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Transportation
3:39 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Metro To Cut 74 Bus Routes If State Doesn’t Come Through

Metro tweeted this image of bus routes that are scheduled to be cut by mid-2014.
Credit Metro King County Photo

In a dramatic announcement on Thursday, Metro announced its plans to cut 74 bus routes by mid-2014 in response to the state's inability to pass a transportation package. Another 107 routes would be changed.

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Middle East Unrest
3:07 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

What Sprouted In The Arab Spring?

Flickr Photo/FreedomHouse

Marcie Sillman interviews Thanassis Cambanis about his reasons for optimism in the Middle East despite the crackdowns by repressive regimes following the Arab Spring.

Nuclear Waste
7:15 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Energy Department Says Leaking Tank At Hanford 'Stabilizing'

File photo of part of Hanford's C-Farm
US Department of Energy

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 5:31 pm

After nearly a year of study, the U.S. Department of Energy says fewer radioactive waste tanks appear to be leaking at Hanford than originally thought.

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Politics
5:03 am
Thu November 7, 2013

With Three Years Left To Go, Obama Remains On Defense

President Obama waves as he departs Love Field Airport after shaking hands with supporters Wednesday in Dallas.
Tony Gutierrez AP

Originally published on Thu November 7, 2013 10:13 am

Just a year after he won re-election, President Obama's second term is already feeling long and fairly fruitless.

It could get worse.

It's typical for second-term presidents to enter the doldrums, but in Obama's case the feeling that he can't accomplish very much set in early. The hopes he stated last year that his re-election would "break the fever" of unyielding Republican opposition to everything he proposed turned out to be misguided.

"The president is clearly at his weakest point in his presidency so far," says GOP consultant Whit Ayres.

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Commuting
11:55 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

To Get Around Town, Some Cities Take A Step Back In Time

Construction of the Atlanta streetcar line has hurt many businesses along the route, but there is hope that economic gains will increase once the line opens next spring.
Kathy Lohr NPR

Originally published on Thu November 7, 2013 9:17 am

This story is part of a project on commuting in America.

Cities across the country are investing in old-fashioned streetcars to solve what's known as the "last mile" problem. The hope is that trolleys will make it easier for people to get to their final destination.

Atlanta is one of the latest, laying steel rails for a 2.6 mile line. The tracks will run downtown from Peachtree Street to the Martin Luther King Jr. historic district on the east side of the city. Some see this as a big step forward.

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Elections 2013
3:51 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Mayor Apparent Ed Murray Explains His First Priorities

At Sen. Ed Murray's election night party, the apparent mayor-to-be was featured in butter.
KUOW Photo/David Hyde

Ross Reynolds talks with Sen. Ed Murray, Seattle mayor apparent, about his first priorities in his new political role.

Elections 2013
2:49 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

What's Next After The Bellevue City Council Elections

Marcie Sillman speaks with Crosscut reporter Knute Berger to get a roundup of the Bellevue City Council races.

Tax Levy
2:49 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

The Rough Streets Of Tacoma: What's Next After The Failure Of The City's Proposition 1

Ross Reynolds talks with Tacoma public works director Kurtis Kingsolver about the failure of a tax levy to provide funding for needed infrastructure improvements.

Elections 2013
2:42 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Analyzing The Election Results

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Marcie Sillman chats with Publicola’s Erica Barnett and Q13 Fox News political analyst C.R. Douglas about the elections results, including the new mayor apparent and Seattle City Council districting.

Elections 2013
2:12 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Councilmembers Will Represent Districts – But Which One Is Yours?

Seattle will be divided into these seven districts. Residents of each district will elect a city councilmember to represent them.
Credit Courtesy of Seattle District Now

Seattle prides itself on being a city of neighborhoods – small cities wedged between two bodies of water – but its city councilmembers are elected by the city at large.

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DUI
2:01 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

There May Be A Green Light For Pot, But Not For Driving High

In Washington state, dogs don't need to sniff out pot anymore, but troopers are keeping an eye out for high drivers.
Matthew Staver Bloomberg via Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 5:44 pm

Western states have led the way in the legalization of marijuana, first with medical marijuana, and then with the legalization of recreational pot in Colorado and Washington last November.

It's been quite an adjustment for the police. Washington State Patrol is adapting to the new reality in a variety of ways, from untraining dogs that sniff out pot, to figuring out how to police high drivers.

A Smell Once Forbidden

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Socioeconomics
1:10 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

How Many Americans Live In Poverty?

Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 12:11 pm

As we reported earlier this year, there are some big problems with the way poverty is measured in this country.

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Adorable
1:09 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Another Election?! Relax, This One's To Name A Baby Panda

You can help select a name for the National Zoo's new panda cub.
Abby Wood Smithsonian's National Zoo

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 1:45 pm

Fresh off Tuesday's election, another is just around the corner: The National Zoo wants you to help name its new panda cub by casting a vote at Smithsonian.com.

You can vote online (no photo identification required and the balloting continues until Nov. 22).

At NPR, we always strive to ensure that our audience is informed of the candidates — even when they're names for pandas.

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Elections 2013
11:40 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Wife Beats Husband In Local Maine Election

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 1:33 pm

The election Tuesday for Ward 1 warden in Waterville, Maine, might have had as much to say about marital politics as partisan politics.

Democrat Jennifer Johnson beat out her husband, Republican David Johnson, by a margin of 127-76 votes.

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