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9:57 am
Wed June 25, 2014

New Frontiers On The Minimum Wage Fight

Forward Seattle co-chair Kathrina Tugadi collecting signatures at the recent Fremont Fair
Credit KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Seattle’s new $15 an hour minimum wage is scheduled to start phasing in next April. But it first must survive several challenges, both in court and at the ballot box.

Franchisees are challenging the law in court, and two separate groups are collecting signatures to put the law to a popular vote on this November’s ballot.

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Asiana Flight 214
8:26 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Boeing Bears Some Blame For Asiana Crash Says Safety Board

This aerial photo shows the wreckage of the Asiana Flight 214 airplane after it crashed at the San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, Saturday, July 6, 2013.
AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

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The National Transportation Safety Board has concluded that Boeing's design of the 777’s automated systems was a contributing factor in the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 that killed three Chinese teenagers last summer.

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Politics
5:30 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Will Mississippi's Black Democrats Save A Republican?

Polls give Chris McDaniel the advantage going into Tuesday's runoff for Mississippi's GOP Senate nomination. His 2-year-old son helped rally supporters in Madison, Miss., on Thursday.
Rogelio V. Solis AP

It's a rich irony that on the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Riders risking life and limb in Mississippi to help African-Americans register to vote, black Democrats may decide which Republican wins Tuesday's runoff for the GOP Senate nomination.

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Civil Commitment
3:17 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Why Some Convicted Sex Offenders Never Get Released

Credit Flickr Photo/Leonard Chien (Cc-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with King County public defender Virginia Faller about Washington state's civil commitment laws.

Same-Sex Marriage
11:57 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Without Saying 'I Do,' Thousands Of Washington Couples Set To Get Married

Jennie Laird and Elise Gautama of Seattle had been together 18 years and registered as domestic partners. The decided to officially tie the knot in May rather than allow their domestic partnership to passively become a marriage license.
Credit Courtesy of Jennie Laird and Elisa Gautama

There will be no wedding band, no ceremony or awkward toasts. But on June 30, up to 4,000 same-sex couples in Washington are set to be married – without ever uttering the words, "I do."

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Defense Strategy
9:27 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Tearful But Not Dramatic: Sentencing Videos Aim To Humanize Defendants

Tommy Sanderson, his mother Victoria, and father Richard Sanderson in his sentencing video.
Credit Courtesy of Federal Public Defenders office.

Every sentencing comes down to two things according to attorney Michael Filipovic: Why did this person commit this crime, and why is he not going to do it again?

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Week In Review
12:49 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Redskins, Rideshare Caps, Seattle Schools Superintendent: All On the Way Out?

Flickr Photo/Keith Allison (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Seattle’s school superintendent might go to Sacramento. Rideshare companies can deploy all the drivers they want. The Seattle Times takes a new angle on sports coverage as the Washington Redskins patent is dissolved. Seattle City Light planted puff pieces about itself online. No surprise, Seattle traffic is bad.

And the official Seattle song you’ve never heard.

KUOW's Bill Radke recaps those stories and more news of the week with Civic Cocktail’s Joni Balter, C.R. Douglas of Q13 FOX News, and LiveWire's Luke Burbank.

Wartime Ethics
9:56 am
Fri June 20, 2014

A Discussion Of U.S. Torture With Brigadier General David R. Irvine

In the aftermath of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq questions remain concerning how the U.S. waged those wars. Among them, did we follow the Geneva Conventions, or did we abuse the rights of our enemies? And how are we responsible for our actions as a nation at war?

In a recent event titled “Exposing the Truth of U.S. Torture,” a panel of concerned citizens examined questions of our rights and obligations in wartime.

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Hot And Dry
7:33 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Fire Season Increases Potential For Hazardous Smoke

File photo of a fire in the Douglas Complex in southern Oregon in 2013.

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 5:49 pm

Hot and dry conditions are expected to create above-normal wildfire conditions in parts of the Northwest this summer. While relatively few people will have to flee the flames, many more will experience a side effect of the fires: thick, acrid smoke.

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Second Amendment
7:33 am
Fri June 20, 2014

You Could Win A Gun If You Give This Candidate Your Contact Info

Congressional candidate Clint Didier's 'Freedom Fighters Gun Giveaway'

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 7:59 am

One candidate for an eastern Washington congressional seat has hit on a way to appeal to 2nd Amendment advocates and to increase the names on his campaign mailing list.

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Rebuilding Iraq
3:41 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

As Violence Continues, U.S. Weighs The Options In Iraq

Kenneth Pollack, senior fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy.
Flickr Photo/Miller Center (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks to Kenneth Pollack, senior fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, about President Obama's remarks on Iraq Thursday morning.

Labor
7:40 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Washington State Jobless Rate Holds Steady In May

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 2:51 pm

The unemployment rate in Washington state is holding steady at 6.1 percent according to the latest numbers out Wednesday from the state Employment Security Department.

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Department Of Meh
5:39 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Only 7 Percent Of Americans Are Big Fans Of Congress

Only 7 percent of Americans polled by Gallup said they have "a great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in Congress as an American institution.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 10:30 am

The amount of confidence Americans have in Congress has hit a new low. Only 7 percent of the people polled by Gallup said they have "a great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in the legislature as an American institution.

The rock-bottom level of confidence in Congress "is not only the lowest on record," the polling company says, "but also the lowest Gallup has recorded for any institution in the 41-year trend. This is also the first time Gallup has ever measured confidence in a major U.S. institution in the single digits."

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News From Canada
2:51 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Canadian PM Harper Approves Northern Gateway Pipeline

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Flickr Photo/The Prime Minister's Office (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman gets an update on the latest news from Canada with Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer, including an update on the Northern Gateway Pipeline and a teacher strike in British Columbia.

Twists And Cornrows
9:46 am
Wed June 18, 2014

African Hair Braider Sues Washington Over License Dispute

Salamata Sylla demonstrates African hair braiding on her daughter while her son watches on.
Credit KUOW Photo/Ann Dornfeld

An African hair braider is suing the Washington State Department of Licensing after an investigator told her she needs a cosmetology license to stay in business.

The suit is one of several filed across the country on Tuesday by hair braiders protesting state regulations they say don’t apply to them.

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