Austin Jenkins http://kplu.org en Ethics Board To Consider Crackdown On Lobbyist-Paid Meals http://kplu.org/post/ethics-board-consider-crackdown-lobbyist-paid-meals <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">By next January, Washington state lawmakers should have clearer guidance on when it’s OK to accept free meals from lobbyists. The state’s Legislative Ethics Board decided Tuesday to clarify the rules governing gifts in the form of food and beverage. The board’s action follows <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/influence-game-lobbyists-wine-dine-lawmakers-after-hours">our investigation last year</a> into lobbyist-paid meals.</span></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:37:46 +0000 Austin Jenkins 16053 at http://kplu.org Ethics Board To Consider Crackdown On Lobbyist-Paid Meals Wash. Senate Majority Leader Tom Announces He Won’t Run For Re-Election http://kplu.org/post/wash-senate-majority-leader-tom-announces-he-won-t-run-re-election <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144714753&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true"></iframe><p>One of the most influential and controversial members of the Washington state Legislature made a bombshell announcement Monday.</p><p>Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom, D-Medina, announced he is dropping his bid for re-election. Tom is one of two Democrats who joined with Republicans last year to help them take control of the state Senate.</p><p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:45:41 +0000 Austin Jenkins 16018 at http://kplu.org Wash. Senate Majority Leader Tom Announces He Won’t Run For Re-Election After Deaths Nationwide, Washington Regulators Target Party Buses http://kplu.org/post/after-deaths-nationwide-washington-regulators-target-party-buses <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143569181&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>These days, an old-fashioned stretch limo can look a bit stodgy. The new rage is party buses.</p><p>The buses carry more people, and you can even stand up, dance and drink as you cruise down the road. But these parties on wheels can come at a price. Nationwide, there have been 21 deaths on these buses, including one here in the Northwest.</p><p>Now regulators in Washington state are getting ready to crack down on the industry.</p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 19:32:38 +0000 Austin Jenkins 15755 at http://kplu.org After Deaths Nationwide, Washington Regulators Target Party Buses Lands Commissioner: Logging Factor In Oso Slide 'Entirely Speculative' http://kplu.org/post/lands-commissioner-logging-factor-oso-slide-entirely-speculative <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/142946685&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Speaking for the first time since the Oso landslide hit Snohomish County, Washington Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark&nbsp;suggested anti-logging interests want to use the disaster to advance their cause.</p><p>In an exclusive interview, the two-term Democrat said he is indignant in the wake of news reports that have focused on past logging on the plateau above the slide.</p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 23:09:12 +0000 Austin Jenkins 15667 at http://kplu.org Lands Commissioner: Logging Factor In Oso Slide 'Entirely Speculative' Wash. State Pot Store Lottery Announced; Grow Licenses Lagging http://kplu.org/post/wash-state-pot-store-lottery-announced-grow-licenses-lagging <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/142757076&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The timeline for when Washington’s first marijuana retail stores will open has slipped from June to early July, the state Liquor Control Board announced Wednesday.</p><p>The next step in the process is a lottery to see who wins a license to open a pot store. The results of that lottery should be known by early May.</p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 21:17:08 +0000 Austin Jenkins 15628 at http://kplu.org Wash. State Pot Store Lottery Announced; Grow Licenses Lagging LNG Plant Still Not Safe For Investigators http://kplu.org/post/lng-plant-still-not-safe-investigators <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/142586069&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>State and federal pipeline safety investigators have not yet been able to access the scene of an explosion and fire at a natural gas facility in southeast Washington. But they are interviewing employees who work at the Williams Northwest Pipeline facility where <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/state-investigate-explosion-liquefied-natural-gas-plant">the accident took place Monday</a>.</p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 21:19:49 +0000 Austin Jenkins 15581 at http://kplu.org State To Investigate Explosion At Liquefied Natural Gas Plant http://kplu.org/post/state-investigate-explosion-liquefied-natural-gas-plant <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/142430834&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>State and federal pipeline safety investigators have been dispatched to the site of an explosion and fire at a liquefied natural gas storage facility in southeastern Washington. LNG is natural gas that’s been cooled to a liquid form for easier storage. Five people were injured in the early morning blast Monday, but only one remains hospitalized.</p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 23:46:29 +0000 Austin Jenkins 15527 at http://kplu.org Oso Landslide Death Toll Could Eclipse 1910 Avalanche, Become Deadliest In State History http://kplu.org/post/oso-landslide-death-toll-could-eclipse-1910-avalanche-become-deadliest-state-history <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/141862277&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The Oso landslide may go down in history as the deadliest natural disaster in Washington.