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Tents lined up in the Jungle, which extends north and south under Seattle's Interstate 5 corridor.
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Seattle's largest homeless camp will be shut down.

The Seattle City Council voted Monday to allow state crews to clear the area under Interstate 5 known as the Jungle.

As expected Monday, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray unveiled his budget plans for 2017-2018. The mayor's proposal focuses on two areas that have shaped his term in office: policing and services for homeless people.

In their second debate, Democratic Governor Jay Inslee and his Republican challenger Bill Bryant sparred over taxes, education funding, transportation and the state’s response to homelessness.

But in the wake of last week’s deadly shooting at Cascade Mall in Skagit County, gun violence was the first issue the candidates were asked to address.

Soldiers fire two rounds from their High Mobility Artillery Rocket systems at Yakima Training Center in 2011.
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The Army plans to practice firing its High Mobility Artillery Rocket System this week at Joint Base Lewis-McChord despite concern from neighbors about the impact of the noise.

Much of the feedback solicited by the Army from neighbors around the base was negative. Many said noise from the unarmed rockets would be disruptive to children, animals and people with post-traumatic stress disorder.  

Celebrating the GIX groundbreaking: Tsinghua University VP Yang Bin, UW VP of Innovation Strategy Vikram Jandhyala, Governor Jay Inslee, Tsinghua President Qiu Yong, UW President Ana Mari Cauce and Consul General Luo Linquan
KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

An unusual center for learning is taking shape in Bellevue. It’s a partnership between the University of Washington, Microsoft and Tsinghua University in China to build a school for innovation.

The University of Washington said this is the first time a Chinese research university has established a physical presence in the United States.

Emily Fox talks with journalist Maureen O'Hagan about the mystery surrounding the true identity of a deceased Texas woman who went by the name Lori Ruff. She stole the identity of a Washington girl who died in a house fire in the 1970s. Last week, it was revealed that Ruff was born Kimberly McLean, who ran away from her Pennsylvania home when she was 18.

KUOW Photo/John Ryan

Sound Transit's newest light rail station opened Saturday at Angle Lake, just south of Sea-Tac International Airport, to live music, dance troupes and protests.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has appointed Margaret Salazar as the new head of the state agency that handles works to provide affordable housing. The announcement was made as lawmakers gear up to tackle housing issues during next year's legislative session.

On Monday, two Washington state Supreme Court justices apologized for the timing of their charter school ruling in September last year.

They spoke at a candidate forum in Seattle where education questions were hotly debated.


A new federal bill was introduced Monday that would further protect whistleblowers at Hanford and other nuclear sites. The legislation was penned by thee Democratic senators: Oregon’s Ron Wyden, Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts, and Claire McCaskill of Missouri.

Community members light candles for the victims of the Cascade mall shooting
KUOW Photo/Kate Walters

As the suspect in a mall shooting in Burlington, Washington appeared in court Monday, the community continued to grieve for the victims. 

The Washington state Department of Ecology says the fastest erosion on the West Coast is happening at aptly named Washaway Beach -- located between the southwest Washington towns of Grayland and Tokeland.

Most places threatened by erosion try to fight back. But the erosion at Washaway Beach is so rapid, the question now is to fight -- or retreat.

Incumbent Democrat Jay Inslee takes on Republican Bill Bryant in a governor's debate Monday night in Seattle. It starts 30 minutes after the presidential debate. Will anyone have the strength to stay tuned?  


Emily Grason and Sean McDonald trudge through the mud of San Juan Island’s Westcott Bay on the hunt for something they hope not to find: A 3-inch menace: the European green crab.

In late August, a single adult male was found for the first time in Washington’s inland sea. University of Washington researchers responded, arriving at the location of that first sighting with hundreds of traps in tow.

Ann Dornfeld / KUOW

Most teens in Seattle Public Schools get to sleep in this year - at least, relative to years past. After years of pressure from parents, teachers and sleep experts, the district flipped its bell times so that nearly all middle and high schools start at 8:45 a.m., and most elementary schools begin at 7:55 a.m. That's the opposite schedule from years past, when many elementary students didn't start until 9:30.

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