Street Cents
4:00 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Real estate commissions aren't set in stone

Real estate commissions: It's something the seller usually pays.
The Associated Press

KPLU's  John Maynard posed this question to Seattle-area real estate appraiser, Richard Hager: "If I sold a $2 million dollar house and paid the real estate agent his standard commission, then he'd get $180,000 out of the deal. Is that a negotiable situation?" Hagar's answer?

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Law
10:09 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Holder Spells Out Why Drones Target U.S. Citizens

Attorney General Eric Holder discusses the controversial U.S. drone program during a speech at Northwestern Law School in Chicago on Monday.
John Gress Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 5, 2012 9:01 pm

It's one of the most serious actions the U.S. government could ever take: targeting one of its own citizens with lethal force.

Since last year, U.S. drones have killed three Americans overseas. But Attorney General Eric Holder says the ongoing fight against al-Qaida means those kinds of deadly strikes are now a way of life. And judging from the reaction to his national security speech at Northwestern University Law School on Monday, so is the hot debate over the legality of the U.S. drone program.

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Carrie Johnson is a Justice Correspondent for the Washington Desk.

She covers a wide variety of stories about justice issues, law enforcement and legal affairs for NPR's flagship programs Morning Edition and All Things Considered, as well as the Newscasts and NPR.org.

While in this role, Johnson has chronicled major challenges to the landmark voting rights law, a botched law enforcement operation targeting gun traffickers along the Southwest border, and the Obama administration's deadly drone program for suspected terrorists overseas.

Paul Gibson
The Two-Way
5:26 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Attorney General Holder Defends Targeted Killings Of Americans

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder gives a speech at Northwestern Law School on Monday in Chicago.
John Gress Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 5, 2012 2:48 pm

In a speech today, Attorney General Eric Holder explained the Obama administration's rationale for using lethal force against Americans who join al-Qaida.

NPR's Carrie Johnson reports that in a speech at Northwestern University Law School, Holder said the issue is one of the most serious he faces. Carrie filed this report for our Newscast unit:

"Eric Holder says U.S. citizens who take up arms against their own country deserve due process under the Constitution.

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The Two-Way
5:25 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Accusations Of Sexual Abuse By Red Sox Clubhouse Manager Widens

Donald Fitzpatrick during a court hearing in Bartow, Fla., in 2002.
Greg Fight AP

Originally published on Mon March 5, 2012 3:59 pm

By the Associated Press' count, 21 men have have now come forward to allege that a former clubhouse manager for the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles sexually assaulted them when they were children. The abuse allegedly happened between 1967 and 1991.

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Privatizing liquor
4:45 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Private sales of liquor in Washington thrown into limbo, distillers too

Judge's ruling could nullify the entire measure privatizing sales of liquor.
The Associated Press

A judge’s ruling on Friday has thrown the privatization of liquor sales in Washington into question and landed the state’s craft distillers in a state of limbo.

A Cowlitz County judge on Friday upheld most of an initiative that requires the state to get out of the liquor business, but called for a trial to determine whether a provision for public safety funding violated rules for initiatives to address only one subject.

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Washington State Legislature
4:16 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Tension lingers after budget coup in Washington senate

Originally published on Mon March 5, 2012 12:00 am

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Tension lingers in Olympia as Washington legislators head into what is supposed to be the last week of session. The task of re-balancing the state budget was put into disarray on Friday when Republicans and centrist Democrats took over the state Senate.

Senate Republican Leader Joseph Zarelli says he doubts a compromise budget can happen before the scheduled adjournment on Thursday.

“I don’t know how we’ll get a budget done by the end of this so we’re pretty much assured, I think, we’re going to see a special session,” Zarelli says.

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Winter storm
2:39 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

President Obama issues disaster declaration for January snowstorm

A sign of spring amidst the January snow in Northgate. 1/18/2012
Erin Kohlenberg flickr.com

It's official now. The January snow and ice storm was a disaster!

President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster exists in 11 Washington counties that were hard hit by the storm during the period of January 14-23, 2012.

Preliminary estimates indicate more than $32 million in eligible damages.

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Humanosphere
2:33 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Seattle org. focuses on business in a land of guns, drugs and murder

National police officers inspect a bag containing a mutilated body that was found inside the cemetery in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, 2010. Honduras has become one of the deadliest cities in Central America..
The Associated Press

While the battle over drugs in the murder capital of the world intensifies and the U.S. president sends in VP Joe Biden, one Seattle expert worries the whole drug mess in Honduras is becoming a red herring.

Mauricio Vivero, executive director at the Seattle International Foundation, says many parts of Central America are in crisis today because of the combination of poverty, destabilized governments and a disengaged businesses.

There is no Hollywood-action-movie game plan that will fix the problem, he said. If the U.S. government truly wants to put a dent in the illegal drug trade, the first step should be to do whatever it can to promote trust and partnerships between business and local governments.

... but that’s just not as easy as sending guns and money.

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KPLU Studio Sessions
2:12 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Benny Golson: The second half-century

Benny Golson perfroms in the KPLU studios on February 29, 2012.
Justin Steyer KPLU

Tenor saxophonist/composer, Benny Golson is now in his second half-century as a touring and recording jazz artist.  He began performing almost 60 years ago and recorded his first LP as a bandleader 55 years ago … and if his stop by the KPLU studios last week is any indication, he shows no signs of slowing down now.

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