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Murray’s lawyer: Doc’s exam disproves abuse claims

In perhaps the strangest press conference in Seattle history, Mayor Ed Murray's attorney on Tuesday revealed what he called "game-changing" information in the sexual abuse lawsuit against…

Inslee pushing for big increase in mental health spending

Gov. Jay Inslee went to Western State Hospital on Tuesday to pitch his $227 million mental health budget proposal, which largely focuses on adding 1,000…

Will the arts funding proposal survive?

The King County proposal to fund more arts and education has been pulled from the budget committee, “effectively killing the legislation,” according to budget chair…

Washington river among the nation’s ‘most endangered’

It’s back. Actually, it never left. The Snohomish Public Utility District still has a plan to divert part of the South Fork Skykomish River above…

Carbon tax is down but don’t count it out

Could 2017 be the year Washington emerges as the first state to tax emissions of a greenhouse gas? Barring some unusual turn of events as…

Poor gargoyles. We’re smashing Seattle’s history as we build

A very bad thing just happened in terms of historic preservation in Seattle. The long-expected demolition of the old Seattle Center Arena started across Speight…

The Northwest may get its own Keystone XL, But it’s XXL

This story originally appeared on EarthFix. You’ve heard of Keystone XL, the controversial pipeline rejected by the Obama administration but approved last month by President Trump.…

‘I will continue to be mayor,’ vows Ed Murray amid accusations

Responding personally to allegations that he had sexually exploited a teenager in the 1980s, Mayor Ed Murray today called the statements untrue and painful. He…

Studying for the citizenship test one stitch at a time

Civics knowledge can be surprisingly difficult for Americans and immigrants alike.  Earlier this month, a group of about 15 strangers challenged themselves to answer questions…

Stunned by scandal, a city asks: Now what?

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray never misses a chance to celebrate. So when he canceled a police-reform victory lap set for Thursday afternoon, issued in a hastily-written…

Major police reform milestone met, but bias still a worry

The Seattle Police Department has limited its use of force to acceptable levels, says the monitor overseeing the police reform agreement between Seattle and the Department…

For asylum seekers, life hangs on a doctor’s note

Dr. Richard Kovar answered the phone; an attorney friend was on the line. A man named Phillips sat jailed in the Northwest Detention Center in…

Washington fights for internet privacy that Congress took away

On Monday, President Donald Trump signed a law that allows internet providers to sell your personal information without your permission. On Tuesday, Washington legislators from…

Murray calls Jeff Sessions’ threats ‘empty’

Twenty-four hours after Attorney General Jeff Sessions threatened to unravel federal agreements addressing police reform efforts nationwide, Mayor Ed Murray promised Tuesday to fight in…

Seattle toasts the tunnel. Lawyers prepare for war

It was Seattle in 2010 — when first-term President Barack Obama was still glowing from the passage of the Affordable Care Act, Edward Snowden was…

Mayor scraps property tax for homeless, goes bigger

Mayor Ed Murray has unveiled a change of plans for raising money to combat homelessness. Instead of asking voters to approve a $275 million property tax…

WA farmers to Trump: Show us the trade deals

When Quincy, Washington, farmer Mel Calloway got the news that Donald Trump had been elected President of the United States, she was halfway around the…

After VW’s pollution scam, goodbye to diesels?

This story originally appeared in EarthFix/OPB. The decision by automaker Volkswagen Group to cheat on diesel emissions tests means Oregon and Washington are in line…

Hunters and anglers find common ground: fighting for public land

This story originally appeared in EarthFix/OPB. Hunters, fishermen and environmental activists: it’s not often these groups are mentioned in the same breath. But recently they’re…

Robot cars: panacea or plague?

The robot cars are coming, like it or not. And local researchers say Seattle better be prepared. From BMW to Ford, car companies say they…

If Canada ups its oil shipping, should we worry?

Every week, a barge laden with a crude oil called dilbit makes the journey from Vancouver, B.C., to Tacoma, winding its way through the passages…

Seattle sues Trump over sanctuary city threats

Days after Attorney General Jeff Sessions threatened to withhold grant money from so-called sanctuary cities, Seattle is hitting back: Mayor Ed Murray and City Attorney…

Washington’s GOP has some lessons for Trump

As Donald Trump, Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell thrash around in Washington, D.C., they would do well to call timeout and chat with Republicans in…