Washington Ledge

Dispatches from public radio's correspondent at the Washington Legislature.Austin Jenkins is the Olympia correspondent for the Northwest News Network. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's (the C–SPAN of Washington State) weekly public affairs program "Inside Olympia."

 

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Crime, Law and Justice
6:12 pm
Wed June 17, 2015

Families Oppose Moving Washington Inmates Out-Of-State

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The Washington state Department of Corrections recently signed a contract with the GEO Group to send up to 1000 inmates to Michigan.

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Crime, Law and Justice
4:43 pm
Wed June 17, 2015

Accused Could Have To Pay For Alcohol, Drug Monitoring In Washington

File photo. Drug and alcohol monitoring can cost thousands of dollars.
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Accused criminals in Washington could be required to pay thousands of dollars for drug and alcohol monitoring while they await trial.

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Government and Politics
4:58 pm
Tue June 16, 2015

Washington Legislature Preparing For Government Shutdown

Washington legislative administrators will meet Wednesday to discuss contingency options in the event of a government shutdown on July 1.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

It’s not just Washington state agencies that are preparing for a possible government shutdown on July 1. Washington House and Senate administrators will meet Wednesday to discuss contingency planning.

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Crime, Law and Justice
6:48 am
Tue June 16, 2015

Killer Of Spokane Pizza Deliveryman Won't Go Free

Daniel Paul Delgado was convicted in the 1992 shotgun slaying of a Domino's pizza delivery driver in Spokane.
Washington DOC

A man sentenced to decades in prison for the shotgun slaying of a Spokane pizza delivery driver won’t go free -- at least for now.

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Government and Politics
2:49 pm
Mon June 15, 2015

Still No Washington Budget Deal; Layoff Notices Go Out Next Week

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Budget negotiators continue to meet at the Washington capitol, but there’s still no deal on a spending plan for the next two years.

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Government and Politics
4:29 pm
Wed June 10, 2015

Inslee Reluctant To Talk About Status Of Budget Negotiations

Washington Governor Jay Inslee answers reporter questions following a bill signing ceremony Wednesday. The Democrat says he's reluctant to characterize the status of budget negotiations.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Washington Governor Jay Inslee said Wednesday there’s still “a lot of mileage to cover” as budget talks continue in Olympia. But he was reluctant to characterize where negotiations stand.

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Disasters and Accidents
2:28 pm
Wed June 10, 2015

Washington Governor, Lands Commissioner Practice Deploying Fire Shelters

Washington Governor Jay Inslee and state Land Commissioner Peter Goldmark discuss wildfire dangers after practicing getting into a fire shelter.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Approximately 40 small wildland fires are burning across the Northwest -- and it’s only early June.

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