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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

Rhiannon Giddens  Tomorrow Is My Turn  (Nonesuch) Bettye LaVette  Worthy  (Cherry Red) Pops Staples  Don’t Lose This  (Anti/Epitaph) The Decemberists  What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World  (Capitol) Bill Frisell  Guitar in the Space Age  (Okeh) 11 Acorn Lane  Time For Tea  (Wooden Hat) Eric Bibb  Blues People  (Stony Plain) The Gibson Brothers  Brotherhood 

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Legislature looks at changing ethics investigations

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February 10, 2015 - 10:47 am

By John Stang Sen. Pam Roach feels Lt. Gov. Brad Owen’s pain. So does Sen. Don Benton. Owen’s pain is a $15,000 fine that the Washington Executive Ethics Board levied against him last September for running his nonprofit anti-drug program out of his public office. The fine has $5,000 suspended with the assumption of no

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Top Ten February 2nd – 8th:

Weekly Top Ten

February 9, 2015 - 12:27 pm

Bettye LaVette  Worthy  (Cherry Red) Heroes Of The Dancefloor  Shelter  (independent) Pops Staples  Don’t Lose This  (Anti/Epitaph) Anne McCue  Blue Sky Thinkin’  (Flying Machine) Latin Bitman  Airplane  (Nacional) Eric Bibb  Blues People  (Stony Plain) Boubacar Traoré  Mbalimbaou  (Lusafrica) Elana James  Black Beauty  (Snarf) The 2 Bears  The Night Is Young  (Southern Fried) Bill Frisell  Guitar

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Senators offer carbon and energy alternatives

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February 5, 2015 - 1:56 pm

By John Stang Some state senators want to tweak Initiative 937 to encourage new efforts at reducing carbon emissions in Washington. The proposed change to the 2006 voter-approved measure on the use of alternative energy sources by electric utilities is one part of GOP-originated proposals on energy and carbon-reduction unveiled at a Wednesday press conference

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Oil train safety bill prompts debate about public notifications

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February 4, 2015 - 9:44 am

By John Stang Should the public know when oil trains come through and what type of oil they are carrying? That question was debated Tuesday at a Washington House Environment  Committee hearing on an oil train safety bill introduced by Rep. Jessyn Farrell, D- Seattle. The Western States Petroleum Association, two railroads and at least

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Top Ten January 26th – February 1st:

Weekly Top Ten

February 2, 2015 - 10:54 am

Bettye LaVette  Worthy  (Cherry Red) Eric Bibb  Blues People  (Stony Plain) Pops Staples  Don’t Lose This  (Anti/Epitaph) Bill Frisell  Guitar in the Space Age  (Okeh) Anne McCue  Blue Sky Thinkin’  (Flying Machine) The Stray Birds  Best Medicine  (Yep Roc) Heroes Of The Dancefloor  Shelter  (independent) Donna Hughes  Fly  (independent) Intended Immigration  Una Cartina  (Wooden Hat)

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