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Stories about law and politics in the Pacific Northwest, with many from KNKX's Law and Justice reporter, Paula Wissel.

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Hate Crimes Training Helps Local Officials Understand Affected Communities

With increasing news of public displays of white supremacy around the country, local law enforcement and elected officials recently took a deep dive into the state's hate crime statute.

1 MIN2018 NOV 14
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Hate Crimes Training Helps Local Officials Understand Affected Communities

How A New Supreme Court Justice May Affect Cases Filed By Washington’s Attorney General

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has been particularly aggressive in filing lawsuits against the Trump administration, but the prospect of a new justice on the U.S. Supreme Court has implications for what happens to those cases, according to one local law professor.

1 MIN2018 JUL 2
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How A New Supreme Court Justice May Affect Cases Filed By Washington’s Attorney General

Janus Decision Has Implications For Private-Sector Unions In Washington

Washington state has the third-highest rate of union membership in the country, after New York and Hawaii. Even though the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 only applies to workers in the public sector, private-sector unions here said they face implications as well.

1 MIN2018 JUN 29
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Janus Decision Has Implications For Private-Sector Unions In Washington

Washington, Other States To Sue Trump Administration Over Family Separation

Washington is leading a coalition of states planning to sue the Trump administration over its policy of separating children from parents who are detained while crossing illegally or seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border.

1 MIN2018 JUN 22
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Washington, Other States To Sue Trump Administration Over Family Separation

Woman Banned From Childcare For Decades-Old Conviction Sues To Get Job Back

Christal Fields thought she had finally shaken the decades-old conviction that had complicated much of her life. When she was banned from working in childcare two years ago, it was plain that wasn't the case.

1 MIN2018 MAY 26
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Woman Banned From Childcare For Decades-Old Conviction Sues To Get Job Back

Group Raises Money To Bail Moms Out Of Jail For Mother's Day

When you think of Mother’s Day, you probably don’t think of someone sitting in jail. But the Northwest Community Bail Fund is hoping you will this year. As part of a national effort, called 2018 Mama’s Day Bailout, the Seattle based nonprofit is trying to raise $10,000 for moms who are in jail awaiting trial because they can't afford bail.

1 MIN2018 MAY 9
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Group Raises Money To Bail Moms Out Of Jail For Mother's Day

Cost Of Investigating Child Pornography Puts Police Unit In Funding Pinch

When Seattle Police Capt. Mike Edwards says his department isn’t for everyone, he means it. “It takes a very special person to do this work and they can only do it for so long,” Edwards said of the state's Internet Crimes Against Children task force.

1 MIN2018 APR 19
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Cost Of Investigating Child Pornography Puts Police Unit In Funding Pinch

Judge Says Trump Administration Must Prove Transgender Ban Is Not Based On Prejudice

A federal judge in Seattle says the Trump administration still has to prove its ban on transgender troops is constitutional. The judge says people who are transgender can continue serving for now.

1 MIN2018 APR 18
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Judge Says Trump Administration Must Prove Transgender Ban Is Not Based On Prejudice

DNA leads to cold case suspect sketches from 1987 slayings

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Authorities in Washington state on Wednesday released composite sketches based on DNA evidence of a suspect in an unsolved, 30-year-old double slaying of a young Canadian couple.

1 MIN2018 APR 12
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DNA leads to cold case suspect sketches from 1987 slayings

Does A Foreign Worker Program Verge On 'Indentured Servitude'? A Debate Simmers In Washington State

More than 18,000 foreign workers, most of them from Mexico, traveled legally to Washington last year to labor on the state's farms, largely in the apple, pear, and cherry industries. Recent high-profile lawsuits have thrust the state into a debate about the benefits and shortcomings of the H-2A visa program, which allows farmers to import temporary workers from other countries to make up for labor shortages at home.

