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Affordable Care Act
4:33 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Inslee Says Health Care Act Rollout Is On Track In Washington

Jay Inslee's Facebook page.

Despite Republican efforts to block the health care reform plan known as Obamacare, Washington Governor Jay Inslee said he’s confident the plan is moving forward.

Speaking today on KUOW’s The Record, Inslee said the state is ready to roll out a major component of the Affordable Care Act. Next week, the state’s online marketplace for health plans will open for enrollment. Inslee said that the state is ready to push the green button on October 1.

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Seattle Pot Stores
4:10 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Could 23rd & Union Become Pot Central?

One of the few places in the heart of Seattle that could legally host a pot retail center is 23rd Avenue and Union Street, in the Central District.
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Beginning next year, as many as 21 marijuana retail stores could be open for business in Seattle — and that's sparked a contentious debate over where these stores can be located.

State rules mandate that retail stores must be 1,000 feet from schools, public parks, libraries and even transit centers. That leaves very few places for pot stores to open. According to the city's preliminary map, in nearly all of central Seattle (including Capitol Hill, First Hill and the Central Area), there are very few places that pot retailers will be able to open up. One of those places is the corner of 23rd Avenue and E Union Street.

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Marijuana Retail
12:03 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Kent Says No To Recreational Pot Stores

Flickr Photo/Dank Depot

Starting next year, recreational pot stores will be open for business all over the state of Washington. State officials said the city of Kent could have three. But now, it looks like they won’t have any. Last year, the Kent City Council banned medical marijuana collective gardens over concerns that they violated federal law. Now, the city’s applying that same ban to recreational pot stores. Why?

Pat Fitzpatrick is Kent’s acting city attorney. He talked with Ross Reynolds.

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Border Lawsuit Settled
9:52 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Border Patrol To Share Records About Olympic Peninsula Traffic Stops

US Border Patrol Agent Chris Dyer drives his truck through a forested area near Forks, Wash., in March 2011.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Civil rights attorneys in Seattle will get reports of all US Border Patrol traffic stops on the Olympic Peninsula for the next 18 months.

That’s one of the settlement terms announced Tuesday in a lawsuit that alleged agents racially profiled people they pulled over.

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Congressional Controversies
4:28 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

What's Driving The Agenda in Washington, D.C.?

Flickr Photo/Trevor McGoldrick

From de-funding Obamacare to deep cuts to food stamps, the House of Representatives is full of big ideas that are likely going nowhere politically with Democrats who control the Senate and the White House. How then do they get so much attention? David Hyde talks with Andrea Seabrook of DecodeDC.

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Body Art Guidelines
12:27 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

US Army To Issue New Rules On Tattoos

The Army is issuing new guidelines concerning body art, including neck tattoos.
Flickr Photo/Binder.donedat

It is not uncommon for an soldier to have tattoos but strict new guidelines for what tattoos soldiers are allowed to have are about to go into place.  New rules governing things like tattoos and grooming for soldiers have been approved by the Secretary of the Army and are only awaiting a final signature from Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler. What are the new rules and why the change? David Hyde talks with Stars and Stripes Afghanistan correspondent, Josh Smith about the new rules.

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Pot Banking
10:28 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Washington's Bank Willing To Accommodate Pot Revenue

Washington state Treasurer James McIntire
Courtesy of Washington State Treasurer's Office

Bank of America will handle proceeds connected to marijuana sales despite federal restrictions. Under federal policy, the government views money from marijuana sales as money laundering.

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Entertaining Politicians
9:23 am
Tue September 24, 2013

New Lobbyist Meal Form To Distinguish Chowder From Steak

A view of the new form lobbyists use to report entertainment spending in Washington state
Washington Public Disclosure Commission

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 1:55 pm

The staff at Washington’s Public Disclosure Commission has recommended changes to how lobbyists report their meals out with lawmakers. 

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Pres. Hassan Rouhani
10:42 am
Fri September 20, 2013

After 33 Years, A Chance For Diplomacy With Iran?

It has been 33 years since the United States and Iran had diplomatic relations. Now, after an exchange of letters between President Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, there is new hope for diplomatic dialogue between the two countries.

Iran is currently under UN and Western sanctions over its controversial nuclear program. It claims it is enriching uranium for peaceful purposes, but according to the BBC, the United States and its allies suspect Iran of trying to build a nuclear weapon. Next week, Rouhani will be in New York for the annual General Assembly of the United Nations.

Dr. Shaul Bakhash is the Clarence Robinson Professor of History at George Mason University. He explains the complexity of diplomacy between the two countries.

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Food Stamps
2:13 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Rep. Suzan DelBene On Funding The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Washington Representative Suzan DelBene.

Republicans and Democrats have been debating a bill that would cut $40 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program over the next 10 years. House Republicans argue that the food stamp program has grown too large and unmanageable.  Representative Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., has been an active advocate against the Republican-backed bill. She explains the implication of this bill.

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Conspiracy To Cheat
7:38 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Indictments Over Alleged Casino Scam on Tribal Grounds

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 7:25 pm

Tribal casinos take a lot of steps to keep players from cheating. But 42 people in Central Washington are facing charges of conspiracy to cheat on a raffle at a casino run by the Yakama Nation.

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Excessive Force Review
5:27 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Seattle Police Get High Marks From White, Asian Residents, But Panned By Blacks, Latinos

Flickr Photo/Brittney Bollay (CC BY-NC-ND)

Three out of four Seattle residents think the Seattle Police do a good job keeping the public safe.  But the police get much worse reviews from the city’s African-American and Latino communities. Seventy percent of African-Americans and 62 percent of Latinos think the department often uses excessive force.

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State Revenue
3:40 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Washington Revenues Show Slow And Steady Recovery

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 3:40 pm

Slow and steady. That’s how Washington’s chief economic forecaster sums up the recovery in state revenues.

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Mental Health
2:08 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

After Attacks, Seattle Rethinks How To Treat Mentally Ill

Police officials stand next to a bullet-ridden Seattle Metro bus on Aug. 12. A man with a history of mental illness shot and wounded the driver, then died in a chaotic shootout with police.
Ted S. Warren AP

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 5:01 pm

The Navy Yard massacre may renew concerns over the potential dangers of mentally ill people who don't get treatment. That issue is especially hot right now in Seattle, where the mayor has called untreated mental illness an "emergency."

Unstable In Seattle

Seattle's Pioneer Square is an uneasy mix of art galleries and skid road; it's gelato over here, and heroin over there. And then there's mental illness.

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