Geochemist Frannie Smith would like to see more girls get into science like she did. Women make up only about 25 percent of geoscientists in the U.S. and only a quarter of all the scientists or engineers at the Pacific Northwest National Lab in Washington state are female.

Mickey Mouse belongs in Disneyland, not on your ballot. Same goes for the Easter Bunny and other funny write-in candidates.

It’s that time of year again: open enrollment period, when consumers choose a health plan for medical coverage.

Customers can browse for insurance at Washington Healthplanfinder, now in its third year.  

KUOW and KPLU are likely to become one. Pacific Lutheran University has announced the intent to sell.
KUOW Photo/Gil Aegerter

Being asked to pay extra for transit or schools is a regular event for Seattle voters. In Tuesday's election, they backed the $930 million Move Seattle levy.

So it’s a logical question: Are Seattle taxpayers carrying a heavier tax burden than people in other major U.S. cities?

People with limited English ability tend to live near pollution-causing freeways and industrial areas. And Latinos outnumber any other group.
KUOW Photo/Isolde Raftery

Neighborhoods where non-English speaking Latinos live tend to have the most toxic air quality, according to new research out of Washington State University.

The Coast Guard icebreaker HEALY has returned to Seattle. The summer ice has gotten easier to navigate, which made it possible for the HEALY to travel alone.
U.S. Coast Guard

An American icebreaker has returned home to Seattle after a historic mission to the North Pole.

The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Healy broke its first ice floe in August, just north of Alaska.

Ballot drop box in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Julie Wise, deputy director of King County’s elections department, is a self-proclaimed elections geek. She’s worked in the office for 15 years.

The fiancée of former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is taking aim at the media while at the same time letting her consulting clients know she's open for business.

For the next week temperatures in Washington’s farmland are predicted to be mild. But wine grape growers and orchardists still worry a cold snap could hurt them.

Corin Mochnick

Elementary students in Seattle Public Schools get far less time to eat lunch than district policy requires, according to a study by University of Washington graduate students. That confirms what parent activists have long reported.

Judge Ronald Leighton took federal prosecutors to task this week, saying they may have overreached when they seized nearly $1 million from indicted Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley in September.

Thousands of federal inmates were sent home Friday after their drug sentences were shortened. That includes dozens of convicts from the Northwest.

Incumbent King County Council member Jane Hague.
Courtesy of the Hague campaign

For the past 20 years, Jane Hague has represented Bellevue and other Eastside cities in the King County Council's District 6. This year she's facing a challenger: Bellevue mayor and former head of King County jails, Claudia Balducci. 

Balducci said one of her proudest achievements was teaming up with Kevin Wallace on the Bellevue City Council to bring together the council's “warring factions”  when the future of light rail was in doubt.  

Jason Margolis

P.J. Goodwin has always loved Volkswagens, I mean really loved them. He flashes his lights and waves at other VW owners on the road.

“I definitely felt a magnetism towards vintage VW’s. My first car was a VW 1972 camper. I still have it,” says Goodwin. “I was a kid when I bought it, I didn’t even have my driver’s license.”

He bought it used for $300. He’s rebuilt the engine three times and is returning it to its original color: sierra yellow. “It’s very 70’s," he says. 

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum convened a task force Thursday that will consider overhauling the state's 40-year-old public records law.