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Think tank to Seattle: Forget redeveloping Rainier Beach. Try a little TLC.

When Mayor Murray announced two weeks ago that a delegation from the renowned Urban Land Institute (ULI) would visit and advise on what to do…

Can coders fix the Seattle area’s traffic problems?

Buildings can be razed and replaced. Single-family homes can become multi-story apartment complexes. As Seattle adapts to its status as the fastest growing city in…

Officials say Sound Transit needs to go big

The King and Pierce county governments want Sound Transit to be able to ask voters for up to $15 billion for transit expansion in the…

Enforcing $15 wage: Job unfilled a week before law goes into effect

In November, the Seattle City Council looked ahead to the new minimum wage law and approved the creation of an Office of Labor Standards within Seattle’s…

Commentary: Missing the point on McCleary

The most important policy debate in Washington State today, arguably in our generation, is the debate raging right now over the McCleary vs State of…

Behind the scenes: How Seattle police training met the future

Minutes before Seattle Police Department Chief Kathleen O’Toole announced her four new assistant chiefs last week, a Seattle police union dropped an unfair-labor complaint it had…

House Democrats ready to offer a state budget

The Washington House Democrats plan to unveil their 2015-2017 operating budget proposal on Friday, which will start to point to how this legislative session will…

Environmentalists, utilities at odds over green power

Opinions on a bill to tweak alternative power requirements for utilities followed the stereotypes Tuesday. Utilities and business lobbyists loved it. Environmentalists hated it. They…

Nuclear power measures face questions

Critics raised questions Wednesday about three nuclear-related bills that the Washington Senate has passed and a House committee is considering. The big topic at the…

How warmer waters will affect our swimming creatures

Scientists nicknamed it “the blob” last summer. Since then the mass of water penetrating the North Pacific has become persistent in waters from Alaska to…

Cities, counties want a share of the pot taxes

Some cities and counties believe they should get more of Washington marijuana tax revenue. Many local governments are happy, however, that a merged medical and…

Will Inslee’s plan to reduce property crimes work?

If Gov. Jay Inslee's plan to reduce property crimes with a year of community supervision for many convicts is to work, the money needs to…

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