Austin Jenkins http://www.kplu.org en Washington Supreme Court Says ‘Stop And Frisk’ Went Too Far http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-supreme-court-says-stop-and-frisk-went-too-far <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158180556&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Police in Washington can “stop and frisk” individuals they have specific reason to believe may be armed. But if that search goes beyond a “brief and nonintrusive” search, then it’s unconstitutional, according to a finding by the Washington Supreme Court Thursday.</p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 23:24:04 +0000 Austin Jenkins 17690 at http://www.kplu.org Amid Fanfare, Pot Stores Open Around Washington State http://www.kplu.org/post/amid-fanfare-pot-stores-open-around-washington-state <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/070814AJ_MJOpeningDay_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Washington’s recreational marijuana market is open for business. From Seattle to Bellingham to Prosser, marijuana stores opened for business Tuesday to excited customers who lined up, dressed up and celebrated the end of pot prohibition.<p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:41:41 +0000 Austin Jenkins 17637 at http://www.kplu.org Amid Fanfare, Pot Stores Open Around Washington State In Wash. State, Would-Be Customers Eagerly Await Pot Store Openings http://www.kplu.org/post/wash-state-would-be-customers-eagerly-await-pot-store-openings <p>The first legal marijuana stores in Washington are scheduled to open Tuesday. The Liquor Control Board issued the first 24 retail licenses early Monday.</p><p>But state officials warn of high prices and short supply in the beginning. Even so that’s not keeping away some would-be customers.</p><p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 23:52:08 +0000 Austin Jenkins 17608 at http://www.kplu.org In Wash. State, Would-Be Customers Eagerly Await Pot Store Openings Washington Prisons Will No Longer Punish Inmates For ‘Self-Harm’ http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-prisons-will-no-longer-punish-inmates-self-harm <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/157207317&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Washington’s prison system has announced a major policy change when it comes to inmates who harm themselves. The Department of Corrections said Thursday that it will no longer sanction inmates for cutting or other acts of self-injury.</p><p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 23:45:35 +0000 Austin Jenkins 17579 at http://www.kplu.org Washington Prisons Will No Longer Punish Inmates For ‘Self-Harm’ Wash. State To Issue About 20 Pot Retail Licenses Monday http://www.kplu.org/post/wash-state-issue-about-20-pot-retail-licenses-monday <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/157160014&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Washington’s Liquor Control Board plans to issue about 20 marijuana retail licenses next Monday, and the first pot stores could open the next day following a 24-hour waiting period.</p><p>But the state cautions many stores may not be ready yet for customers and marijuana could be in short supply.</p><p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 17:33:00 +0000 Austin Jenkins 17557 at http://www.kplu.org Wash. State To Issue About 20 Pot Retail Licenses Monday Shows Go On For Northwest Fireworks Company Shaken By Workplace Death http://www.kplu.org/post/shows-go-northwest-fireworks-company-shaken-workplace-death <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156308372&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>People in the fireworks business say their job is to make people happy. But as the Fourth of July approaches,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.pyrotech.com/index.html" target="_blank">Entertainment Fireworks</a>&nbsp;in Tenino, Washington, one of the largest fireworks companies in the Northwest, is reeling.</p><p>On June 18, a longtime seasonal employee was killed in an on-the-job explosion and fire.</p><p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:56:55 +0000 Austin Jenkins 17453 at http://www.kplu.org Shows Go On For Northwest Fireworks Company Shaken By Workplace Death Washington Supreme Court To Hear Sea-Tac Airport Minimum Wage Fight http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-supreme-court-hear-sea-tac-airport-minimum-wage-fight <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156141897&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Should SeaTac’s voter-approved $15 per hour minimum wage apply to workers at&nbsp;Seattle-Tacoma International Airport? Washington’s Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on that question today.</p><p>The case pits airport vendors, Alaska Airlines and the Port of Seattle against supporters of the higher wage.</p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 14:32:31 +0000 Austin Jenkins 17412 at http://www.kplu.org Washington Supreme Court To Hear Sea-Tac Airport Minimum Wage Fight Inslee Launches Review Of Prison Population Growth In Wash. State http://www.kplu.org/post/inslee-launches-review-prison-population-growth-wash-state <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/155987390&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Washington state’s prison system is projected to need 1,000 new beds by 2018. And that growth has Gov. Jay Inslee concerned.</p><p>Inslee&nbsp;on Tuesday announced a Department of Justice-backed review of the state’s criminal justice system. The goal is to look for ways to save money without jeopardizing public safety.