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Why Pramila Jayapal is winning

In her speech on primary election night, Pramila Jayapal had something for just about everyone in this left-leaning city. She talked about expanding the middle…

Activists mount last stand against Asian trade agreement

The sing-song cadence of activist chants insinuate like a jingle. At the Showbox in Sodo on Friday, it was “hell no, TPP!” chanted to a beat,…

Seattle steps up defenses against housing discrimination

Growth isn't sustainable. At least, not the kind we're seeing here in Seattle, where a bloated private housing market, inflated by a thriving economy, is…

Murray pitches next steps for the Jungle and homeless sweeps

There are fewer tents beneath I-5 than there used to be. Several still hug the highway’s pillars, but unlike even three months ago, there is a…

Salmon farming on the rise in Washington

Human travelers have I-5 and I-90. Salish Sea salmon have the Juan de Fuca Strait. It’s the route that they all swim on their way…

Why huge cost overruns are so common in Seattle

In the last year, the budget overruns of just four city projects, or run-ups over original estimates, have totaled more than $200 million. That’s quadruple the…

On the Columbia, broken promises for tribal housing

This story originally appeared in High Country News. Paul Lumley, like many Yakama Nation citizens, grew up fishing on the Columbia River, through which salmon…

Federal judge overseeing Seattle police reform: “Black lives matter”

Just moments after federal judge James Robart, who oversees police reform in Seattle, threatened to steamroll the Seattle Police Officers Guild, he said something no one…

Proposed police station meets all-out rebellion

Faced with a chamber full of people loudly opposed to a new North Precinct Police Station, the Seattle City Council on Monday plowed ahead with a…

From the mean streets to the national parks

This story originally appeared in High Country News. Shelton Johnson is the Michael Jordan among people of color engaged in the outdoors. He is the…

The scandals of former Gov. Gary Locke

Former Gov. Gary Locke is one of the biggest success stories in Washington history. Raised in Seattle’s Yesler Terrace housing projects by working-class immigrant parents,…

Exposing sexual assault at Washington colleges

While the issues of sexual and domestic violence have come out of the shadows over recent decades, there is one place where it too often…

Frustrations rise around Seattle police reform

On Wednesday, the civilian Community Police Commission (CPC) approved their final recommendations for police reform in the city, marking notable movement on a long-clogged process.…

Former Gov. Gary Locke’s ‘highly inappropriate’ home sale

While serving as U.S. ambassador to China, former Washington governor Gary Locke sold his D.C.-area home to a powerful Chinese businesswoman for $1.68 million. The…

Interns go door to door, preaching the gospel of recycling

This story is a product of KCTS/ EarthFix. If you live in an apartment complex in the greater Seattle area, you might open your door…

Washington primary sets up November contests

A big money housing levy and a proposed park on the Alaskan Way viaduct were before Seattle voters on primary election night. KCTS 9’s Enrique…

From farm to future: Getting small-town kids into tech

For Tyler Thornton, pears, apples and jetliners aren’t so far apart. Thornton, now 22, grew up as a fourth-generation orchardist in the remote Okanogan Valley,…

It’s Brady vs. Pramila in congressional race

Update at 4:50 p.m. Friday: State Rep. Brady Walkinshaw has won a spot in a November election race for the U.S. Congress, versus state Sen.…

Election live blog: Washington state 2016 primary results

Washington voters gave Democratic state Sen. Pramila Jayapal a ticket to the November ballot for the 7th Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of…

Primary sharpens fight to control Legislature

Could Washington Democrats take both houses of the state Legislature this year? With most of Washington’s votes counted Tuesday night, it wasn’t out of the…

Pressure rises to ban assault rifles in Washington

Spurred by recent mass shootings and the Supreme Court’s refusal to overturn an assault weapons ban in Connecticut, a leading gun control organization, Washington CeaseFire,…

Podcast: Trump’s donors in Washington

This story was originally posted on KCTS9.org. Last week, Crosscut published a story reporting on Trump's financial donors in Washington state. In the story, Crosscut…