City Salary
5:04 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Seattle City Light CEO Apologizes For Mistakes, Admits He Did Ask For A Raise

Jorge Carrasco
Seattle.gov

The head of Seattle City Light wanted positive news stories and even hired a reputation-management firm to help achieve that. Instead, he’s been facing a flurry of negative news stories and on Thursday, CEO Jorge held a news conference to apologize for mistakes he’s made.

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Life Behind Bars
4:45 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Washington Prisons Will No Longer Punish Inmates For ‘Self-Harm’

Justin Steyer KPLU

Washington’s prison system has announced a major policy change when it comes to inmates who harm themselves. The Department of Corrections said Thursday that it will no longer sanction inmates for cutting or other acts of self-injury.

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Studio Sessions
1:43 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood

Medeski, Scofield, Martin and Wood performing live in the KPLU Seattle studios.
Justin Steyer KPLU

Listen to the full interview and performance

Though this was not guitarist John Scofield's first stop into the KPLU Seattle studios this time he was joined John Medeski (piano), Billy Martin (drums), and Chris Wood (bass). As you will hear in this session, the group mixes jazz, funk and modern soul to create what host Abe Beeson called a groovy sound of their own. 

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Clean Waterways
1:39 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Farmers Object To EPA's Proposed Changes To Clean Water Act

Angela Bailey farms decorative trees and shrubs near Gresham, Oregon.
Chris Lehman

Farmers across the country are riled up over the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to revise the 1972 Clean Water Act.

Depending on who you talk to, these revisions are either a “land grab” under the “brute force” of the federal government or a simple clarification of rules that ensure all Americans have clean water to drink.

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All Tech Considered
10:56 am
Thu July 3, 2014

The Future Internet Is Not So Free Or Open, In Pew's New Survey

iStockphoto

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 8:04 am

What we know as the World Wide Web — the main way by which most of us access the Internet — just turned 25 this year. Its existence has allowed for all kinds of learning and free expression, coding and making, rule-breaking and platform-making.

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Legal Marijuana
10:33 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Wash. State To Issue About 20 Pot Retail Licenses Monday

Brennan Linsley AP Photo

Washington’s Liquor Control Board plans to issue about 20 marijuana retail licenses next Monday, and the first pot stores could open the next day following a 24-hour waiting period.

But the state cautions many stores may not be ready yet for customers and marijuana could be in short supply.

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Fair Housing
8:34 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Tenants With Disabilities Filing Suit Over Sale Of Seattle Apartment Building

"We deserve better. We are human beings," said Theodora resident Harold Echtinaw, who says he moved there in November 2005. He is among the tenants who formed the Theodora Rescue Committee to file suit against its sale to a private developer.
Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU

A group of disabled and elderly tenants being priced out of a Seattle apartment building are striking back.

Several residents of the Theodora Apartments in Ravenna have filed suit under federal fair housing laws. 

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Going Places
5:00 am
Thu July 3, 2014

The Dent-Free Guide To Renting And Driving A Car Abroad

Driving on the left, as seen on this road in Tokyo, is often the toughest adjustment for American drivers. Expect to deal with it in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, India and southcentral Asia, southeastern Africa, and Japan, among other places.
Ed Ronco

Matthew Brumley had researched his rental car in advance, found a good deal and booked early. Then he got to the counter in Cabo San Lucas, and the clerk asked him if he had insurance. He told her he did, but she insisted he needed extra coverage.

“That slapped on another $30 a day,” said Brumley, KPLU's travel expert. “Then there were taxes and VAT charges.”

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Youth & Education
9:16 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

A School In Downtown Seattle? School Board Will Make A Play For Old Bank Site

Seattle Public Schools officials will apply to open a school in the former Federal Reserve Bank building in downtown Seattle.
Kyle Stokes KPLU

Seattle school officials will officially ask to move into a vacant, federally-owned building in the heart of the city, offering advocates for downtown interests a shot at something they've long sought: their own public school.

By a 5-to-2 vote, Seattle School Board members passed a resolution Wednesday night, authorizing the district's application to take over the 119,000-square foot building that, for decades, housed the Seattle branch office of the Federal Reserve Bank, located on Second Avenue between Spring and Madison streets.

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Food Labeling
3:49 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Supporters Of Oregon's Food Labeling Measure Submit Signatures

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Toby Talbot AP Photo

Oregon voters may get the chance to require food companies to label products that contain genetically engineered ingredients.

Sponsors of an initiative to require labels turned in more than 150,000 signatures — nearly double the required minimum — Wednesday in an effort to make the ballot this November. Opponents have already denounced the measure.

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Shots - Health News
2:20 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Can We Predict Which Teens Are Likely To Binge Drink? Maybe

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 3:07 pm

More than half of 16-year-olds in the United States have tried alcohol. While many of them learn to drink responsibly, some go on to binge on alcohol, putting themselves at risk for trouble as adults. Researchers still aren't sure why that is.

But it may be possible to predict with about 70 percent accuracy which teens will become binge drinkers, based on their genetics, brain function, personality traits and history, according to a study published Wednesday in Nature.

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City Salary
12:35 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Seattle Mayor: City Light CEO Won't Get Controversial Raise After All

Jorge Carrasco
Seattle.gov

Seattle City Light CEO Jorge Carrasco will not receive a six-figure raise after all, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said Wednesday.

The Seattle City Council recently authorized a pay hike of up to $119,000 per year for Carrasco, who currently earns $245,000 annually as the highest paid city employee. The raise was slated to take effect on July 1.

However, Murray, who previously supported a higher salary for Carrasco, said he has reversed his decision in light of questions recently raised regarding the utility CEO’s judgment.

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Code Switch
10:31 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Why We Asked Experts To Annotate The Civil Rights Act

President Lyndon B. Johnson reaches to shake hands with Martin Luther King Jr. after presenting the civil rights leader with one of the 72 pens used to sign the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
AP

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 5:03 am

This Wednesday, we're commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act with an app that lets you explore the legislation in detail. We encourage you to peruse the text of the landmark bill alongside comments from journalists, lawyers, authors and others on how it evolved, and what it means to us today.

» Explore the comments on the Civil Rights Act »

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Labor Unions
10:22 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Unions Fear High Court's Ruling Opens Door To More Trouble

The Supreme Court decision held that health care workers could not be forced to pay fees to the union recognized by the state of Illinois, because the state is not their direct employer. Some fear this will lead to further erosion of unions.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 10:39 am

It wasn't the worst possible outcome for public sector unions. But that could still happen.

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Wildfire Safety
5:00 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Report Says Lack Of Maps, Leadership Puts Firefighters In Harm's Way

This file photo shows fire crews working the Trinity Ridge Fire near Featherville, Idaho in 2012.
Boise National Forest

scathing new report by a group of veteran wildfire experts says too little has been done to improve firefighter safety since an Arizona fire killed 19 firefighters a year ago. 

The group, called Safety Matters, is asking national wildfire managers to implement a series of changes aimed at putting safety above saving property.

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