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State Senate approves gas tax hike for transportation

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March 3, 2015 - 4:00 pm

By John Stang

Lt. Gov. Brad Owen ruled Monday that the Washington Senate’s new internal procedural rule to require a two-thirds majority to pass any new taxes is unconstitutional.

So … the Senate went ahead and did what it was about to do on Friday before Democrats requested his ruling.

The Senate voted 27-22 [...]

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State House passes ‘revenge porn’ measure

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March 3, 2015 - 9:00 am

Distributed by Crosscut Public Media

The Washington House unanimously passed a “revenge-porn” bill Monday that would allow a victim to seek damages in civil court for posting intimate images without a person’s consent. The measure, sponsored by Rep. Tina Orwall, D-Des Moines, would allow a maximum of $10,000 or actual damages proven by the [...]

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Top Ten February 23rd – March 1st:

Weekly Top Ten

March 2, 2015 - 12:48 pm

  1. Rhiannon Giddens  Tomorrow Is My Turn  (Nonesuch)
  2. Bettye LaVette  Worthy  (Cherry Red)
  3. Pops Staples  Don’t Lose This  (Anti/Epitaph)
  4. D’Angelo & The Vanguard  Black Messiah  (RCA)
  5. Heroes Of The Dancefloor  Shelter  (independent)
  6. THEESatisfaction  EarthEE  (Sub Pop)
  7. The Decemberists  What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World  (Capitol)
  8. Asleep At The Wheel  Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills  (Bismeaux)
  9. Elana James  Black Beauty  (Snarf)
  10. Submotion Orchestra  Alium  (Counter)

Past Top Ten

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Music of the Moment:

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February 27, 2015 - 1:12 pm

5 brand new releases we can’t wait to share with you this month:

1. Rhiannon Giddens  Tomorrow Is My Turn  (Nonesuch) – A classically trained vocalist, Rhiannon displays this fact in abundance on her debut solo record. The songs are from a wide range of sources, with Rhiannon penning the last track.  Producer T Bone Burnett carefully crafted the music to perfectly compliment her voice.  This record will definitely be a contender for best of 2015.

2. James McMurtry  Complicated Game  (independent) – Crafting words is a family legacy.   James just happens to crafts his into poignant songs.  He took six years to pen and record the songs on Complicated Game. As the songs attest, it was certainly time well spent.

3. Jayme Stone’s  Lomax Project  (Borealis) – Jayme is a Canadian banjo player who enjoys musical exploration not unlike Béla Fleck, one of his mentors.  This new record primarily draws its selection from the recordings Alan Lomax made in the post-war years. He is joined by Tim O’Brien, Bruce Molsky, Moira Smiley, Brittany Haas, and many more.  This is a wonderful example of how traditional music can be made anew.

4. 11 Acorn Lane  Time for Tea  (Wooden Hat) – Thomas Feurer & Neal Pawley meld jazz, funk, Latin, big band lounge music, etc. with electronic beats to create quirky, fun, swingin’ music. Music that is almost impossible to stay still as you listen to it.  What else do you need as the days get longer?

5. various artists  Signature Sounds 20th Anniversary Collection: Rarities From The Second Decade  (Signature Sounds) – KBCS is fortunate enough to have almost every record this independent Massachusetts record label has released in the past 20 years. They released 80 albums in the past 10 years and this collection showcases songs that were previously unreleased, or from special projects or off of EPs.  There is a little something here for every fan of Americana music.

Last Month’s Top 3 Releases:

1. Bettye LaVette  Worthy  (Cherry Red)

2. Pops Staples  Don’t Lose This  (Anti)

3. The Decemberists  What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World  (Capitol)

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Would a new pipeline ease state’s oil train worries?

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February 26, 2015 - 9:55 am

By John Stang

As the debates increase over transporting oil by rail, Sen. Mike Baumgartner wants the state to study a potential east-west oil pipeline.

Baumgartner, R-Spokane, introduced a bill Wednesday to spend $250,000 on a study by the Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council on whether a crude oil pipeline should be [...]

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Food & Culture in the African American Tradition

Fruits & Vegetables

February 25, 2015 - 10:41 am

The definition of soul food is changing in the African American community. And that change is in part because of African American chefs and bakers consciously creating awareness with diverse healthy food options. We talk to three chefs hoping to make a difference in what we eat and how we eat. Tarik Abdullah is [...]

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Bring back the Washington State Presidential Primary

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February 20, 2015 - 8:00 am

By  Top Story Network

Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman wants to resurrect the Washington State Presidential Primary. Top Story Network’s Robert Mak has the story.

Click here for more 2015 Olympia coverage.

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Education is not a crime

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February 19, 2015 - 4:15 pm

Baha’i’s are a religious minority in Iran. Since the 1979 Iranian revolution, Baha’i’s have been persecuted in Iran for teaching and studying. An international campaign, Education is Not a Crime, launches on February 27 to shed light on the plight of Iranian Baha’i’s. A documentary, To Light A Candle shows [...]

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Bill seeks to let majority approve passage of school bond measures

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February 17, 2015 - 1:00 pm

By John Stang

A needed boost to fix old schools? Or sore losers wanting to change the rules?

Those were some of the ways that speakers at a legislative hearing Monday described a bill by Rep. Mia Gregerson, D-SeaTac, and Rep. Dick Muri, R-Steilacoom, to ease the passage of school bond measures. Their bill calls [...]

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Muslim group calls for apology by legislator for his remarks

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February 16, 2015 - 4:00 pm

By John Stang

An organization of American Muslims said Thursday that Rep. Larry Haler, R-Richland, should apologize publicly for saying it is a subsidiary of violent Middle East groups.

In reply, Haler issued a press release saying he has apologized twice in private for his remarks.

The controversy dates back to a Jan. 14 hearing [...]

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