When security at home is about more than a deposit
Should domestic violence victims have to pay for repairs to their rentals due to violence (and if not, who will)? What would happen if we removed the Snake River dams? And how are Washington water rights handed out anyway? A look at at an 18-year-old cold case. And a look back at the day the Beatles came to the Coliseum (that’s Key Arena, for you youngsters).
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Domestic violence law
The city of Seattle is considering a law that says if you’re a renter who is the victim of domestic violence, you would not have to pay for any damages incurred during that violence. But then who would? Heather Pierce is the deputy director of government affairs at the Rental Housing Association of Washington; Chris Dobler is a landlord represented by the group.
Snake River dam removal
Rivers, culverts, dams, salmon, orcas, agriculture, tribes: waterways in Washington state have many competing interests, with high political and cultural stakes. There’s been a proposal to remove the Snake River dams, which one Republican state senator calls a slap in the face to the Eastern Washington way of life. In response, we spoke to Joseph Bogaard, executive director of Save Our Wild Salmon.
Western water rights
There are many debates about how we use water in Washington state. But an even bigger question is who has the rights to the water itself. With a changing climate comes an increasing awareness that Western states’ frontier mentality when it comes to resources needs to change as well. Associate professor Joe Cook is an environmental economist at Washington State University, and studies water markets.
David Payne, Somebody Somewhere
Thomas Wales was the first and only U.S. prosecutor to have been killed in the line of duty. The case has been cold for 18 years, and there was a small break in it yesterday with an arrest. But former federal prosecutor David Payne, who now hosts a podcast called Somebody Somewhere, says not to get your hopes up about yesterday’s indictment.
Fifty-five years ago, Beatlemania came to Seattle. KUOW history reporter Feliks Banel took a look back at the day the Beatles came to town.