Austin Jenkins http://kuow.org en Inslee Says Feds Will Help Restore Power In Fire Zone http://kuow.org/post/inslee-says-feds-will-help-restore-power-fire-zone <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/072214AJ_InsleeFires_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Washington Governor Jay Inslee said Tuesday President Obama has pledged immediate federal aid to help fire-swept areas of north central Washington.<p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:44:04 +0000 Austin Jenkins 38788 at http://kuow.org Inslee Says Feds Will Help Restore Power In Fire Zone Judge Sides Again With Washington Foster Youth http://kuow.org/post/judge-sides-again-washington-foster-youth <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/072114AJ_FosterKids_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>A judge in Bellingham Monday ordered the state of Washington to do more to locate foster children who run away.<p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:45:25 +0000 Austin Jenkins 38705 at http://kuow.org Washington's Mid-Term Elections Draw In More Than Nearly $33M So Far http://kuow.org/post/washingtons-mid-term-elections-draw-more-nearly-33m-so-far <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/071714AJ_MoneyRace_web_2.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Washington’s August primary is less than a month away -- August 5. It’s a mid-term election year with no statewide offices on the ballot. Even so, already nearly $33 million have been contributed to campaigns.<p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 02:42:03 +0000 Austin Jenkins 38484 at http://kuow.org Washington's Mid-Term Elections Draw In More Than Nearly $33M So Far Washington Supreme Court Sides With Boyfriend In School Backpack Shooting http://kuow.org/post/washington-supreme-court-sides-boyfriend-school-backpack-shooting <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/071714AJ_KidsWithGuns_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday a Washington man whose loaded gun went off in a school backpack critically injuring a student can’t be charged with third-degree assault.<p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 02:41:51 +0000 Austin Jenkins 38482 at http://kuow.org Washington Jobless Rate At 6-Year Low, But Rural Counties Lag http://kuow.org/post/washington-jobless-rate-6-year-low-rural-counties-lag <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/071614AJ_NWUnemployment_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>According to the <a href="https://fortress.wa.gov/esd/employmentdata/docs/economic-reports/current-monthly-employment-report.pdf">June jobs report released Wednesday</a>, Washington’s jobless rate has dropped to 5.8 percent -- the lowest level in six years.<p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:00:39 +0000 Austin Jenkins 38420 at http://kuow.org Washington Jobless Rate At 6-Year Low, But Rural Counties Lag Long Sentences, Aging Inmates May Strain Washington's Clemency System http://kuow.org/post/long-sentences-aging-inmates-may-strain-washingtons-clemency-system <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/071514AJ_ClemencyProcess_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>In just a few years, Washington will need another 1,000 prison beds. There’s been talk of building a new state lock-up, but that would cost hundreds of millions of dollars at a time when the Supreme Court has said school funding must be the priority.<p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:27:29 +0000 Austin Jenkins 38339 at http://kuow.org Long Sentences, Aging Inmates May Strain Washington's Clemency System Poll Finds Washington Gun Rights Initiative Losing Support http://kuow.org/post/poll-finds-washington-gun-rights-initiative-losing-support <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/071514AJ_DuelingGuns_webv.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>A new Elway Poll out Tuesday shows support for a gun rights measure on Washington’s fall ballot is flagging. Meanwhile, a dueling measure that would expand background checks remains popular.<p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:25:47 +0000 Austin Jenkins 38336 at http://kuow.org Poll Finds Washington Gun Rights Initiative Losing Support Moses Lake Selected As Test Flight Location For Mitsubishi Regional Jet http://kuow.org/post/moses-lake-selected-test-flight-location-mitsubishi-regional-jet <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/071414AJ_FlightReady_web_2.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>It won’t just be Boeing jetliners flying lumbering test patterns over Moses Lake, Washington. Japan-based Mitsubishi Aircraft announced Monday it has selected <a href="http://www.portofmoseslake.com/the-center-of-washington-aviation/">Grant County International Airport</a> as its U.S. test flight center to test its <a href="http://www.mrj-japan.com/">new 70 to 90 passenger regional jet</a>. The test flights could start in the fall of 2015.