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August Primary
7:42 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Washington's Mid-Term Elections Draw In More Than Nearly $33M So Far

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 4:53 pm

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.

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Nuclear Energy
7:41 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Hanford Workers Say They’re Not Satisfied With Working Conditions At Tank Farms

Dozens of workers from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation gathered for public meeting organized watchdog group Hanford Challenge.

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 8:16 am

Hanford Nuclear Reservation workers who are worried about getting sick turned out in droves for a public meeting Wednesday night in Richland organized by a Seattle-area watchdog called Hanford Challenge.

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Marijuana Edibles
2:49 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Hungry For Pot? Here's What You Need To Know

Credit Flickr Photo/Chris Baker (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Roger Roffman, University of Washington professor emeritus of social work, about how to stay safe with marijuana edibles.

Emergency Declarations
8:00 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Wildfires Blaze Their Way Across The Northwest

US Highway 26 near Mitchell, Oregon has been closed much of this week due to a wildfire.

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 8:53 am

As wildfires continue to blaze around the Northwest, both Oregon and Washington have issued emergency declarations for fire-ravaged portions of their state. Affected are 20 of Washington's eastern counties and central Oregon, where most of the state's 13 active fires are burning.

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EarthFix Reports
7:59 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Oregon Nickel Mine Proposal Runs Into Stiff Opposition

North Fork of the Smith River, near Hiouchi, California.
PGHolbrook/Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 11:52 am

ASHLAND, Ore. -- A Britain-based company is making preliminary moves that could lead to a 4,000-acre open-pit nickel mine being established in the headwaters of the Smith and Illinois Rivers in southwest Oregon.

The firm says it’s at the beginning of a long process of evaluating whether such a mine would even pencil out. But opponents in Oregon and California are taking no chances. They’re going all-out to kill it in the cradle.

Barbara Ullian minces no words.

“The best time to stop a mine is before it starts,” she says.

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Law
7:57 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Study Reveals Worse Outcomes For Black And Latino Defendants

Cyrus Vance Jr., the district attorney for Manhattan, wanted to see if there were disparities in how the cases were disposed of.
John Minchillo AP

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 10:26 am

There are a lot of steps that come between an arrest and a conviction, and between conviction and sentencing. And throughout that winding process, a prosecutor's decisions carry enormous weight.

Does the prosecutor accept the case? Does she have the defendant jailed before trial? Is a plea bargain offered to the defendant, and if so, what are the terms?

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Cascadia Now!
3:27 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Is It Time For Washington To Leave The Union?

A poster for Cascadia Now! hung in Seattle.
Credit Flickr Photo/Neal Jennings (CC-BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde talks with anthropologist Chris Roth about Cascadia Now!, which advocates for British Columbia, Washington and Oregon to secede and form an independent nation.

Fire Season
3:12 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Hot Weather Increasing Wildfires In Eastern Washington

Firefighters battling a wildfire in Washington last year.
Flickr Photo/US Department of Agriculture (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks to Janet Pearce about recent wildfires in the state. Pearce does community outreach and environmental education for the Washington State Department of Natural Resources about the wildfires in Eastern Washington.

Then, Reynolds interviews Michael Fishbaugher, who was evacuated from his home last week as a wildfire swept within half a mile of his house.

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Vaughn Palmer
3:04 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Rob Ford's Sobriety Coach Says He Likes To Take 'The Hard Cases'

Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.
Credit Flickr Photo/West Annex News (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks to Vancouver Sun reporter Vaughn Palmer about the latest news from Canada: The British Columbia teachers union is still on strike and Rob Ford is back on the campaign trail.

Migration
7:58 am
Wed July 16, 2014

600 Border Kids Could End Up At Base Near Tacoma

In this June 25, 2014 photo, a group of immigrants from Honduras and El Salvador who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally are stopped in Granjeno, Texas.
AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool

Hundreds of immigrant children held at the southern border could be moved to a military base near Tacoma.

Federal and local officials plan to discuss the option Wednesday.

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No Touch Rule
7:05 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Death, Sex And A Glimmer Of Hope: Reporting On Ebola From Sierra Leone

Musa James died of Ebola on Monday. Staff from Doctors Without Borders prepare the body of the 70-year-old for burial.
Jason Beaubien NPR

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 2:20 pm

NPR's Jason Beaubien is in Kailahun, Sierra Leone, covering the Ebola outbreak that began in March in Guinea and has spread to neighboring countries. This morning, he talked with us about a controversial burial, the impact of the "no touching" recommendation — and a sign of hope.

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Pregnancy Discrimination
5:28 am
Wed July 16, 2014

EEOC Announces Tougher Rules Protecting Pregnant Workers

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's new guidance states that employers who allow parental leave must provide it to men and women equally.
Yuri Arcurs iStockphoto

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 7:32 am

Discrimination against female workers who might get pregnant in the future, or have been pregnant in the past, is against the law, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said this week. For the first time in 30 years, the agency has updated its rules against pregnancy discrimination.

The agency clarified several policies, including one that spells out when businesses may have to provide pregnant workers light duty and another that bans employers from forcing a pregnant worker to take leave even in cases when she's able to continue on the job.

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Public Safety
3:28 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

How Safe Are Escalators In Washington?

Flickr Photo/Vicki (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Tacoma News Tribune reporter Melissa Santos about her investigation into escalator safety in Washington state.

Economic Measurement
3:28 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Is The Government Doing More For The Economy Than We Realize?

Ross Reynolds talks with Lew Daly, director of policy and research at Demos, a public policy think tank in New York. In a report released this month, Daly said our method of measuring gross domestic product obscures public value in our economy.

Transportation
3:28 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

No Surprise: Expert Says Washington's Transportation Infrastructure Isn't Stacking Up

Flickr Photo/Oran Viriyincy (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Mark Hallenbeck, director of Washington State Transportation Center at the University of Washington, about our transportation infrastructure and why neither the state nor the federal government is funding it.

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