2 MIN2018 MAR 1
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Does A Foreign Worker Program Verge On 'Indentured Servitude'? A Debate Simmers In Washington State

Latest Episodes

Hate Crimes Training Helps Local Officials Understand Affected Communities

With increasing news of public displays of white supremacy around the country, local law enforcement and elected officials recently took a deep dive into the state's hate crime statute.

1 MIN2018 NOV 14
Comments
Hate Crimes Training Helps Local Officials Understand Affected Communities

How A New Supreme Court Justice May Affect Cases Filed By Washington’s Attorney General

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has been particularly aggressive in filing lawsuits against the Trump administration, but the prospect of a new justice on the U.S. Supreme Court has implications for what happens to those cases, according to one local law professor.

1 MIN2018 JUL 2
Comments
How A New Supreme Court Justice May Affect Cases Filed By Washington’s Attorney General

Janus Decision Has Implications For Private-Sector Unions In Washington

Washington state has the third-highest rate of union membership in the country, after New York and Hawaii. Even though the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 only applies to workers in the public sector, private-sector unions here said they face implications as well.

1 MIN2018 JUN 29
Comments
Janus Decision Has Implications For Private-Sector Unions In Washington

Washington, Other States To Sue Trump Administration Over Family Separation

Washington is leading a coalition of states planning to sue the Trump administration over its policy of separating children from parents who are detained while crossing illegally or seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border.

1 MIN2018 JUN 22
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Washington, Other States To Sue Trump Administration Over Family Separation

Woman Banned From Childcare For Decades-Old Conviction Sues To Get Job Back

Christal Fields thought she had finally shaken the decades-old conviction that had complicated much of her life. When she was banned from working in childcare two years ago, it was plain that wasn't the case.

1 MIN2018 MAY 26
Comments
Woman Banned From Childcare For Decades-Old Conviction Sues To Get Job Back

Group Raises Money To Bail Moms Out Of Jail For Mother's Day

When you think of Mother’s Day, you probably don’t think of someone sitting in jail. But the Northwest Community Bail Fund is hoping you will this year. As part of a national effort, called 2018 Mama’s Day Bailout, the Seattle based nonprofit is trying to raise $10,000 for moms who are in jail awaiting trial because they can't afford bail.

1 MIN2018 MAY 9
Comments
Group Raises Money To Bail Moms Out Of Jail For Mother's Day

Cost Of Investigating Child Pornography Puts Police Unit In Funding Pinch

When Seattle Police Capt. Mike Edwards says his department isn’t for everyone, he means it. “It takes a very special person to do this work and they can only do it for so long,” Edwards said of the state's Internet Crimes Against Children task force.

1 MIN2018 APR 19
Comments
Cost Of Investigating Child Pornography Puts Police Unit In Funding Pinch

Judge Says Trump Administration Must Prove Transgender Ban Is Not Based On Prejudice

A federal judge in Seattle says the Trump administration still has to prove its ban on transgender troops is constitutional. The judge says people who are transgender can continue serving for now.

1 MIN2018 APR 18
Comments
Judge Says Trump Administration Must Prove Transgender Ban Is Not Based On Prejudice

DNA leads to cold case suspect sketches from 1987 slayings

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Authorities in Washington state on Wednesday released composite sketches based on DNA evidence of a suspect in an unsolved, 30-year-old double slaying of a young Canadian couple.

1 MIN2018 APR 12
Comments
DNA leads to cold case suspect sketches from 1987 slayings

Does A Foreign Worker Program Verge On 'Indentured Servitude'? A Debate Simmers In Washington State

More than 18,000 foreign workers, most of them from Mexico, traveled legally to Washington last year to labor on the state's farms, largely in the apple, pear, and cherry industries. Recent high-profile lawsuits have thrust the state into a debate about the benefits and shortcomings of the H-2A visa program, which allows farmers to import temporary workers from other countries to make up for labor shortages at home.

2 MIN2018 MAR 1
Comments
Does A Foreign Worker Program Verge On 'Indentured Servitude'? A Debate Simmers In Washington State
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