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Education
2:21 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Legislature's Report On Education Funding 'Highly Unlikely' To Satisfy Supreme Court

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Marcie Sillman talks with KUOW's Ann Dornfeld about the Washington State Legislature's progress on fulfilling the state Supreme Court's education mandate.

Wednesday is the deadline for the Legislature's report on meeting the requirements of the McCleary decision on school funding.

Bus Cuts
8:10 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Metro Briefs King County Council On Proposed Service Reductions

Flickr Photo/Atomic Taco (CC BY-NC-ND)

A committee of the King County Council heard some of the particulars behind Metro Transit’s proposed plan to reduce service by 16 percent after voters rejected Proposition 1 last week.

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K-12 Funding
8:01 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Despite Deadline, Still No Education Funding Plan From Washington State Legislators

Franklin High School auditorium in Seattle.
Flickr Photo/Joe Wolf (CC-BY-NC-ND)

The state Supreme Court will not get the K-12 education funding plan it demanded from the state Legislature by the end of April.

The court called for the plan in January after finding that state lawmakers had not made enough progress toward amply funding basic education as required by the state Constitution.

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Marijuana Regulation
7:09 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Washington Pot Growers May Not Get Federal Irrigation Water

File photo of a legal marijuana farm and production facility at the University of Mississippi

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 9:05 am

Farmers in Eastern Washington who want to get into the marijuana business may face an immediate hurdle.

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Climate Change
7:07 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Washington Governor Signs Executive Order To Reduce Carbon Emissions

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 4:53 pm

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has signed an executive order that calls for a new cap-and-market program to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions.

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Iraq Democracy
5:59 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Amid Violence And Without U.S. Troops, Iraq Votes

A Kurdish Iraqi policeman in the northern Kurdish city of Erbil casts his ballot Monday in special voting ahead of Wednesday's election.
Safin Hamed AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 7:59 am

Iraqis are voting for Parliament Wednesday for the first time since American soldiers withdrew more than two years ago. Without their support, and amid intense violence, the poll will test Iraq's fragile democracy to its limits.

The election is for the 328-seat Parliament and offers more than 9,000 candidates on party lists. It will probably end up with no party winning a majority and lead to weeks or months of coalition haggling to form a new government.

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Health Exchange
3:42 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

New Rule Promises 'No Surprises' From Health Insurance Plans

Credit Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kriedler.

Marcie Sillman checks in with Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler about a new rule that will mandate increased transparency for plans offered on the Washington state health exchange.

Public Health
3:24 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Health Inspection Results, Coming Soon To A Restaurant Near You

Los Angeles has provided some inspiration in public postings of health inspection grades for restaurants.
Flickr Photo/Eric E Johnson (CC-BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde finds our more about a plan by Seattle & King County Public Health to make restaurant health inspection results more visible with Becky Elias, who runs the food protection program.

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SR 99 Tunnel Project
3:17 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Bertha Costs: Who Will Pick Up The Tab?

Bertha, the SR 99 tunnel machine, has stopped and will not likely begin tunneling again until next spring.
Flickr Photo/WSDOT (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Lynn Peterson, Washington state transportation secretary, about the estimated $125 million in extra costs for Bertha's tunneling delay.

Neighborhood Violence
3:17 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Residents React To Central District Shootings

Promenade 23, a shopping center in the Central District of Seattle.
Flickr Photo/Matthew Rutledge (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Over the last week and a half, there were five shootings in Seattle's Central District area, three of which were fatal.

The police haven't confirmed, but many people are saying the shootings are tied to gang activity.

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Seattle Example
3:17 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Journalist Urges Caution In Minimum Wage Debate

The minimum wage debate has spurred demonstrations in cities beyond Seattle, like this one in New York.
Flickr Photo/The All-Nite Images

David Hyde talks with Seattle journalist and New York Times contributor Timothy Egan about Seattle’s impact on the minimum wage movement in other parts of the country.

Environmental Agenda
3:17 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Governor Inslee Announces New Plan To Address Climate Change

Governor Jay Inslee.
Flickr Photo/GovInslee (CC-BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde talks with Grist writer David Roberts about Washington Governor Jay Inslee's efforts to combat climate change in the state.

Death Penalty
2:40 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

UPDATED: After One Botched Execution, Oklahoma Stays A Second

This file photo combo of images provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Clayton Lockett, left, and Charles Warner.
Uncredited AP

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 8:12 pm

Update at 8:19 p.m. ET. Execution Fails:

According to reporters tweeting from inside the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Oklahoma, the execution of Clayton D. Lockett has failed. Lockett died of a heart attack after the execution was aborted.

The execution of Charles Warner, which was supposed to take place at 9 p.m. ET., was stayed by Corrections Director Robert Patton.

According to the AP reporter on the scene, about 34 minutes after the execution was scheduled to begin, Lockett was still conscious.

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Disaster Preparedness
12:36 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Oso's Lesson For Emergency Managers: 'We're Not Ready'

Flickr Photo/Phil Rhoeder (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman speaks with Eric Holdeman, a former Emergency Management Director for King County, about the lessons from the Oso slide response, and how they can help Washington State prepare for the next disaster.

Government
6:44 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Washington's Fictitious Driver's License Program Larger Than First Reported

Washington Department of Licensing

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 5:44 pm

A new report reveals the state of Washington issued nearly 3,000 fictitious driver’s licenses to police agencies over the last 25 years.

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