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In rain and cold, city clears its own homeless encampment

In the cold and wet — the kind of weather that underlines the misery of living on Seattle's streets — officials began to clear the Field, a…

Brady Walkinshaw leaves politics for … journalism?

Brady Piñero Walkinshaw, who lost to Pramila Jayapal in last year's race to represent Washington’s 7th Congressional District, says he’s done with politics and is tackling a…

It won’t be easy to save the marbled murrelet

It was a clever invitation: “Marbled Merlot Anyone? Come by my house for a glass of merlot (or cup of tea) to support meaningful conservation…

Ferguson: We saw Trump in court, and we conquered

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson expects to decide in the next few days whether his office will launch a lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s latest…

O Trump! Have you sent Seattle’s tech to Canada?

It was a Friday afternoon when Donald Trump issued his most controversial order, banning immigration from seven countries. Reaction was swift, as thousands of protesters…

The loser bills in Washington Legislature

While the Legislature set a steady cadence of progress on some bills, Democrats and Republicans also began notching their first notable defeats of the session…

Hometown crowd peppers Ericksen with EPA, environment questions

At home in Whatcom County on Saturday, Washington state Sen. Doug Ericksen faced a host of environmental questions, including about his bicoastal role as a…

Trump rally in Olympia draws backers, protesters

A small rally in support of President Donald Trump in Olympia remained mostly peaceful Saturday afternoon, despite the presence of openly armed rally-goers and more…

Democracy vouchers: Everything you need to know

In January, Seattle residents started receiving envelopes in the mail containing $25 certificates known as “democracy vouchers.” The certificates, which resemble Monopoly money, are sent…

Survey says Seattle is not ‘Freeattle’

The mayor’s office is today releasing extensive data from a weeks-long “needs assessment” of Seattle’s homeless population. The data is meant to both inform Seattle’s new…

State immigrant protections no match for Trump

With an executive order from the governor, a lawsuit and a trio of bills, Democratic leaders in Olympia have shaped a response to President Donald…

Trump gets to replace judge who blocked his travel ban

Federal Judge James Robart, the 69-year-old George Bush appointee who halted President Donald Trump’s travel ban and who once, months earlier, declared “black lives matter”…

As Malheur recovers, wildlife refuges struggle

This story originally appeared in High Country News.  Alice Elshoff first saw Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in 1959. The 82-year-old, who lives in nearby Bend,…

Avoiding the truth about lead poisoning can hurt WA kids

Washington lags behind the nation in finding and dealing with kids exposed to excessive levels of lead. Lawmakers and the governor are looking at ways…

Confirmed: Republicans were $1 billion short on school funding

Republican state senators knew all along they’d have to come up with some extra money to pay for education, but now it looks like they’ll…

Body cams now standard issue, but cops can turn them off

Opening the door to a new level of police accountability, the Seattle City Council voted 6-2 Monday to release funds to provide body cameras for every…

A future star in Olympia?

It’s mid-morning, and Sen. Rebecca Saldaña is in her office, listening to a briefing from a nonprofit. Somewhere nearby, a phone rings with the odd…

Deadly force bill blows key deadline

The fate of a proposal to change Washington law on police use of deadly force dimmed Friday afternoon, as it failed to meet a key…

With land sparse in Puget Sound, a huge win for farmers

Call it a breakfast of champions for the bovine class: fermented grass silage, alfalfa, grain, soybeans, minerals and probiotics to maintain health. At this Puget…

Environmental prospects look iffy in Olympia

OLYMPIA — An abruptly canceled meeting, a moonlighting state senator and the nascent Trump administration all had something to do with killing several high-profile attempts…

Patty Murray looks at next steps for resistance

Reflecting what seems to be an unwritten Democratic pledge of reasonability-above-all-else, two prominent progressive Democrats from Washington state Wednesday signaled their willingness to work with…

Local Muslims feel targeted in FBI cold calls

When agent Michael Adams first called Miya, he sounded almost parental. He introduced himself as with the FBI at Sea-Tac Airport, where Miya worked, and…

Seattle’s hills are the worst. Here’s a way to cope.

Seattle’s hills can be daunting for anyone, sometimes even for drivers. And then there are all those construction sites that may push walkers or those…

Ready to run again, Ed Murray seeks more taxes

While taking his annual State of the City address to a north Seattle mosque to make a point about national policy, Mayor Ed Murray said…