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Ancestry Controversy
10:57 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Nooksack Judge Halts Removal Of 306 Tribal Members

Nooksack tribal member Angel Rabang said she was wrongfully fired from her job at the tribal casino.
Courtesy of Angel Rabang

Hundreds of members of the Nooksack Tribe near Bellingham won a temporary victory Wednesday. Hearings were scheduled to start this week to potentially expel 306 members from the tribe, but a ruling from the Nooksack Court of Appeals has halted the proceeding for now.

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Transportation
9:06 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Remote Yet Vital Inland Northwest Ferry Crossing Gets An Upgrade

Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 8:41 am

Washington's most famous ferries are in Puget Sound. But another, inland ferry operated by the state has been quietly shuttling cars across the Columbia River since 1948. And Wednesday, that ferry crossing got a badly needed update.

No new boat ceremony would be complete without breaking a bottle over the bow. But it took a few tries to actually break this bottle.

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FBI Crackdown
4:34 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Nicole: A Portrait Of A Seattle Sex Trafficking Survivor

Flickr Photo/Tom Woodward

Two and a half weeks ago the FBI, in partnership with local law enforcement, conducted a cross-country sweep looking to help stop child sex trafficking. They recovered dozens of under-age victims who have been forced into prostitution, and they arrested their pimps. Three child victims were found in Washington state, and nine people were arrested here.

On Tuesday,  something very different happened at FBI offices in downtown Seattle.

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Government
9:33 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Why Can't Congress Make Progress?

Flickr Photo/Jonathon Colman

This year’s Congress is the most unproductive in at least 60 years. In its first six months, the 113th Congress has passed only 22 bills through both the House and the Senate, and most of those were insignificant. Is the hold up just part of the democratic process? Or is it something else?

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper says the push for transparency in recent years is making government and lawmakers less effective. His solution? Bring back closed-door meetings and earmarks. Ross Reynolds talks with Julien Zelizer, professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University about why transparency and the 24-hour news cycle can fuel partisan gridlock. 

Oil Equipment
10:03 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Nez Perce Seek Court-Ordered Roadblock With Second 'Megaload' On Horizon

Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 4:40 pm

Nightly protests on Idaho's Highway 12 delayed but did not stop a huge piece of oil equipment crossing the state. The so-called “megaload” passed through a scenic river corridor and entered Montana on Friday.

Now, the Nez Perce Tribe is asking a federal judge to prevent more extra-large shipments.

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State Budget
9:00 am
Mon August 12, 2013

State Transportation Plan, And Junk Foods We've Loved

It's impossible to not get a junk food fix on Coney Island, New York.
Fickr Photo/Julian Bleecker

State Lawmakers Move On Transportation Package
When state lawmakers adjourned in June, they left a $10 billion transportation package on the table. Now, Senate leaders have announced they’ll hold public hearings in the fall on the state’s transportation priorities and how to pay for them. Everett Herald reporter and columnist Jerry Cornfield joins us with details.

Junk Foods We Have Loved
Admit it – as healthy as we may try to be, we all have our guilty pleasures when it comes to food. Food writers and co-hosts of the Spilled Milk podcast, Molly Wizenberg and Matthew Amster-Burton, join us to talk favorite junk foods and fess up to their cravings. What are yours? Call us at 206.543.5869 or write weekday@kuow.org.

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8:21 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Kenneth Bae, American Imprisoned In North Korea, Moved To Hospital

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Kenneth Bae, an American man from Lynnwood, Wash., has spent more than nine months imprisoned in North Korea. Bae had been telling his family that his health was failing, possibly from diabetes-related complications. Bae is now suffering from severe back and leg pain and has lost more than 50 pounds, his sister Terri Chung told CNN late Sunday.
Seoul, South Korea (CNN) -- Kenneth Bae, the American citizen sentenced to 15 years in a North Korean labor camp, has been moved to a hospital after a serious deterioration in his health, his sister said.
Poaching
10:54 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Back Alley Caviar

Flickr Photo/Renee Suen

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has charged two men with illegally selling caviar, steelhead and salmon as a part of an international fish poaching ring. The men are accused of selling undercover agents American paddlefish eggs and salmon and steelhead that was poached illegally here in Washington state waters. Ross Reynolds talks with Mike Cenci, marine patrol captain for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Law Enforcement Program.

