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Amazing People
2:13 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

How A Blind Person Can "See" Using Echolocation

Bats use echolocation to "see." So does Brian Bushway.
Credit Flickr Photo/rogerwshaw

Brian Bushway is blind, but he says he can "see" just as well as anyone else using a technique called echolocation. Like a bat, he makes sounds with his mouth to locate and identify cars, bushes, walls and chain link fences. He can even ride a bicycle.

Full list of stories from KUOW Presents, July 30:

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Wrongful Conviction Legislation
12:34 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Exonerated Convict Is Ready To Test Washington’s New Law

Alan Northrop speaks with media members in May following the signing into law by Gov. Jay Inslee a measure that would allow people who have been wrongfully convicted to seek state compensation for the years they were imprisoned.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

A new law that took effect this week in Washington allows people wrongfully convicted of crimes to sue the state for damages. Alan Northrop will be one of the first to file a claim.

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Republican Chair Resigns
11:07 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Future Of Wash. State GOP After Kirby Wilbur

State Republican chairman Kirby Wilbur stands atop stairs in his home to explain the caucus process on March 3, 2012. Wilbur resigned Monday from his position in order to work for the Young America's Foundation.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

Kirby Wilbur, the head of the Washington state GOP, resigned on Monday and has left the party struggling to find a new leader. As chair he led the Republicans to take greater control of the state Legislature but lost key races for governor and attorney general.

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WikiLeaks Case
9:46 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Bradley Manning Not Guilty Of 'Aiding The Enemy'

Army Private Bradley Manning, center, leaves the courtroom at Fort Meade, Maryland, on Tuesday.
Jim Lo Scalzo EPA /Landov

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 3:47 pm

This post was last updated at 6:42 p.m. ET.

Bradley Manning, the former intelligence analyst who perpetrated the largest leak of classified information in U.S. history, has been acquitted of the most serious charge against him.

Col. Denise Lind, the military judge presiding over the case in Fort Meade, Md., found the Army private not guilty of aiding the enemy, when he released hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks. The charge carried a possible punishment of life in prison.

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2013 Elections
10:54 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Primary Election Time: How Are You Voting?

KUOW/Kara McDermott

Ballots are out for the August primary election. How are you voting? Seattle voters will decide on city council and school board positions, a parks levy, and which two candidates will face off in November’s mayoral race. Ballots are due back in the mail or an official ballot return box by August 6. Ross Reynolds talks to callers about what’s on the ballot and how they’ll be voting.

Representative Interview
11:27 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Dear Congressman McDermott, How's Work?

Representative Jim McDermott wins for best tie worn at the station this week.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Seattle Democrat Jim McDermott represents Washington’s 7th congressional district. He currently serves as a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee, which is responsible for writing tax law, and he’s the ranking member on the House Subcommittee on Health.  Jim McDermott is currently serving his 12th term in congress and he joins Ross Reynolds for an in-studio interview.

Weekly Roundup
10:00 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Your Take On The News

It’s Friday—time to talk over the week’s news with Joni Balter, C.R. Douglas and Knute Berger. The Seattle mayor's race got real after Mayor Mike McGinn blocks a proposed Whole Foods Market in West Seattle over worker pay. The City of SeaTac put paid sick leave and a $15.00 hourly minimum wage on the fall ballot.  President Obama tried to pump up the country's economic hopes. And of course, Britain's royal baby arrived. What stories caught your attention? Share your thoughts with us by sending an email to Weekday

Yacht Crisis
11:17 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Is Seattle Facing A Superyacht Crisis?

Flickr Photo/Cyr0z

Washington state is the number one producer of luxury superyachts in the United States. But the marine industry says state tax policy discourages luxury superyacht owners from spending more time and money in Washington state. What is a superyacht? Ross Reynolds finds out that and more when he talks with Peter Schrappen, director of government affairs for the Northwest Marine Trade Association.

Injured Troops
9:07 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Military Disability System Making Progress, Still Falling Short Of Goals

Sgt. Jake Koetje while on deployment to Afghanistan in 2010.
Credit Courtesy Sgt. Koetje

For soldiers who are injured or wounded, the process for determining whether they’re eligible for medical retirement is long.

Many, including the Government Accountability Office, say too long.

In a 2012 report to the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, the GAO found that soldiers at Washington’s Joint Base Lewis-McChord and other military installations were waiting nearly 400 days to get through the system.

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Immigration
2:35 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Undocumented? A Seattle City Light Bill Could Help

Flickr Photo/Seattle Municipal Archives

The city of Seattle wants to help clear the way for some unauthorized immigrants to get a work visa. Today city officials reminded young immigrants that they can use a Seattle City Light bill to help prove their residency.

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King County Metro
11:55 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Metro Bus Service Reductions Loom As State Drags Its Feet On Funding

Flickr Photo/Lightpattern Productions

The inability of the Washington Legislature to pass a transportation package this session means King County Metro Transit needs to prepare for service cuts. Metro general manager Kevin Desmond said the agency has time-sensitive funding needs; in part because an expiring $20.00 car tab fee for transit wasn’t renewed.

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Immigration Enforcement
11:31 am
Wed July 24, 2013

King County Pushes Back On Federal Immigration Hold Policy

A proposal in King County aims to rein in how much access federal immigration authorities have at the county jail. A council committee held its first public meeting on the measure Tuesday.

Several counties in other states have already adopted similar policies, with mixed public reaction.

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DUI Law
8:23 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Round-The-Clock Alcohol Monitoring Part Of New DUI Law

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 5:01 am

Washington’s new DUI law borrows an idea from South Dakota. Starting in January, as many as three Washington counties and two cities will pilot a 24/7 alcohol monitoring program. That could mean offenders wearing high-tech bracelets.

Ignition interlock devices are standard these days for drunk drivers. But there are ways around them. So technology to the rescue.

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Viaduct Replacement
12:09 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Bertha To Get Send-Off Before Burrowing Below Seattle

Credit Flickr Photo/WSDOT

Very soon, a massive piece of machinery will start to burrow two miles out from Seattle. It’s building the tunnel that will replace the Alaskan way viaduct.

Tomorrow, WSDOT is hosting a big sendoff for the biggest tunneling machine in the world, affectionately named Bertha. The public is invited to check it out Saturday between 11:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., provided closed-toed shoes are worn.

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Hedreen Development
11:21 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Union Tries To Block Downtown Hotel Deal

Hotel development on the site of Seattle's Greyhound station is getting pushback from a union.
Flickr Photo/Matthew Rutledge

There are plans in the works to build a huge convention hotel on the site of Seattle’s Greyhound bus station. But the developer behind the hotel is threatening to cancel the project unless a union trying to block the project at city hall relents.

The union says the hotel would bring too many low-wage jobs to downtown Seattle. Ross Reynolds talks to Mark Stiles, a reporter at the Puget Sound Business Journal, who has been covering the story.

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