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Abortion Law
3:36 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Texas Court Rejects Portions Of Controversial Abortion Law, Which Side Won?

Earlier this year, people protesting restrictive abortion laws in Texas staged a sit-in at the state capitol. The bill passed, but key portions were blocked by a recent court ruling.
Flickr Photo/Lauren Gerson

Marcie Sillman talks with Dahlia Lithwick, writer for Slate, about the ruling in Texas that blocked part of the state’s restrictive abortion law.

International Diplomacy
3:36 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Saudi Arabia's Influence In Syria And The Middle East

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel met with Prince Fahd bin Abdullah, Deputy Minister of Defense, this April in Saudi Arabia. Since then, the relationship between the US has been in flux, particularly in regards to Syria.
Flickr Photo/Secretary of Defense

Steve Scher discusses the changing relationship between Saudi Arabia and the United States with Frederic Wehrey, senior associate in the Middle East Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Crime & Courts
1:30 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Skagit Couple Who Beat Adopted Ethiopian Daughter Head To Prison

Hana Williams, believed to be about 13, was honored at a vigil held after her adopted parents were sentenced to decades in prison.
Credit KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Liz Jones reports on the vigil for Hana Williams, the Ethiopian girl found dead in her adoptive parents' yard in Skagit County.

Liz Jones reports on the sentencing of Carri and Larry Williams, adoptive parents of Hana Williams.

A Skagit County couple convicted of beating their adopted Ethiopian daughter and leaving her to die in the cold outside were sentenced Tuesday to decades in prison.

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Proposition 1
11:52 am
Tue October 29, 2013

SeaTac Wage Fight: Fairer Pay Or Fewer Jobs?

The food court in the SeaTac concourse is a battleground for a proposed minimum wage increase.
Flickr Photo/John Boren

Washington state has the nation’s highest minimum wage at $9.19 an hour. If voters in the City of SeaTac approve Proposition 1 next Tuesday, the city would boast the highest minimum wage in the country.

Opponents of the proposition say that although the purpose of the proposition is to provide higher-paying jobs, its real consequence would be fewer jobs and more competition from workers from nearby cities.

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Military
10:29 am
Tue October 29, 2013

With More Addicted Soldiers, Military Expands Treatment Options

Flickr Photo/Charles Williams

For thousands of service members who use opiates to manage chronic pain from war injuries, the road to dependence and addiction can be paved with compassion.

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Immigration Reform
3:05 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Immigration Reform Resurfaces And Splits The Republican Party

AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

Marcie Sillman interviews Andrea Seabrook of DecodeDC about the immigration reform legislation that a conservative lobbying coalition is hoping to bring to the House floor.

Gun Control
3:04 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Senator Kline's Plan To Limit Child Access To Guns In Washington

Flickr Photo/M Glasgow

Steve Scher speaks with State Senator Adam Kline about his plan to re-introduce a bill that would restrict a minor's access to firearms.

Prison
3:03 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

The Challenges Of The Aging Prison Population

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Marcie Sillman talks with Kevin Bovenkamp, assistant secretary for the Health Services Division at Washington's Department of Corrections, about the new challenges prisons are facing with a rapidly aging population including elder care, hospice services and assisted living.

Environment
11:09 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Under Plan, Inslee Agrees To Higher Clean Fuel Standards For Washington

California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia will will announce a plan Monday to align carbon reduction efforts. Wash. Gov. Jay Inslee has long been a champion for clean energy.
EarthFix Photo/Ashley Ahearn

UPDATE: 10/29/2013, 12 p.m. PT: 

The leaders of three West Coast states – including Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee – and the premier of British Columbia agreed on Monday in San Francisco to adopt and maintain low carbon fuel standards. Under the plan, Washington and Oregon commit to mirroring California and British Columbia’s existing clean fuel standards. 

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Pot Shops
8:57 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Pierce County Weighs Ban On Marijuana Retail Stores

Credit Credit Flickr Photo/Neeta Lind

Washington state expects to license about 17 marijuana retail stores in unincorporated Pierce County, but a majority of the Pierce County Council supports measures to effectively ban the stores.

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Health Care
7:55 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Oops. Washington Health Exchange Miscalculates Subsidies For Thousands

The front page of the Website for the Washington State Health Care Benefit Exchange.

Washingtonians who have signed up for health plans through the health exchange and qualified for tax credits may have received wrong information.

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Privacy
3:37 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Jill Lepore On NSA Spying, New Technology And History Of Privacy

Professor Jill Lepore
Flickr Photo/James Joel

The continuing drip of revelations about NSA spying continues to provoke outrage around the world.  Harvard historian and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore puts that outrage in historical context. She tells The Record's David Hyde that the modern concept of a right to privacy is a relatively new concept. And Lepore says the assertion of privacy rights always follows the rise of new technologies that have already invaded our privacy.

NSA Spying
2:54 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

The Diplomatic Fallout Of Spying On World Leaders

Today is the second summit day in Brussels for the European Union Council. NSA spying has been a key topic of discussion.
Flickr Photo/President of the European Council

Reports that the United States has been spying on our European allies has caused outrage in the region. According to documents leaked to The Guardian by former National Security Agency employee Edward Snowden, the NSA has monitored the phone conversations of up to 35 world leaders.

The European Union held a council meeting yesterday and today in Brussels. The original purpose of the meeting was to discuss the economy and job growth, but that was quickly overshadowed by talk of security and trust. Allies spying on allies is nothing new, so why the anger about the revelations? Charles Kupchan, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, explains why this time is different and what the diplomatic fallout will be for the United States.

The Week In Review
10:00 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Elections Are Coming! Minimum Wage, Mayor's Race And More

The City of SeaTac is considering an increase in the minimum wage to $15 an hour.
Flickr Photo/John Boren

It’s Friday — time to talk over the week's news with Joni Balter of the Seattle Times, Crosscut's Knute Berger, and C.R. Douglas of Q13 FOX News.

The City of SeaTac is debating whether to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Seattle is considering two proposals that would impact City Council races and we take another look at the Seattle mayoral race with less than two weeks to go before Election Day.

Plus, we talk over the Affordable Care Act's glitchy start and check in with Live Wire host Luke Burbank.

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Elections 2013
5:52 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Charter Amendment 19: The Debate Over Districting The Seattle City Council

Seattle City Council complex.
Flickr Photo/Canadian Pacific

This election, Seattle residents have the opportunity to change the way they are represented by the city government.  Charter Amendment 19 on the ballot would change the look of the City Council – instead of all nine members being elected at large to represent the whole city, voters would elect seven of those members by the districts they live in.  The two remaining seats would continue to be elected by a citywide vote.

The Record’s Marcie Sillman sat down with an advocate from each side of the issue: Marjorie Rhodes from Choices, Not Districts; and Eugene Wasserman from Seattle Districts Now.

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