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KIRO Radio: On Assignment
News stories are more than reports of the day's events. They are about the impact of events on people's lives. They impact other lives and can even influence current events. KIRO Radio's On Assignment is an ongoing series of reports which start with your tips, challenges, and questions and become in-depth investigative pieces through our reporters' resources, expertise, and initiative.
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Monday, December 15, 2014
'We’re always happy to put someone in handcuffs for their cause'
Many protesters arrested during demonstrations in Seattle will never be charged with a crime, based on guidelines set forth by the City Attorney’s Office. It means peaceful protesters arrested in recent years have been given a free pass from prosecution. KIRO Radio’s Brandi Kruse takes us, “On Assignment.”
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Monday, November 24, 2014
In heart of Seattle, historic landmark is a 'blight' on the city
Built in 1904, the Eitel Building at Second and Pike has fallen into disrepair and frustration over its condition is growing. KIRO Radio's Brandi Kruse takes you, "On Assignment."
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Monday, November 17, 2014
'Every container has a story'
Washington-grown Christmas trees bound for Hong Kong are stuck at the Port of Tacoma, where union workers are accused of deliberately slowing down commerce. John and Carol Tillman, who have been Christmas tree farmers all their lives, say the shipment accounts for 20 percent of their income for the entire year. Brandi Kruse reports from Mossyrock, Washington, for KIRO Radio "On Assignment."
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014
King Co. Sheriff John Urquhart on controversial use-of-force tactic
Following public backlash, King County Sheriff John Urquhart announced he would no longer train his deputies in a controversial use-of-force tactic known as the Lateral Vascular Neck Restraint (LVNR). Sheriff Urquhart tells KIRO Radio’s Brandi Kruse he thinks the tool is valuable, but that he can’t convince the public it is worthwhile.
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King County deputies defend controversial use-of-force tactic
King County deputies say the sheriff's "knee-jerk" decision to stop training in a controversial use-of-force tactic puts lives at risk. Brandi Kruse reports for KIRO Radio "On Assignment."
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King Co. deputy accuses sheriff of caving to 'political pressure'
As part of an “On Assignment” investigation into a controversial use-of-force tactic called a Lateral Vascular Neck Restraint (LVNR), KIRO Radio’s Brandi Kruse spoke to a King County sheriff’s deputy who accused his boss, Sheriff John Urquhart, of caving to political pressure when he decided not to train deputies in the technique. Note: The deputy’s voice has been disguised.
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Few in number, Washington Hells Angels just 'trying to survive'
Members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club rallied at a Seattle bar late into the night Tuesday, a gathering that was closely monitored by Seattle police detectives who are working to determine the organization's current membership. As Brandi Kruse reports for KIRO Radio "On Assignment," the outlaw motorcycle club is just a shadow of it's former self.
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Gang detective on why the Hells Angels are a threat
A Seattle police gang detective was reduced to tears during an interview with KIRO Radio "On Assignment." The detective, who has tracked outlaw biker gangs for years, told reporter Brandi Kruse about a heinous crime committed by an associate of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club in 1977.
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Few in number, Washington Hells Angels 'trying to survive'
Members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club will meet at a Seattle bar Tuesday, a gathering that could help attract new recruits at a time when the notorious biker gang desperately needs them. Brandi Kruse reports for KIRO Radio "On Assignment."
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014
On Assignment: Inside Seattle's illegal marijuana market
As the state's legal pot market struggles to get on its feet, drug dealers in downtown Seattle say the city's illicit marijuana market has never been better. Brandi Kruse reports for KIRO Radio "On Assignment."
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014
On Assignment: Spanaway family without belongings 2 years after move
Nearly two years after Kraig and Lisa Owens moved their family to Washington state from Colorado, their belongings remain in limbo. Brandi Kruse reports for KIRO Radio On Assignment.
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Monday, June 23, 2014
Seattle DOT doesn't have plans to fix backup at Roanoke I-5 overpass
Everyday the Roanoke Street overpass over I-5 backs up into the Eastlake neighborhood. The overpass connects the Eastlake and Montlake neighborhoods.
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Thursday, June 19, 2014
Eastside couple arrested in massive mortgage fraud
Douglas White is accused of stealing the identity of a licensed real estate appraiser and using it to conduct hundreds of fraudulent home appraisals around Puget Sound. Brandi Kruse reports for KIRO Radio "On Assignment."
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Thursday, June 12, 2014
Seattle cop who posted sex pics of ex-lover wants his job back
In an exclusive interview with KIRO Radio's Brandi Kruse, former Seattle police officer David Blackmer asked for forgiveness, understanding, and his badge back.
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Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Letters warn that 'major disaster' at the Gorge is imminent
For nearly 15 years, fire officials in Grant County have warned that a major disaster at the Gorge Amphitheater is imminent unless more is done to bring the environment under control. In letters obtained through public disclosure, county officials are accused of turning and blind eye to the danger. Brandi Kruse reports for KIRO Radio "On Assignment."
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