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3:15 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

House Votes To Extend Debt Limit To March 2015

Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 2:48 pm

The House of Representatives has voted to extend the federal debt limit, after the Republican majority abandoned its hopes to tie other provisions to the measure. By a 221-201 vote, the House voted to extend the debt limit to March 15, 2015.

Update at 5:35 p.m. ET: Ryan Reportedly Voted 'No'

In the end, 28 Republicans joined with 193 Democrats to approve the move.

On Twitter, several congressional reporters quickly noted that House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., was one of many Republicans who voted against the legislation.

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Alaskan Way Viaduct
2:36 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Mayor Murray On Bertha: ‘I Don’t Think We Should Get Involved In Finger-Pointing’

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Ross Reynolds talks with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray about Bertha's continuing woes and who would ultimately be on the hook for cost overruns.

Ukraine
2:20 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

A Personal Perspective On The Ukrainian Protests

Flickr Photo/Christiaan Triebert (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with Yulia Shadirya about the protests in Ukraine. Shadirya moved to Seattle years ago but has been following the events in Kiev.

Islamic Revolution
1:53 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Iran's President Marks Revolution With Call For Negotiations

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivers a speech during an annual rally commemorating the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution at the Azadi Square in Tehran, on Tuesday. Rouhani called for "respectful, constructive" nuclear talks with world powers — a departure from the hard line of his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Vahid Salemi AP

Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 6:58 pm

Iran on Tuesday marked the 35th anniversary of its Islamic revolution, a day when the country's religious conservatives and military hard-liners take center stage, and calls of "Death to America" echo across the country.

In Tehran's Azadi Square, one man waving an orange "Down with the USA" flag condemned the U.S. and Israel, and then, perhaps not sure of the nationality of the reporter standing nearby, threw in England and France for good measure.

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Death Penalty Moratorium
11:11 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Gov. Inslee: 'There Have Been Too Many Doubts Raised About Capital Punishment'

Governor Jay Inslee issued a moratorium on the death penalty in Washington on Tuesday during a press conference.
Jay Inslee's Facebook page.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee issued a moratorium Tuesday on the use of the death penalty in Washington state during his term.

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Environment
9:32 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Oregon Lawmakers Back Away From Bill To Restrict Some Pesticides

FIle photo. A measure in Oregon would have banned the use of four types of pesticides.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon February 10, 2014 6:53 pm

This week, Oregon may join Washington in backing away from a proposal to protect bees by restricting certain pesticides.

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Disabilities
9:04 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Biggest Needs, Biggest Gaps In Services For Kids Adoped From Foster System

Children with the biggest needs face the biggest gaps in services, according to a new report about children adopted from the state's foster care system.

The findings were released Monday by the Washington state auditor's office.

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Diseased Trees
8:49 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Risk Of Falling Trees Shutters Northwest Camping Areas

U.S. Forest Service

Originally published on Mon February 10, 2014 7:37 pm

Forest managers in north Idaho and western Washington will be closing some popular camping areas this year. They say nearby trees are infected with root rot and post a threat to campers.

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Education & Immigration
8:38 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Republican Senator Pushes Back On College Aid For Undocumented Students

Washington state Senator Janea Holmquist Newbry
Washington Legislature

Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 9:34 am

A bipartisan plan in the Washington legislature to give undocumented students access to college aid is coming under fire.

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Annexation
8:18 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Seattle City Limits May Change For First Time In Decades

If a county review board and voters agree, these sections of unincorporated South Park will become part of Seattle.
Credit Seattle City Council

For all of Seattle's economic and population growth in the past few decades, its city limits have remained static. That could change after the City Council advanced a plan Monday to expand Seattle's boundaries for the first time since the mid-1980s.

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Detained in North Korea
3:38 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

North Korea Calls Off Envoy For Kenneth Bae

Kenneth Bae has been able to send some correspondence, including this letter, to his family in Edmonds, Wash.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

The Seattle-area family of Kenneth Bae, an American man held in North Korea, said their hopes fell again this week. For the second time, North Korea rescinded its invitation for a U.S. envoy to discuss Bae’s possible release.

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Congress
2:27 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

House Panel Weighs Ethics Complaint Against McMorris-Rodgers

Representative Cathy McMorris-Rodgers
Flickr Photo/Gage Skidmore

Marcie Sillman talks with Andrea Seabrook of DecodeDC about a possible ethics investigation surrounding Representative Cathy McMorris-Rodgers of Spokane.

Ukraine Protest
1:55 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Protestors Rally Against The Ukraine Government

Flickr Photo/Ivan Bandura

Ross Reynolds talks with Scott Radnitz about why Ukrainians have been protesting in the streets of Kiev for the last three months. Radnitz is an associate professor and director of the Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies at the University of Washington.

News From Olympia
1:32 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Deep Divisions In Washington State Government

Flickr Photo/Tony Swartz

Ross Reynolds talks with KUOW’s Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about the divisions down in Olympia this legislative session.

Health
1:32 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

What California's Rule Change On Flame Retardants Means For Washington

Flickr Photo/Totomaru

Marcie Sillman interviews KQED's Amy Standen about the battle over flame retardants in California and what it could mean for Washington state.

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