Austin Jenkins http://kplu.org en Washington Secretly Competed For Tesla ‘Gigafactory' Worth Thousands Of Jobs http://kplu.org/post/washington-secretly-competed-tesla-gigafactory-worth-thousands-jobs <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160315527&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Washington Gov. Jay Inslee tried to woo electric carmaker Tesla Motors to build a massive battery factory in the Evergreen state. But according to at least one report, the company&nbsp;may have already broken ground near Reno, Nevada.</p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 01:25:11 +0000 Austin Jenkins 17870 at http://kplu.org Washington Secretly Competed For Tesla ‘Gigafactory' Worth Thousands Of Jobs ACLU Takes On Case Of Idaho Teen In Solitary Confinement http://kplu.org/post/aclu-takes-case-idaho-teen-solitary-confinement <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160029593&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="font-weight: inherit; line-height: 1.5;">In north Idaho, a 15-year-old boy sits in an isolated jail cell awaiting trial for murder. </span>Eldon<span style="font-weight: inherit; line-height: 1.5;"> Samuel III is accused of shooting to death his father and younger brother in March</span></p><p>Juveniles accused of crimes like this are automatically charged as adults in Idaho. But now, Samuel’s lawyer and the ACLU&nbsp;<a href="https://acluidaho.org/aclu-of-idaho-asks-court-to-end-solitary-confinement-of-fifteen-year-old-child/" target="_blank">are trying to get him moved out of solitary confinement</a>&nbsp;at the adult county jail. They say his isolation amounts to “cruel and unusual” punishment.</p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:29:12 +0000 Austin Jenkins 17855 at http://kplu.org ACLU Takes On Case Of Idaho Teen In Solitary Confinement Inslee Says Feds Will Help Restore Power In Fire Zone http://kplu.org/post/inslee-says-feds-will-help-restore-power-fire-zone <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/072214AJ_InsleeFires_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Washington Governor Jay Inslee said Tuesday President Obama has pledged immediate federal aid to help fire-swept areas of north central Washington.<p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:05:09 +0000 Austin Jenkins 17850 at http://kplu.org Inslee Says Feds Will Help Restore Power In Fire Zone Judge Sides Again With Wash. Foster Youth http://kplu.org/post/judge-sides-again-wash-foster-youth <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159757564&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:59:00 +0000 Austin Jenkins 17836 at http://kplu.org Washington's Mid-Term Elections Draw In More Than Nearly $33 Million So Far http://kplu.org/post/washingtons-mid-term-elections-draw-more-nearly-33-million-so-far <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159670473&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false"></iframe><p>Washington’s Aug. 5 primary is now less than a month away. It’s a mid-term election year with no statewide offices on the ballot. Even so, nearly $33 million have already been contributed to campaigns.</p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:52:26 +0000 Austin Jenkins 17821 at http://kplu.org Washington's Mid-Term Elections Draw In More Than Nearly $33 Million So Far Wash. Supreme Court Sides With Boyfriend In School Backpack Shooting Case http://kplu.org/post/wash-supreme-court-sides-boyfriend-school-backpack-shooting-case <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159155578&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>A Washington man whose loaded gun went off in a school backpack, critically injuring a student can’t be charged with third-degree assault, Washington state Supreme Court ruled Thursday.</p><p>The split decision stems from a high-profile case in 2012 in Bremerton.</p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:42:24 +0000 Austin Jenkins 17787 at http://kplu.org Wash. Supreme Court Sides With Boyfriend In School Backpack Shooting Case Washington Jobless Rate At 6-Year Low, But Rural Counties Still Lag http://kplu.org/post/washington-jobless-rate-6-year-low-rural-counties-still-lag <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159029495&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Washington’s jobless rate has dropped to below 6 percent —&nbsp;the lowest level in six years, according to the June jobs report released Wednesday.</p><p>Seattle’s King County is leading the recovery, but most Washington counties remain above the statewide average. And some rural counties of the state are much higher.</p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 23:29:47 +0000 Austin Jenkins 17763 at http://kplu.org Long Sentences, Aging Inmates May Strain Washington's Clemency http://kplu.org/post/long-sentences-aging-inmates-may-strain-washingtons-clemency <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158977390&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In just a few years, Washington will need another 1,000 prison beds. There’s been talk of building a new state lock-up, but that would cost hundreds of millions of dollars at a time when the Supreme Court has said school funding must be the priority.