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The United Steelworkers union and major oil refiners have reached a tentative contract settlement.

Ross Reynolds speaks with Bruce Schneier, author of the new book, "Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles To Capture Your Data and Control Your World."

File photo: Discarded alcohol containers.
Flickr Photo/Steve Snodgrass (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with state Sen. Marko Liias, D-Mukilteo, about his proposal to ban aversion therapies for people under the age of 18.

Marcie Sillman speaks to Washington state Sen. Pam Roach, R-Auburn, about powdered alcohol. The U.S. has approved its first powdered alcohol product, Palcohol.

This Week's News Calls For New Leadership

Mar 13, 2015
File Photo: Kathleen O'Toole speaks after being introduced by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray as his nominee to be Seattle's new Chief of Police, May 19, 2014.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Is a shakeup of the Seattle Police Department’s top ranks a sign of progress? Should a franchise be considered big business when it comes to Seattle's $15 minimum wage law? And is there hope for Seahawks fans soaked by Super Bowl ticket scammers?

Luke Burbank steps in for KUOW's Bill Radke to make sense of those stories and more of the week's news with Seattle Channel's Joni Balter, Crosscut's Knute Berger and Eli Sanders of The Stranger.

Susan Dean, 78, says doing her taxes by hand would be impossible without the IRS instruction booklet, which the IRS no longer widely distributes.
KUOW photo/Sara Lerner

Alert, tax prep procrastinators: You might want to force yourself to start earlier this year.

When the federal agency in charge of tax collection gets hit with budget cuts, there are problems – and reduced IRS services are creating real roadblocks.

Why The Nuclear Energy World Is Thinking Small

Mar 13, 2015

In the world of nuclear power, one technology is generating debate: factory-produced reactors that are no bigger than a house.

These "small modular reactors" are designed to produce power on the scale of a single factory or business campus. That’s a big departure from a traditional nuclear plant — the kind that's powerful enough to run an entire metropolis and big enough to be seen from miles away.

Washington lawmakers have approved a flurry of bills -- and killed a bunch too -- as they crossed a key deadline in the 105-day session.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown has made what is perhaps her boldest political statement since she took office in February.

Washington state capitol
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Marcie Sillman talks to state Rep. Tana Senn, D-Mercer Island, about her bill that passed the state House that would amend the Equal Pay Act, ensuring that employers can't punish employees for talking about their salary.

Marcie Sillman talks with The Atlantic magazin's senior editor Derek Thompson about his article, "The Miracle of Minneapolis."

Mayor Ed Murray has released new proposals to combat homelessness in Seattle.
Flickr Photo/Romi Chiorean (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray about the issues of affordable housing and homelessness in Seattle.

After Bill Cutoff, Olympia Turns To Budget Talk

Mar 12, 2015
Washington State Legislature in Olympia.
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This week in Olympia, high-profile bills fall to a procedural deadline and budget talks begin KUOW's Kim Malcolm talks with the Everett Herald's Olympia reporter, Jerry Cornfield.

Oregon and Washington lawmakers flinched within hours of each other Wednesday when it came to toughening mandatory vaccination requirements for schoolchildren.

A portion of a page on SBTickets.com, provided by the state Attorney General's Office, offers reassurances to potential ticket buyers for the Super Bowl
Washington Attorney General's Office

Yes, the Seahawks 2015 Super Bowl loss was heartbreaking for fans. We'll leave that in the past. But here's something new: The state is filing a lawsuit against one Super Bowl ticket vendor. KUOW's Sara Lerner reports.

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