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Open Enrollment Period
8:23 am
Wed February 19, 2014

How Do You Get A Young Adult To Buy Health Insurance?

Healthplanfinder's new series of ads features fictitious rap duo IV and D-Fibb.
Credit Courtesy of Washington Healthplanfinder

Washington Healthplanfinder has rolled out a new series of snappy ads aimed at getting young adults to sign up for health care. To date, the enrollment participation for this group is still just above 20 percent.

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School Transportation
7:56 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Seattle School Bus Drivers Authorize Strike Over Health Care Coverage

Flickr Photo/Chris Blakeley (CC-BY-NC-ND)

School bus drivers in Seattle said they’re close to striking after talks broke down with their employer, First Student, a Seattle School District contractor.

More than 27,000 students depend on the yellow buses to get to school.

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Truce Declared
4:43 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Negotiations In Ukraine Under Close Scrutiny After Bloodshed

Riot police officers stand in Kiev's Independence Square on Wednesday as smoke rises from protesters' burning barricades.
Alexey Furman EPA/Landov

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 8:13 pm

  • On 'Morning Edition': David Stern of the BBC speaks from Kiev
This post was updated at 10:15 p.m. ET

The U.S. and the European Union are closely watching Ukraine amid news that the government was starting negotiations with opposition leaders to end the violence, which has left more than two dozen people dead since Tuesday.

A statement on the Ukrainian presidential website said:

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Politics
3:13 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Is The Tea Party Over?

Is it the beginning of the end for the tea party movement?
Flickr Photo/Rob Chandanais (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with political scientist Raymond Smith about his argument that the tea party — like all fringe parties in the United States — is coming to an end.

Lucha Libre
2:11 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Mexican-Style Wrestlers Fight For Less Regulations

El Fénix speaks at a Latino press conference in October.
Courtesy of Amanda Ovena

David Hyde speaks with El Fénix, a local lucha libre wrestler, about a bill in Olympia that seeks to lessen safety and security regulations on the Mexican-style wrestling.

Legalizing Rideshare
11:41 am
Tue February 18, 2014

City Council And Business Continue To Clash On Rideshare Regulation

Taxi service, rideshare companies, and the Seattle City Council are embroiled in a fight over how to regulate rideshare in the city.
Flickr Photo/~C4Chaos (CC-BY-NC-ND)

The ongoing debate about how to regulate ridesharing in Seattle seems to be coming down to a fight over numbers. The Seattle City Council is considering capping the number of licensed rideshare drivers but is getting pushback from the companies who thus far have been operating in Seattle illegally.

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Violent Protests
11:12 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Anti-Government Protests In Ukraine Turn Deadly

Smoke from exploding fireworks and fires billows into the night sky as Ukrainians gather at Independence Square during continuing protests in Kiev on Tuesday.
Igor Kovalenko EPA/Landov

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 9:01 pm

This post was updated at 8:52 p.m. ET

Riot police stormed the main anti-government camp in central Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, on Tuesday. They fought with demonstrators armed with clubs and wearing helmets fought back. More than a dozen people were killed, including five policemen, according to AP and the BBC.

Opposition leaders met late in the day with President Viktor Yanukovych, but left without an agreement.

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Marijuana Legalization
8:38 am
Tue February 18, 2014

State Regulator: Pot Banking Guidance Should Solve 'Bags Of Money' Issue

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 2:32 pm

Marijuana businesses in Washington may soon be able to open a bank account. 

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Government
8:34 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Washington Senate Moves To Ban Indoor Tanning For Minors

The Washington Senate passed a bill that would restrict minors from using tanning salons.
Alexandra Kocik Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 2:31 pm

The Washington Senate passed a bill this week that’s had a tough time in recent years -- even just reaching the floor for a vote.

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Income Inequality
8:31 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Why Are Democrats Suddenly Talking About Minimum Wage?

Talk of raising the minimum wage has been spreading in Washington's Capitol building.
Colin Fogarty

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 7:40 am

It's No Accident Democrats Are Suddenly Talking About Minimum Wage

We’re hearing a lot these days about raising the minimum wage.

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Downtown Parking
8:12 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Seattle Testing Replacements For Aging, Frustrating Parking Meters

Seattle's green parking meters are aging and need replacement, according to the city.
Flickr Photo/sea turtle (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Paul Freed lives in downtown Seattle and currently uses the city’s app to pay for parking with his phone – even when he’s standing right in front of the meter. “It's way more convenient,” Freed said. “You don’t need to fumble around for your credit card in the rain.”

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Mental Health
2:54 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Public Defender Pushes Back On Involuntary Committment Bill

Flickr Photo/Micheal J (CC BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Mike DeFelice, supervising attorney for civil commitments at the King County Public Defender's office, about a proposed bill that would give people more say over the involuntary commitment of a mentally ill family member.

The Week In Review
2:53 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Death Penalty Debate, Bertha Costs, And No Place Like Home

Governor Jay Inslee announced Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, that he is suspending the use of the death penalty in Washington state, but the moratorium does not commute the sentences of people currently condemned to death.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File

Governor Jay Inslee puts a halt to executions and initiates a debate about the future of capital punishment in Washington state. Meanwhile, state transportation officials continue to explore the cost overruns as repairs to Bertha are expected to take months. And the housing community reviews Seattle's affordability issue.

Steve Scher talks with Crosscut’s Knute Berger, Eli Sanders of The Stranger and news analyst Joni Balter about this week's top stories.

Department Of Health
9:11 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Washington's New Rules On Hospital Partnerships Challenged

New rules on hospital mergers put undue burden on hospitals, according to the Wash. State Hospital Association.
Flickr Photo/Ralf (CC BY-NC-SA)

The Washington State Hospital Association has filed suit in Thurston County Superior Court over the state's new permitting process for hospitals.

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