</p><p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 17:06:46 +0000 Austin Jenkins 17383 at http://www.kplu.org Inslee Launches Review Of Prison Population Growth In Wash. State Death Of Northwest Soldier In California Puts Army Training Accidents In Spotlight http://www.kplu.org/post/death-northwest-soldier-california-puts-army-training-accidents-spotlight <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/155822330&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The death of a soldier based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord over the weekend highlights the danger of training for war. Private Andrew Sass was killed Saturday in an incident at the National Training Center in California.</p><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:12:41 +0000 Austin Jenkins 17341 at http://www.kplu.org Death Of Northwest Soldier In California Puts Army Training Accidents In Spotlight Wash. State's Volunteer Drivers Collect Tens Of Thousands In Mileage Reimbursements http://www.kplu.org/post/wash-states-volunteer-drivers-collect-tens-thousands-mileage-reimbursements <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/155713903&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Imagine driving your personal car for work so much that your boss cuts you a $10,000 mileage reimbursement check. That’s what happened recently at Washington’s Department of Social and Health Services.</p><p>But the person who got the check isn’t an employee, and she’s not the only one who’s logging high miles and collecting large reimbursements from DSHS. So far this fiscal year, the agency has reimbursed volunteer drivers more than $300,000.</p><p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 22:07:50 +0000 Austin Jenkins 17328 at http://www.kplu.org Wash. State's Volunteer Drivers Collect Tens Of Thousands In Mileage Reimbursements Wash. Ethics Panel Gets Earful On Lobbyist-Paid Meals For Lawmakers http://www.kplu.org/post/wash-ethics-panel-gets-earful-lobbyist-paid-meals-lawmakers-0 <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/154845266&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 14.40143871307373px;">How often is “infrequent” when it comes to state lawmakers accepting free meals from lobbyists? Washington’s Legislative Ethics Board spent nearly two hours Tuesday taking testimony on that issue and then grappling with the answer.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 00:15:06 +0000 Austin Jenkins 17220 at http://www.kplu.org Wash. Ethics Panel Gets Earful On Lobbyist-Paid Meals For Lawmakers Gov. Inslee Directs State Agencies To Identify 15 Percent Cuts http://www.kplu.org/post/gov-inslee-directs-state-agencies-identify-15-percent-cuts <p>Gov. Jay Inslee is directing Washington state agencies to identify 15 percent cuts in the next budget. The directive comes as the latest revenue forecast released Tuesday shows an ongoing sluggish recovery.</p><p>State budget director David Schumacher says the budget-cutting exercise does not mean all agencies will be cut by 15 percent.</p><p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 23:13:10 +0000 Austin Jenkins 17217 at http://www.kplu.org Gov. Inslee Directs State Agencies To Identify 15 Percent Cuts School Funding Lawsuit Prompts Hearing On Separation Of Powers http://www.kplu.org/post/school-funding-lawsuit-prompts-hearing-separation-powers <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/154783243&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The Washington Supreme Court could hold state lawmakers in contempt over school funding. But is the high court overstepping its bounds? A Republican-led legislative panel held a hearing Monday on separation of powers.</p><p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 16:31:53 +0000 Austin Jenkins 17190 at http://www.kplu.org School Funding Lawsuit Prompts Hearing On Separation Of Powers Washington Juvenile Killers Could Get Second Chance At Release http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-juvenile-killers-could-get-second-chance-release <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/154267824&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Nearly 30 juvenile killers currently serving life sentences without the possibility of parole in Washington could be eligible for release in the future, thanks to a new state law that took effect this month.</p><p>The law was passed in response to a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling. In Miller v. Alabama, the Supreme Court ruled that automatic sentences of life without parole for juvenile killers are unconstitutional. In response, the Washington state Legislature this year passed a law that requires new, individualized sentences for these aggravated murderers.</p><p> Sat, 14 Jun 2014 00:12:18 +0000 Austin Jenkins 17164 at http://www.kplu.org Washington Juvenile Killers Could Get Second Chance At Release Another Three-Strikes Offender In Wash. State Wins Clemency Recommendation http://www.kplu.org/post/another-three-strikes-offender-wash-state-wins-clemency-recommendation <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/154264888&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Washington’s Clemency Board has recommended the release of another three-strikes offender serving life without parole. The 3-to-0 vote Friday followed testimony from King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg who supported the petition for mercy.</p><p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 23:40:33 +0000 Austin Jenkins 17163 at http://www.kplu.org