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Venezuela Protests
11:42 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Venezuela Threatens To Expel CNN Over Protest Coverage

A protester wearing a gas mask made from plastic water bottles poses for a picture during an opposition protest blocking a highway outside La Carlota airport in Caracas, Venezuela, Feb. 18, 2014.
Credit AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has threatened to expel news network CNN from the country over its reporting of recent protests there.

Maduro said he would take action if CNN did not "rectify its coverage."

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SR 99 Tunnel Project
9:44 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Tunnel Tolling: Build It, And They Won't Come?

The Alaskan Way Viaduct section of state Route 99 is being replaced by a tunnel under downtown Seattle and will be partially paid for with toll revenues.
Credit Flickr Photo/camknows (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Anyone who's hosted a party has probably had that panicky feeling beforehand: What if you throw a big party and nobody comes?

State transportation officials face a similar worry: What if after they build a $3.1 billion underground highway to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct, not enough people use it?

Build It And They Won't Come?

The state Legislature has decreed that tolls have to pay for $200 million of the state Route 99 tunnel's construction cost.

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Marijuana
8:42 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Pot Legalization: What Can Washington Learn From End Of Prohibition?

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Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 7:16 am

This summer marijuana stores will open for business across Washington.

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Anti-Bullying Law
8:35 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Washington Lawmakers Consider ‘Emotional Harm’ As Form Of Bullying

Flickr Photo/Harvey Barrison (CC BY-NC-ND)

The definition of bullying in Washington could be expanded to include any act of "emotional harm" against a student.

State lawmakers took testimony Thursday on this potentially controversial revision to the state’s anti-bullying law.

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Kiev Unrest
4:04 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Breakthrough? Ukrainian President, Opposition Leaders Reach Deal

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych (right) and opposition leader Vitali Klitschko shake hands Friday after signing an agreement that diplomats hope will end the bloodshed in Kiev.
Tim Brakemeier EPA/Landov

Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 3:52 pm

We're updating this post as the day continues.

In what could be a major move toward ending the violence in the streets of his capital, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and leaders of the anti-government opposition reached agreement Friday on a deal to hold new elections, form a unity government and restore a constitution drafted in 2004.

Some details have yet to be spelled out. But the BBC sums up the news this way:

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Tulalip Tribe
5:07 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

For Abused Native American Women, New Law Provides A 'Ray Of Hope'

Deborah Parker, vice chair of the Tulalip Tribes of Washington state, reacts to President Barack Obama signing the Violence Against Women Act in 2013 in Washington.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

This Thursday, three Native American tribes are changing how they administer justice.

For almost four decades, a U.S. Supreme Court ruling has barred tribes from prosecuting non-American Indian defendants. But as part of last year's re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act, a new program now allows tribes to try some non-Indian defendants in domestic abuse cases.

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Minimum Wage Debate
4:30 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

'McPoverty' Protesters Call For Fast Food Boycott In Seattle

McPoverty protesters outside Wendy's restaurant on Lake City Way in Seattle on Thursday, Feb. 20.
KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

Supporters of a $15 minimum wage in Seattle are staging demonstrations at fast-food restaurants across the city Thursday.

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Income Inequality
3:45 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Progressive Divide Emerging On Seattle's Minimum Wage Debate

Flickr Photo/Caleb Knott (CC BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde talks with Publicola's Erica C. Barnett about the latest on a proposed minimum wage hike for Seattle. This week the Income Inequality Advisory Committee, made up of 25 local business and labor leaders, has been examining the issue in closed-door meetings.

Political Unrest In Kiev
3:34 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Why Ukraine Is 'Unique' Among Post-Soviet Countries

Activists pay respects to protesters killed in clashes with police, during clashes with riot police in Kiev's Independence Square, the epicenter of the country's current unrest.
AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky

Ross Reynolds talks with associate professor Scott Radnitz about the growing tension in Ukraine and why there has been a rise in violence. Radnitz explains how the situation in Ukraine differs from the other post-Soviet countries.

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Animal Law
3:12 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Every Dog Has Its Day (In Court)

Unlike most property, it's hard to assign a value to the pets and companion animals in our lives.
Flickr Photo/Tim Tuttle (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds sits down with Adam Karp, a Bellingham-based attorney, about working to define laws regarding animals in Washington.

Utilities
3:09 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Garbage Collection Advice From Oregon: 'Go For It'

Tacoma, Olympia and Portland, Ore., have all moved to garbage collection every other week.
Flickr Photo/Kevin Harber (CC BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde talks with Michael Armstrong, senior sustainability manager for the City of Portland, about Portland's biweekly trash program. Seattle is currently considering a proposal to reduce garbage collection to every other week.

State Constitutional Ban
2:47 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Oregon Will Not Defend Itself In Same-Sex Marriage Lawsuits

Flickr Photo/Serena Epstein (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Oregon will not defend itself in a pair of federal lawsuits challenging the state's prohibition of same-sex marriages.

Democratic Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum took that position in a court brief filed Thursday.

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Economy
9:51 am
Thu February 20, 2014

How Seattle Fares In Income Inequality Debate

Flickr Photo/Tax Credits (CC BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Alan Berube of the Brookings Institution about a new study of the gap between the rich and poor in America's big cities.

Aerospace
9:00 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Boeing's 'Terrible Teens' Cut Into Profit, Tax Revenue

Stan Sorscher of SPEEA observing the undelivered Boeing 787s at Paine Field.
Credit KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

Boeing says it will have to wait until sometime in 2016 to turn a profit on the 787 Dreamliners line.

By that time, the aerospace says developing the game-changing plane will cost the company more than $25 billion. There was a time when Boeing thought it would take $5 billion to develop the new plane.

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EarthFix Reports
8:45 am
Thu February 20, 2014

More Coal, More Oil Means More Trains

A coal train moves through Wyoming where the coal is mined from the Powder River Basin.
EarthFix Photo/Katie Campbell

Train traffic will dramatically increase in the Pacific Northwest, if proposed coal export terminals and crude oil terminals are built. That’s the conclusion of an updated report from the Western Organization of Resource Councils.

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