<p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:51:57 +0000 Austin Jenkins 38261 at http://kuow.org Moses Lake Selected As Test Flight Location For Mitsubishi Regional Jet Weekend Lightning Could Lead To 'Sleeper' Fires http://kuow.org/post/weekend-lightning-could-lead-sleeper-fires <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/071414CL_sleeperfires_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Wildfires continue to rage around the Northwest. and f<span style="line-height: 1.5;">orecasters say weather conditions are ripe for more fires to develop in the coming days.&#160;</span><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:51:18 +0000 Austin Jenkins 38262 at http://kuow.org Weekend Lightning Could Lead To 'Sleeper' Fires Washington Supreme Court Says 'Stop And Frisk' Went Too Far http://kuow.org/post/washington-supreme-court-says-stop-and-frisk-went-too-far <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/071014AJ_StopNFrisk_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Police in Washington can “stop and frisk” individuals they have specific reason to believe may be armed. But if that search goes beyond a “brief and nonintrusive” search, then it’s unconstitutional.<p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:23:03 +0000 Austin Jenkins 38043 at http://kuow.org Washington Supreme Court Says 'Stop And Frisk' Went Too Far Amid Fanfare, Pot Stores Open Around Washington State http://kuow.org/post/amid-fanfare-pot-stores-open-around-washington-state <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/070814AJ_MJOpeningDay_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Washington’s recreational marijuana market is open for business. From Seattle to Bellingham to Prosser, marijuana stores opened for business Tuesday to excited customers who lined up, dressed up and celebrated the end of pot prohibition.<p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:45:02 +0000 Austin Jenkins 37879 at http://kuow.org Amid Fanfare, Pot Stores Open Around Washington State Would-Be Customers Eagerly Await Pot Store Openings http://kuow.org/post/would-be-customers-eagerly-await-pot-store-openings <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/070714AJ_MJLicenses.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The first legal marijuana stores in Washington are scheduled to open Tuesday. The Liquor Control Board issued <a href="https://lcb.app.box.com/retail-7-7">the first 24 retail licenses</a> early Monday.<p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 13:43:29 +0000 Austin Jenkins 37792 at http://kuow.org Would-Be Customers Eagerly Await Pot Store Openings Legal Pot Prices May Be High To Start http://kuow.org/post/legal-pot-prices-may-be-high-start <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/070314AJ_PotPrices_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Marijuana users may pay some high prices to get high when Washington state’s legal pot market launches next week . The initial price-per-gram could be nearly double what medical marijuana card-holders pay.<p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 14:42:41 +0000 Austin Jenkins 37725 at http://kuow.org Legal Pot Prices May Be High To Start Washington Prisons Will No Longer Punish Inmates For 'Self-Harm' http://kuow.org/post/washington-prisons-will-no-longer-punish-inmates-self-harm <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/070314AJ_SelfHarmingInmates_web_1.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Washington’s prison system has announced a major policy change when it comes to inmates who harm themselves. The Department of Corrections said Thursday that it will no longer sanction inmates for cutting or other acts of self-injury.<p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 14:42:34 +0000 Austin Jenkins 37724 at http://kuow.org Washington Plans To Issue 20 Marijuana Retail Licenses Monday http://kuow.org/post/washington-plans-issue-20-marijuana-retail-licenses-monday <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/070214AJ_WAPotUpdate_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The Washington State Liquor Control Board plans to issue about 20 marijuana retail licenses on July 7. The first pot stores could open the next day -- after a 24-hour waiting period. But the state cautions many stores may not be ready yet for customers and marijuana could be in short supply.<p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 14:30:10 +0000 Austin Jenkins 37547 at http://kuow.org Washington Plans To Issue 20 Marijuana Retail Licenses Monday