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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.

Increased Penalties
10:23 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Victim, Prosecutor Say New DUI Law Is Progress, But Not Enough

Austin Jenkins/ Northwest News Network. Dan Schulte, with his sister at his side, speaks at the bill signing ceremony for Washington’s new DUI law.

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 3:22 pm

Second-time drunk drivers in Washington will go directly to jail. They’ll also be required to get an ignition interlock device within five days.

Those are just two of the provisions in a sweeping new DUI measure signed into law Thursday. But already there are calls for even tougher penalties in the future.

The bill signing ceremony took place at a State Patrol field office. Governor Jay Inslee was flanked by police, prosecutors, lawmakers and victims.

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Your Take On The News
10:00 am
Fri July 19, 2013

A Review Of Mayorpalooza, And More News Of The Week


 

This week on KUOW, Weekday and The Conversation heard from all of the nine mayoral candidates. A new KING 5 poll was also released this week that has state senator Ed Murray pulling ahead in the race. Mayor of Seattle isn't the only position on the August ballot; Knute Berger, C.R. Douglas and Joni Balter give analysis on the other city and county issues on the 2013 ballot.

Also this Saturday is Bertha's last day on the waterfront, and Texas passes its controversial abortion bill. What stories caught your attention? Share your thoughts with the panel by emailing Weekday.  

Mayor's Race 2013
1:58 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Seattle Mayor's Race Debate Features Eight Candidates Ahead Of Primary

Audience members voting during the lightening round at Tuesday night's CityClub debate.
Credit KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

The Downtown District Council of Seattle and KCTS 9 hosted the Seattle mayoral candidates for a live debate ahead of the August 6 primary last night. The first hour of the debate was televised and simulcast on KUOW.

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Listener Call-In
11:39 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Is The Minimum Wage Too Low?

Correction 7/24/13:  In the original broadcast of this interview we misstated that Seattle City Council candidate Kshama Sawant advocates a minimum wage of $21.72 an hour. According to her campaign representative Devin Matthews, Sawant is calling for a $15.00 dollar minimum wage. 

A recent economic survey showed it costs over $52,000  for a one parent and one child family to live a modest lifestyle in Seattle. Would raising the minimum wage to $15.00 an hour bring more people closer to earning a living wage? Or would a $15.00 minimum wage just discourage employers from hiring? Ross Reynolds talks to Felix Salmon, financial reporter for Reuters, about the case for each side, and callers share their opinions on if we should raise the minimum wage.

Mayor's Race 2013
10:13 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Tempers Flare In Seattle Mayor's Race

Mayoral candidate Ed Murray in a skit featuring cross-dressing "campaign consultants" during Candidate Survivor Night
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

As the August 6 primary draws near, the Seattle mayor’s race is heating up.

Candidates are now engaged in almost daily debates and forums, and some are getting testy.

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Mayor's Race 2013
9:00 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Seattle Mayoral Candidates Staadecker And Harrell, And A New Push Against "Stand Your Ground"

Mayoral candidates Charlie Staadecker and Bruce Harrell.
From the candidates' Facebook pages.

Seattle Mayoral Candidate Charlie Staadecker
Seattle mayoral candidate Charlie Staadecker joins us to talk about his run ahead of the August 6 primary election.

"Stand Your Ground" Gets New Scrutiny After Zimmerman Verdict
While George Zimmerman didn’t end up using Florida’s "Stand Your Ground" law in his defense in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, the statute loomed large over his case. In an interview with CNN, one juror said that the jury had the state's "Stand Your Ground" law in mind when deciding Zimmerman’s fate. We talk with John Nichols, Washington correspondent for The Nation, about a new push to repeal similar laws and the organization that has worked hard to get it on the books. 

Seattle Mayoral Candidate Bruce Harrell
Our series of interviews with each of Seattle's mayoral candidates continues with City Councilmember Bruce Harrell.

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