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WSU: Hydropower dams contribute to climate change

This story was originally published by OPB/Earthfix. Hydroelectric power may not  be a carbon-free energy source after all. A new study from Washington State University finds…

Winners and losers in mayor’s new budget: podcast

Amid the chants of protesters outside of the city council chambers, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray unveiled his 2017 budget this week. It was the first…

Mayor’s business task force opposes rent control

Eleven months ago, Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant stood in City Hall with a group of small business owners to announce that she'd found a…

Invader crabs from Europe threaten havoc in Puget Sound

This story first appeared on EarthFix. Emily Grason and Sean McDonald trudge through the mud of San Juan Island’s Westcott Bay on the hunt for something…

Colleen Echohawk tackles the traumas of life on the streets

A couple years ago, Colleen Echohawk was settling into her new job as executive director of the Chief Seattle Club, an organization with a long…

Bryant got aggressive in gubernatorial debate. But did it work?

To the extent that a state-level political debate — not shown in its entirety on any major network — is ever anyone’s big chance, last…

Everything you (and the Simpsons) ever wanted to know about registering to vote

This story originally appeared on What's Good 206 National Voter Registration Day is today and Americans are feeling the heat this election season, with two…

Liveblogging the Inslee vs. Bryant debate

Washington's gubernatorial race is one of the least competitive in the last few cycles, with Governor Jay Inslee holding a comfortable lead in the polls over his…

3 key takeaways from Ed Murray’s new budget

As Council Chambers filled Monday with department heads and the mayor’s invitees, the cries of protestors echoed their way up City Hall’s open, concrete steps.…

Trump could win this, UW prof says

A number of national polls show Donald Trump gaining ground on Hillary Clinton. Could Trump win? University of Washington political science professor Christopher Parker thinks…

Donors playing both sides of governor’s race — but much less than 2012

As their first debate approaches Monday evening, the latest poll shows about 16 percent of Washington voters remain undecided between Governor Jay Inslee and Republican nominee…

As nation erupts, Seattle moves toward police reform

As citizens of Charlotte took to the streets and NFL football players took to their knees, a different, quieter battle of police reform has been…

George Washington owned slaves. Should we rename the state?

Our American legacy of slavery and racism is being wrestled with everywhere. We’ve gone from demanding removal of the Confederate flag to rethinking the Star…

Debate rages over homeless camps in Seattle

The homelessness debate in City Hall has recently become a war of words. What is a suitable or unsuitable location to camp? What is safe…

4 fixes for Washington’s foster-care crisis

This story is part of a series produced by InvestigateWest for KCTS 9 and Crosscut about the crisis facing Washington’s foster care system. Start reading here.…

At these schools, the classroom is the outdoors

This story first appeared on EarthFix. When 3-year-old Charlie McGlynn-Wright was born, her parents felt pressured to immediately start looking for a preschool. Their search confirmed…

Councilmember asks if Seattle has lost touch with reality

It was supposed to be a good week for Councilmember Debora Juarez. She’d spent the weekend writing a resolution in support of the Standing Rock…

Washington’s foster care system in crisis: A special report

Children entrusted to state care after they are abused or neglected by their parents are bouncing between hotels and other emergency housing, and even being…

Scheduling law could set national precedent, combat inequality

The Seattle City Council voted unanimously Monday to enact legislation that has become known as Secure Scheduling, created in an attempt to provide stability to…

License to kill: How Washington may lose its right to wipe out salmon

So you're a salmon heading upstream this fall. It hasn't rained much for months. The water is low. You reach a culvert that takes the…

Audio: A mother on saving other families from drug deaths

Penny LeGate is one of the 32 members of the Heroin and Opioid Addition Task Force. In 2012, she lost her 19-year-old daughter Marah Williams…