Austin Jenkins http://kplu.org en 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 Shows Go On For Northwest Fireworks Company Shaken By Workplace Death http://kplu.org/post/shows-go-northwest-fireworks-company-shaken-workplace-death <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156308372&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>People in the fireworks business say their job is to make people happy. But as the Fourth of July approaches,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.pyrotech.com/index.html" target="_blank">Entertainment Fireworks</a>&nbsp;in Tenino, Washington, one of the largest fireworks companies in the Northwest, is reeling.</p><p>On June 18, a longtime seasonal employee was killed in an on-the-job explosion and fire.</p><p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:56:55 +0000 Austin Jenkins 17453 at http://kplu.org Shows Go On For Northwest Fireworks Company Shaken By Workplace Death Washington Supreme Court To Hear Sea-Tac Airport Minimum Wage Fight http://kplu.org/post/washington-supreme-court-hear-sea-tac-airport-minimum-wage-fight <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156141897&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>Should SeaTac’s voter-approved $15 per hour minimum wage apply to workers at&nbsp;Seattle-Tacoma International Airport? Washington’s Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on that question today.</p><p>The case pits airport vendors, Alaska Airlines and the Port of Seattle against supporters of the higher wage.</p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 14:32:31 +0000 Austin Jenkins 17412 at http://kplu.org Washington Supreme Court To Hear Sea-Tac Airport Minimum Wage Fight Inslee Launches Review Of Prison Population Growth In Wash. State http://kplu.org/post/inslee-launches-review-prison-population-growth-wash-state <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/155987390&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 state’s prison system is projected to need 1,000 new beds by 2018. And that growth has Gov. Jay Inslee concerned.</p><p>Inslee&nbsp;on Tuesday announced a Department of Justice-backed review of the state’s criminal justice system. The goal is to look for ways to save money without jeopardizing public safety.</p><p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 17:06:46 +0000 Austin Jenkins 17383 at http://kplu.org Inslee Launches Review Of Prison Population Growth In Wash. State Death Of Northwest Soldier In California Puts Army Training Accidents In Spotlight http://kplu.org/post/death-northwest-soldier-california-puts-army-training-accidents-spotlight <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/155822330&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The death of a soldier based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord over the weekend highlights the danger of training for war. Private Andrew Sass was killed Saturday in an incident at the National Training Center in California.</p><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:12:41 +0000 Austin Jenkins 17341 at http://kplu.org Death Of Northwest Soldier In California Puts Army Training Accidents In Spotlight