President Obama and another supervisor has been shifted to a different position after allegations of misconduct that have "sent tremors through an agency still trying to restore its elite reputation," The Washington Post reports.

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News From Canada
4:26 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

An Update On Mayoral Issues In Toronto And Montreal

Michael Appelbaum stepped down as mayor of Montreal in June after a corruption scandal broke.
Flickr Photo/Montreal metropole culturelle

Marcie Sillman talks with Vancouver Sun political columnist Vaughn Palmer about the news from Canada, including an update on the Toronto mayor Rob Ford's crack scandal and Montreal's own mayoral issues.

Adoption
3:13 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Why Hana's Story Of Abuse May Not Be An Isolated Incident

Marcie Sillman talks to Slate contributor Kathryn Joyce about her investigative piece on Hana Williams, an adopted child from Ethiopia who died after suffering child abuse by her adopted parents, Larry and Carri Williams. One question still remains in the case: how she and her brother were subjected to so much abuse without any intervention.

Typhoon Haiyan
9:25 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Seattle On Typhoon: 'Hard To Account For Every Single Relative'

Residents living near the slopes of Mayon volcano are evacuated, Nov. 7, 2013,to public schools by police in anticipation of the powerful Typhoon Haiyan in central Philippines.
AP Photo/Nelson Salting

Last Friday one of the strongest storms in recorded history struck the Philippines. According to the United Nations more than 11 million people are believed to be affected by Typhoon Haiyan. Over 670,000 people have been displaced. Entire towns have been devastated leaving many without water, shelter or any way of contacting their families at home and abroad.

We hear from Yeb Sano, who is in Poland serving as the head of the Philippines' delegation at the UN climate talks, and Seattle resident Justice Beitzel, who has lost five family members to the storm thus far.

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