Homeland Security
10:27 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Department Of Homeland Security: Necessary Or Needless?

Flickr Photo/US Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District

The vision of the Department of Homeland Security is to "ensure a homeland that is safe, secure and resilient against terrorism and other hazards." That's according to the mission statement on the Department of Homeland Security’s website.

Last month the Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napalitano resigned to take on the job of running California’s university system. There are now 15 vacant positions at the top of the department, a department that casts a wide net. Sure, you may think of anti-terror units when you think of homeland security but DHS combined 22 different federal departments when it was established in 2002. Ross Reynolds talks with author and fellow at the Center for Global Development Charles Kenny about why he thinks it is time to abolish the DHS.

Marijuana Regulation
8:43 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Pesticide List For Pot Earns Praise

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 5:54 pm

The state of Washington has compiled a lengthy list of pesticides for marijuana growers to use -- even though these chemicals are not officially approved for pot. The new list is part of the state’s ongoing effort to regulate the production of legal, recreational marijuana.

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Election 2013
9:00 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Primary Results, And Being Allowed To Die

Flickr Photo/Alex Grrrrr

  

Primary Results
We reflect on the results of yesterday’s primary. What happened? How do the results affect the November election? Call us with your reaction at 206.543.5869.

Being Allowed To Die: A Case Study On When To Remove A Ventilator
Imagine having to decide when to remove an injured loved one from a ventilator.  Some of you have had to make that decision and doctors have to make it too.  Every situation is unique and it’s not simply a medical decision. It can be ethical and emotional too. Jim deMaine is a retired pulmonary and critical care doctor who frequently gives talks to patients about planning for end-of-life issues.  He joins us to talk about two patients who wanted to be taken off the ventilator and allowed to die.

On The Job: Avain Vet
Parrots, like all pets, need to check-ups and that means a trip to the Avian Vet.  As part of our “On the Job” series, Katy Sewall visited the Bird & Exotic Clinic of Seattle.

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Marijuana Legalization
7:42 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Legalized Marijuana Could Create City-State Friction In Washington

Everett resident Michele Rastovich works in substance abuse prevention. She's worried about youth access under I-502.
Credit KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

Washington state expects to adopt final rules for the structure governing legalized marijuana under I-502 by next week. So officials with the state’s Liquor Control Board are touring the state to get feedback before the rules take effect.

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Detained In North Korea
4:51 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Kenneth Bae's Family: "Don't Forget This American"

Kenneth Bae's mother, Myunghee Bae, holds the most recent letter from her son. North Korea has sentenced American Kenneth Bae to 15 years of hard labor.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Kenneth Bae, an American man from Lynnwood, Wash., has spent more than nine months imprisoned in North Korea. That’s longer than any other American recently held there. Bae’s family members say their frustration and worries grow as each day passes.

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Homelessness
11:13 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Nickelsville Resident Speaks Out About Move

Seattle's homeless tent city, Nickelsville, has been moved from place to place over the years, including across from the University of Washington (as pictured) and most recently in West Seattle. But Seattle City Council wants it to close.
KUOW Photo/Jenna Montgomery

The homeless encampment known as Nickelsville is set to close on September 1st. The city has provided $500,000 to move residents to new homes. But are these new shelters a permanent solution? Nickelsville resident John Jolly says no. He talks to Ross Reynolds about how the transition is going.

Tribal Buy-Back
12:17 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Controversial US Government Plan To Buy Back Tribal Land

Flickr Photo/indigenous1

The US government is trying to make amends for historical mismanagement of tribal land by buying back land for tribal governments. It plans to spend $1.9 billion for 10 million acres of land by 2022. Ross Reynolds talks to Gabriel Galanda, a Seattle lawyer and a member of the Round Valley Indian Tribes of Mendocino County, California, about the program and what it could mean for Native Americans.

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