</span></p><p>So what’s the solution? Washington could release some older inmates who are serving long sentences. But lawmakers are wary of a political backlash. The state abolished parole in the 1980s.</p><p>That leaves clemency as the remaining pressure-relief valve on the prison system. And that system of mercy may not be up to the task.</p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:10:17 +0000 Austin Jenkins 17746 at http://kplu.org Long Sentences, Aging Inmates May Strain Washington's Clemency Poll: Gun Rights Initiative Losing Support While Background Check Remains Popular http://kplu.org/post/poll-gun-rights-initiative-losing-support-while-background-check-remains-popular <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158874024&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Support for a gun rights measure on Washington’s fall ballot is flagging, according to a new Elway poll released Tuesday. Meanwhile, a dueling measure that would expand background checks remains popular.</p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:54:36 +0000 Austin Jenkins 17742 at http://kplu.org Poll: Gun Rights Initiative Losing Support While Background Check Remains Popular Moses Lake Selected As Test Flight Center For Japanese Regional Jet http://kplu.org/post/moses-lake-selected-test-flight-center-japanese-regional-jet <p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 14.40143871307373px;">A Japanese airplane maker will test its new regional jet in Moses Lake, Washington.&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 12px;">Mitsubishi&nbsp;Aircraft Company made that announcement Monday at the </span>Farnborough<span style="font-size: 12px;"> Air Show in England.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 14.40143871307373px;">Gov. Jay Inslee is attending the air show with a delegation. He told reporters in a conference call that Mitsubishi’s investment could put central Washington on the global map for flight tests.</p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:40:11 +0000 Austin Jenkins 17722 at http://kplu.org Moses Lake Selected As Test Flight Center For Japanese Regional Jet Washington Supreme Court Says ‘Stop And Frisk’ Went Too Far http://kplu.org/post/washington-supreme-court-says-stop-and-frisk-went-too-far <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158180556&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Police in Washington can “stop and frisk” individuals they have specific reason to believe may be armed. But if that search goes beyond a “brief and nonintrusive” search, then it’s unconstitutional, according to a finding by the Washington Supreme Court Thursday.</p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 23:24:04 +0000 Austin Jenkins 17690 at http://kplu.org Amid Fanfare, Pot Stores Open Around Washington State http://kplu.org/post/amid-fanfare-pot-stores-open-around-washington-state <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/070814AJ_MJOpeningDay_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Washington’s recreational marijuana market is open for business. From Seattle to Bellingham to Prosser, marijuana stores opened for business Tuesday to excited customers who lined up, dressed up and celebrated the end of pot prohibition.<p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:41:41 +0000 Austin Jenkins 17637 at http://kplu.org Amid Fanfare, Pot Stores Open Around Washington State In Wash. State, Would-Be Customers Eagerly Await Pot Store Openings http://kplu.org/post/wash-state-would-be-customers-eagerly-await-pot-store-openings <p>The first legal marijuana stores in Washington are scheduled to open Tuesday. The Liquor Control Board issued the first 24 retail licenses early Monday.</p><p>But state officials warn of high prices and short supply in the beginning. Even so that’s not keeping away some would-be customers.</p><p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 23:52:08 +0000 Austin Jenkins 17608 at http://kplu.org In Wash. State, Would-Be Customers Eagerly Await Pot Store Openings Washington Prisons Will No Longer Punish Inmates For ‘Self-Harm’ http://kplu.org/post/washington-prisons-will-no-longer-punish-inmates-self-harm <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/157207317&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>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.</p><p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 23:45:35 +0000 Austin Jenkins 17579 at http://kplu.org Washington Prisons Will No Longer Punish Inmates For ‘Self-Harm’ Wash. State To Issue About 20 Pot Retail Licenses Monday http://kplu.org/post/wash-state-issue-about-20-pot-retail-licenses-monday <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/157160014&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>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.</p><p>But the state cautions many stores may not be ready yet for customers and marijuana could be in short supply.</p><p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 17:33:00 +0000 Austin Jenkins 17557 at http://kplu.org Wash. State To Issue About 20 Pot Retail Licenses Monday