</p><p>On March 1, 1910 an avalanche near Stevens Pass wiped out two snowbound trains killing 96 people. It was Washington’s worst natural disaster in terms of loss of life.</p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 21:12:58 +0000 Austin Jenkins 15402 at http://kplu.org Oso Landslide Death Toll Could Eclipse 1910 Avalanche, Become Deadliest In State History National Guard Searcher Describes ‘Sifting’ Through Crushed House http://kplu.org/post/national-guard-searcher-describes-sifting-through-crushed-house <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/141689454&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 14:18:37 +0000 Austin Jenkins & Associated Press 15377 at http://kplu.org National Guard Searcher Describes ‘Sifting’ Through Crushed House First Trooper On Scene Of Landslide: 'It’s An Incredibly Helpless Feeling' http://kplu.org/post/first-trooper-scene-landslide-it-s-incredibly-helpless-feeling <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/141590857&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>It was Saturday morning. State Trooper Rocky Oliphant was watching for speeders on Interstate 5 just north of the Highway 530 exit. Then a call came across his radio.</p><p>“Initially, [they] put out the call as a possible flood with a barn roof in the road,” he said.</p><p>Oliphant was about 20 miles away. He responded. As he got closer more information came in. It was a mudslide. He remembers coming around a corner.</p><p>“There’s basically no words to describe the amount of devastation. Houses in the road, roof in the road, random debris everywhere,” he said.</p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 22:30:08 +0000 Austin Jenkins 15348 at http://kplu.org First Trooper On Scene Of Landslide: 'It’s An Incredibly Helpless Feeling' Wash. Senate Panel OKs $30 Per Diem Pay Hike http://kplu.org/post/wash-senate-panel-oks-30-diem-pay-hike <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/141415818&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></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: 18.001800537109375px;">Washington state senators are giving themselves a pay raise. Senators will get $120 a day in per diem when they are in session – up from the current rate of $90 a day.&nbsp;</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: 18.001800537109375px;">The Senate facilities and operations committee approved the increase &nbsp;Tuesday in a split vote.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 22:09:22 +0000 Austin Jenkins 15296 at http://kplu.org Wash. Senate Panel OKs $30 Per Diem Pay Hike Washington's New 24/7 Sobriety Program Runs Into Snags http://kplu.org/post/washingtons-new-247-sobriety-program-runs-snags <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/140483333&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>It’s been nearly a year since a repeat drunk driver caused a horrific accident in north Seattle.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new mother, her 10-day-old baby and her in-laws were run down as they crossed the street. The grandparents were killed, and the mother and her baby were critically injured.</span></p><p>That tragedy and other high-profile drunk driving crashes prompted Washington lawmakers to authorize a pilot program to test repeat drunk drivers twice-a-day to see if they have been drinking.</p><p>But the 24/7 Sobriety program has run into legal and financial snags.</p><p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 15:00:00 +0000 Austin Jenkins 15063 at http://kplu.org Washington's New 24/7 Sobriety Program Runs Into Snags Washington State Ferries Director Resigns http://kplu.org/post/washington-state-ferries-director-resigns <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After six years on the job, the head of Washington State Ferries says he will step down on April 15.</span></p><p>David Moseley made his announcement Tuesday. His resignation comes as the nation’s largest ferry system continues to encounter choppy seas.</p><p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 20:55:32 +0000 Austin Jenkins 15000 at http://kplu.org Washington State Ferries Director Resigns Inslee: Feds Did Not Provide 'Comprehensive' Hanford Cleanup Plan http://kplu.org/post/inslee-feds-did-not-provide-comprehensive-hanford-cleanup-plan <p>Gov. Jay Inslee says the U.S. Department of Energy is failing to provide him a “comprehensive” Hanford cleanup plan.</p><p>The Democrats’ comments follow a face-to-face meeting Monday with the secretary of energy who made a special trip to meet with the governor.</p><p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 20:34:12 +0000 Austin Jenkins 14960 at http://kplu.org Inslee: Feds Did Not Provide 'Comprehensive' Hanford Cleanup Plan Washington Legislature Adjourns Without Action On Medical Marijuana, Gas Tax http://kplu.org/post/washington-legislature-adjourns-without-action-medical-marijuana-gas-tax <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Washington Legislature adjourned its 60-day session just before midnight Thursday night.</span></p><p>In the final hours, lawmakers passed a bipartisan update to the state’s two-year budget. They also sent the governor a bill to give military veterans in-state tuition to attend college, and reauthorized a fee that pays for homeless housing.</p><p>But it’s what lawmakers did not do this Legislative session that may stand out most for voters.</p><p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 16:31:45 +0000 Austin Jenkins 14845 at http://kplu.org Washington Legislature Adjourns Without Action On Medical Marijuana, Gas Tax