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7:43 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Washington Ballot Measure Targets Online Gun Sales

Aman More takes aim with his .357 Magnum at the Poulsbo Sportsman Club. He buys and sells guns on a website called ARMSLIST and opposes efforts to regulate those sales.

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 8:22 pm

This November, Washington voters will decide whether to require background checks for person-to-person gun sales.

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Heroin, Meth, Guns
7:43 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Leader Of West Coast Trafficking Ring Gets 27-Year Sentence

A trial exhibit that shows the geographic scope of the Berrelleza-Verduzco trafficking ring.

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 2:58 pm

One the ringleaders of a sprawling West Coast drug and gun trafficking ring has been sentenced to 27 years in federal prison.

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Elections
7:42 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Hot Button Issues Divide Oregon Governor Candidates At Debate

Incumbent Democrat John Kitzhaber and Republican challenger Dennis Richardson held their second debate Friday in Sunriver.

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 3:23 pm

Incumbent Democrat John Kitzhaber and Republican challenger Dennis Richardson faced-off in the resort town of Sunriver.

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Global Abortion Rates
7:25 am
Sun September 28, 2014

What Drives Abortion: The Law Or Income?

Abortions are legal in India. But many are performed by traditional midwives, called dais. Sometimes a dai rubs herbs on a woman's stomach or gives her plants to eat.
Poulomi Basu for NPR

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 11:35 am

About 50,000 women worldwide die because of unsafe abortions. Five million more are admitted to hospitals with complications after the procedure.

Activists and researchers on both sides of the abortion debate agree that these "back-alley" operations are dangerous for women. It's figuring out the best way to stop them that has been contentious.

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SPD Community Meeting
1:42 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Seattle Police Chief Goes Directly To Public To Hear Concerns

Marcie Sillman sits down with KUOW reporter Amy Radil to talk about a recent meeting at the Capitol Hill precinct where Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole addressed police use of force and tickets that were issued for smoking marijuana in public.

Elections
9:20 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Two Political Veterans Headline Oregon Governor's Race

Incumbent John Kitzhaber, left, is seeking re-election against challenger Dennis Richardson.

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 8:38 am

The race for Oregon governor is a battle between two political veterans. Incumbent Democrat John Kitzhaber is seeking an unprecedented fourth term. Republican Dennis Richardson is hoping for a promotion from his long-held seat in the Oregon House.

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Elections
9:20 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Political Action Committees Pack A Punch In Washington Campaigns

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 4:23 pm

The Washington Education Association has taken in $1.5 million this year, making it the head of the pack when it comes to money raised by political action committees.

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Elections
9:20 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Money Flowing In To Oregon Political Campaigns

File photo of the Oregon Capitol Building in Salem

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 4:50 pm

Ballots go out in the mail to Oregon voters in less than three weeks. And that means right now is prime fundraising season for candidates and ballot measure campaigns.

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Backtrack
9:20 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Forest Service Chief Says No, You Won't Be Charged To Take Photos

File photo of Mt. Hood. The chief of the U.S. Forest Service confirmed that you will not be charged for taking photos on U.S. Forest Service land.

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 8:07 am

Under fire from free speech advocates and nature enthusiasts, the U.S. Forest Service, said Thursday it has absolutely no intention of charging people to take pictures on public land.

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EarthFix Reports
9:19 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Swinomish Tribe Prepares For A Changing Climate

EPA Region 10 Administrator Dennis McLerran meeting with Swinomish Tribal Council Chairman Brian Cladoosby at the Swinomish Reservation to discuss a new $750,000 grant to help the tribe prepare for climate change.
Ashley Ahearn

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 10:01 pm

La Conner, Wash. -- The Swinomish people have lived near the mouth of the Skagit River north of Seattle for thousands of years. Now, climate change threatens their lands with rising seas and flooding.

The Obama administration recently awarded the tribe a large grant to help cope with climate change.

The entire Swinomish reservation is pretty much at sea level, on a spit of land tucked into Skagit Bay.

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Police Reform
3:07 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Some Seattle Cops Resisting Use-Of-Force Policy

Flickr Photo/ Eric Peacock (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman speaks with NPR law enforcement correspondent Martin Kaste about his two-part NPR story on the debate over use-of-force, and how it applies in Seattle.

Law Enforcement
2:54 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Seattle Police Disagree On How To Interpret New Use-Of-Force Policy

Seattle Police at the 2012 May Day demonstrations.
Flickr Photo/Tariq Abdel-Monem (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Seattle police officers are not using enough force.

That’s according to an internal email sent last week. The email, obtained by KUOW, says that hesitancy to use force could pose risks to officers and the public.

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Affordable Housing
2:48 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Murray's Back With A New Commission To Solve Affordable Housing

Marcie Sillman talks with Q13 Fox political analyst C.R. Douglas about Seattle Mayor Ed Murray's newest commission on affordable housing. 

Homelessness
2:47 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Kent: A Suburban Culture With Urban Problems

Jeannie Yandel talks with James Morone, an urban studies and political science professor at Brown University, about the growing pains of young cities. 

We also hear from Pat Gray of Kent Hope and Kent resident Gregg Haffner about the plans for a 24-hour homeless shelter in the city. 

Last Year's Pinks
9:48 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Feds Snap Up Pink Salmon (Fishermen Say Phew!)

Newly labelled canned salmon, ready to fly out the door.
KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is on a salmon-buying binge.  It usually spends $6 million a year buying pink salmon. This summer, it is spending a total $39 million.

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