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Labor
1:59 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Seattle Can Raise The Minimum Wage, But Can They Enforce It?

Demonstrators in Seattle formed a human chain around City Hall in support of a $15 minimum wage in April.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Marcie Sillman talks with Jason Alcorn, associate director of Investigate West, about their new report into wage theft in Washington state and Seattle.

Police Surveillance
1:58 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Secret Surveillance In Tacoma: Police Collecting Cell Phone Records

Marcie Sillman talks with Tacoma News Tribune reporter Kate Martin about a surveillance device being used by the Tacoma Police Department that sweeps up meta data from cell phones.

Gaza Conflict
7:42 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Hamas, Israel Reach Long-Term Cease-Fire Deal

Palestinians inspect the damage to the Italian Complex following several late-night Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City on Tuesday.
Khalil Hamra AP

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 10:29 am

(This post was last updated at 12:47 p.m. ET.)

After seven weeks of intense fighting that's killed more than 2,000 people, Hamas and Israel have announced a long-term cease-fire deal.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas made the announcement in Ramallah on Tuesday, saying both sides will return to the negotiating table to deal with other demands. Abbas suggested he wanted an outcome that ends the cycle of war in the region.

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Mental Health
7:15 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Washington Supreme Court Puts Hospital Boarding Decision On Hold

File photo of The Temple of Justice in Olympia, Washington

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 4:53 pm

The state of Washington will not have to start discharging severely mentally ill patients starting this week. The Supreme Court Monday put a hold on a recent ruling that says it’s illegal for the state to “board” psychiatric patients in non-psychiatric hospital beds.

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Retail Pot
9:59 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Tiny Fife Takes Center Stage In Marijuana Ban Lawsuit

KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

A lawsuit over bans on marijuana businesses is headed to Pierce County Superior Court. The legal challenge has put the tiny city of Fife in the spotlight. That’s because the case could potentially derail Washington’s new system for legalized marijuana.

Initiative 502 provided for a new regulatory system for legal marijuana sales. But does that law give cities the ability to ban marijuana businesses if they so choose? That’s the first question for the court.

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EarthFix Reports
9:23 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Oregon Approves Subsidies For Oil Transport, Not For Coal

The Port of St. Helens applied for grants through the ConnectOregon program to expand this dock, which is used to ship crude oil and would also be used to export coal for the Morrow Pacific project.
Cassandra Profita

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 2:00 pm

The Oregon Transportation Commission voted Friday to approve nearly $5 million in subsidies for rail and dock infrastructure tied to controversial coal export and oil-by-rail projects.

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Financial Crisis
3:01 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Bank Of America's Penalty: As Big As It Seems?

Ross Reynolds talks with Dean Baker, co-founder of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, about the almost $17 billion settlement against Bank of America and why it's not as big as it seems.

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Week In Review
1:08 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Grab This Week’s News Before It’s Sunk

Dive into the inky black waters of Lake Washington and you may find the oldest wreck recorded: A dozen coal trains from a wreck 139 years ago.
KUOW Photo/Jake Warga

This week, we found out what’s really at the bottom of Lake Washington. The reporter who did the story surfaces to tell us. Plus, do Seattle TV stations have the right to surveillance video of the SPU shooter? Do coal companies have the right to ship from our shores? Is it right to pay voters to vote? And was something not right with Steve Ballmer and Lakeside High School basketball?

Bill Radke asks those questions and more of this week's panel: Crosscut’s Knute Berger, The Stranger’s Eli Sanders and Maria LaGanga of the LA Times.

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Environment
12:12 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Proposed Coal Terminals Denied Permit In Oregon

Ross Reynolds talks with KUOW reporter Ashley Ahearn about what the denial of a key permit for a coal terminal in Oregon means for Washington state.

EarthFix Reports
8:25 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Washington Approves Killing Wolves After Livestock Attacks

Washington wildlife officials have authorized killing wolves from a pack outside of Spokane if they go after sheep from a herd that the Huckleberry Pack has attacked recently.
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 3:27 pm

A rancher in northeastern Washington will be allowed to shoot wolves approaching his herd of sheep. State officials made the decision after they confirmed wolves killed dozens of his sheep.

The Huckleberry Pack usually roams around the Spokane Tribe of Indians reservation. But data from a radio-collared wolf shows it attacked a rancher’s sheep herd.

Officials confirmed 16 sheep were killed over a two-week period. The rancher used guard dogs and a herder to try to scare away the wolves.

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Idaho POW
8:23 am
Fri August 22, 2014

GAO Finds Bergdahl Prisoner Swap Broke Federal Law

File photo of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 3:25 pm

An independent government investigation out Thursday finds the Pentagon broke the law when it swapped five members of the Taliban for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl of Idaho.

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Overturning Convictions
8:23 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Washington Supreme Court Sets Standard For Post-Conviction DNA Testing

File of the Temple of Justice in Olympia, Washington.

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 5:25 pm

Washington’s Supreme Court may have just made it easier for prison inmates to try to get their convictions overturned through DNA testing.

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Oregon Politics
8:23 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Marijuana Dispensary Leads To Small Town Political Showdown

Brie Malarkey owns Breeze Botanicals in Gold Hill, Oregon.

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 3:56 pm

The town of Gold Hill, Oregon is in turmoil. Two-thirds of its City Council is the subject of a recall election on Monday.

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Crime
3:44 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

This Underground Trade Makes Wash. Detectives Crabby, Very Crabby

Flickr Photo/raromachine (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Detective Julie Cook from Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife recently solved a case she’s been working on since 2012. Cook worked undercover selling crabs, posing as the fisherman’s wife or girlfriend (women aren’t typically fishermen), hauling the catch around town in a dirty pickup.

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Plant Seizures
8:25 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Amid Legal Pot, The Search Continues For Illegal Grows

File photo of 'guerrilla' cultivation of cannabis

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 3:37 pm

Legal marijuana grows are just getting started in Washington state. But it’s the illegal ones that local, state and federal agents are searching out this month.

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