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Key races in limbo after new primary results

The election night results for Seattle’s primary continue to hold Wednesday after a release of 24,000 more Seattle ballots from King County elections. Former U.S.…

To dam or not to dam? That’s this fish story

What’s the best way to ensure the return of salmon and steelhead to something like their historic numbers in the Columbia and Snake rivers? It’s…

After 89 years, a woman will take charge of City Hall

For the first time in 89 years, Seattle will have a female mayor. It will only be the second time in this progressive city’s history…

Live blog: Seattle Primary Election 2017 results

Coming November 7, here’s what we know so far from the primary election results (updated at 3:57 p.m. on Aug. 2): Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan:…

At City Hall, a massive department is mired in chaos

Last summer, a Seattle police officer called in to say his in-car network was down. No driving or arrest records could be checked. There was no…

City’s highest-paid employee won’t be getting that bonus

Seattle City Light CEO Larry Weis won't be getting his bonus this year. The reason, according to the mayor's office, is not because of any…

Police union: Murray can’t force body cams

Downtown bike cops started wearing body cameras last Saturday and the rank-and-file police officers’ union — made up of 1,300 officers and sergeants — is…

Council green lights more Central District density

Three iconic corners in Seattle's Central District — the historically African-American community that was formed out of years of discriminatory lending and is now facing rapid…

Calls for Murray’s resignation falter without council support

Councilmember Lorena González still has concerns regarding Ed Murray's future as the mayor of Seattle. But in a statement Monday, she's no longer explicitly calling for his resignation…

Records shed new light on police who killed Charleena Lyles

The two Seattle officers who fatally shot Charleena Lyles have a combined 11 years of experience. And their personnel files include commendations for their police…

In a changing Eastside, who will control the state Senate?

The maze of a suburban cul-de-sac with one road curving into another had Rituja Indapure slightly lost. A candidate for Sammamish City Council, Indapure was…

No deal on well drilling, so no deal on capital budget

The University of Washington lost out on more than $130 million in state construction money Wednesday due to legislative Democrats and Republicans being unable to…

Take the #3 or #4 downtown? Metro might be rerouting

This story originally appeared on The Urbanist. King County Metro is proposing to move the Route 3 and Route 4 off of James Street and…

A solution to Seattle’s growth: Charging developers?

After being told to prepare for more density with the passage of the Growth Management Act 25 years ago, many Eastside cities decided that growth…

After $15 million verdict, a Q&A about police shootings

Last week, after a three-week trial, a jury awarded the family of Leonard Thomas — an unarmed Fife resident fatally shot by police in 2013…

Seattle police leaders start applying elsewhere

Ever since Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole took a part-time gig advising Ireland's national police, speculation has swirled about her possible departure. O'Toole has thus far…

Judge not ready to sign off on Seattle police reform

When it comes to the mind-numbingly complicated process of making Seattle police more accountable, there is one yawningly wide dark hole: union negotiations. With labor…

First it was threatened, now could Hanford Reach expand?

Some Tri-Citians are pondering whether more land could be added to the Hanford Reach National Monument, now that the area has dodged a Trump administration…

Calls for mayor to step down; Murray: ‘I am not going to resign’

Despite calls to resign, including from his former legal counsel and sitting councilmember Lorena González, Mayor Ed Murray vowed Monday afternoon to finish out his term…

Another sex abuse report raises questions, puts pressure on Murray

It happened again at City Hall on Friday: a cancellation of a press conference touting an administrative milestone. Mayor Ed Murray was scheduled to celebrate an…

After police shootings, victims’ families connect, advocate

From Magnuson Park, where Charleena Lyles was shot and killed by Seattle police last month, it’s a long drive to Kent, where police shot and…

Get the facts: A guide to Primary Election 2017

Primary Election 2017 Mayoral raceCandidates Mayoral raceIssues Ballotthe roundup The ballots are in the mail. The candidates are still campaigning. And all of us voters…

Seattle passes income tax. Next: lawsuits?

It may not be legal and city officials aren’t exactly sure how they’ll spend any money they receive, but the Seattle City Council nevertheless passed…