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Top Ten February 16th – 22nd:

Weekly Top Ten

February 23, 2015 - 1:36 pm

  1. Rhiannon Giddens  Tomorrow Is My Turn  (Nonesuch)
  2. Pops Staples  Don’t Lose This  (Anti/Epitaph)
  3. The Decemberists  What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World  (Capitol)
  4. Bettye LaVette  Worthy  (Cherry Red)
  5. Doug Seegers  Going Down To The River                 (Rounder)
  6. various [...]

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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.

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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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Will Initiative 1351 be sent back to voters?

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February 18, 2015 - 10:51 am

By  Top Story Network

Just three months after voters approved Initiative 1351 calling for smaller class sizes, lawmakers are thinking about sending the initiative back to voters–what would be a historic move. I-1351 passed in November with 51% of the vote.  State Senator Steve Litzow, R-Mercer Island, calls the initiative “irresponsible” because it directed smaller class [...]

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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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State could conduct major study of homeless children

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February 17, 2015 - 9:00 am

By John Stang

The state would undertake a sweeping count of the number of homeless kids from birth through 10 years old, under a bill working its way through the House.

The bill by Rep. Jake Fey, D-Tacoma, would order the Washington State Institute for Public Policy to tackle such a census, including determining the [...]

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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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Black Prison Organizing During the Civil Rights Era

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February 16, 2015 - 2:51 pm

Black activism and prison organizing go hand in hand according to University of Washington, Bothell, Professor Dan Berger’s book, Captive Nation: Black Prison Organizing in the Civil Rights Era. In the book, Berger explores how prisoners used jail to shine the light on racial oppression and what it means to be free.  KBCS News Director, [...]

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Senate negotiators come up with bipartisan plan for transportation

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February 16, 2015 - 2:02 pm

By John Stang

It took 22 months to gestate. But a bipartisan $15.1 billion Washington Senate transportation package with an 11.7-cent-per-gallon gas tax hike was unveiled Thursday.

Now the question is whether enough senators in both the Republican and Democratic caucuses will actually vote for the package, designed to run 16 years.

“From my perspective, [...]

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Top Ten February 9th – 15th:

Weekly Top Ten

February 16, 2015 - 12:32 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. The Decemberists  What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World  (Capitol)
  5. Bill Frisell  Guitar in the Space Age  (Okeh)
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