Law

marijuana regulation
11:58 am
Tue September 3, 2013

State Liquor Board to Propose Caps on Pot Production, Stores

Elaine Thompson Associated Press

We’re about to find out the number of marijuana retail store locations that will be allowed in each of Washington’s 39 counties. The state’s Liquor Control Board plans to release that information Wednesday as part of the latest draft rules for Washington’s new legal pot marketplace.

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Criminal Justice
5:00 am
Mon September 2, 2013

King County Jail Has Extra Beds

Along with the adult jail, King County Juvenile Detention facility has seen dramatic declines in population.lation decline by two-thirds since 2000.
Paula Wissel

It’s a place with plenty of vacancies. And the price might be right—about $130 a night.

But you probably don’t want to book a room.

I’m talking about the King County Jail where there are now a lot more beds than inmates.

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same-sex couple's rights
2:59 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

IRS Ruling Could Mean Upswing in Same-Sex Marriages in Wash.

Retired U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Nancy Monahan, right, wears her dress uniform as she holds her marriage license and stands with her soon-to-be bride Deb Needham as they wait at Seattle City Hall, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson Associated Press

County officials who issue marriage licenses in Washington state are gearing up for a possible influx of new applicants following the Internal Revenue Services’ ruling that states gay marriage will be recognized across state lines for federal tax purposes.

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regulating marijuana
3:44 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

City Moratoriums Could Thwart Legal Pot

Elaine Thompson Associated Press

Legal pot? Not so fast. That’s the message from a growing number of Washington cities.

Several municipalities are considering whether to pass a moratorium on pot-related businesses. Others, like Bellingham and Olympia, have already enacted temporary bans. 

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Taxis vs. Rideshare Services
12:06 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Seattle, King Co. Mull Ways to Regulate Rideshare Services

In this Jan. 4, 2013 photo, Lyft passenger Christina Shatzen gets into a car driven by Nancy Tcheou in San Francisco.
Jeff Chiu Associated Press

Taxi drivers are finding more competition on the road these days.  New smartphone-based ride-sharing services are giving consumers a lot of options.

But the highly-regulated taxis call the development unfair since the new companies don’t have to play by the same rules. Both King County and the city of Seattle are trying to figure out how to respond.

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War in Afghanistan
4:40 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Obama: Medal of Honor Recipient Brave at War and at Home

President Barack Obama awards U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ty M. Carter the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry, Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington.
Jacquelyn Martin Associated Press

At a White House ceremony Monday, President Barack Obama bestowed the Medal of Honor on Army Staff Sgt. Ty Carter, a Spokane native currently stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Carter was honored for his actions during the 2009 Battle of Kamdesh in Afghanistan.  President Obama said Carter repeatedly put his own life on the line to save others. But Obama also talked of Carter's courage in another battle, a battle here at home.

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regulating marijuana
12:06 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Holder, Senate Committee Will Examine State, Federal Pot Laws

Elaine Thompson Associated Press

The chairman of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee wants to look into the conflicts between state and federal marijuana laws.

Vermont Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy says he's invited Attorney General Eric Holder and Deputy Attorney General James Cole to talk to the committee about the issue on Sept. 10.

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homeless in Hawaii
4:54 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Hawaii Lawmakers Want to Fly Homeless Back to Mainland

FILE - In this Friday, May 13, 2011 file photo, a man sleeps on the ground near Waikiki Beach, in Honolulu.
Marco Garcia, File AP Photo

If lawmakers in Hawaii have their way, homeless people there will get a free ride back home to the mainland. The Hawaii state Legislature has set aside money for free flights.  

With Seattle’s close proximity to the state, the city could become a destination for homeless hoping to get back on their feet. But some say the plan won’t solve any problems.  

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distracted driving
5:41 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

WSP, Police on the Lookout for Cell Phone-Using Drivers

If you are a distracted driver, then it’s time to put the phone down.

Over the next few weeks, Washington State Patrol and local law enforcement officers will be putting more resources into ticketing drivers who aren’t paying attention to the road. Between now and Aug. 23, officers in unmarked cars will be solely focused on scanning the roads to see if drivers are talking on cell phones or texting.

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Regulating Marijuana
5:08 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Washington Pot Czar: Cops Should Crush the Black Market

Elaine Thompson Associated Press

Washington’s marijuana consultant says police should act fast to squash the black market once state-sanctioned stores open. But in Seattle, that could conflict with the will of the voters.

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regulating marijuana
5:01 am
Mon August 5, 2013

King County Crafting Rules for Pot-Zoning in Rural Areas

Associated Press

As the state continues to hone its licensing rules for recreational marijuana businesses, local governments are working on land-use regulations that will determine where they can go. King County has drafted a new zoning law for unincorporated areas and is seeking public comment before it’s finalized. 

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Law
5:00 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Feds Seek Death for Pirates in Killing of Seattle Couple

Phyllis Macay and Bob Riggle on a yacht in California
Joe Grande Associated Press

The Somali pirates were convicted earlier this month of shooting Bob Riggle and Phylis Macay of Seattle and Jean and Scott Adam of Marina Del Rey, California. The couples were sailing in the Indian Ocean on the Adams' yacht, the Quest, when the vessel was hijacked by the pirates in February 2011.

The sentencing hearing for the Somali nationals is taking place this week in a Virginia courtroom, and could stretch into early next week. 

Eleven other Somalis involved in the incident have pleaded guilty and are serving life sentences. 

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Traffic Cameras
5:16 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Through Fines, School-Zone Speeding Cams Will Fund Safety

Get caught on camera speeding through a school zone, and you may find yourself with a $189 ticket in your mailbox. Those fines add up fast: The city has collected more than $3 million as of last month.

So what happens to all that money? The Seattle City Council voted Monday to direct all of it into a special fund, to pay for safety improvements near schools. That could include sidewalk repairs, better lighting and fixing curbs.

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Driving
5:00 am
Mon July 15, 2013

How Do You Get Out of a Speeding Ticket?

Washington State Patrol

Summer is a great time for a road trip. But if you’re someone who tends to put the pedal to the metal, spending more time on the highway probably increases your chance of being pulled over for speeding. Which raises the question: what does it take to avoid getting issued a ticket?

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regulating nightlife
7:52 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Belltown ruckus renews call for staggered closing times

By state law, bars in Washington have to stop serving alcohol at 2 a.m. And when bars close down, people who’ve been drinking hit the streets all at once. In Seattle last weekend, that phenomenon became extreme in the Belltown neighborhood, reviving a public policy debate.

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