Dow Constantine http://kplu.org en King County WIC Workers Get Advance Layoff Notices http://kplu.org/post/king-county-wic-workers-get-advance-layoff-notices <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At least 82 King County workers have received advance layoff notices as a result of the partial federal government shutdown. The workers administer food assistance to women, infants, and children through the program known as WIC. That food aid is in jeopardy as the shutdown continues.</span></p><p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 00:26:32 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 10375 at http://kplu.org King County WIC Workers Get Advance Layoff Notices Public health at forefront of King County's gun initiative http://kplu.org/post/public-health-forefront-king-countys-gun-initiative <p>The debate over gun control may be focused on the nation’s capital, but one local official says King County will soon take measures of its own.</p><p>About <a href="http://www.kingcounty.gov/healthservices/health/data/GunViolence.aspx">125 people die each year </a>of gun violence in King County. Executive Dow Constantine says the way a county government can chip away at that number is through a public health approach. He announced in his <a href="http://www.kingcounty.gov/exec/constantine/StateOfTheCounty/2013.aspx">state of the county address </a>that he is directing the health department to collect new data on gun deaths and injuries.</p><p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 00:52:54 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 7729 at http://kplu.org Public health at forefront of King County's gun initiative No cuts to services in proposed King County budget http://kplu.org/post/no-cuts-services-proposed-king-county-budget <p>There&#39;s relatively good news on <a href="http://www.kingcounty.gov/exec/PSB/Budget.aspx">King County&rsquo;s budget for 2012</a>: In a big change from recent years, Executive Dow Constantine is proposing no cuts to services.&nbsp;</p><p>Constantine says though it is &ldquo;surrounded by seas of red ink,&rdquo; King County is &ldquo;an island of relative stability&rdquo; after several years of budget cuts and streamlining.</p><p> Tue, 27 Sep 2011 00:09:33 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 2732 at http://kplu.org Kids break piñata, officials break ground to celebrate future bridge http://kplu.org/post/kids-break-pi%C3%B1ata-officials-break-ground-celebrate-future-bridge <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-967473.mp3</p><p>A gigantic <a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/seattlesketcher/2014961993_south_park_builds_giant_bridge.html">bridge-shaped piñata </a>spewed more than four hundred pounds of candy last night in south Seattle. It was part of the Cinco de Mayo celebration going on in the city&#39;s South Park neighborhood.&nbsp;</p><p>Earlier in the day, officials broke ground on a new $130-million-dollar bridge that&#39;s going to re-connect that community to major highways. Fri, 06 May 2011 16:23:36 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 1545 at http://kplu.org Kids break piñata, officials break ground to celebrate future bridge Seattle may not need new jail until at least 2030 http://kplu.org/post/seattle-may-not-need-new-jail-until-least-2030 <p>It could be two decades before Seattle needs more jail beds for its misdemeanor inmates. City and King County leaders say that&rsquo;s the <a href="http://www.kingcounty.gov/exec/news/release/2011/April/14JailAgreement.aspx">expected result of a new agreement</a>.</p><p>The deal extends an arrangement the city and county struck last year to house some of Seattle&rsquo;s jail population in the county&rsquo;s downtown facility. That brought an end to a controversial search for a new city jail site.</p><p>Mayor Mike McGinn says he&rsquo;s glad that&rsquo;s off the table for now:</p> Thu, 14 Apr 2011 22:12:54 +0000 Charla Bear 1210 at http://kplu.org Seattle may not need new jail until at least 2030 Friday morning's headlines http://kplu.org/post/friday-mornings-headlines-2 <p><em>King County deputies' pay-cut plan rejected, a car injures pedestrians at the Pike Place Market, the fight over proposed ferry service cuts heats up, and a popular Seattle language school closes.</em></p><p><strong>Exec Says King County Deputies' Pay Plan Won't Fly</strong></p><p>Dow Constantine says a union-offered plan to save taxpayers money would actually cost them more.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 17 Dec 2010 13:57:11 +0000 KPLU News Staff 384 at http://kplu.org Friday morning's headlines Fight continues over King County cops' pay http://kplu.org/post/fight-continues-over-king-county-cops-pay <p>The conflict continues over an upcoming pay raise for sheriff's deputies in King County.&nbsp; Executive Dow Constantine has <a href="http://www.kingcounty.gov/exec/news/release/2010/December/16Contract.aspx">rejected</a> a proposal from the Police Officers Guild to cut their pay temporarily.&nbsp; He says their offer would have cost more than it saved.&nbsp;</p><p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-941060.mp3</p><p> Fri, 17 Dec 2010 01:28:03 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 383 at http://kplu.org Cigarette campaign draws fire from Washington leaders http://kplu.org/post/cigarette-campaign-draws-fire-washington-leaders <p>A big tobacco company is using images of Seattle to convince people to light up.&nbsp; It’s one of 10 cities featured in an ad campaign that follows the Camel cigarettes mascot to “hip” locations.&nbsp; This month, the company plans to start selling limited edition packs with Seattle icons on it.</p> Wed, 01 Dec 2010 20:42:00 +0000 Charla Bear 255 at http://kplu.org Cigarette campaign draws fire from Washington leaders